February 17, 2017
Music therapy is one of the acclaimed breakthroughs offered at Skyland Trail, as part of the adjunctive therapies. Each week clients in our residential and day treatment programs have the opportunity ...Read More >
February 09, 2017
When I arrived at Skyland Trail, my emotional and professional goals were very different than they are today. The biggest difference being that before Skyland Trail, I had none.
I take pride in...Read More >
January 24, 2017
A hallmark of the Skyland Treatment model is individualized care.
Each client receives evidence-based treatment matched to his or her diagnoses, symptoms, and goals. In our recovery communities, each...Read More >
January 05, 2017
1.What type of accreditation or licensing does the program have?
Mental health residential treatment programs may qualify for a number of different types of accreditation or licensure.
Skyla...Read More >
December 20, 2016
You may think that once you’re out of high school, you’re finished growing up. Physically, you’re probably as tall as you will ever get, and from this point forward, you may remain t...Read More >
December 15, 2016
The holiday season is upon us. As we spend time with family and friends during the holidays, our daily routines are often disrupted as we enjoy various holiday festivities. Despite the holiday bustle,...Read More >
December 09, 2016
Dawn Collinge, Education Outreach Coordinator, recently presented at Family Support Group (STEP) on Use, Abuse and Addiction. STEP provides family members with the knowledge, skills and support n...Read More >
November 28, 2016
By Tracey Gagne, EdS, LPC, NCC, DBT Counselor, Skyland Trail
The holidays come wrapped in a lot of “shoulds.”
It’s the holidays, you should feel happy.
It’s the holidays, yo...Read More >
November 22, 2016
Giving the gift of recovery to ourselves and the people we love
By Emily Giattina, LCSW, Dual Diagnosis Counselor, Skyland Trail
The holidays can be a challenging time to manage sobriety. You may re...Read More >
October 27, 2016
Earlier this fall, 30 mental health professionals and education consultants from around the country attended 2016 Professionals’ Weekend at Skyland Trail. In addition to educational sessions, gu...Read More >
October 20, 2016
The following reflection was written by a Skyland Trail alumni
How does one build a life worth living? In DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), we learn that a life worth living means livin...Read More >
September 09, 2016
Get involved on campus: Even if you commute to school, make connections with other students. You could join (or start!) a study group with other commuters in a class, or join a student organization. T...Read More >
September 01, 2016
The McCarty’s son, David, graduated from Skyland Trail in 2009. Since then, they have continued to stay connected as integral members of the Skyland Trail community, and they can frequently be s...Read More >
August 24, 2016
The Vocational Services Program at Skyland Trail supports adults with mental illness who want to pursue competitive employment, volunteer positions, and internships or continue their education. It is ...Read More >
August 02, 2016
Chris Cline, MSW, LCSW, vice president of clinical services, recently presented on expressed emotion at Family Support Group (STEP). Expressed emotion (EE) is a measure within the family environment t...Read More >
July 25, 2016
Healthy living education and counseling are integral parts of clients’ overall treatment plan at Skyland Trail. Clients meet individually with our nutrition and wellness counselor and learn heal...Read More >
July 19, 2016
Clients in the psychiatric residential and day treatment programs at Skyland Trail benefit from a powerful mix of evidence-based therapeutic approaches. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT...Read More >
July 05, 2016
Our 19th annual Benefits of Laughter event will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at The St. Regis Atlanta. Guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment by The Capitol Steps, an American...Read More >
June 14, 2016
By April Mojica, MS, LPC, NCC, Skyland Trail Lead Counselor
Criticism can trigger psychiatric symptoms for some individuals who interpret feedback in unhealthy ways. How we handle criticism may...Read More >
June 02, 2016
Clerissa Cooper, LPC, NCC, Lead Counselor, Skyland Trail
From time to time, we all experience black-and-white thinking or fall into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. For some people, a pattern of blac...Read More >
May 13, 2016
Clerissa Cooper, LPC, NCC, Lead Counselor, Skyland Trail
From time to time, we all experience black-and-white thinking or fall into an all-or-nothing frame of mind. For some people, a pattern of blac...Read More >
May 11, 2016
Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Skyland Trail
Several aspects of our psychiatric treatment program make Skyland Trail an effective and welcoming environment for LGBTQ (Lesbia...Read More >
May 02, 2016
"Often when clients first arrive, they are in a place where it’s often difficult, if not impossible to put words to what they are thinking, feeling, have experienced and still need to learn. The...Read More >
April 20, 2016
We recently talked with Shelley Danser, CTRS, Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies and the Family STEP program at Skyland Trail, about how families can help their loved one sustain recovery.
People wh...Read More >
April 04, 2016
How would you describe your role as an independence coach?
My role at Skyland Trail is to support clients as they reintegrate back into society. Transitioning from a residential treatment community t...Read More >
March 14, 2016
The first episode of mood disorders like bipolar illness and major depressive disorder typically occurs in adolescence or early adulthood. However many adults in their 30s, 40s, 50s or older begin to ...Read More >
March 02, 2016
Dhana Blissett, Skyland Trail Nutritionist
Today in Cooking for your Health, our theme was a Taste of Thai. We cooked two recipes: curried vegetables and vegetable fried rice. Clients pr...Read More >
February 29, 2016
Staff leadership and the Board of Directors recently instituted an important change to our Mark C. West Financial Aid Program that is yielding exciting results. As of June 2015, our Fin...Read More >
February 17, 2016
Catherine Berry, LMSW
Primary Counselor, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Practicing mindfulness meditation daily helps increase awareness of emotions, boost impulse control and reduce stress.
Sma...Read More >
January 28, 2016
Q&A with Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH
Q: What causes mental illnesses, nature or nurture?
A: Short answer: both. Many mental illnesses are genetic. The most heritable is bipolar illn...Read More >
January 13, 2016
To improve communication with your loved ones, consider these questions together:
How do we communicate as a family (or with each other)?
What do I do that makes communicatin...Read More >
January 04, 2016
Individuals who cut themselves or engage in other self-injurious behaviors often are using this unhealthy coping strategy to deal with emotional pain or confusion that they do not know how to process ...Read More >
December 15, 2015
1. You don’t have to be sick.
The journey of self-awareness and self-exploration is lifelong, and is beneficial for anyone. Therapy can deepen this experience and bring about the i...Read More >
December 08, 2015
Before Skyland Trail my life was focused on not living. I had more medical issues than I saw others in their 40s having and I figured my medical issues would multiply as I aged. Although my outside th...Read More >
December 01, 2015
What inspires you to renew your support each year?
The Inman family really believes in the mission of Skyland Trail. The times I have heard Skyland Trail clients tell their s...Read More >
November 24, 2015
Emily Wall, LMSW
Primary Counselor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy can be very effective in reducing anxiety to a manageable level. Check out these tips.
Evaluate Distort...Read More >
November 16, 2015
Tips from Skyland Trail Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Primary Counselor Amanda Balena, LAMFT, LAPC
It’s that time of year again, and holiday "hype" is rising. Unfortunately for many of us,...Read More >
November 13, 2015
"It is both an honor and pleasure to be part of the extended Skyland Trail family.
I have been volunteering and participating with Skyland Trail’s Family Orientation and STEP program for three ...Read More >
November 13, 2015
The holiday season is officially underway! Dinners, parties, family gatherings, and special treats at work are just a few of the ways in which we indulge. Let’s face it: celebration with food ...Read More >
November 10, 2015
I would like to express my deep gratitude for the financial assistance that afforded me an opportunity for a very different and meaningful life.
My name is Lisa. I’m from Northwest Ohio; I'm 5...Read More >
October 15, 2015
My name is Aina, and this is my story.
Growing up in my community, we ignored behaviors and people seen as “crazy.” Without nuance, anyone with an emotional or mental health iss...Read More >
October 13, 2015
Our 18th Annual Benefits of Laughter will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. This exciting event serves as our signature fundraiser. This year, comedian Mike Birbiglia will entertain friends of S...Read More >
October 07, 2015
Horticultural therapy is a unique part of the recovery experience at Skyland Trail. Clients work with our expert horticultural therapist in our greenhouse and in the many gardens on our campuses to us...Read More >
October 01, 2015
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF MENTAL HEALTH TERMS.
Learn more about three categories of mental illnesses treated at Skyland Trail:
Mood disorders include an array of illnesses characterized...Read More >
September 23, 2015
3 Fall Nature Craft Ideas
Libba Shortridge, HTR, MLA, Horticultural Therapist
Grab a few tennis balls and a sharpie. Write words on the tennis balls that describes your POTENTIAL in recovery...Read More >
September 14, 2015
We recently talked to Wade Lee, Alumni Program Coordinator, and Christina Mitrisin, LEAP staff, about what it’s like being a certified peer specialist.
What is a Certified Peer Specialist...Read More >
August 19, 2015
"You have gotten him here, and he is safe. Now rest and let Skyland do its work."
That was the kind reassurance we received from other parents and family members on our first night at STEP, whe...Read More >
August 03, 2015
As an evidence-based psychiatric treatment program, we use genetic testing as indicated to improve outcomes for our clients.
We do not use genetic testing to diagnose mental illness. Research to date...Read More >
July 27, 2015
Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) is a computer-based cognitive rehabilitation training program for adults with memory, processing speed, or executive planning deficits related to untreated mental i...Read More >
July 14, 2015
Southern Shindig is a fundraising event geared toward and organized by Atlanta young professionals. This year's event will take place on Friday, August 14, 2015, at SweetWater Brewing Company. We...Read More >
June 17, 2015
The blog post below is written by Skyland Trail Alumni, Audrey R.
How did working with your treatment team help you? Were there any times when their counsel set off a “light bulb” for you...Read More >
June 03, 2015
We recently conducted a survey with Skyland Trail staff to see how they would describe the organization and our programs. Here are a few of their responses.
A place where individuals with mental ill...Read More >
May 20, 2015
Skyland Trail Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) counselor, Catherine Berry, recently took time to review and describe two apps useful for practicing DBT and mindfulness.
As a DBT primary counselor, ...Read More >
May 18, 2015
Meet the Carusos:
Barbara and Gary Caruso live in Johns Creek, GA. Their son graduated from Skyland Trail in 2013. He now works in Atlanta and attends our monthly Alumni Social Nights. Barbara and Ga...Read More >
May 14, 2015
by Jane and Clay Jackson
Mental health affects all of us, including our family and friends. As a national leader in mental health care, Skyland Tail is a major asset for our city, and we see inc...Read More >
May 05, 2015
Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Skyland Trail
Cardiovascular and strength training exercises help physical conditioning and also contribute to better mood and anxiety control....Read More >
April 15, 2015
I checked myself into Skyland Trail a little over 2 years ago. I was suffering from major depression, panic attacks, and major anxiety. When I first got to Skyland I didn’t have any hope o...Read More >
April 02, 2015
Julie A. Fast was the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Associates Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, held on March 20, 2015 at the Cherokee Town Club. Listen to the award-winning author and mental health ad...Read More >
March 23, 2015
The poem below was written by Skyland Trail alumni, Audrey R. She won first place in the 25th Anniversary Creative Writing Contest.
Drop the Ball
Gripping tightly, cramped into rigid rigor mor...Read More >
March 02, 2015
Our friends at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention developed these tips for kids and teens. Share them with the kids and teens in your life. Empower them to save lives.
1. ...Read More >
February 19, 2015
Nan Easterlin is President of the Skyland Trail Associates, an auxiliary group of women who support Skyland Trail through fundraising efforts and special events. Kim talks about her involvement with S...Read More >
February 05, 2015
Previously only available to our residential and day treatment clients, comprehensive psychiatric assessments are now offered as a stand-alone outpatient service.
Whether receiving an initi...Read More >
January 27, 2015
Last week, we lost one of Skyland Trail's dearest friends and benefactors: Dorothy C. Fuqua. There is no question her loss will be widely mourned as her generous spirit can be seen and felt all over...Read More >
January 26, 2015
Rand Glenn Hagen
Advisory Board member
Financial Aid Committee member
How did you first learn about Skyland Trail?
I have known about Skyland Trail for years, but when I moved back to Atlanta five...Read More >
January 12, 2015
When Andrea came to Skyland Trail, she was in a deep depression; she was hopeless.
“After several hospitalizations, Skyland Trail was my last hope,” says Andrea. “If I was going to...Read More >
January 02, 2015
Why now? Why is this plan important today?
Richard: Young adults have accounted for more than half of all admissions each year since 2012. A specialized facility and programing just make sense. Secon...Read More >
December 23, 2014
Early intervention can prevent years of suffering and halt the long-term consequences of untreated mental illness– damaged relationships, housing and employment challenges, financial problems, c...Read More >
December 17, 2014
Sarah Kennedy is a strong supporter of the financial aid program, which enables families in the community to help families of those enrolled at Skyland Trail through need-based scholarships....Read More >
December 02, 2014
Never has the need been so great nor the impact so positive. Here are 25 reasons to make a gift now:
Your gift can help save a life. More than 90% of people who die by suicide ha...Read More >
November 24, 2014
Amy Rollins Kreisler is a member of the board of directors and financial aid committee. As chair of the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, she provided a $3.5 million grant that was instrumental in launchin...Read More >
November 19, 2014
From the beginning, Skyland Trail has been a national leader in helping families feeling fractured by a mental illness heal - stronger and more resilient than ever. As our clients take steps toward in...Read More >
November 04, 2014
Mark your calendars for the Holiday Fair at Skyland Trail on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Join us for this family-friendly event from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at our main campus located at 1903 North Drui...Read More >
October 28, 2014
We were thrilled to recognize Duvall and Rex Fuqua as our 2014 Benefits of Laughter Honorary Chairs. Several community leaders describe the importance of the Fuqua's support and involvement in this vi...Read More >
October 16, 2014
Rex Fuqua pictured at left with his mother, Dorothy C. Fuqua
Rex Fuqua has supported Skyland Trail since the beginning, joining the advisory board in 1990 and the board of directors in 2001. He...Read More >
October 08, 2014
Change in Action: Gloria T.
Gloria T. graduated from Skyland Trail in 2013 and was instrumental in kicking off the Alumni Program. She completed training to become a certified peer specialist and i...Read More >
September 18, 2014
Community Meetings are held every Wednesday for both clients and staff to attend. This client-led meeting is an opportunity for the Skyland Trail community to come together and recognize individuals&r...Read More >
September 12, 2014
The prayer below was written and delivered by pastoral counselor, Ayo Yetunde at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Candlelight Vigil during National Suicide Prevention We...Read More >
September 11, 2014
In telling the story of our experience at Skyland Trail, we were inspired by the words from a country song - “God Bless the Broken Road that Led Me Straight to You.” The theme of the song ...Read More >
September 02, 2014
Active Minds empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. The nonprofit organization aims to change the culture on campuses and in...Read More >
August 28, 2014
Shelley Danser, Coordinator of Adjunctive Therapies, explains the importance of leisure time for our clients and alumni at Skyland Trail.
When a person is experiencing a mental illness, often the att...Read More >
August 11, 2014
When thinking about readmitting to a college or university, clients often will work with our Vocational Services Program at Skyland Trail. Clients will meet with me to discuss their strengths and the ...Read More >
August 04, 2014
Many clients and patients come to Skyland Trail with unresolved grief, or experience a loss while in treatment. Recognizing the universal experiences of loss and grief, we seek to make space for...Read More >
July 25, 2014
It has been 6 years since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have never truly come out publicly like this because I have been afraid of what people might think and am still pretty scared about w...Read More >
July 21, 2014
The Importance of Accreditation and Quality Measurement
It is very important for behavioral healthcare organizations to be accredited. Individuals and families should not consider a treatment program...Read More >
July 11, 2014
Southern Shindig is a fundraising event geared toward and organized by Atlanta young professionals. This year's event will take place on Friday, August 15, 2014, at SweetWater Brewing Company. We...Read More >
July 01, 2014
Blog post from Mike S., Skyland Trail client
I have suffered in and out of depression and anxiety for most of my life. Being a naturally introverted person, along with outside influences in formative...Read More >
June 17, 2014
I really was ready to die. Skyland Trail saved my life, plain and simple. I had suffered from depression and anxiety for over a year since losing three jobs in a row through no fault of my own...and h...Read More >
May 21, 2014
Social Integration Primary Counselor, Elizabeth Moore, MS, LPC, NCC recently shared this information to families at our Family Support Group (STEP).
Relapse is part of recovery. Be prepared. Have a p...Read More >
May 06, 2014
President's Letter as published in the 2013 Annual Report.
Life-changing journeys start with a path. For the past 25 years, that path has been a trail. Skyland Trail.
Journeys that b...Read More >
April 24, 2014
I first heard the name “Skyland Trail” at a Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta meeting in 2004. Skyland Trail was awarded the Managing for Excellence Award. I thought, “They mu...Read More >
April 22, 2014
Longtime donor, supporter and board member, William H. Fox, Jr., passed away last week.
Bill and his wife, Carol, have been involved with Skyland Trail since the late 1990s. The couple served as Hono...Read More >
April 02, 2014
I decided to volunteer with the Horticulture Department at Skyland Trail because I wanted to connect with nature and with people who appreciate the healing power of the natural environment. Every time...Read More >
March 19, 2014
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-tested specialized type of psychotherapy shown to be effective for certain types of psychiatric illnesses. CBT connects a person’s thoughts, usually ...Read More >
March 03, 2014
Kim Nalley is President of the Skyland Trail Associates, an auxiliary group of women who support Skyland Trail through fundraising efforts and special events. Kim talks about her involvement with Skyl...Read More >
February 17, 2014
Dual diagnosis is a program of therapy designed to treat people who have more than one psychiatric condition at the same time. At Skyland Trail, we use the term dual diagnosis to mean a mental illness...Read More >
February 03, 2014
Below is an interview with Chief Medical Officer Ray Kotwicki, MD, MPH
What is evidence-based treatment?
Evidence-based medical treatment means that, as a physician, you look at the resear...Read More >
January 15, 2014
Interview with Beth Finnerty, Skyland Trail President and CEO
What is the significance of the 25th Anniversary of Skyland Trail?
What a milestone! Twenty-five years is a wonderful vantage point to r...Read More >
November 26, 2013
Tips To Reduce Stress During This Holiday Season
“Make a gratitude list” and say “thank you.” When under stress, sit down and make a list of all the thing...Read More >
October 21, 2013
In August 2013, five clients along with some of our Adjunctive Therapies Staff attended the Spiritual Retreat in Ellijay, Georgia, at the home of Lisa & Vincent West. The theme throughout the retr...Read More >
October 15, 2013
I can shine a light
What is your purpose in life? You can choose to bring darkness where there is light or darkness where there is al...Read More >
September 18, 2013
An interview with Dr. Carlyle Bruce, Family Psychologist
The goal of family therapy is to help the families and clients here take a look at what’s been going on with them as a family and t...Read More >
September 04, 2013
An Interview with President and CEO Beth Finnerty and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ray Kotwicki
Could you give us an overview of the plan for strategic growth over the next three to five yea...Read More >
August 07, 2013
On Friday, August 16, 2013, Skyland Trail is hosting the 2013 Southern Shindig at SweetWater Brewing Company in Atlanta. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled evening with food and entertainment by Nashvi...Read More >
July 23, 2013
Our 16th Annual Benefits of Laughter will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. This exciting event applauds the passion and dedication of all those involved with Skyland Trail. This year, comedian ...Read More >
July 16, 2013
Anna Ruth Williams is a host committee member for Southern Shindig, an event geared toward and organized by young professionals in Atlanta. Anna Ruth talks about her involvement with Skyland Trai...Read More >
June 24, 2013
How did you get involved with Skyland Trail?
A friend invited me to Benefits of Laughter. I knew Mark West, who was board chair at the time, and his wife, Betsy, but I didn’t know what actuall...Read More >
June 24, 2013
“Snowboarding and golf, that’s me,” says 21-year-old Wyatt M. His dad took him to snowboard in the Blue Ridge mountains north of their home in Richmond, VA, when we was 12. Now a stu...Read More >
June 24, 2013
Written by Skyland Trail client, Jenny M.
When I was little I'd sprinkle glitter in my hair and twirl around the backyard pretending to be Pippi Longstocking or perhaps Maria from The Sound of Music....Read More >
June 03, 2013
By Shelley W., former Skyland Trail client
As the result of a major manic episode and subsequent hospitalization, I entered Skyland Trail in May 2011. I had been grappling for some months with medica...Read More >
April 29, 2013
On Friday, May 3rd, Skyland Trail is hosting the 16th Annual Arts in the Garden event. This event celebrates Mental Health Month by giving consumers of mental health services an opportunit...Read More >
April 08, 2013
“Hope springs eternal” on the campuses at Skyland Trail, especially in springtime when the return of unfolding new growth and budding flowers bravely announce that the process of regenerat...Read More >
April 02, 2013
President's Letter as published in the 2012 Annual Report.
The signs of strong momentum at Skyland Trail were everywhere in 2012. Client and family participation in all of our services increase...Read More >
March 26, 2013
Reprinted with permission from the Skyland Trail client newsletter.
Written by Skyland Trail clients Erica and Vadi
When we come in on Wednesday, and we're feeling kind of blue, we always know when ...Read More >
March 11, 2013
Billy Howard is the featured speaker at this year's Skyland Trail Associates Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show. Howard is a 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. Howard is th...Read More >
March 06, 2013
Page Morocco is President of the Skyland Trail Associates, an auxiliary group of women who support Skyland Trail through fundraising efforts and special events. Page talks about her involvement with S...Read More >
January 07, 2013
John C. Gordon is the new chair of the Skyland Trail board of directors. John has been a member of the Skyland Trail leadership team for more than 20 years. John was recently interviewed by Maria Sapo...Read More >
December 19, 2012
Three Questions with Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Skyland Trail Chief Medical Officer
1. Why do we see mental illness emerge in young adults in their 20s?
We’re identifying mental illnesses a lot earlier...Read More >
November 26, 2012
We are in recovery and must realize
With each passing day, there are certain
Things we should not do
But that’s not a big price to pay
Sometimes recovery requires us to
Change ...Read More >
June 25, 2012
Skyland Trail announced the volunteer leadership for its 15th annual Benefits of Laughter gala, to be held October 17, 2012 at the St. Regis Atlanta Buckhead.Read More >
June 14, 2012
Skyland Trail’s Second annual Southern Shindig was held at The Trolley Barn in April and was a great success. The event was organized by a group of dedicated volunteers and featured Fo...Read More >
May 15, 2012
This article, written by Susan Lindsey, appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of our Journeys Magazine.
From the outside, Roberta W. appeared to have it all—a solid career, a strong marriage, a fam...Read More >
June 18, 2011
It’s been more than four years since Don and Maryland McCarty’s son David received a diagnosis of schizophrenia, permanently altering the fabric of their close-knit family.
“We go...Read More >
May 03, 2011
Opposite ideas or feelings may initially appear to be contradictory. For instance, how can I want to look great in my swimsuit for a trip to the beach but also really want to eat that glazed dou...Read More >