Approximately 20% of all students referred to Cornerstone have a significant school avoidance problem. We have developed a specialized clinical protocol for these students that has proven to be highly successful; after a three to six month period the attendance for this group increases by approximately 300% for when compared to their attendance in their home school district. When a school avoidant student is enrolled at Cornerstone, he/she is assigned to a member of our school avoidance team. After the initial clinical evaluation, which includes a specialized school avoidance assessment completed by both parent and student, treatment typically includes proactive outreach activities such as nightly phone calls and home visits, complemented by intensive family work focusing on helping the student leave home and feel comfortable in our intimate school environment. Every day, our protocols help students overcome their anxiety, thrive at Cornerstone and, ultimately, successfully transition back to district, college or work.
Cornerstone provides clinical and related services for students with eating disorders. Our Eating Disorders Treatment Coordinator, in collaboration with our medical team, oversees a comprehensive program that includes specialized individual and family therapy, a DBT-informed psycho-educational group for eating disordered adolescents, a supervised lunch period, counseling by our nutritionist, and customized yoga and art classes with an emphasis on body, mind and wellness.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based and highly regarded therapeutic approach that is infused in much of the clinical work done at Cornerstone. DBT focuses on helping students manage their symptoms through teaching the skills of: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Effectiveness. DBT is particularly effective for students suffering from a number of personality disorders. For these students, we have a special DBT clinical track that focuses on learning the skills of DBT to help overcome problems with interpersonal relationships.
Recovery Process Group
Although Cornerstone does not accept students with active substance abuse problems, we provide regular toxicology screening and a specialized recovery group for students who have had a prior substance abuse problem but are now in active and successful recovery.
Other Specialized Groups
Specialty groups are formed when needed. Examples include adoption, attachment disorder, sexual orientation and gender identity. Depending on the needs of the students, these groups can be a single semester or a full year.