Check out what was found on Mount Pleasant Academy’s Vision Quest!

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Vision Quest took participants on a journey of discovery through clinical presentations, experiential workshops, and spiritual ceremonies.
Vision Quest 
June 28th – 30th

Mount Pleasant Academy is proud to have hosted their first-ever Vision Quest event last month on the campus of the treatment center’s beautiful horse ranch, surrounded by rolling pastures and rocky mountain peaks. A full program of experiential workshops and clinical presentations was rounded out by adventure based activities, dutch oven peach cobbler, a 5-star dinner, as well as sweat lodge and spiritual circle opportunities.
Experiential Workshops


Equine Therapy is a crucial component of therapeutic programming at Mount Pleasant. Students gain valuable insights regarding themselves and their behavior through relationship-building with a horse. Vision Quest attendees were treated to an equine experience that focused on the relational energy exchange that takes place between human and horse (led by Experiential Director Shawn Ashworth).

The low ropes course , designed and constructed by Mount Pleasant’s program director (Matt   Kiefer), also provides students with the opportunity for personal change and growth. Through the use of cooperative tasks and metaphor, participants at Vision Quest were able to explore communication, relationships, and group dynamics.
Clinical Presentations

David Thompson LMFT, ASAT (Clinical Director at Mount Pleasant) and Stan Sullivan, LCSW, CSAT both gave presentations geared specifically to those mental health professionals who work with adolescents suffering from sexual addictions. Mr. Thompson’s presentation centered on daily recovery and practice technique while Mr. Sullivan focused on the theoretical construct of the authentic self.
Closing out the event was Dr. Stefanie Carnes, president of the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals. Dr. Carnes is a nationally acclaimed speaker and authority on addiction treatment. In addition to her work with couples and families facing sexual addiction, she has authored several books, including Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts. Vision Quest attendees benefited greatly from her informative and engaging presentation.

Mount Pleasant Academy is a member of the CARE Schools family of treatment centers. Our facilities are fully accredited academic programs devoted to creating a specialized treatment environment for each student. Individual, group, and family therapy are conducted within a variety of experiential therapeutic modalities including equine therapy and the creative arts therapies. Our milieu framework is shaped by the Positive Peer Culture model and helps to foster concern and care for others as well as personal accountability. It is our mission to encourage healing and growth in order to help students reach their goals. For more information on Mount Pleasant or any of our facilities, please don’t hesitate to contact us.