Much of the therapeutic work done at Eckerd Connects E-Nini-Hassee is based on the Reality Therapy and Choice Theory techniques. This work was created by psychiatrist Dr. William Glasser in 1965. It is defined by helping clients with unmet needs, goal setting, problem-solving, and building more meaningful relationships (Positivepsychology.com). The team works to support the girls in making healthy decisions that are motivated and reinforced by a strong sense of self.
There is a transformation that occurs in the girls who find their way to Eckerd Connects E-Nini-Hassee. Each girl presents with her own story and embarks on her very own journey. It may start with a history of depression, school failure, substance use, and/or failed coping mechanisms. From the start, the admissions team will evaluate each new camper to make sure there is a fit for the program and then very thoughtfully match her to the group in which she will thrive.
Each group of 8-10 campers is led by staff that model and practice positive behaviors. Over the 6-10 month length of stay, healthy choices, and positive behaviors become a way of life for each group.
Families may feel lost when they first arrive at camp. But they are quickly embraced by a loving team that works with both the girl and the family to foster change. That change is led by passionate clinicians and teachers who work together to launch each adolescent girl into the world. The teamwork between clinicians and teachers creates an atmosphere that allows children to set and accomplish goals. Healthy choices and strong relationships are the basis of what has allowed campers to thrive after completing the program.