All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
Sunrise Residential Treatment Center creates many opportunities for students to practice their DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) skills in as many contexts as possible in order to normalize what they are learning in therapy in the real world.
One of the ways this is done is through Sunrise's Student Leadership Group. The leadership group is a group of students who have been showing leadership traits in the residential community in which they live. They are invited by the residential director and residential managers to join the group and learn additional skills that will help them offer more support to their residential community - how to give constructive feedback appropriately, how to advocate for one's needs, how to ask for and give support effectively, etc. Every week, the students gather with the residential directors and managers to discuss a new skill and plan activities in the local community.
Every few months, the students go on a Leadership Experiential Retreat where they are able to use these skills in different contexts. This month, the students went to Yellowstone National Park for a week of camping. Mackenzie Little, Hurricane Residential Manager, said this of the outing: "Watching the students get unique experiences outside of Sunrise is a wonderful thing. It was so exciting to see the students marvel at the herds of bison, or mistake a log for a moose. The girls loved seeing the geysers and different pools. They were specifically interested in the Depression Geyser. It was amazing to see each student show initiative, whether it was setting up camp, prepping our meals, or planning fun things to do in the car. They each got to soak in natural lava hot springs before coming home! It was a great way to end our long journey."
About Sunrise RTC
Sunrise is a residential treatment center for adolescent girls ages 13-17 aimed at uncovering the academic, social and emotional potential of girls who have been held back by emotional or behavioral struggles. Sunrise combines the warmth of a home, the safety and clinical expertise of a residential treatment program and the community access of a transition program.