Volunteerism…a Transformative Experience

Tom Novak, BBA, MBA, Career & Education Development Coordinator Volunteerism…a Transformative Experience                                                                                                   May 2018, Plainfield, Vermont   “I was excited to meet new people.”  Andrew, age 18, looked forward to his first volunteer opportunity in the community.  He wanted to expand his social world beyond the treatment milieu at Spruce Mountain Inn.  Andrew decided

What’s New at Spruce? We’re “Being Social”

Sarah Rosenthal, MSW, LICSW Assistant Director What’s New at Spruce? We’re “Being Social” February 2018 Plainfield, Vermont At  Spruce Mountain Inn, we are aware that young adults who experience anxiety and depression also struggle with managing social interactions.  To meet the need of our residents, we introduced Being Social, a group that uses experiential activities

Taking off the Mask – A Mixed-Media Expressive Arts Project

Plainfield, Vermont  October 2016 Taking off the Mask – A Mixed-Media Expressive Arts Project Sarai Hinkley, Residential Counselor with MA in Movement & Expressive Arts Therapy   Mask making is one of my favorite times of year at Spruce Mountain Inn. The leaves are just beginning to change and as an Expressive Art Therapist, I

Spruce launches new wilderness Trek Program

Spruce Mountain Inn is excited to announce the launch of our new Trek Program!   Like our wilderness program colleagues, Spruce Mountain is committed to providing our clients with opportunities for expanded therapeutic work through outdoor and adventure experiences, and has long offered day programming as a component of our clinical model. The Trek Program

Career & Education Development gets a reboot!

Spruce Mountain Inn’s Career & Education Development programming got a bit of a facelift this year with the arrival of our new CED Coordinator, Tom Novak, MBA. Tom joined the Spruce Team this spring and brings more than 20 years post-graduate professional experience in career services and academic advising, most recently serving as the Director of

Food Matters at Spruce Mountain Inn

by Chris Jackson, BA, Residential Counselor With the explosion of recent information regarding the connection between mental health and nutrition, Spruce Mountain Inn staff have been exploring how to bring more awareness of nutritionally sound, health-promoting eating and to empower residents to eat in ways that serve their overall health and well-being. We are fortunate

Happy New Year! What Does Your 2015 Have in Store?

Happy New Year! As we here at Spruce emerge from the busy holiday season and welcome the possibilities of 2015, residents in our Recovery & Wellness Techniques Group have been working on setting “intentions” for greater health and wellness. Intentions differ from “resolutions” in that they guide us to work in a directed way but

Happy Thanksgiving!

Many of our Spruce residents have headed out to beat the incoming Nor’easter for the Thanksgiving holiday. Wishing all of our extended Spruce Mountain Inn family a happy and safe Thanksgiving! –Candace, Shauna and the rest of the “turkeys” at SMI

Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Does One Size Fit All?

By Erin Murphy, M.Ed, Spruce Mountain Inn Case Manager Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is the gold standard for Evidence-based practice (EBP) in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Since its inception at The University of Washington by Dr. Marsha Linehan, DBT has also been utilized to treat substance abuse, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, depression and