Ironwood Maine Web Update

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

This week, I would like to talk about one of the main components at Ironwood; therapy. The Ironwood program is separated into three distinct areas of focus, (education, residential/behavioral, and therapeutic) and therapy is heavily integrated into our daily campus routines. At Ironwood, we have a variety of opportunities for therapeutic support including individual sessions, family sessions, peer groups, and experiential groups such as E.A.P. (equine assisted psychotherapy) and Q.N.R.T. (Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy). 

With all these different types of therapy, our therapists work with us to create progress in each ofthe areas in our lives that are challenging and difficult . Within all of these areas of therapeutic support, students and therapist often talk about forgiveness…not only what it means and the effect it can have, but also the steps necessary to receive and to give forgiveness. This process starts early in the program, while at Frye, with the writing and presenting of the “Letter of Accountability.” This therapeutic goal gives students and parents the opportunity to take accountability for their actions from the past, as well as introducing initial discussions around forgiving each other in order to live a healthier and happier life, together. 

While forgiveness is an integral part of life at Ironwood, it is also critical to being successful in life outside of Ironwood. When applying the act of forgiveness to life outside of Ironwood, I am confident it would help strengthen relationships with others, but most importantly with yourself. Therapy also helps in that regard by giving students a platform to express their thoughts in a safe space that allows them to learn and grow. 

While researching and digging deeper into this area of the Ironwood program, I learned more about forgiveness and how it is not necessarily about other people, but can instead be focused on one’s own involvement with certain situations. Another lesson I learned was that forgiving others can be sometimes easy, while forgiving yourself can be much more challenging. 

I hope that this focus on therapy, a topic that we discuss often on campus, gives you a better idea of how we are able to learn and grow each day, while at Ironwood. Have a great weekend!

This weekly update is brought to you by a level three students that will soon be transitioning to Level 4 at the Lakehouse. He elected to complete this week’s campus update by focusing on one component of the Ironwood program. 

ALSO, BREAKING NEWS JUST IN AT 3PM FRIDAY:   THE IRONWOOD HORTICULTURE TEAM HAS BEEN AWARDED 4 BLUE RIBBONS AT THIS WEEK’S MOFGA COMMON GROUND FAIR.  MOFGA STANDS FOR MAINE ORGANIC FARMERS AND GARDENERS ASSOCIATION AND THIS FAIR IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR IN THIS STATE.  FIRST PLACE RIBBONS WERE FOR:  BROCCOLI, CHERRY BOMB PEPPERS, ANAHEIM PEPPERS and THAI CHILI PEPPERS.          

CONGRATS TO TEAM IRONWOOD!

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