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At Equinox RTC, a residential treatment center for adolescents and young adults (ages 14-18), students took part in “Experiential Week”, a week full of experiential adventure activities both on and off campus. This educational, fun-filled week included going camping and white water rafting in Tennessee. White water rafting is an activity with perceived high risk. Any adventure-based activities gives students the space to practice utilizing emotional regulation skills and interpersonal effectiveness. Students also went hiking and swimming at Hooker Falls off campus. Hikes and waterfalls are some of the therapeutic staff’s favorite spots to practice mindfulness activities with students. Finally, staff and students particiapted in fun, team building activities on campus. They had a pool party, engaged in team sports and music groups.
For therapeutic staff at Equinox RTC, planned recreational weeks such as Experiential Week help therapists see strengths and areas of growth within students and their families. For example, a student afraid of heights may overcome their fear during a rock climbing trip and build trust in others. Another student may be shy and quiet on campus but come out of their shell and take on a leadership role if they find they excel in a recreational activity. Recreational activities provide a chance for students to work through their challenges in a real, tangible setting.
Equinox RTC Primary Therapist Jordan Stevenot, MA explains the integration of experiential activities with therapeutic work, "I love the many hats and interactions I get to have with students and parents. I am able to have a front row seat to the changes as they unfold and see a personal and more in-depth side to my students and families during integrated therapy and recreation activities. I am able to see more of their lives and what makes them who they are. I get to be in the office as a traditional therapist but also outside living life with my students and engaging on a more personal level during adventure activities."
About Equinox RTC
Equinox RTC is a leading residential treatment center for adolescents ages 14-18. Equinox is unique in its focus on Trauma, Loss and Attachment, providing clinically intensive treatment for young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, ASD, learning disabilities, and other emotional and behavioral needs. Equinox offers a combination of clinically sophisticated support with a whole child approach including adventure therapy, integrated Cross-Fit program, and a whole foods diet. Equinox provides a fully accredited school, with broad course selections taught by licensed teachers in a college-preparatory environment.