The Institute for Therapy through the Arts 40th Anniversary Event!

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Lava Heights Academy was in Chicago last month to take part in a milestone event for The Institute for Therapy through the Arts. ITA is a community-based program which offers an integrated arts approach to help children, adults, and families through Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Drama Therapy, and Dance/Movement Therapy.

As a sponsor for the ITA 40th Anniversary, Lava Heights played an important role in an event which included Art Therapy pioneer Dr. Harriet Wadeson, live dance performances, and Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Anaba (honored for her work in Dance/Movement Therapy).

It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to support a fellow creative arts therapies program and to be amongst those who have seen the benefits of the expressive arts first hand. We wish ITA another 40 years of inspiring change, strengthening health, cultivating achievement, and forging leadership!!


From left: Dr. Harriet Wadeson and Carrie Ann Anaba with ITA Executive Director Jenni Rook and Founding Director Marilyn “Toddy” Richman


Lava Heights 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 Lava Heights or any of our facilities, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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