All Kinds of News for May 06, 2020
Equinox RTC, a residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18, has promoted Team Manager Liz Yorck to Program Director. Liz has been part of the Equinox team for over a year as a team manager, where she worked directly with students in the milieu and checked in with staff and students on a daily basis.
As Program Director, Liz will run the residential program in all aspects and work to strengthen connections between direct care staff and students. Dan Keith, Clinical Director, noted, “As a relational program, it is critical that direct care staff (mentors) are equipped to support our young men through connection and cooperation. As team manager, Liz led a revival of her team culture and staff skill set. We are excited to see her bring that to the rest of the Equinox family.”
Equinox’s residential treatment center is focused on providing clinically intense treatment for boys struggling with mental health issues related to trauma, loss, and attachment. Their treatment team is certified across a variety of therapeutic modalities including Relationship Based Trauma-Informed Care (RB-TIC), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and others.
Adventure therapy is another key component of the program. Students participate in off-campus activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding to further their treatment through real life challenges.
“I’m excited to have more impact on the growth and development of the program as a program director. Working together as a community takes a village,” describes Liz. “One of my main goals is to continue to implement a frequent and comprehensive training curriculum for direct care staff, leadership, and clinicians.”
Liz received her Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from Wagner College in Staten Island and has worked with teens in a variety of educational and therapeutic settings. Liz is interested in the holistic and experiential aspect of education as a therapeutic tool. Before moving into the mental health field as a wilderness guide for several years, Liz worked at a Waldorf School, creating and implementing their first Remedial Education program. She believes the Waldorf philosophy of mind, body, soul is similar to Equinox’s holistic therapeutic approach.
“From my experiences working with teens in educational settings, I have seen how wrap-around support is critical to each student’s personal growth and academic success,” says Liz. “I am proud to be part of an Equinox team that is so dedicated to the success of the young men we work with.”
About Equinox RTC
Equinox RTC is a leading residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18. Equinox is unique in its focus on Trauma, Loss, and Attachment, providing clinically intensive treatment for boys struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, ASD, learning disabilities, and other emotional and behavioral needs. Equinox offers a combination of clinically sophisticated support with a whole-person approach including adventure therapy, integrated Crossfit program, and a whole foods diet. Equinox provides a fully accredited school, with broad course selections taught by licensed teachers in a college-preparatory environment.