Every residential treatment center has different approaches to getting across to students and reaching their goals during the rehabilitation process. While there are several different approaches used throughout the industry, Elevations RTC fully believes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a solution. Intended for treating trauma and other related issues, the success they have found speaks for itself.
The therapy works so well that every therapist that’s part of the Elevations RTC staff is certified in it. Having everyone on the same page makes it much easier to treat students and give them similar feedback regardless of who they are talking to. Why should students and family members be so confident in EMDR therapy? The therapy works, and having expertly trained therapists makes it easy to implement in a campus setting.
What is EMDR?
In the 1980s, Francine Schapiro developed a new type of therapy with a slightly different approach to handling trauma and other related issues. It involves a student being asked to think about any negative pictures in their head that might be sitting with them and holding them back. When they think about it, therapists are looking at side-to-side eye movement and other responses from the body, such as hand tapping and random movements. The therapist then reads those responses and helps students take these negative memories and learn how to process them differently than before.
Post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related issues can be treated with this type of therapy. One of the major benefits of EMDR is that it is so customizable for every single student. What might work for one is not going to work for the other, but therapists learn how to read signs and figure out what needs to be done. Since many teenagers at Elevations RTC have required some level of assistance in this field, the staff has adopted the approach numerous times to fit individual needs.
What type of impact is expected?
Mental health conditions often affect many different students at Elevations RTC. Anything from depression to substance abuse can plague students as they try to get their life back in order. Using a few different approaches can help to a certain degree, but EMDR therapy is used for all of the above. In fact, having a staff of therapists who all use the same approach keeps everything in line and as effective as possible.
Elevations RTC believes very strongly in this therapy because it can simplify a lot of more complex problems. It also reduces the stress that other residential treatment centers might have if they are using a therapist trained in different techniques. If one therapist explains and helps a student with their own methods, going back to EMDR therapy can feel like a lot of treading water.
EMDR therapy is also very quick to show whether or not it is effective. If an initial approach does not work, there are other angles to get results for students. If a child needs therapy not connected to the issues treated with EMDR, families also have confidence in knowing that Elevations is a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program as well. Essentially, no matter what a teenager is facing on campus, the team of experts can quickly identify the best solution and start heading down that path before things begin to spiral out of control.
Staying up-to-date with EMDR therapy and other new training
Like other therapy approaches, EMDR therapy requires proper certification and advanced classes to stay as up-to-date as possible. There are always new levels of education to ensure that therapists are doing everything they can to help students. Not only is every therapist at Elevations RTC EMDR certified, but most of them have taken numerous advanced courses. This advanced type of training ensures that they are working with some of the best in the country with this approach.
Opportunities for staff Elevations RTC to stay up to date at all times come in handy for this very niche field. Since therapists know exactly the type of student they are working with every year, it is easier to focus on the little things that can make a big difference. If therapists handle many different types of ages and set of problems, the specialization opportunities might not be there.
How parents stay up-to-date with students
When using EMDR therapy, Elevations RTC is always updating parents to know what is going on with their children as much as possible. It can be challenging for parents not to be there with their teenagers when they are going through new changes. Thanks to technology, it is easier than ever to stay up-to-date with teachers, therapists, and teenagers themselves.
Everyone moves at their own pace, and there are stretches where teenagers only make small progressions. EMDR therapy has numerous success stories over the years, and there are plenty of parents of Elevations RTC graduates who can speak very highly of the approach. It is one of the top reasons why Elevations RTC keeps this going as an approach for certain scenarios.
Elevations RTC hopes to see patience and trust in the process to see results with any therapeutic approach. Changes are not instant, but they come in time when everyone is engaged. EMDR therapy has changed the lives of many.