Experiential Therapy

Experiential Therapy

Giving our Students Experience Beyond the Classroom

Genuine experiential therapy consists not just of occasional student activities, but a deliberately structured clinical, residential, and academic approach that extends to daily living activities.

Discovery Academy provides the setting for students to take safe risks they have never experienced before. Those experiential activities may include equine therapy, ropes courses, participating on a community sports team, dramatic productions, or pursuing newly discovered academic interests and abilities. We create an environment where students are required to leave their comfort zones and see their world, and themselves, with new eyes.

At Discovery Academy, therapy is not reserved for traditional business hours. A student’s treatment team includes clinicians, teachers, and residential staff. Each uses their area of influence all day long to extend therapeutic goals through experiential activities, a common language, and relationship development.

Our facilities are specifically designed to foster therapeutic interaction – not just in formalized settings, but in every aspect of daily living. Discovery Academy has pioneered the use of “communities” to advance treatment. These communities can consist of small groups of students, such as the four students who share a dorm room, or larger communities such as the classroom, the dorm floor, the girls’ or boys’ house, or the entire Academy.

Experiential therapy as a community helps Academy students develop relationships in smaller groups, extending to the larger school as a whole. These communities imitate the way families themselves function. They help Academy students see the balance between self and community, and successfully practice problem solving and team building.

Community emphasis helps students see how they are progressing as a group and where they may need to make changes or adjustments. It fosters communication between staff and students, further strengthening the relationship model.

For more information, fill out our Assessment or contact our admissions department at (801) 701-3711.