Stages of Change


The Moonridge Academy Personal Greatness Program is a unique, self-paced journey of self-discovery.  We want our students to learn that they all have greatness within them.  The Personal Greatness Program is designed to help your daughter discover her own unique talents and abilities.  Using a stage system, it introduces certain basic principles of life to your daughter in a sequential format.  This gives us the opportunity to observe the girls, allowing each student to receive extra attention from staff.  As a girl begins to understand and live according to the principles of one stage, she earns the right to move to the next stage where she is exposed to another set of principles and privileges.  At each level, a girl has a list of requirements that are individually tailored for her specific needs by her therapist and the treatment team.  Each requirement helps a girl learn more about herself and reinforces the specific principles she has been taught on that stage.  Many of the requirements included learning DBT skills and then practicing those skills in day-to-day life.  There is no set time period for how long a girl should be on a stage.  Because of this individualized program a student might spend more time on some stages and less on others.   

The five stages of the Moonridge Academy Personal Greatness Program are:

  1. BREAKTHROUGH:  Girls learn the Moonridge rules and expectations.
  2. AWARENESS:  Girls learn their impact on others and coping skills.
  3. PRACTICE/COMMITMENT:  Girls practice skills learned, to improve relationships and communication.
  4. ACCEPTANCE:  Girls learn to accept their mistakes, forgive others, and to share their strengths with others.
  5. INTERNALIZATION/INDEPENDENCE:  Girls become open to feedback and challenges.  They learn self-evaluation, responsibility and leadership skills.