All Kinds of News for February 06, 2019
La Europa Academy recently completed construction on a new building. This beautiful new addition adds considerable new space for expressive therapies, academics and clinical services. One level of the building triples the expressive therapy capacity available for therapist and students. La Europa’s Team has been fortunate to witness the transformative power of expressive therapy as part of each student’s journey of healing. The new building houses a ceramics room, sand tray room and art room, providing opportunities for students to explore and heal through music, dance, visual arts, ceramics, sand tray therapy and photography. The spacious new dance room is 1200 square feet for La Europa students to pirouette, plie, freestyle, chasse or move their bodies anyway they choose.
In addition to expressive arts space, the new building also increases academic space with classrooms, a library, community room, computer lab and lockers. Students and teachers alike will benefit from these spacious areas where creativity, learning and independent study can abound. Clinical space rounds out this impressive building with therapist offices and group rooms making it easier for La Europa students to receive individual, family and group therapy. With this expansion, La Europa did not forget the physical exercise needs of its students. An expansive new sports court adds space for outside activities such as tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Executive Director Robbi O’Kelley, MSW, LCSW, CADCII, who was closely involved throughout the construction process says, “It has been so exciting to watch students’ faces light up when it’s time for dance class or when they are relaxing in our huge community room. We can’t wait for our upcoming Parent Days so that parents can experience the new building for themselves.”
About La Europa Academy and Mosaic House Transition Program
La Europa Academy is a residential treatment center for girls ages 14 -18 who struggle with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, school refusal, disordered eating and substance use. Our program, located in Murray, UT, uses a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and clinical expressive arts to help students learn to manage their emotions effectively. Students at La Europa experience expressive art therapies multiple times per week as well as engaging in creative arts in our fully-accredited high school.
Mosaic House Transition Program provides La Europa students with a step-down experience toward the end of their stay in residential treatment, in order to help transition the student to the next step. Mosaic House is a 15-bed home where students can practice the skills they have learned in a less-structured environment.