10 Reasons to Choose Skyland Trail
March 15, 2017
Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization treating adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis.
Through our residential and day treatment programs, we help our clients grow, recover, and reclaim their lives.
1. Primary Psychiatric Treatment
We treat adults ages 18 and older with a primary mood or thought disorder, including bipolar illness, major depression, and schizophrenia. Many clients have co-occurring substance abuse, borderline personality disorder, or anxiety diagnoses. In fact, in 2015, 75 percent of clients had 3 or more co-occurring diagnoses.
2. Evidence-based Treatment
Our evidence-based approach starts at admission with a comprehensive assessment. Based on the results, clients are assigned to a specialized treatment team and structured schedule. Clients benefit from specialized therapeutic approaches that research indicates are most effective in addressing their specific diagnoses and symptoms.
3. Specialized Treatment Based on Diagnosis
Not a one-size-fits-all program, each client is matched with a dedicated primary counselor, staff psychiatrist, and peer support group based on diagnoses and symptoms. Specialized communities include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Young Adult / First Psychotic Episode
- Social Integration
- Dual Diagnosis (offered as a second area of focus for clients in all communities)
4. Continuum of Care
Our longer lengths of stay help clients reintegrate gradually and with support. Our continuum of care with designated step down points creates natural transitions to greater independence. Most clients admit to residential treatment, then step down to day treatment, then intensive outpatient as their symptoms and skills improve. Transitional housing, independence coaching, vocational services, and an alumni program continue to provide support as clients transition to independent living.
5. Integrated Wellness and Onsite Primary Care
All clients participate in programs to strengthen mind and body. Clients receive nutrition and active living counseling, including daily structured exercise groups. An onsite primary care clinic collaborates with the clinical team on lab testing and specialized assessments, and clients with co-occurring medical problems like high blood pressure or diabetes receive onsite care.
6. Structured Schedules
Clients participate in structured therapeutic activities from 10AM to 4PM, Monday through Friday, engaging in a different group each hour. More than 150 groups are offered each week. On evenings and weekends, clients participate in structured activities on campus and in the community, including trips to Atlanta museums, sporting events, and restaurants.
7. Multidisciplinary Expertise
Our multidisciplinary treatment team includes experts in everything from nutrition to vocational coaching. Integrated services include:
- Vocational Services
- Art & Music Therapy
- Horticultural Therapy
- Recreation Therapy
- Pastoral Counseling
- Nutrition Counseling
- Cognitive Training
- Certified Peer Counselors
8. Private Rooms and Respectful Facilities
All of our residential communities are unlocked voluntary facilities surrounded by gardens. While in treatment, all residential clients live in a private bedroom with a private bathroom.
9. Reset to Healthy Living
Our clinical staff help clients work on re-establishing healthy sleep and meal schedules, self-care and hygiene, medication adherence, and healthy social and recreational activities. Residential activities help clients prepare for independence and life outside of treatment.
10. Family Involvement
We help client families learn how to support their loved one’s progress in healthy and effective ways. We offer a weekly family support and education group at no cost. With permission from the client, we communicate openly with families about client progress. And our onsite family therapy program helps many families discover new ways to trust, communicate, respect, lean on, lift up and nurture one another.