All Kinds of News for April 06, 2016
SUWS of the Carolinas (NC) Field Supervisor Blake Smith, delivered a webinar to over 60 clinical professionals and parents on Friday March 25, 2016. The monthly webinar series highlights themes from each group in the SUWS program. Blake works with families in group Bravo. Bravo is comprised of adolescent males 14-17 years of age. The webinar titled "We Said: Fix. Our. Kid.” – Exploring How Parents Can Create Balanced and Effective Home Agreements with Therapeutic Support, addressed the following:
Today’s high-speed society adds levels of stress and information that can overwhelm any parent or caretaker’s emotional or physical capacity to cope.
Often families to turn to a string of mental health providers, educators, and health providers seeking to help them solve or manage an adolescent’s maladaptive or risk-taking behavior. A family’s increased reliance on the therapist or educator can lead to a gradual dependence on professional advice and a decrease in the parental self-assurance/confidence needed to solve a troubled family-relational dynamic.
Families establishing a firm home contract can effectively set limits and support an adolescent’s authentic goals with a well-designed and responsive home agreement especially with ongoing collaboration with a mental health provider, coach, case-worker or therapist.
SUWS of the Carolinas is a therapeutic wilderness program with a focus on short-term, high impact intervention and assessment. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, SUWS offers specialized niche groups, providing a homogeneous environment for treatment resistant children and teens. There are four program options, serving students ages 10-17. SUWS Adolescent serves students who are struggling with a range of mental health issues, including trauma, depression and anxiety. Seasons is a co-ed program for students ages 10-13, who deal with poor emotional regulation, high family conflict, depression and poor impulse control. Phoenix Outdoor assists teens with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and Approach is a social learning program for students who are living with autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disorders, pervasive developmental disorders.