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Clinical Philosophy

Skyland Trail focuses on improving individuals' functionality and quality of life, through both symptom management and the development of new skills and perspectives.  A unique psychiatric residential and day treatment program, we offer longer lengths of stay, giving our clients the time and space they need to recover. We support our clients as they advance through our continuum of care, moving from intensive treatment to independent living back in the community. Our clients gain insight and confidence  from our caring and expert physicians and counselors, from interactions with their peers and through experiential hands-on activities.

An Integrated, Holistic Approach

An onsite primary care clinic serves clients throughout their treatment, recognizing the important link between mental and physical health. Our adjunctive therapies – horticulture, art, music, recreation, and social integration – are acclaimed as breakthroughs in engaging clients in psychotherapy. Vocational Services activities pave the way for returning to the workforce, resuming school, or working as a volunteer.

While each client works with a dedicated psychiatrist and primary counselor over the course of treatment, each client receives help and guidance from a multidisciplinary team of caring experts. Clinical team members share information about each client in weekly discussions. Is her nutrition and physical health improving? How is he responding to the new medication? Is he socializing effectively with his peers? Has she been interested and engaged in art or music therapy?  The team is able to evaluate the needs and progress of the whole person. Together, the team agrees on the best treatment approach, and then, individually, each counselor can consistently incorporate that approach into their interactions with the client.

Focus on Recovery

For 25 years, we have helped our clients and families recover from mental illness. Our client-centric clinical approach begins by identifying personal recovery goals. We assist the client in this process, developing an individualized recovery plan that serves as a roadmap for where they want to be at the end of their treatment and what they need to do to get there. Goals include reducing the clinical symptoms of mental illness, but also improving physical health, independent living skills, and social relationships.

While each recovery plan is tailored to the individual, each client is assigned to one of five recovery communities. Each recovery community is a primary support system of 10 to 15 clients, usually with a similar diagnosis. Each recovery community is led by a therapist who is an expert in certain recovery modalities.


Outcomes data from 2007 through 2013 confirm that our unique approach to recovery works. People who come to Skyland Trail return to their communities with improved skills to pursue more independent and productive lives.

When patients begin treatment, we measure their symptom severity, attitude toward medication adherence, hope for the future, and level of functioning. We measure those indicators again when they complete their treatment. In 2013 we began longitudinal assessments, measuring how our patients sustain recovery up to two years after discharge. Results from these assessments continue to show statistically and clinically significant improvement for our patients on many levels.

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Continuum of Care

How clients move through our levels of care on the path to independent living.
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Our Integrated Approach Works

2013 Treatment Outcomes

68% of all clients experienced a statistically significant improvement in their attitude toward activities of daily living and overall functioning

68% of clients with a primary psychotic disorder experienced a statistically significant improvement in symptoms of psychosis

70% of clients with substance misuse experienced a statistically significant improvement in impulsive or addictive behaviors

67% of all clients experienced a statistically significant improvement in attitudes towards medication adherence

68% of all clients experienced a statistically significant improvement in feelings of hopelessness

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