All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
At Solstice East, a residential treatment center for adolescents and young adults (ages 14-18), students have a safe place, both emotionally and physically, to live and learn. This is a very important aspect for students to heal and grow during their time at Solstice East. This month, Solstice East announces an exciting change to the residential setting - the teams have been reorganized and renamed! Each team still has a total of 12 students, with a staffing ratio of 1 staff to every 4 students, keeping the same residential staff assigned to each team. The low therapist caseload of 6 students per therapist also remains unchanged, giving each team two therapists that team up to help guide the student teams through the treatment process. The leadership team at Solstice East felt it became necessary, as the program has grown, to spread out the tenured therapists among the teams evenly, providing a significant time to rename the teams.
Students are organized into five teams, and our new teams are named for rivers in the Western North Carolina region: Hominy, Eno, Hazel, Alarka, and Laurel. Something that stood out to the leadership when picking the team names is how rivers are a metaphor for life; Heraclitis said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." The teams spend much of their time together, from meals to workouts, off-campus recreation and on-campus activities. Having both students and staff members divided into specific teams allows for deeper relationships to be built, and create a smaller, more family-like feel.
Additionally, students will be with their teams during adventure therapy outings where they will be focusing on water activities related to the new river team names.The Solstice East adventure therapy program is designed to provide our students with well-rounded, meaningful learning opportunities through outdoor recreation, experiential education and community service and events. Each week, students participate in an experiential education group that brings therapeutic concepts to life. Experiential groups focus on DBT concepts, social skills, leadership, emotional regulation and relationships. Lessons are then integrated into weekly off campus activities, community service and adventure camping trips to provide a context for students to apply these skills in real life settings.
Western North Carolina provides a magnificent and challenging outdoor classroom. The Solstice East adventure therapy programming provides opportunities to gain proficiency in a wide range of outdoor recreation skills including rock climbing, canoeing and kayaking, white water rafting, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, biking and camping, amongst many others. Through these skills, students with mental health issues overcome their struggles while involved in these recreational activities together.
The intention at Solstice East is to create an environment where students learn through experience and gain insight and skills that can be applied to their daily lives. As they are continually challenged in multiple realms, Solstice East students gain a stronger understanding of themselves as individuals while strengthening relationships into the future.
About Solstice East
Solstice East is a residential treatment center for adolescents ages 14-18 located just outside of Asheville, NC. Solstice East has helped hundreds of students and their families with issues ranging from depression and anxiety to trauma and behavioral problems. Solstice East is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and academically accredited by AdvancED and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Additionally, Solstice East is licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.