At Caribbean Mountain Academy (CMA), we offer a highly intensive therapeutic program. We provide weekly individual counseling sessions (1 hour), weekly family sessions (1 hour with student, 30 minutes working specifically with parents), at times we can offer an extra parent-only session for 1 hour, and a weekly group session for students. We also train our staff to use a therapeutic mindset so students are constantly encouraged to make their short time at CMA intentional and meaningful.
Therapy is driven by a belief in the stages of change and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Each student has a treatment plan that all staff work from that lays out their personal short term and long term goals. It is crucial that the student is the driving force for any kind of lasting change. We believe that thinking affects your feelings which in turn affects your behaviors, and we want our students to be able to identify each part of any lies they might believe consciously or subconsciously.
The benefit of residential treatment is the ability for the student to be held accountable by a professionally trained team that is working collaboratively at all times. These students here at CMA are brave and determined. They are working alongside their parents with a team of professionals that challenge them and then are able to hold the teens accountable and identify and walk alongside them when their words don’t match their actions.
Read the entire interview with our Clinical Supervisor here: crosswinds.org/interview-cma-clinical-supervisor