All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Graduation ceremonies are special experiences at Moonridge Academy. During the ceremony a student’s journey is shared and applauded. Talks highlighting the graduating student are given by the student’s therapist, youth coach, special friend/peer and family members. The student also shares her experiences and the lessons she has learned. The ceremony culminates in a video filled with pictures from the student’s time at Moonridge.
During a recent graduation, a student and her family shared the symbolism of the willow tree, comparing it to a student’s journey at Moonridge Academy. The willow tree is one of the few trees that is capable of bending in outrageous poses without snapping. This can be a powerful metaphor for those seeking recovery. The message of the willow tree is to adjust with life, rather than fighting it, surrendering to the process. The image of the willow tree represents the strength, stability and structure of the trunk, standing firm and withstanding the greatest of challenges. The branches are flexible and strong, bending without breaking. The leaves represent the balance, harmony and growth one experiences through life challenges. The willow tree gives hope, a sense of belonging, safety and the stability to let go of the pain and suffering experienced and grow new, strong and bold.
To complete this insightful analogy, the graduating student’s family donated a willow tree to Moonridge Academy to be planted close to the porch where it can be easily seen. A plaque explaining the symbolism of the willow tree was also donated. The plaque is placed at the base of the trunk so the lesson of the willow can be shared again and again with other students who are on the same journey of healing. Current and future students will be able to water the tree and help it grow, as they themselves are learning and growing.
Moonridge Academy is grateful for thoughtful and caring parents who respect the process that takes place every day during treatment.
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 in developing coping skills and identity.