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Creating a Home-Like
Environment of Equanimity

Environment of equanimity

Mental calmness and composure in the face of a difficult situation is the feeling we aim to cultivate at Makana. The entire experience of being here is therapeutic from morning exercises and meditation until evening activities and bedtime. When our students are not in school or therapy they are having fun, discovering new interests, or practicing a new skill in one of our club activities. Our “Home Mentors” create opportunities to master life skills, self-awareness, and problem-solving through experiences that are fun, engaging, and purposeful. Campus life feels like home, with friends, laughter, caring mentors, and phases of the daily routine that all add up to personal growth.

Our staff to student ratio is never less than 1:4. Students live in groups of 8 per home and take on chores and responsibilities for themselves much like they would at home. The staff and student body become their family tribe as we all work together to create an environment of peaceful equanimity.

Modeling Secure Attachment

It is extremely helpful for a developing adolescent to understand their patterns of attachment as they work to reframe their relationships with parents and prepare for successful partnerships.

We love how Dr. Dianne Poole teaches how to apply an understanding of attachment theory and trauma resolution in her book, Healing Your Attachment Wounds. She helps identify how traumatic events — such as a physical injury, emotional threat, or other life crisis’ — can amplify a sense of fear, anger, isolation, or helplessness in our lives.

Dr. Poole sheds light on the three styles of insecure attachment — Avoidant, Ambivalent, and Disorganized — and the ideal fourth style of Secure Attachment, where we enjoy a foundation of safety, adaptability, and intimacy with others. The good news is that we can change, regardless of our early or current life experiences.

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Home Mentors

Camryn Bowers

Residential Mentor

Camryn Bowers

Residential Mentor

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Sarah Komisar

Home Manager

Sarah Komisar

Home Manager

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Mike Goodman

Residential Mentor

Mike Goodman

Residential Mentor

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Megan Pope

Leadership Ambassador

Megan Pope

Leadership Ambassador

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Esther Tsumba

Residential Mentor

Esther Tsumba

Residential Mentor

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Utah Department of Human Services
Utah State Board of Education
California Department of Education
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Post Adoption Service
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