All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
Moonridge Academy excels at disguising life-changing, soul-excavating, often painful work as having a great time outdoors. The philosophy at Moonridge Academy is that the more a student explores, builds mastery, connects with nature and others - the more open that student will be to making adjustments towards a healthier, more balanced life. At Moonridge Academy, this is called adventure therapy. Moonridge Academy provides adventure experiences all day every Wednesday and three-day adventure trips away from campus every month. The activities on Wednesdays and the adventure trips are not a privilege, instead they are an essential part of the clinical program. These activities are carefully designed events to allow the primary therapists to participate and interact with the students. Executive Director Tawny Thomas, LSCW explains, “The therapists at Moonridge Academy feel that often the best work they do with their students is done during Adventure Therapy activities. The true moments of change and breakthrough have been seen when a student is hiking, kayaking, skiing or white-water river rafting with their therapist.”
Ruth Morrow, CMHC, Recreation Director at Moonridge Academy carefully plans the three-day adventure trips to meet the clinical needs of students. Each adventure has a DBT theme with specific activities planned to teach the theme. Trips in 2017 have included cross country skiing at Bryce Canyon, down-hill skiing/snowboarding at Brian Head Ski Resort, hiking in the Grand Canyon, paddle boarding at Lake Powell, rock climbing at Capitol Reef National Park, star gazing and cave exploration at Great Basin National Park and river-rafting on the Colorado River just to name a few. Wednesday activities include outdoor recreation, school field trips, horseback riding instruction and service projects.
One student who is nearing her completion at Moonridge Academy said, “The Adventure Therapy activities and trips helped me learn about myself and have helped me gain skills to deal with the stuff that life brings. They were my favorite thing about Moonridge Academy. Nature is now my happy place!”
About Moonridge Academy
Moonridge Academy is a CERTS Program in beautiful Southern Utah with 16 beds, and is specifically designed for younger girls, ages 11-15. Younger girls need a younger environment, without the influence of older girls' more sophisticated or advanced issues. Moonridge takes a young approach to therapy and intervention, even our DBT program is taught and delivered at this specific age range level. Moonridge is intensive residential treatment for girls with issues of trauma, emotional regulation, depression, family conflict, and beginning stages of self-harm or substance experimentation. Traditional schooling is provided and Moonridge uses play and laughter to connect, a warm family environment to protect, and deep therapy to inspire and create change.