Havenwood Academy's Research Based
Havenwood Academy utilizes a number of therapies in treating its young women. Every treatment plan is specifically designed to best treat an individual’s struggles, but all treatment plans will include at least the following therapeutic modalities. Our Treatment Team consisting of our Clinical Director, Therapists, Program Director and Educational Director, meet weekly to review each young woman’s progress and the effectiveness of her therapy. The combination of all of Havenwood Academy’s therapeutic methods has been shown to create positive, long-term results.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. DBT teaches people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others. It is one of the methods that is often used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TB-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents suffering from early childhood trauma. Research demonstrates that TF-CBT can successfully treat a broad array of emotional and behavioral struggles that are the result of early traumatic trauma experiences.
Being placed in a program is often, in and of itself, traumatic to both young women and their families. We utilize a number of therapeutic approaches to address this traumatic experience helping to clear the way to move rapidly towards treating the underlying conditions.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy that enables people to reprocess and heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can much more rapidly experience the benefits of psychotherapy that might have taken years to achieve using other methods. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.
Havenwood Academy’s Equine Director is trained in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EGALA) program and has designed a unique equine therapy model for treating trauma and attachment issues. Many of the benefits of equine therapy are likely due to the nature of the animals with which the young woman is interacting. Horses are non-judgmental, have no preconceived expectations or motives, and because they are by nature prey animals, they are constantly monitoring their environment and are highly effective at mirroring attitudes and behaviors of the young women with whom they are working. This gives our young women a unique and effective opportunity to identify and correct their tendencies to engage in self-defeating and otherwise negative thoughts and behaviors.
Each young woman participates in individual therapy at least once a week where they meet with a licensed mental health clinician who provides a safe and supportive, yet challenging, environment for them to process their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Each clinician is trained in all Zion Hills’ therapeutic methods and will utilize them to best support healing.
Havenwood Academy’s goal from the first day in the Program is the reunification of each young woman with her family. As a result, each young woman and her family will participate in critical weekly family therapy sessions. These sessions are designed to address unhealthy family dynamics and to lay the groundwork for lifelong and healthy family relationships.
Equine therapy occurs once a week and involves a small group of young women under the direction of our Equine Director. There are some ancillary programs that Havenwood Academy has developed including horsemanship, riding at the appropriate time and even involving mini horses. These sessions are regularly scheduled throughout a young woman’s participation in the Program.
This group is designed to help young women who may be struggling with addictions and/or addictive-type behavior.
This group is designed to help young women develop higher levels of emotional resilience so they can manage the difficulties they have faced and will continue to face throughout life.
This group is designed to reinforce the DBT techniques and skills that the young women are learning in their individual sessions.
Positive Peer Culture
This group is based on Dr. Larry Brendtro's PPC model and it is designed to help the young women learn to problem solve and communicate, even on difficult issues, with care and concern for themselves and others.