Experiential Learning Program
Certified therapy canines help provide youth with lessons about attachment, trauma and self-regulation while providing healthy opportunities to give and receive nurturing.
Utilizing arts and crafts as a means for therapeutic expression allows youth to use their creativity to overcome emotional and social skill deficits.
KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital maintains a fully accredited ropes course used to give children and adolescents opportunities to gain self-awareness and courage while building trust and teamwork skills.
Learning how to care for and ride a horse promotes a youth’s confidence and self-awareness. Equine-assisted therapy also teaches youth work ethic skills, responsibility and communication.
Prepping, planting and monitoring the many flowers, plants and vegetables grown on campus teaches youth how to connect to the environment in a way that builds relaxation, focus and improves overall wellbeing.
Youth receiving treatment at KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital discover their strengths through dance thanks to a partnership with the Kansas School of Classical Ballet and Netsmart. Dance therapy allows youth to use movement to boost self-esteem, self-awareness and express his or her feelings.
Music can help youth gain confidence, demonstrate control and discover different types of communication by using instruments including guitars and tambourines.
The VR sessions used in behavioral treatment facilitate new approaches to meditation, exploration of different environments and landscapes, and art and expression therapy. Youth can create personalized pathways to allow them to visit a place in virtual reality where they feel safe or happy.
The Voyages program at KVC Wheatland Hospital provides youth with a variety of engaging and educational experiences. Through field trips, guest speakers, special projects and activities, youth gain awareness about life and how to take control of their personal success.