“Milieu” is another way of describing the environment or culture of an individual or program. One of the strengths of Equinox is our experiential approach which uses the residential environment to observe and help change come about in practical, everyday experiences. Milieu therapy provides “in-the-moment” intervention that is nearly impossible to replicate in traditional therapy sessions.
The social culture of an adolescent has a powerful influence on his behavior. Positive Peer Culture is a therapeutic approach that utilizes the social culture of the residential treatment center to create healthy changes in our boys. These changes are achieved through therapeutic use of our students’ “community,” which includes peers, staff, community roles and responsibilities, groups, and meetings. In combination with other therapeutic interventions, peer culture can be incredibly powerful in changing the lives of young men.
The home-like setting of Equinox also more closely matches the settings our young men will return back to. This provides even greater and more realistic insight and opportunities for change. With a smaller therapeutic setting we can better see where our student’s strengths and weaknesses are, helping them to grow in real life scenarios.
Clinical and residential staff work together seamlessly in the creation and implementation of a therapeutic milieu to create the most lasting positive outcomes in our students. Through our milieu and experiential therapy, our boys are led back onto a path that benefits them in the future. The Equinox Team harmoniously works together to help every student make needed changes as they continue on their journey back toward health and happiness.