Our Therapeutic Model
Our students benefit from a highly collaborative clinical environment where therapists, psychologists, and medical professionals develop and implement individualized multidisciplinary treatment plans.
How NMT Works at Pacific Quest
When students first arrive, we focus on the basics: sleep, hydration, and nutrition. Through a structured schedule, sensory-based interventions, and individual therapy, we help students establish a routine and a sense of physical and emotional security.
Once students settle in, we help them build meaningful connections within the PQ community. We achieve this through group therapy, projects and games, family video therapy, farm activities, and outings.
With the foundation of routine, safety, and connection in place, we now shift our focus to building an individualized set of skills and insights. Students take on increasing responsibility for their routine, daily expectations, and time management. We emphasize the development of practical and portable strategies to ensure a smooth transition.
NMT is not one specific therapeutic technique or intervention. Instead, it’s an evidence based developmentally sensitive, neurobiologically informed approach to clinical work. It gives us a way to organize each student’s history and current functioning to optimize the therapeutic process.
Additionally, NMT provides a framework that allows us to weave various activities into students’ relationships and environments. In this way, most “therapeutic” experiences occur outside of the actual context of conventional therapy.
The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™
Our program is certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics™ (NMT). The neurosequential approach lets us consider each student’s unique challenges and traumas and pick a treatment modality that’s most appropriate in the moment, as it relates to their stage of brain development. By focusing on the brain, we help students forge new neural pathways for lasting change.
Our daughter went to Pacific Quest (PQ) in the spring of 2018. She suffered from depression and anxiety. Regular therapy at home was not enough and we heard about PQ. We were very reluctant to send her away from home. However, the staff made us feel better about the decision. Now, we know it was the best decision we could have made. It changed her life! The healthy living made a huge difference. The on-going therapy with Andrew Vispo (who was absolutely fantastic) helped her immensely and helped us. We will be forever grateful to PQ, Andrew and the rest of the staff.