All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
Valley View School provides opportunities to engage in creative arts to support students on their journeys of growth, transformation, healing and self-exploration. Kristen Birch, MA, LMHC, who has experience in and a passion for expressive therapy, uses a variety of therapies to support students in bridging the gap between the conscious and unconscious. In addition to group and individual work, students are provided opportunities for in-the-moment processing using creative interventions. Kristen shares, "Expressive arts therapy tends to be flexible and allows students to address areas of need in a non-threatening manner."
As it is sometimes difficult for adolescents to find words that best describe how they are thinking or feeling, use of expressive and creative arts allows for students to express themselves with loose parameters. Instead of using "check-ins" that are mostly verbal, a variety of interventions are utilized in encouraging students to express how they are feeling. This approach allows for the development, over time, of a strong foundation for verbal expression in an effective and productive manner. Brain balance and stability in emotional regulation are supported by these types of interventions.
Some examples of interventions used with students on campus include music, movement, play therapy, drama, writing, and various forms of art. These creative, experiential, and expressive interventions are offered using a non-threatening and flexible approach ensuring individualized needs are met while providing experiences to the entire student body. These areas of therapy allow for physiological, emotional, and cognitive stability, which in turn supports progress on generalized and individualized goals. Kristen adds, "The special part is that we implement these in an organic manner so that it becomes part of the student's nature, allowing for positive changes in behavior that continue to evolve in a healthy and productive manner throughout adolescent development."
About Valley View School
Valley View School, founded in 1970, is a private therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12. Our non-profit 501(c)(3) school is located in the central Massachusetts town of North Brookfield. The Valley View Program consists of a comprehensive blend of Therapy, Academics, Athletics, Arts and Activities challenging our students emotionally, intellectually and physically. The boys learn self-control and anger management, social skills in order to create and cultivate relationships with peers and adults, while developing compassion, empathy and respect for others and to realize their true potential.