Each day at Muir Wood, your son will be engaged in a full schedule of therapeutic activities designed to help him build recovery skills, develop self-awareness and confidence, and cultivate personal responsibility. Below are schedules for a typical week and weekend at Muir Wood.
Individual Therapy/Individual Family Therapy/Individual Recovery Work
- Residents meet with a Masters-Level Therapist for individual therapy for a minimum of one hour, twice a week
- Each resident (with their parents) meet with a Masters-level therapist for individual family therapy a minimum of once per week either on campus or via Skype
- Parents participate an average of 6-8 hours per week between weekly individual family therapy and participation in the weekly Saturday Family Program Workshops
- Residents meet once weekly for an hour for Recovery Coaching with a certified chemical dependency Counselor (CADAC) to review curriculum based progress of their Recovery Workbook
Muir Wood Group Therapy Descriptions
Skills Group: This group, led by a Masters-level therapist, focuses on Dialectical Behavior and Cognitive Behavior Therapy skill building. Thought and feeling dysregulation triggers are identified and specific skills are taught to help participants develop healthy coping skills.
Yoga: This experiential group is facilitated by a Certified Yoga Therapist. Residents are taught skills to learn to find relaxation and concentration through directed physical movements.
Guided Meditation: This group, led by a Masters-level therapist is focused on the I-Rest form of meditation, which was developed for use with combat veterans and is founded on neurofeedback research. The “Seeking Safety” model of trauma treatment is also incorporated in this experiential group.
Equine Assisted Therapy: This off-site experiential group is facilitated by a nationally renowned, certified Equine Therapist. The residents are guided through non-verbal exercises that focus on relational dynamics, anger management and frustration tolerance.
Boxing Group: This combination process/experiential group is facilitated by a Masters-level level therapist, who is also a trained boxing coach. The process part of the group focuses on anger management, including identification of triggers and typical responses to anger. The experiential part of the group identifies healthy and/or positive responses to anger triggers through facilitated activity. This group focuses on technique and does not involve sparring.
Accountability Group: This group is facilitated by a State certified chemical dependency Counselor and utilizes the principle of the 10th step of Alcoholics Anonymous (daily inventory of self) to allow the group to have a structured time to reflect and discuss the participation of all members in the group. This group teaches the residents that their actions/behaviors often have an impact on others and supports empathy and responsibility development.
Music Therapy: Facilitated by a professional musician who is also a State certified chemical dependency Counselor, this process group utilizes music as a non-verbal communication of affect. Residents are given assignments to utilize music to communicate their experience and/or feelings about specific events.
Relapse Prevention: Led by a Masters-level therapist, this group utilizes a formal Relapse Prevention workbook based upon Gorsky’s theory of stages of relapse, residents are guided through exercises that focus on identification of triggers, habits associated with problematic behavior/substance use, alternative coping skills, communication skills and relationship triggers.
Art Therapy: An experiential/process group facilitated by a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist/Certified Art Therapist. This group has specific topics each week that relate to family dynamics, interpersonal coping, stress triggers and goal development.
Drama Therapy: An experiential/process group facilitated by a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist/Certified Drama Therapist. This group utilizes family sculpting, role playing and alternative strategy development to demonstrate problematic versus healthy expressions of thoughts and feelings. Participants are given guidelines and scripts to follow that outline alternative methods of addressing problematic situations they may encounter in their relationships.
Recovery Coaching: Each participant meets with a State certified chemical dependency Counselor each week, serving as the residents Recovery Coach while in treatment. This meeting serves as a discussion point for issues related to early recovery and utilizes a Recovery Workbook that is based upon the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Participants are given weekly assignments from this workbook to complete.
12-Step Meetings: All participants are taken to Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings six nights per week. These meetings are held in the community and are either Young Person’s meetings or Speaker meetings. Participants are encouraged to get temporary sponsors who can serve as someone to provide additional support during early recovery.
Description of Weekly Saturday Family Program Workshops
- Co-Dependency and Attachment – Facilitated by Rawland Glass, LCSW
- The Disease Concept and Neurobiology of Addiction – Facilitated by David Smith, MD, FASAM
- Conflict Resolution and Effective Communication Techniques – Facilitated by Jennifer Golick, PhD, LMFT
- Relapse Prevention and Aftercare Preparedness – Facilitated by Tim Browne, PhD
- Effective Parenting and Family Reunification – Facilitated by Carolyn Younger, LMFT
- Sociometric Psychodrama Workshop for Parents – Facilitated by Andy Finley, LMFT