Music Mentorship Program is an Immersive Experience at Elevations

Originally born from a small group once a week, our Music Mentorship Program has become one of the most advanced in a Residential Treatment Center environment.

Elevations RTC works with GeNote to offer a specialized therapeutic experience. Offering a wide array of therapeutic services, we try to create experiences that resonate the most with our population. One of these positive experiences has been the Music Mentorship Program.

The benefits of the Music Mentorship Program for our students are the result of years of research and evidence based practices. After taking part in the Music Mentorship Program, our students often experience positive effects such as better sleep, reduced stress, and improved focus. They have also experienced an improvement in their recovery from physical activities and mentally draining experiences. All of this from our Music Mentorship Program!

Numerous students involved in the GeNote program have self-reported and been observed to improve sleep patterns and mood over time. Their affects, attitudes, and daily abilities shifted, helping them to address other issues for which they are seeking treatment.

“How we do GeNote has a big positive effect that makes me feel like I do have purpose. It also helps me process things that talk therapy and EMDR doesn’t. GeNote has also helped me widely in the area of sleep, by helping me fall asleep quicker, sleep through the night, and enables me to wake up in the morning not feeling grumpy and groggy.”

-Matthew, GeNote Student

“When students are able to decrease emotional vulnerability through being able to sleep through the night, they are more likely to utilize Mindfulness and Wise Mind while interacting with others. Utilization of these tools is especially helpful with complicated/emotionally involved family relationships.”

-Anna Chauncey, CSW Primary Therapist

What is the Elevations Music Garden?

Elevations Garden

The music garden came about from a collaboration of wanting to provide a successful  and sustainable garden on campus and the idea that music has a universal structure that we naturally understand. Through the Music Mentorship Program we get the chance to reveal this universal structure. This pattern can then be transferred to other areas such as a garden. A group of interested students will provide regular care for the garden.

“A few staff members who have been working towards having a viable garden on campus for the past few years came up with a budget to support the idea of a music garden. Elevations provided the physical space to build the garden and staff came up with a design for the garden that would work with the concept of a “music” garden. Students worked in small groups in a few GeNote sessions and came up with three different designs that actually turned out to be in tune with how music is structured pattern wise.  They were then able to have the hands on experience (SO FUN!) of helping build the garden space, pick out the plants-colors, textures, sizes, scents…to fit the three designs. They planted the garden,  planned for the transition from spring to fall in order to make a permanent place for the perennials, and made a schedule to keep the garden watered and weeded.  The idea of making a physical connection (garden) with the theoretical/practical application of music in a space many of the students can see and enjoy everyday.  It is THRIVING!”

-Jo Ann Thomas, Elevations RTC

More than a Traditional Therapeutic Experience

At Elevations we get the opportunity to help students transfer their experience to things like monthly trips to the symphony. In these trips, students are able to apply what they learned throughout our sessions in the Music Mentorship Program taking place in the classroom, common areas and our new music garden!

The mental health benefits for our families are one of the main reasons we are so supportive of GeNote.

Laura Burt
Director of Business Development
Elevations & ViewPoint Center
lburt@elevationsrtc.com
cell: 801-698-7723
Fax- 801-784-9085

 

 

 

 

 

We Are NATSAP Summer 2017 Edition

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We are pleased to showcase the amazing work of our program members in this Summer Edition of We Are NATSAP! This newsletter is designed to highlight our member programs and their great achievements.

This edition is full of client testimonials, new editions to programs, awards and recognitions and so much more! 

Click Here to view the Summer edition of We Are NATSAP.

If you are interested in providing an article for the next edition of We Are NATSAP, please contact Shanita Smith at Shanita@natsap.org. The deadline for the next edition is October 6th.

Submission criteria:

  • Article must be about a CURRENT NATSAP school/program member at the time of submission and release of newsletter. (DUE TO LIMITED SPACE, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS)
  • Please submit texts in MS Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or WordPerfect. If submitting from a Macintosh computer, please include the three-letter file extension in the file name of your article. PDF files are not acceptable.
  • Images should be in .jpg, .png or .tif format. (Please include at least one image.)

Articles should be at least 450 words in length and include a title. (Title of article is not included in word count.)

An e-mail message with the article as an attachment should be sent to shanita@natsap.org.
Please use “We Are NATSAP – Submission” as the subject in the email address block.

 

Regards,

NATSAP Staff

Mindfulness Resources #SkylandTrail

Mindfulness Resources

February 24, 2017LinkedIn

Andrea Schklar, AM, MSW, is a primary counselor. See her recommendations for mindfulness resources below.

Stop Breathe Think AppMindfulness can be an important part of maintaining our mental health. It is an integral part of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), but can be a useful practice for anyone. Mindfulness is a way to keep ourselves grounded in the present moment without dwelling in the past or worrying about the future.

Many mindfulness exercises involve the body as well as the mind, incorporating our posture, intentional movements, or breathing to help refocus our mind on the present.

I like the Breathe app. http://www.stopbreathethink.org.This app provides free and paid guided meditations of different types to easily introduce mindfulness practice.

The Miracle of Mindfulness is a book by Thich Nhat Hanh that teaches ways mindfulness can be used in everyday life. If I could learn to relax while doing the dishes, this book’s a winner. It’s not an app or a website; it’s better. It’s also available as an audiobook.

Here is an adaptation of a short breathing exercise from the book that you can try:

  1. Breathe a few breaths naturally, bringing your attention to all aspects of the process.
  2. Relax with the breath. Enjoy the breath.
  3. Breathe in and think to yourself, “I am breathing in.”
  4. Notice how the in-breath slows and then stops. Allow it to happen naturally, but notice it.
  5. Breathe out and count, “one.”
  6. Notice how the out-breath slows and then stops.
  7. Breathe in and think, “I am breathing in.”
  8. Breathe out and count “two.”
  9. Continue these breath cycles until you count to ten. Keep your mind on the breath as much as you can. If your mind wanders, simply bring it back to the breath and continue.

https://www.skylandtrail.org/About/Blog/ctl/ArticleView/mid/567/articleId/5724/Mindfulness-Resources

A Rabbi Visits Cherry Gulch

What a great article! Ms. Schwartz had a fantastic take on an issue that is very important to us. One of our ethical principles requires that our members “be aware and respectful of cultural, familial, and societal backgrounds of their program participants” and it is wonderful to hear how our programs are incorporating members of the local community to help with that. http://www.facebook.com/chabadlubavitchnews?sc=tw_share http://ow.ly/i/t5V3K