All Kinds of News for July 15, 2020
Sunrise Residential Treatment Center held its first adventure-based family event in June. For almost 20 years, Adventure Therapy has been an integral piece of the Sunrise student programming and this year the families were included. Adventure Therapy is one of the most popular forms of therapy due to the positive outcomes of nature exposure and activities in preventing, delaying or alleviating mental health issues. “Interaction with nature can increase self-esteem and mood, reduce anger and improve general psychological well-being with positive effects on emotions and behaviour,” concluded researchers in a 2013 article published by The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Sunrise Residential Treatment Center held its Summer Adventure Family Retreat at Ponderosa Ranch near Zion National Park. For three days, small groups of families participated in various recreational activities led by a team from Adventure Therapy Guides and supported by Sunrise staff. The purpose of this retreat was to create an opportunity for families to connect with one another outside of the larger therapeutic groups normally held at Sunrise's quarterly family events. This allowed the participants to follow CDC guidelines, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing the intense therapeutic environment these families needed. Activities included daily mindfulness, goal setting, family sculpting, canyoneering, and other various communication activities.
A father who participated with his 16 year old daughter commented, "The canyoneering retreat was an experience we’ll never forget. With no home visits allowed due to the COVID-19 restrictions in place, it was a great way to spend some memorable time with our daughter and to see her growth. For us, we found many parallels between the canyoneering rappels, our Sunrise experience, and life in general." He goes on to say that his family was able to appreciate that just like the adventure guides provided them knowledge and the tools to be successful on the rappels, the Sunrise Team has been able to share their experience and expertise in their field to help his family rebuild their relationship. His family learned to trust the process, and the more they trusted, the more successful and fulfilling it was. "Being able to share this with our daughter and watch her confidence and effort was a boost for us. She’s learned so much and it was on display during our stay."
Sunrise Residential Treatment Center understands the importance and effectiveness of getting its girls out in nature to helping them build a life worth living. "It is such a special experience to get to know these families outside of the typical therapy setting," says Jaci Nelson, IMFT-S, Clinical Director of the Fields Campus at Sunrise. "This retreat gave space for the families to recommit to each other. They learned how to challenge themselves individually, struggle together, and eventually come out the other side with new ways to support each other. It was so impactful." To learn more about the work Sunrise does with families or the daily activities the students are doing check out www.SunriseRTC.com.
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.