Experiential Education Modules

_dsc0488Mountain Valley’s Residential Life Program is made-up of a series of rotating daily Experiential Education modules.  This component of Mountain Valley is both unique in its own right and significant in its ability to enhance and support the Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) work and other initiatives driven by the clinical team.  The module program is built around opportunities that reflect various elements of our surroundings, provide challenges (and fun), and is based on what is known to support anxiety and OCD treatment.  These modules include: Farm to Table, Therapeutic Equine Programming, Yoga & Meditation, Therapeutic Recreation/Adventure, Fitness, Health & Wellness, and Art.  Each of these modules affords residents the opportunity to learn about a healthy and active lifestyle while immersing them in Mountain Valley’s unplugged and focused culture.

_dsc0387Therapists have the opportunity to design ERP activities and assignments that can be implemented within modules or outside of that structure to create an in vivo experience, and partner with well-trained members of our residential staff, known as Exposure Specialists, for even greater impact.  The unique design of our schedule and commitment to unique programming serves to drive the effectiveness of the entire Mountain Valley experience.  For example, our overall commitment to nutrition and how food affects your mood, serves to highlight the sustainability goals within Farm to Table and drives us to make wise decisions as we plant our garden and what we feed the animals that will provide for us.  The ability to utilize our Equine Program in support of individual treatment plans and themes such as perfectionism, fear of failure, negative judgment, or assertiveness is also an example of why the Mountain Valley model and clinical sophistication is unique.  Our Yoga & Meditation module and cultural commitment to various forms of yoga work hand in hand as we emphasize the connection between mind and body.

Healthy risk-taking and skill mastery are the philosophical tenets behind each of our modules.  Both of these goals speak to the connectedness with our clinical team as they work with our residents to conquer their anxiety, fears and phobias and replace it with strength and confidence.  Ultimately, the pace and structure of each day affords us the opportunity to create the sense of “real life” or an academic day.  Both of these are what so many of our residents have avoided or withdrawn from as a result of their personal battle with anxiety and OCD.  We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them in reclaiming their lives while giving them such a connected clinical and residential experience.  While each resident journeys to conquer their anxiety, they are also exposed to some wonderful experiences that may serve to re-ignite passion or embrace new activities that have been missing from their lives and continue after Mountain Valley.

Email Jen Fullerton in the Admissions Office for further information.