VQ got its start in Maryland in 2005 with Morningstar Youth Academy, a program dedicated to offering specialized treatment to youth in need. Since that time, we have continued to expand the population served by the Morningstar program and constantly improved on the treatment that we provide, always keeping on the cutting edge of the social services industry.
Morning Star Youth Academy
Morning Star Youth Academy is a 24 bed, CARF accredited residential program for young men aged 13 to 18 located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We offer both a 6-9 month and 90 day short term program. The program accepts up to and including ASAM criteria Level II. The program offers Substance Abuse, Trauma Informed Care, Equine Assisted Learning, Mental Health, Wellness, Life Skills, Community Service and Physical Activities.
Substance Abuse Treatment
The Seven Challenges is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems. This involves a multi-phase therapeutic process that works first on establishing a foundation of trust, self knowledge and positive values, and then specifically on drug and alcohol issues. The program motivates youth to commit to change and supports their success by implementing the desired changes.
The program is an onsite Type I Non-Public School, approved through the Maryland State Department of Education. The program offers 7-12th Grade, GED, Pre GED and credit recovery. The curriculum includes all four core content areas, Physical Education and Life Skills. The program partners with several local organizations to provide youth with the opportunity to work toward the seventy five hours of community service required in order to graduate from Maryland High Schools.
The Sanctuary® Model of Trauma Informed Care is a blueprint for change that creates a community, both within VQ as well as families, one that recognizes that trauma, adversity and stress impact us as individuals, groups and as a society. VQ has incorporated Sanctuary into our practices as a foundation that promotes safety, recovery and resiliency.
Equine Assisted Learning
Equine Assisted Learning is a groundwork-centered, interactive learning in the dynamic presence of horses. EAL emphasizes the non-verbal relationships between horse and human. Participants are encouraged to closely observe and interact with the horse, in order to understand and challenge their own assumptions and habits.
Extraordinary Experiences are part of each young man’s journey through the program. This includes programming such as mountain biking, running and yoga, Quests that include camping trips, structured physical activity, and community service experience. Each experience provides multiple opportunities to process past and present emotions into a plan for an improved future. Some of these opportunities include training and participating in half marathons, triathlons and duathlons.
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Morningstar is proud to be CARF accredited.
Morningstar Youth Academy is a 24 bed facility that provides two programs: a 6-9 month residential placement program and a short-term, 90-day program. Both programs provide youth with evidence-based substance abuse treatment services, wellness services, and education.
This program works with families in Baltimore City and County as well as the Eastern Shore area to help youth coming from residential treatment centers reintegrate with their families successfully. The therapy our clinicians provide helps reduce recidivism in these areas and is also used as an early intervention preventative measure.
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