Many Spruce Mountain Inn residents have academic goals that have not been met due to challenges associated with their mental health. Others become interested in new academic pursuits while in treatment, sometimes as a result of a successful volunteer placement that has sparked new interests or goals clarification.
Our Education Program helps residents who:
- Have not completed their college education and wish to return to school
- Have not yet attended college, but would like to
- Were unable to complete their high school diploma due to mental health concerns and would like to earn their diploma or GED, and/or attend college
- Have specialty interests and would like to take classes in the community or at local colleges
- Are interested in a specific vocation that requires training, certification, or trade school such as culinary arts, nursing, graphic design, veterinary technician, etc.
Spruce’s Career and Education Development (CED) Coordinator works with each resident to assess their goals and previous school experiences, and makes specific plans with those who are interested in making academic progress or “practicing” the skills of managing their mental health while taking classes. The CED Coordinator will help residents develop and implement an individualized education plan that works within our treatment model and sets the resident up for success.
Typically, residents with academic goals may take college classes at nearby colleges and universities, community college, or online/distance learning programs. Residents will meet regularly with the CED Coordinator and other team members for support and skills coaching to help them manage their mental health while balancing treatment programming and their academic pursuits. Additional supports such as tutoring and disability accommodations can be arranged. All residents enrolled in classes will also participate in these groups:
Academic Success is a group for participants who are academically engaged. Participants check in weekly about their academic progress and a topic is presented and discussed. Usual topics include: learning styles inventory, study group benefits, note taking strategies, study skill habits, time management techniques, goal setting, test taking methods, college academic resources, organizational skill development, and active textbook reading.
Study Hall is a group that supports those who are taking classes, seeking employment, or searching for an apartment upon discharge. Residents meet as a facilitated group and can use the support of staff and/ or others.