All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
When preparing students for the transition from Eva Carlston, parents are often faced with limited options during the summer. In order to fill this need, Eva Carlston launched our first ever post-graduation summer program. Spring graduates from Eva Carlston Academy participated in a wide array of activities designed to create opportunities for them to use the valuable skills they learned throughout treatment in real life situations. The program was created as an opportunity for students to continue developing their skills while creating lifelong memories. In its regular program, Eva Carlston utilizes a robust social skills curriculum which uses evidence-based strategies to teach pro-social behaviors; during the summer, students were able to generalize the concepts and further recognize their application outside the treatment setting.
The program ran in two, six-week sessions. In the first session beginning in May, students explored the art world by visiting galleries and museums around Utah, volunteered with the International Refugee Committee, met with various business women in the community, honed their acting skills, and went to Washington, D.C. for eight days. In the second session, beginning in July, students volunteered at a special-needs summer camp, attended the Utah Shakespeare festival for a full week, served at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, created documentaries, and went white water rafting in Moab, Utah. Throughout all of these activities, they experimented with more freedom, access to cell phones and social media, and endless problem solving and negotiating opportunities with their peers.
After participating in the program, one student commented, “I found it to be a very helpful transitional program. Before this summer, I had no real experience of being with friends outside of a school setting. It was so fun.” Another student noted, “It kept me out of trouble for the summer and gave me something to do, which made it less likely that I would relapse, and it gave me a chance to show my parents that I could handle myself in the real world outside of treatment, which built more trust for me when I came home.”
Eva Carlston hopes these students will remember the lessons they have learned in both the regular program and during the summer as they move on to their new academic settings. The goal of Eva Carlston is to help young women find their place in the world, find what they are passionate about, and ultimately be on the path to finding and creating the life they want. This summer program served as another stepping stone in that direction. Next year, and onward, Eva Carlston looks forward to providing this and similar opportunities for their students.
About Eva Carlston Academy
Eva Carlston Academy (UT) is a licsensed residential treatment center located near the urban center of Salt Lake City. The program serves young women between the ages of 12 and 18 in a clinically intense, family-style program which focuses upon creating opportunities for students to explore the arts while working toward continued growth and healing.