All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
The author Frances Hodgson Burnett said, "How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul." Alpine Academy believes this accurately describes the power of incorporating animals into the healing process for students.
Due to the rural, open setting of the campus and the family-style approach of the Teaching-Family model, Alpine is able to provide students with multiple opportunities to interact with animals in both formal and informal situations. The individualized treatment approach at Alpine Academy also enables students to have as much or as little involvement with the animals as they need or want.
Most students at Alpine will have at least one equine therapy session during their time at Alpine. In addition to the two equine specialists supervising the equine therapy, all therapists are trained and receive certification in the EAGALA model of equine assisted psychotherapy. That way the primary therapist can be more deeply involved in the sessions. If they find it works well with the student, the sessions will continue. In addition to the equine therapy, students who want to spend more time with the horses can do so through the weekly free-riding sessions and participating in the Horsemanship Club.
As part of the family-style home environment, many of the homes on campus also have pets that the students are able to interact with on a day to day basis. These small, daily exposures to the animals have a wonderful effect on the atmosphere of the home and provide opportunities for the students to connect on a deeper, inner level with something outside themselves. Some of the students even have one of the certified therapy dogs join their individual or family therapy sessions to provide that connection and help calm anxiety or help them open up in session.
Alpine Academy is grateful for these wonderful creatures and the unique elements they add to the treatment process.
About Alpine Academy
Alpine Academy is a licensed residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 located in Utah. Students struggle with emotional disturbances that are severe enough to prevent them from going to school successfully. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers at the front of every classroom. Therapy is built into the school day. It is a nationally certified Teaching Family Model treatment program. The students live in homes with married couples, Family Teachers.