All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
Eva Carlston Academy, a residential treatment center for adolescent girls, understands that it is important for their clients to generalize the skills they are learning. One way Eva Carlston accomplishes this is by providing experiential learning opportunities for their students. For the general population, they go on three trips a year: Arches National Park, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Yellowstone National Park or Zion National Park. In addition to those trips, girls who have advanced in the program have the opportunity to go on two additional trips: Washington, D.C., and an Extended Shakespeare Festival trip with volunteering at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Not only do these trips give students opportunities for practical application of what they have learned in the classroom, but also provide an environment to deepen their understanding of the world around them.
After going on the trip to Washington D.C, one student said, “I feel that this trip was not only educational and gave us the incredible experience of visiting many historical landmarks and culturally important museums, but also helped prepare us for our transition for our life after Eva Carlston. We were given independence and the opportunity to make our own choices and handle many situations that we will be dealing with outside of here. It also helped us find a balance between applying all that we've learned over the past 12+ months and living in a way that will be more normal for us after we eventually graduate.” While planning for the trip, another student noted, “I hoped to gain more friendships, develop better relationships with the staff, and find out what it is like to be held accountable in the real world without your parents.” After coming back form the trip, she resolved, “I definitely felt like those expectations were met for me and I feel very good with my takeaway from the trip.”
While in D.C., students are able to see many of the typical tourist locations, including several Smithsonian Museums and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon. At the Utah Shakespeare Festival, in Cedar City, UT, they are able to attend 6 plays (both Shakespeare and others) and then spend several day in Kanab, UT volunteering with a variety of animals at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Some of the skill development focus of these trips is to give participants an opportunity to practice tolerating differences, use their cell phone more freely and go on social media, implement a budget, and build and maintain relationships. Eva Carlston finds that, after going on the trips, students are able to understand what strengths and deficits they have with regards to social skills, understand more clearly what challenges lie ahead post-program graduation, and understand the intent behind their therapeutic journey. With this greater introspection, Eva Carlston hopes their clients are better able to find their place in the world and understand what they are passionate about to create a more fulfilling life.
About Eva Carlston Academy
Eva Carlston Academy located in Utah is a licensed 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.