Transition to Independent Living

Aaron Aldridge, LCMHC Assistant Director                                   Transition to Independent Living                        Our team at Spruce Mountain Inn has spent nearly four decades helping young adults acquire the skills they need to achieve and maintain a fulfilling, independent life. The substantial experience we’ve acquired over the long term has allowed us to fine-tune our processes

Volunteerism…a Transformative Experience

Tom Novak, BBA, MBA, Career & Education Development Coordinator Volunteerism…a Transformative Experience “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 to work at Twin Valley Senior

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

Sarah Rosenthal, MSW, LICSW   What’s New at Spruce? We’re “Being Social” 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 along with dyadic learning to

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

Plainfield, Vermont 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 will guide

Spruce launches 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

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

WHY PLAY? How and why play is important…

Many adults believe play is only for children. We can easily accept that it is probably good for physical and social development, and research tells us that it might even help some children get smarter. But as children develop into young adults, play is one of the “childish things” that needs to be “set aside”.