All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
Parent education has always been important at Moonridge Academy. The clinical team at Moonridge Academy has long felt that parent education and support is essential to the progress a student makes while in treatment. For many years, Moonridge Academy clinicians have provided parents with reading and other clinical assignments. Parent seminars held four times per year also provided parents and families with essential tools. Our team sensed that parents needed and wanted more — more education about parenting strategies, more information about how to support their child and more knowledge to enhance their effectiveness as parents.
In June 2018, Moonridge Academy teamed up with the other CERTS Programs (Kolob Canyon, La Europa Academy and Mountain Springs Preparatory) to introduce the CERTS Parent Education Webinar Series. As part of this new exciting program, Moonridge Academy parents are provided live webinars on a weekly basis. Topics thus far have included responding to emotional dysregulation, lessons in transition to home, the core issues of adoption and radical acceptance as part of the parenting journey. Webinars are taught by clinical and academic team members. In addition to the live webinars, recordings of webinars are uploaded to a private channel where parents can watch them on-demand. Handouts, slides from PowerPoint presentations and other learning tools are also provided to parents as part of each webinar to enhance their learning experience.
The response thus far has been positive with a large number of parents participating in the live webinars as well as a larger number of parents accessing the on-demand webinar recordings. Moonridge Academy therapists can now ask a parent to watch a webinar as part of their clinical process. One parent shared, “I learned so much about adoption! I understand how better to support my daughter”. Another parent expressed that she felt more equipped to assist her daughter during times of emotional dysregulation. She said, “This is just the kind of support and information I need”.
About Moonridge Academy
Moonridge Academy is a premier residential treatment center for younger girl ages 11-15 years located in Cedar City, UT. Moonridge Academy specializes in healing trauma and addressing mental and emotional challenges using different therapeutic modalities including EMDR, CBT, DBT, Play Therapy, Equine Therapy and Adventure Therapy. As a small program of only 16 students, Moonridge Academy allows for a high degree of individualization in both clinical and academic services. By combining a nurturing home-like environment with a sophisticated clinical approach, Moonridge Academy is tailored to meet specific needs and to assist students to develop coping skills and identity.