All Kinds of News for February 14, 2018
Moonridge Academy specializes in meeting the clinical needs of a younger teenage girl aged 11-14. Emotionally, developmentally and clinically, there is a difference between a younger and an older teen. Their needs and wants are different, as is the way in which they process information and in how they approach problems. Moonridge's age limitation means that girls don't get exposed to older girl issues and behaviors as often. Younger girls tend to open up more in group therapy and worry less about “looking dumb" when older girls aren't present. Different clinical modalities and a nurturing environment provide the springboard to healing and wellness for students who might struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma or attachment issues.
Modalities of therapy utilized at Moonridge Academy include:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) provides students with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships. At Moonridge Academy DBT skills are infused into all aspects of the daily program.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) aims to help a student actively identify and change their thoughts and behaviors that lead to depression and negative thoughts.
- Play Therapy which allows a student to explore and resolve problems through the therapeutic use of play.
- Art Therapy utilizes creative methods of expression as a therapeutic technique.
- Sand Tray Therapy which is a type of Play Therapy. Sand Tray Therapy involves the use of figurines and a sandbox to recreate relationships and scenes in a way that allows the student to subconsciously reveal deep thoughts and feelings.
- Equine Therapy in which a therapist uses the relationship between the girl and the horse to gather immediate feedback on emotional stability, levels of confidence, trust and team-building. Horses will often mirror a young teenager’s emotions.
- Adventure Therapy which is an experiential type of therapy that uses outdoor activities to improve self-esteem and peer relationships. Adventure therapy can include cooperative games, problem-solving and trust building activities.
Clinical Director Jennifer Hedrick explains, “Often students admitting to Moonridge Academy have not effectively responded to the more traditional types of ‘talk therapy’. Others have become therapy-weary, having been involved in outpatient therapy for many years. Our Treatment Plans allow for adjustment. We have found that using different modalities of therapy allows us to meet a student where they are.”
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.