Clinical Director Mike Beswick On Greenbrier Academy’s Therapeutic Philosophy

Interventions and relations at Greenbrier are guided by the model’s philosophy of Strong Relationality. The following concepts represent core elements of our therapeutic orientation.

I probably incorporate all of these statements into my conversations on at least a weekly basis.

Review these statements and see how many you recognize in your own life and with your interactions with others:

  • All interventions at Greenbrier are reflective of mission, Source, and virtue. It’s part of how we teach students how to dream again. How to envision futures for themselves and find MEANING in their lives.
  • Treating the question “what am I here for?” can actually treat physical symptoms like anxiety and depression.
  • We don’t dissect problems. We want your daughter to be who she’s supposed to be, informed through the development of virtuous relationships. This is the key to purpose and resiliency.
  • Mission can simply be defined as taking the skills and attributes that you’ve been given and using them in a way that helps others.
  • Ever read the quote “Your problem is that you need bigger problems?” Experiential service opportunities help students to start focusing on things that benefit their quality of life, relationships, and consequently, their mental health.
  • Relationality is much more than the connection between two individuals and includes:
    • Intra-personal, i.e. the relationship we have with conflicting parts of self, should I or shouldn’t I?
    • Inter-personal, which includes friends and family, but also relationships that have yet to materialize, i.e. the relationship with a child that hasn’t been born, with the man or woman that will become your husband or wife, etc.
    • Relationship with Source.
    • Relationship with nature.
    • When we have helped a student, we have encouraged them to examine change on as many relational dimensions as possible.

How has Greenbrier Academy helped you to be more aware of mission, Source, and virtue in your life?

Mike Beswick, LICSW, BCD

Clinical Director, Greenbrier Academy for Girls

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