I spent the week of May 12 -16 with the staff and residents at Sandhill Child Development Center in New Mexico. “Sandhill Child Development Center is a residential program for children ages 5 to 13 at admission, who are experiencing significant difficulties functioning in their current home, school or community due to an inability to regulate their emotional states. By repairing a child’s trust in care and adult guidance, Sandhill gives the child the tools necessary to proceed with a healthy and bright future. Sandhill Child Development Center emphasizes a relationally-based clinical approach that is grounded in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) developed by Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and The ChildTrauma Academy.” Sandhill takes children from all over the United States.
As one of the ChildTrauma Academy’s initial partner certification sites there was no question about visiting Sandhill. Having been at the implementation of neurodevelopmentally informed interventions in their residential treatment for some time now, I wanted to see for myself where they were up to and what discoveries they had made.
- Individual weekly therapy for the child
- Family therapy
- Parent training sessions
- Modelling sessions/co-parenting on site
- Animal Assisted Interventions
- Nutrition – provision of a “brain friendly” diet which strives to use many organic and whole foods.
- Exercise and recreation – including sports, team building, martial arts and other exercise based activities.
- Service Learning via voluntary interaction in the community
- Wilderness Adventure Therapy.
- Daily education
All of this provided on site or as part of the one program! Sandhill has capacity for up to 30 children and adolescents at any given time and their average length of stay is around 18 months. Read more about Sandhill Child Development Center here, at Chelle Taylor’s blog My Creswick Fellowship Tour.
Edited version of a post written by: Michelle (Chelle) Taylor, Clinical Psychologist and NMT Consultant, Take Two Program