All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
Moonridge Academy, a small residential treatment center for younger girls ages 11-15, is a proud member of the CERTS family of programs. Each March, three of CERTS programs - Moonridge Academy, Kolob Canyon and Mountain Springs Preparatory Academy - join together for a 2-week international trek. In past years, treks have included trips to New Zealand, the British Isles, Western Europe and Eastern Europe. This year the three schools' students joined together for a two-week tour of Italy. Students and staff started their tour on March 10, 2018. They spent time touring Rome, Pisa, Florence, Siena, Pompeii and Naples. They also spent time hiking between the towns of the Cinque Terra and exploring the Amalfi Coast.
All Moonridge Academy students on Stage 4 or higher in the program were reviewed by the Moonridge Treatment Team to determine if they were therapeutically ready to participate in this international trek. The team’s review included a student’s ability to emotionally regulate, be mindful and manage conflict resolution; the student’s ability to independently use coping skills and DBT skills when feeling emotionally dysregulated was taken into consideration as well. Because this trip is an added expense for parents, not all students nominated by the treatment team actually participated. A total of 12 students from all three CERTS programs including 3 students from Moonridge Academy participated in this international trek.
Students and staff arrived back at Moonridge Academy on March 23, 2018 with new friendships, more self-confidence, and memories to last a lifetime. Executive Director Tawny Thomas, who provided direction on the trip, reported, “This was an amazing trip that allowed students to experience things they had never experienced before and might never again.” One of the students who went on the trip said that it was a “trip of a lifetime”. She also reported that confidence in herself grew as she did things that she never thought she would be able to accomplish.
About Moonridge Academy
Moonridge Academy is a premier residential treatment center for girls in Cedar City, UT. This is a program for girls ages 11-15 that assists them in healing trauma, addressing mental and emotional challenges, and finding themselves through recreation and adventure. We are a program of only 16 students, so this is a very tight, individualized program with a very cohesive and fun group of coworkers. La Europa helps students unlock the potential you know is there and develop the skills she needs to overcome her current challenges. We combine a nurturing, home like environment, a sophisticated clinical approach tailored to her specific needs and a challenging academic curriculum to develop her coping skills and identity.