All Kinds of News for January 10, 2018
At Solstice West, students are encouraged to develop or re-engage in healthy hobbies that they can take with them back home, on to college, and throughout life. Solstice students have a wide variety of different skill sets, hobbies, talents, and so on. This past November, a theater club was started and is overseen by Jeff Lavallee, one of the primary therapists at Solstice. His son, an aspiring actor who has been in several plays throughout his high school years, comes in to help coach the students alongside Jeff. Jeff has a love for theater and enjoys sharing that with our students.
Currently, the theater club has 10 students working towards a grand performance that will take place at an upcoming Parent Seminar. The performance will be a combination of monologues the girls are picking out and working on, and a few improv games. One of the most favorited activities from students in the club is an improv game called 'Taxi Cab.' The idea of Taxi Cab is “personality swapping improvisation” where each “passenger” has a distinct personality chosen before the game starts. There is a chosen taxi driver who adopts the personalities of each passenger throughout the game. This is a favorite of many students as it never fails to end in many laughs!
In this club, there are a mix of girls who have had prior experience and training in theater, as well as girls who have had very few, if any, theater experiences. It has been powerful to see some girls get out of their comfort zone and participate in theater club despite feeling some anxiety or nerves, as well as seeing girls rekindle their love for theater and performing. The theater club has been a great addition to Solstice, creating a stronger sense of community and friendship while having fun and engaging in something they love. It’s common to hear how proud of themselves and each other the girls are.
About Solstice RTC West
Solstice West RTC was founded in 2008 in Layton, UT. We serve females and transgender students aged 14-18 as a licensed residential treatment center focusing on complex diagnoses while using our clinicians' deep understanding of Trauma Based Therapy. As a clinically focused treatment provider, our clients receive individual, group and family therapy in conjunction with a variety of treatment modalities like Adventure Therapy and Equine Therapy program. All the different treatment modalities offered assist clients in learning new skills kinesthetically and get to their core problems quicker.