Therapeutic programming at Avalon Hills is driven by a focus on client movement into a flexible and more sustainable approach to daily living. Therefore, we strive to strike a balance between in-house therapeutic work and exposure to “real world” situations. We accomplish this by offering a variety of groups and therapeutic activities to help clients fully engage with each other and in life. These include:
- Process-oriented psychotherapy groups
- Process-oriented Body image group
- Psycho-educational groups (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)
- Nutrition didactic group
- Martial Arts, philosophy and practice
- Experiential groups, such as horsemanship, dance, art, pottery, and cooking classes
- Equine-assisted psychotherapy
Equine-assisted psychotherapy is a vital part of our programming. Additionally, clients spend time with the horses working on horsemanship skills. Clients also have a significant role in pet care for our beloved home-based pets.
The primary goal of our daily schedule is to provide ample opportunities to gain new insights, often requiring clients to get out of their heads and engage in life activities outside of an office or hospital-based setting. The ability to have therapeutic activities of this nature is one aspect of our center that sets us apart from other hospital-based programs.
Weekend programming is structured around off-site activities, such as eat-out challenges, physical exercise, and social or cultural activities within the community. Weekend schedules are constructed around therapeutic treatment team requests, as well as client desires, related to moving toward personal values. The ultimate goals for weekend activities are supporting the clients as they pursue new opportunities that provide meaning in their lives. It is hoped that clients gain understanding about how building larger patterns of committed action, in the direction of their values, leads to long-term recovery.