Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Art Therapy & Mindfulness

Individuals coping with mental health symptoms often struggle with staying in the present moment. Those coping with depression may become stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts or cognitive distortions [false beliefs colored by depressive symptoms].  Whereas anxiety-related disorders can cause a focus on potential danger in the future. For people healing from trauma, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks and body memories can make it especially hard to be fully engaged in what is occurring in the present moment.

Mindfulness, a practice that helps people focus on the here and now, or present moment, is a common therapeutic intervention to relieve symptoms in those suffering from a variety of mental health disorders. By bringing attention back to the present moment, mental health symptoms can be reduced and made easier for the individual to manage.  Mindfulness is also a core component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)*, one of the therapeutic principles that informs treatment at Timberline Knolls.

”Mindfulness” is often thought of by the public as mediation, chanting or even silence. For some, mindfulness may be a new skill they are not familiar with. It can feel strange, difficult to engage in, and sometimes even intimidating. Fear, or lack of knowledge can prevent people from using mindfulness as the powerful coping skill it can be.

Art Therapy, facilitated by a Master’s level clinician, can provide a more accessible and less intimidating way to approach mindfulness. Often, familiar and seemingly simple artistic exercises can be a more approachable way for residents to increase their connection to the present moment, and diffuse rumination on the past or future.

When residents participate in Art Therapy sessions at Timberline Knolls, a therapeutic environment is created by an experienced and specialty trained Art Therapist, in which the clients can feel safe while engaging in treatment.

Resident-centered sessions are conducted using a wide variety of art materials. They may choose familiar ones such as paint, marker or collage, or something new to them. Supported by an experienced Art Therapist, clients learn to become increasingly present in the moment through their art making and creativity.

While making art, residents often remark that they are less aware or even unbothered by nagging thoughts about their problems, anxiety or despair. Through this experiential therapy, residents learn to use their creativity to practice mindfulness beyond the therapy session.  Often, through free art making, they are able to explore and express thoughts and emotions that are not accessible to them through verbal means. Sensory stimulation from various art making also provides valuable grounding skills that help clients tolerate emotional and somatic distress.

A very common question asked is whether participating in Art Therapy requires any art skills or previous experience. It doesn’t. Simply experimenting with art materials provides an opportunity to learn, and express one’s self.  The chance to investigate color, shape, texture and line offers a non-verbal venue for self-exploration and expression.

*Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originated by Dr. Marsha Linehan. 

 

About Peta Minerof-Bartos, MAATC, Art Therapist

Peta Minerof Bartos is an Art Therapist and experienced textile artist. She brings training in art therapy from settings as diverse as working with child-caregiver dyads, students aged 3-22 attending therapeutic school, addictions, and eating disorders in hospital-based, residential and outpatient care.

Her approach to care is person-centered and relational. Her work is informed with a strong core of Social Justice, having provided pro-bono services for medically underserved and at-risk individuals for many years before beginning her career in Art Therapy.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College, Northampton, MA and her MAATC degree from The School of Art Institute of Chicago.  Her works have been featured in Fine Art of Fiber shows, Machine Quilts Expo Midwest, International Quilt Festival 2014 and The School of the Art Institute exhibitions. 

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