Grant to Provide New Alternative Therapy For Residential Adolescents & Teens

Jane Kurek, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation (left) and Robert L. Melchionne, Vice President, Middle Market Commercial Lending, Provident Bank (center), present Donald J. Parker, CEO and President of Carrier Clinic, with a grant for the ‘Music Therapy: Song Composition for Teens, A New Way of Healing,’ program.

Adolescent residents at Carrier Clinic® will now sing a new song of hope

Carrier Clinic®, an NJ psychiatric hospital and recovery center, recently received a grant from The Provident Bank Foundation to provide a new creative alternative therapy to their residential teens and adolescents struggling with psychiatric and behavioral disorders. ‘Music Therapy: Song Composition for Teens, A New Way of Healing,’ enables residents to write, rehearse, and record an original song that tells the story of their struggles and healing.

This program will give adolescents a hands-on interactive experience to encourage healing in a safe environment, and teach success skills that will help them grow both personally and professionally.

Anthony Cartusciello, Director of Residential Services at Carrier Clinic’s East Mountain Youth Lodge, said, “a number of our youth struggle with trust because so many of them have been let down in the most basic of ways. By introducing this program to our residents, it gives them the opportunity to build trust development skills that will ultimately be of benefit to them when navigating life outside of Carrier Clinic. Participants will also acquire the ability to manage their impulses and/or emotions better, which will only help enhance their own recovery.”

“Carrier Clinic fills an important need in the community by offering support and assistance to vulnerable teens,” said Jane Kurek, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation. “By providing a new creative alternative to therapy, Music Therapy: Song Composition for Teens will afford residents a safe and comfortable environment to explore their feelings in a group setting”.

Started over 37 years ago, Carrier Clinic’s East Mountain Youth Lodge is a teen residential treatment program for those ages 13-18 who suffer from psychiatric, emotional and/or behavioral disorders. The length of stay for these adolescents is variable but may be as long as 18 months. A longer-term project such as ‘Music Therapy: Song Composition for Teens, A New Way of Healing,’ encourages working as a team, delayed gratification, and continued effort and patience to accomplish a goal. The new therapy is set to begin in January 2017.

About The Provident Bank Foundation

The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of non-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $21million to non-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities. Visit The Provident Bank Foundation website or call 862-260-3990 for more information.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic

Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic is a nonprofit Central Jersey behavioral health care provider, specializing in psychiatric and addiction treatment. Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic includes an inpatient psychiatric hospital, detoxification and rehabilitation centeradolescent and teen residential facility, and a fully accredited middle and high school for students classified emotionally disturbed. For more information about Hackensack Meridian Health Carrier Clinic and its services contact us through our website or call 1-800-933-3579.

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