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Transitioning Back to School Environment After Mental Health Crisis

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As many as one in five children need help with a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. These students often have trouble processing information or focusing, which can contribute to a cycle of increased anxiety, dropping grades and missed school. One study found that nearly 80 percent of students failed to receive the mental health care they needed, and more than 50 percent of students ages 14 and older with emotional and behavioral issues drop out of school. Attending a residential treatment center with an accredited academic program can help teens integrate back into a school environment after a mental health crisis.

Fears About Returning to School

It is hard to meet academic expectations when you’re going through a lot outside of school. Added school stress can lead to teens shutting down when they are overwhelmed. Teens struggling with a mental health crisis are more likely to have attendance issues than their peers. 

Whether they’ve had to miss school for therapy appointments or hospitalizations or have had trouble motivating themselves to get out of bed on time, teens are often more worried about being judged by their peers than the amount of makeup work they may have to do. They may not know how to explain to others why they’ve been absent or how to ask teachers for help. Often, teachers struggle to accommodate students who are behind in class as they teach too many students to offer individualized attention. 

For many teenagers, a toxic school environment is one of their biggest stressors–if they’ve been bullied by their peers, if their school friends experiment with substances at school, or if they are struggling with untreated learning differences. Going back to the same school may not be the best option for them, especially if they’ve missed enough school that they may have to repeat classes or be held back a year. 

Integrated Academics and Mental Health Treatment

Many of the families that we work with choose Solstice RTC for its accredited academic program that allows their child to remain in a classroom environment while receiving mental health treatment. As mental health and academic success often clash, we believe it is important to address struggles in both areas. 

The academic program at Solstice boasts 4 general education teachers, a special education teacher, fitness director, and art teacher who all teach direct instruction classes and are highly qualified in their subject area. Offering 6 classes a semester, class sizes range from 6-12 students in general education classes, and 1-4 students in study strategy classes focused on helping students organize and manage their time.

Highlights of Solstice’s academic program include:

 

  • Working on credit recovery. With year-round academics split into five quarters instead of two semesters, students are able to work at their own pace. Students can catch up on classes they’ve missed, take fun electives, or accelerate classes. Our program allows students to transfer credits they’ve earned to any academic institution they transfer to after they leave or to graduate from high school with a diploma from our state-certified private school.
  • Learning study skills. Many students judge their academic potential by the grades they get, rather than what they’ve truly comprehended or how passionate they are about a subject. While students are given letter grades through our program, teachers focus on helping students develop better study habits by using a variety of creative teaching strategies that appeal to different learning styles. 

 

 

 

Students with learning differences can choose to work with our Special Education teacher who specializes in teaching executive functioning skills and study strategies. She works one on one each week with her students to figure out what they need to work on specifically in school and to see if students need more one on one support in their other classes.  

 

  • Engaging in experiential learning. Students learn best when they understand why the information is important. For example, it’s useless to memorize a math equation without doing practice problems around its practical use. Similar to our experiential approach to therapy, our academic program aims to get students involved in small group discussions, personal projects, and fun activities.

 

Science labs involve lots of hands-on activities that are fun and can be applicable to life, like baking cookies, making soap, or identifying plants in the backyard. English classes might recommend journaling assignments or books that parallel the Hero’s Journey the girls have embarked on in individual therapy.

 

  • Rebuilding motivation.

 

We understand that every student has a different learning style that works for them and different subjects that they are interested in. It is unrealistic to expect them to enjoy all of their core classes equally, but we remind students not to get discouraged by the subjects they are less interested in and to consider how they connect to things they do care about.

Our ultimate goal is to help students recognize what they can take away from the classroom and apply to their everyday lives. Many students become complacent in a school environment and question why education matters when they have other things going on in their lives or are struggling to plan for the future. We also help older students study for standardized tests, apply for colleges, and explore their career goals.

Solstice RTC Can Help 

Solstice West is a residential treatment program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy to allow girls to explore themselves in a variety of ways. Through groups on various topics, girls learn to become more aware of their emotions and to express them appropriately to others. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions.

For more information, call 866-278-3345. We can help your daughter work through her mental health crisis and towards a healthier, happier future.

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Should High Schoolers Have Mental Health Days in School?

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High schoolers face a lot of stress outside the classroom that can impact their ability to stay present in class. Mental health issues among teens have skyrocketed in the past decade. While doctor’s appointments are considered excused absences, mental health is not treated the same as physical health in the school system. High schoolers are encouraged to take sick days to rest and catch up on schoolwork from home, but taking a mental health day to take care of themselves and mentally prepare to focus more on assignments is often considered school refusal. Some public schools have proposed that high schoolers should be allowed to take up to five mental health days off per semester to improve academic performance. 

What are Mental Health days?

While school-related stress affects the mental health of 61.5 percent of students, only 26.1 percent of them have ever taken a mental health day. The intention behind allowing for mental health days is that teens who leave school for therapy appointments, teens who have a panic attack in the morning and show up late, and teens who have experienced significant loss or trauma that need time to grieve will have excused absences. The goal is to bridge the gap between how we treat physical and mental health. Taking a mental health day from school is a chance for teens to reset their nervous system and get out of fight-or-flight mode. It’s a break from the everyday stress of tests, deadlines, and social pressures. Plus, it provides time for rest, reflection, and recharging. 

Many parents are concerned that missing classes will mean that their teen will get behind in school, reinforcing their low self-esteem and lack of motivation. Teaching children to work hard, show dedication, and always do their best is important. However, it is equally important to teach them how to listen to themselves, slow down, and recognize when they are not getting their needs met. Allowing them to take a break when overwhelmed can save them from spiraling deeper into depression. 

Teen mental health days bring awareness to the challenges that today’s adolescents face and foster open dialogue about this issue. As a result, the concept of taking a mental health day from school has the potential to reduce stigma around mental illness.

How do Residential Treatment Centers Encourage Mental Health Days?

Academic programming at residential treatment centers is designed to integrate mental health education and awareness into the classroom. Qualified teachers are trained to identify signs that students are struggling and offer accommodations to better support their learning. Teachers understand that sometimes students will have therapy appointments during class or that they may need to step into the hallway when they are feeling overwhelmed and work with students to ensure that they stay caught up.

Our attitude is that mental health should be prioritized. We understand that many students who have struggled with mental health issues have had negative experiences at school, problems with attendance, and difficulty planning for their futures.  Our accredited academic program prepares students for college by emphasizing experiential learning and study skills that motivate students to be enthusiastic about what they learn. Regardless of their academic performance, students struggle to feel accomplished when their mental health is compromised. 

Ways to Integrate Mental Health Education into Academics

  • Offer creative electives. Visual art, music, and journaling are beneficial activities for processing emotions and tapping into creativity. Electives are graded based on investment rather than quality of performance, which allows students to explore topics they find interesting without feeling as much academic pressure. 
  • Spend time in nature. Teens spend a large chunk of their day in indoor classrooms, which can contribute to restlessness and low energy. Teachers often suggest holding class outdoors, as spending time in nature is proven to lower the stress hormone cortisol. As a result, stress, depression, and anxiety levels go down.
  • Cultivate authentic connections. Supportive, caring relationships are essential for adolescents. In small class sizes, teens have the opportunity to speak up in class and feel a sense of community with their peers. Teachers make an effort to build close relationships with students outside the classroom by offering additional academic support and college counseling. Teachers become invested in teen’s therapeutic growth by working closely with the clinical team to understand students’ needs in the classroom.
  • Block schedules.  As a year-round schedule with five quarters, students have the opportunity to catch up on credits, get ahead, or integrate more electives into their schedules. Classes meet for half days to make room for group therapy, therapy appointments, and study halls to help students work on their personal and academic goals. As classes meet four days a week, students have Fridays off to participate in recreation activities in the community.

Solstice RTC Can Help

Solstice West is a residential treatment program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy to allow girls to explore themselves in a variety of ways. Through groups on various topics, girls learn to become more aware of their emotions and to express them appropriately to others. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions.

For more information, call 866-278-3345. We can help your family today!

Goal Setting During Hero’s Journey at Residential Program

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When people set long-term goals to change unhealthy behaviors, they often refer to their progress as a journey, which can involve more twists and turns than they initially expected. This doesn’t mean that the obstacles that they face are insurmountable, but it may suggest that most goals feel out of reach without shorter-term goals and patience. The Hero’s Journey, a popular literary trope, is used as a template for goal setting at residential programs to empower teens to recognize they are the heroes of their own stories.

Who is a Hero?

Not all heroes wear capes. Anyone who sets personal goals for themselves strives to be more “heroic.” The hero’s journey deconstructs the idea of a “Superhero” by revealing that challenges are part of the journey. Many teens struggling with low self-esteem and confidence hold out hope for people who are willing to offer them a hand and struggle to recognize that the power might be within. People assume that the role of a “hero” is to help other people. Instead, the hero’s journey suggests that in order to do so, individuals must learn to confront their own insecurities and continue to follow their goals. 

Elements of Goal Setting

Studies suggest that people who set their own goals are more likely to follow through than people who accept challenges from others, as they are more intrinsically motivated. When people write down their goals, they are 33% more successful in achieving them than those who formulated outcomes in their heads. Goal setting involves careful planning, prioritizing self-development, and looking for other resources.

Evaluating Goals Through Hero’s Journey

Many people think that goal setting involves checking off a to-do list sequentially. Instead, stages of change may be more gradual and relate to themes based on short-term goals rather than goals themselves. Residential programs use the model of the Hero’s Journey as a road map to help teens evaluate their goals.

Separation: At this phase, teens often feel lost and accept that there are many changes they may have to make in their lives. As they recognize they have a lot to learn, they accept the challenge of leaving his comfort zone to follow his adventure. Often, they are consumed with fear and insecurity about what may await. 

Threshold: This phase refers to first embarking on the adventure and trying to prepare for future challenges they may face. Once your daughter embraces the idea of change, she encounters a new culture with different rules, expectations, and relationships. This stage involves accepting help from others who offer insight, training, and guidance. 

Initiation: After the hero has crossed the threshold, she begins to take responsibility for the outcomes of her choices and sets personal goals for moving forward. Supportive mentors help your daughter in this stage as she learns new coping skills and gains confidence. At this stage of self-discovery, there is “no turning back.” 

Transformation: The hero begins to transform as she gains a deeper understanding of the challenges she faces and is able to apply the skills she has learned to real-life experiences. In this process, she realizes her old patterns of living are no longer relevant and uses her new skills and strengths to transform the way she lives her life.

Atonement: This period of transformation is marked by a new sense of inner peace and accomplishment. As she has addressed his fears, she has become more wise, independent, and optimistic about her future. 

Return: During this phase, the hero prepares to transition home and share the skills she has learned with others. For some heroes, they see their return as coming full circle, while for others, it is a launching point for their next journey. With the transition and family therapy resources provided along the way, families also have the skills to create a structured, supportive environment to welcome their daughter home.

Solstice Can Help

Solstice West RTC is a residential treatment program for young girls ages 14-18 who struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and/or relationship struggles. This program provides three types of therapy: individual, group, and family therapy to allow girls to explore themselves in a variety of ways. Through groups on various topics, girls learn to become more aware of their emotions and to express them appropriately to others. Solstice Residential Treatment Center is dedicated to teaching young women how to incorporate healthy habits into their lives. Students will leave with the skills they need to transition into the world feeling confident, happy, and able to manage their emotions.

Contact us 866-278-3345. We can help your family today!

Father-Daughter Trip to Moab Brings Families Closer Together

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What happened when seven boisterous dads & daughters joined with a team of creative & committed folks from Solstice RTC West and Aspect Adventure in Moab for a three day Father-Child Retreat this last September?  My Answer:  Nothing Short of Magic.

Not the Copperfield stuff nor the “warm fuzzy” of hallmark cards & commercials.  I’m talking about what happens when people committed to having a gritty-good experience, “come what may,” meet up with Mother Nature in a setting known for its beauty, challenges, and plentiful opportunities for fun & reflection.  Magic indeed – the kind I watched unfold before me – nearly moment by moment.  Not by accident or ease.  But. By. Choice.

Beginning with every bit of a 5 hour drive south, Erik Yost, Amanda and I (TjRowden) agreed that it was promising indeed when fathers and kiddos packed snuggly into two vehicles and nary once complained as we motored down the road.  I think there was only one time when the inevitable “are we there yet” was heard enroute.  After all, someone just had to say it to make it a bona fide road trip.  We laughed and spirits were high – even a little giddy – as we neared our destination in Moab.  A campsite near Fisher Towers.  And from that point on – we entered the very capable hands of Jason Blauch with Aspect Adventure.

With the help of “Camp Mom” Nick, it became very clear – their intention was to provide for our basic needs with such a degree of attention and service that our little group would be able to focus 110% on the reason we were there.  That was for dads & daughters to deepen their relationships through less talk, more action.  Not via “Disneyland dadding.”  As we discussed on day one – it was to be done via “side-by-side” experiences that would emerge over the course of the trip. Unscripted opportunities to lean-in to the relationship vs out.  Moments – privately and with the group – to choose courage over quitting, service over selfishness, responsiveness over resistance, healing over hurt.

And the lab for such opportunities?  One-on-one short hikes for fathers and daughters; a sixty+ foot climbing face and similar rappelling wall; thunder & lighting storms with fierce winds and rain (and even brief flooding of a desert creek near camp); double rainbows; blazing sunrises and sunsets; a hike near Fisher Towers; helping in the camp kitchen & with clean-up; night skies with stars that wouldn’t stop (inviting conversations that nearly didn’t either); and a fireside group where the vulnerability of dads and daughters alike was non-forced and – in a word – sacred.

Amidst anxieties, fears, and fatigue there was effort, courage, and compassion.  And in the face of a few “unexpecteds“ (i.e. weather, plans, emotions), I observed flexibility, determination, gratitude, support and many small choice points done well – very well.  After all, what is much of treatment, relationships, life if not learning to do hard things well.  If that was a measure of this trip –I was surrounded by giants.  Magic?  Yes indeed.  Because intention + action = magic.

 

College Prepared: Solstice Students Earn Higher Scores Across the Board

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At Solstice, education is a huge part of our programming. We understand that most of the girls that come in our doors are college-bound; therefore, we strive to provide them with excellent academic opportunities.

We’ve looked at the last five years of ACT scores from Solstice students and compared it to state and national averages–the results are astounding.

Solstice students score higher than state and national averages

We want our students to be able to graduate from Solstice and thrive out in the world.

For those with college in the future, we provide test preparation materials and classes for every student who seeks to take the SAT and/or the ACT. Our teachers work diligently and passionately to help students follow a structured academic plan that meets college admissions criteria.

Teachers aid girls in going through various possible colleges, understanding the application and essay writing process, and also give support for scholarships, financial aid, and community service.

It looks like all of our hard-work has paid off.

Our students at Solstice have surpassed state and national averages by enormous amounts. As you can see in the graph to the right, Solstice students scored nearly 75 percent higher on the ACT than the state average–they scored high above the national average as well.

Academic excellence at Solstice

For many of our students, school has become a place of struggle and negativity. We strive to create a traditional, challenging academic environment that can support our students emotional and learning needs. We want to transform the negativity into an excitement and hunger to learn more.

We’ve developed a program that can meet students where they are by having small class sizes, certified teachers, and individualized academic plans. Our academic program is fully intertwined with our clinical program which allows for a better overall treatment process.

If you believe your daughter may be struggling, it is critical to reach out to a professional for further guidance. There are options for your family.

Solstice is here for your daughter

Solstice is a groundbreaking residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls often grapple with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us. Dealing with these issues can get confusing and overwhelming fast–but we’re here to help guide you.

Through a unique combination of therapeutic programs based upon both traditional and holistic mental health treatment, we treat our clients with age and gender specific techniques. We strive to empower teenage women with the ability to believe in themselves and provide the tools and motivation required to instill these beliefs for life.

For more information about how we help at Solstice, please contact us at (866) 278-3345.

 

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Back to School Tips & How We Help Our Students Thrive

Back to School Tips & How We Help Our Students Thrive 5976 3992 Solstice RTC

Transitioning back to school after a lengthy, relaxed, thrilling summer vacation is easy for some students–but for others, it’s painful and often creates unnecessary struggle throughout the rest of the school year.

Especially if your daughter grapples with anxiety or depression, going back to school can be an instigator for those issues. We have some advice that could possibly help in guiding your daughter back into school more smoothly.

Time management & organization are top challenges to going back to school

When girls struggling academically come to us, many of their issues often lay in an inability to manage their time and stay organized. Without these skills, your daughter can easily find herself just two weeks into school already missing assignments left and right, already dealing with an epic amount of anxiety, and already ready to give up.

This isn’t necessarily because she’s “lazy” or doesn’t care about school–much of the time it’s because she doesn’t know how to handle these responsibilities correctly.

A critical–yet sometimes tedious–part of time management and organization is maintaining a planner. I know, it sounds too simple and obvious–but most teens don’t keep a planner. When your daughter goes back to school, start off her organization strong.

She needs to write down every assignment, every exam, every thing that pertains to the gradebook. With this, she can make a to-do list easily. She can look at her planner and be reminded exactly when that project she’s already forgotten about is due.

Now, that’s organization, but time management is essential to staying organized. Your daughter can have all of her homework assignments, projects, meetings, and exams written down in her planner, but if she doesn’t know how long they’ll take, it’s hard to know when the best time to complete them is.

We often have our girls actually ask the teacher how long an assignment or project will take them, then they’ll record that along with the date it’s due in their planner. When they don’t do this, many often end up spending much longer than they need to on assignments.

If she can complete something in 15 minutes and get an A, she shouldn’t be spending an hour on it. That’s 45 minutes she could’ve spent getting something else done. By managing her time, she’s able to get things done more quickly and have the time to relax, take a breath, and control her anxiety.

How we help our girls become successful students

Many of our students have learning differences and, for many of them, school has become a place of hardship and anxiety. We help create individual goals and milestones for each individual–because no student is the same.

Our special education program, while nurturing and specific, is also very rigorous. It’s important for parents to know that putting their daughter into treatment doesn’t mean they have to give up their academics. Our girls eventually return to public school, private school, college, or even a job, so it’s critical for us to be able to keep that growth going.

Around 60 percent of our girls score higher on math and science than the national average–this is because our program is built to not only support our students, but also push them so they can reach their full potential.

Solstice is here for your daughter

Solstice is a groundbreaking residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls often grapple with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us. Dealing with these issues can get confusing and overwhelming fast–but we’re here to help guide you.

Through a unique combination of therapeutic programs based upon both traditional and holistic mental health treatment, we treat our clients with age and gender specific techniques. We strive to empower teenage women with the ability to believe in themselves and provide the tools and motivation required to instill these beliefs for life.

For more information about how we help at Solstice, please contact us at (866) 278-3345.

 

Help for Learning Differences: Recognizing the Signs in Your Daughter

Help for Learning Differences: Recognizing the Signs in Your Daughter 1280 853 Solstice RTC

Knowing whether your daughter needs help for learning differences or not can be a challenge for parents. Many questions swim around in your head: Does she have ADHD or does math just bore her? Does she really hate reading or is it because she has a learning disability?

These questions are normal and you’re not alone–many children need help for learning differences, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes teens with learning differences slip under the radar in the typical school system and never thrive in education, which is why there are specific options for your teen if you believe she may have an issue.

Recognizing whether your daughter needs help for learning differences

Teens will rarely ask for help–but that’s not hard to believe. Letters and numbers may be turning themselves upside down and around, but they may just play it off cool and act like they just hate school because they’re afraid of getting labeled “weird.” Because of this tendency to mask their issues through other means, it may be up to you to keep your eyes open.

help for learning differencesSome signs that your daughter may need help for learning differences include:

  • Issues spelling words correctly
  • Trouble with memory and frequently forgetful
  • Problems adjusting to new settings and environments
  • Avoids reading and writing assignments
  • Difficulty summarizing or grasping abstract concepts
  • Often misinterprets or misreads information
  • Either hyper-focuses or ignores details
  • Works slowly or spends a ton of time studying yet still struggles in class and with grades
  • Trouble following direction or staying organized

Any of the above symptoms could point to your daughter needing help for learning differences. Some parents decide to ignore it and hope it improves by itself–this is a grave mistake.

If your daughter truly does have a learning disability that’s keeping her from excelling in school, it probably won’t improve and will lead her down a difficult path. Instead, if you suspect she may have an issue, seek out a professional for further guidance.

Untreated learning differences can lead to much deeper issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and much more. Early intervention is the key to success in these cases–so the faster you check it out and figure out what’s going on, the better.

Solstice is here for your daughter

Solstice is a groundbreaking residential treatment center for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls often grapple with depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us.

Through a unique combination of therapeutic programs based upon both traditional and holistic mental health treatment, we treat our clients with age and gender specific techniques. We strive to empower teenage women with the ability to believe in themselves and provide the tools and motivation required to instill these beliefs for life.

For more information about how provide help for learning differences at Solstice, please contact us at (866) 278-3345.

 

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Moving Forward at a Residential Treatment Facility for Teen Girls

Moving Forward at a Residential Treatment Facility for Teen Girls 2560 1707 Solstice RTC

When your daughter is struggling, it’s hard to know what to do among all the options available. The first try is usually traditional therapy. When this doesn’t result in improvement, many parents are lost on what to do. At this point, a residential treatment facility for teen girls may be the answer.

What is a residential treatment facility for teens?

A residential treatment facility is a specialized program that helps young people work through mental illness, substance abuse, and other behavioral issues. These facilities are specifically designed to deal with the issues of a certain age group. By temporarily living outside of their homes, teens in these treatment programs are able to be properly supervised and treated by professionals.

How does residential treatment differ from traditional therapy?

For a lot of struggling teens, traditional therapy is enough, but there’s a lot that need a step further. At a residential treatment program, your child is given a greater intervention that’ll help steer them in a healthier direction. Some of the aspects of a residential treatment center include:

Safe Environment. The point of these programs is to create a sanctuary where your child can make mistakes and work through issues. To do this, your child rarely has an unsupervised moment in order to provide the greatest safety.

Trained Staff. The staff in a residential treatment facility for teen girls are trained specifically to deal with the age and gender concentration of the program. These staff are thoroughly taught how to handle and subdue dangerous situations.

Comprehensive Therapy. In these programs, they use a combination of many different therapies in order to give your child the best treatment possible. This can include individual, group, family, equine, and many other therapies. Aside from that, when your child comes through the door, an individualized treatment plan is created to help your child through their own specific problems.

Solstice as a residential treatment facility for teen girls

Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for teen girls, ages 14-18, struggling with issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral issues. Through the use of many different therapeutic techniques, we strive to give our girls the most effective care we can provide.

To learn more about Solstice’s residential treatment facility for teen girls, please call (866) 278-3345 today!

 

Being a great role model: Mentoring youth in a positive way

Being a great role model: Mentoring youth in a positive way 2560 1706 Solstice RTC

January is National Mentor Month. For many young people, having a mentor in their life can greatly improve their overall motivation and self esteem. If someone is there who pushes you to be productive and work hard, you’re more likely to do well. For teen girls especially, having a role model to look up to can reshape the way they see the world and their overall behavior in an extremely positive way. But how can you forge such a strong bond with your own daughter? For girls struggling with trauma or other emotional and behavioral difficulties, being able to trust someone to such an intense degree can be hard. However, mentoring youth who have such difficulties is definitely do-able.

Building trust and strong bonds by mentoring youth

For many young people, having an inspiring mentor can help them grow as individuals both personally and professionally. Mentoring youth doesn’t have to entail a huge time commitment or a great amount of resources. Here’s a few tips on how to work on creating an effective mentoring relationship with your teen daughter:

  • Don’t force the connection: If your daughter doesn’t want to build a relationship with you, she won’t. In order for the mentorship to actually work, the bond between the two of you has to be 100 percent genuine. That means, both parties have to agree to spending time together.
  • Practice what you preach: If you’re teaching your daughter about the right way to do something, make sure it’s actually something you are doing yourself. For example, if you’re teaching her how to live a healthier lifestyle, try being healthy yourself. She won’t believe anything you say if you don’t carry out those actions in your own life.
  • Be a positive coach: Positive coaching is when a mentor helps a young person achieve specific goals for the purpose of growth. Studies have shown that positive coaching can help young people better deal with stress and achieve their goals.
  • Be open with your daughter: In order for your daughter to truly trust you, you need to open up to her about your own life experiences. You have to be willing to be vulnerable in order for your daughter to open up to you about her own thoughts and feelings.

Solstice rebuilds relationships

Solstice, a residential treatment center for teen girls ages 14-18, can help your struggling daughter reach her fullest potential. We believe in fostering positive, trusting relationships between teen girls, their families, and other loved ones. 

For more information about Solstice, please call (866) 278-3345.

 

A safe community: Milieu therapy and how it works

A safe community: Milieu therapy and how it works 2560 1217 Solstice RTC

Milieu is a French word that refers to the social environment of the individual. Milieu therapy is a type of treatment that involves changing this environment in the hope that it will encourage a student to develop new coping strategies. This treatment will usually involve a long-term residential stay within a therapeutic community but it can involve adapting the home life to create a more supportive environment. The aim is to create the right environment where change can take place. This approach has been used for over a century in the treatment of psychiatric disorders and other behavioral problems.

What is Milieu Therapy?

Milieu therapy is based on the theory that the individual can rely on their own inner strengths to change undesirable behaviors. Autonomy and personal responsibility is a key element, but there is also the assumption that social interactions can benefit the individual.

Peer pressure is seen as a powerful force that can compel people to adapt to the environment. The impact of peer pressure can be increased through regular feedback sessions within the group. 

How Milieu Therapy Works

Milieu therapy works by manipulating the environment in order to benefit the client. This can involve living within a community where life is structured. The interaction of those in the group is important because positive change occurs due to these encounters with one another. Students are able to provide constructive feedback to one another, and work to solve problems together. The main role of the therapist is to focus on facilitating and observing.

In this type of therapy, the client is expected to take responsibility for their own welfare as well as the welfare of others in the group. The individual learns to develop relationship skills as well as improve their adaptive coping strategies. There will usually be agreed upon rules and expectations the group will work together to enforce. The goal is that everything within the client’s environment should be therapeutic.

Milieu Therapy Provides a Safe Community

A safe community is one where the student is able to develop and learn. The pressures of living in the outside world may mean that the individual finds it difficult to cope. This inability to deal with life can make it harder for positive change to occur. In Milieu treatment programming, the environment stressors will be kept to a minimum and efforts ill be made to eliminate those conditions that can trigger negative reactions from the individual. This removal of threats to the client creates the ideal therapeutic environment. Treatment in this controlled environment will give the student the opportunity to learn new coping mechanisms so that they will be able to better deal with the outside world. There is also a focus on predictability in routine so that the client can develop trust, and further increase the sense of being in a safe environment.

The Benefits of Milieu Therapy

Milieu therapy can produce a number of benefits for students who take part in this type of program.

  • The individual learns to take responsibility for their own behavior and the behavior of others in the group
  • The environment feels safe to the client and this makes it easier for them to share their problems and be open about themselves
  • Regular feedback from others in the group allows the student to see how their behavior impacts the community
  • During their time in such a therapeutic community, the individual will be taught new coping strategies that will make life easier to deal with back in the real world

If you feel this type of treatment would be a good fit for your child, call 866-278-3345 to learn more about Solstice. Solstice is a residential treatment center that has many years of expertise and looks forward to helping you and your family today.