River Stones unique treatment model uses a variety of evidence based practices depending on the needs of the youth including:
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
NEUROSEQUENTIAL MODEL OF THERAPEUTICS-DR. BRUCE PERRY
Nurtured Heart ®
ACCEPTANCE AND COMMITMENT THERAPY
It is a unique model that teaches and promotes pro-social skills, emotional intelligence and moral development.
Quality programs don’t just treat the youth, they treat the entire family system.
Our therapists specialize in creating healthy families and getting to the root of the problem.
We offer intensive family therapy, which includes a systemic approach, as well as teaching parenting skills specifically designed to parent intense kids.
Transforming their life narrative is a central part of our goal in working with youth.
To help rewrite their story we feel it is imperative to provide positive experiences to help shape a new way of talking about their lives.
We have provided some life changing trips and created some great stories for them to tell.
Some of these stories include travel, backpacking and camping in:
Rewiring the Brain: Neurofeedback
Neurofeedback is an evidence based, non-invasive, neurocognitive intervention that retrains brainwave patterns and improves concentration, for those who lack focus (ADHD) and relaxation for those who are dysregulated.
With electrodes placed on the scalp, neurofeedback provides the child with a mirror of their brain activity on a screen and nudges the brain to make more of some frequencies and less of others, depending on where the neuro-deficits are.
For trauma victims, neurofeedback intervenes on the circuitry that keeps a one stuck in states of fear, shame and rage and helps the child learn how to relax and become less susceptible to automatic stress reactions. It simply helps stabilize the brain and help the child make better and more productive choices in responding to their emotions.
At River Stones, we have seen remarkable improvements in kids’ ability to focus in school and in their ability to regulate their emotions, make better decisions and feel in control of their lives.
Revealing Excellence: Transformation over Behavior Change
Our kids often come to us mired in labels, ADHD, Attachment Disorder, Foster child, Special Ed, etc.
Their “inner portfolio” is largely negative and being that they are “intense” kids, they often primarily elicit negative attention. It is our mission and goal to transform that inner portfolio, not just modify behavior.
Our staff are highly trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach ® to hone in on any amount of success or excellence the child displays, and if our lenses are adjusted correctly, we can see the toughest of kids are far more successful than they are unsuccessful.
Refracting the light of this success results in a new identity and transformed view of themselves.