Lava Heights Academy Therapeutically Informed Drama for Teens

students participating in a drama therapy program in UtahAt Lava Heights Academy, we use integrated theatrical arts, or drama, as a therapeutic component to serve our youth. Theatrical arts is one of four therapeutic components at Lava Heights that form the basis to an overall excellent treatment experience. We are not the usual traditional residential treatment center for teens. What makes us different? We offer a premium education, authentic fine arts training, and therapeutic interventions as a pathway to self-discovery and healing.

At Lava Heights, we promote therapeutic creative arts through theatrical productions. Our students train and practice to ultimately perform on stage. This gives our students the opportunity to develop their talent and work with others, leading to self-discovery and inner healing.

When parents are considering Lava Heights, and they compare our program with other residential treatment options, it’s easy for them to see that we offer teens an unmatched value that goes beyond “treatment”. We are the pioneer therapeutic theatrical arts program. Meaning, other residential treatment centers may offer theatre and therapy, but we have improved this method by combining theatrical arts and experiential therapy – creating creative arts therapy that works.

Students come to Lava Heights Academy with serious emotional and academic challenges. Our professional clinicians and caring residential staff approach our students from a strength-based perspective, recognizing that each student has inherent resiliency that can be used to enhance the therapeutic intervention. Strength-based resiliency is the belief that in each teenager, there are inherent gifts and talents that can be strengthened and used to improve emotional and behavioral functioning. We use theatrical performing arts at Lava Heights Academy, helping each student identify their own inner gifts and use them to grow emotionally, socially, and academically. Our goal is not just to restore teens, but to allow them to launch into a powerful future through the theatrical experience.