All Kinds of News for January 06, 2016
Accrediting body commends program for quality, expertise and "devoted staff"
Red Oak Recovery (NC), an innovative addiction treatment program for young adults struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues, has received three-year accreditation by CARF International, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. It is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. CARF promotes and supports quality services through their consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of persons served.
"We are very pleased to receive this accreditation as confirmation of the outstanding services we strive to always provide for our clients and families," said Jack Kline, MS, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, Chief Executive Officer of Red Oak Recovery.
The CARF survey report specifically commended the program for its "dedicated and devoted staff and management team" who are "qualified, competent and compassionate in their delivery of services that address the individual needs of [clients]." CARF surveyors also noted Red Oak's commitment to quality, substance abuse and mental health expertise, and evidence-based models.
"Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation," wrote Brian J. Boon, Ph.D., President & CEO of CARF International. "Services, personnel, and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of conformance to standards."
"The entire team at Red Oak has worked very hard to create an exceptional program for young adults, and we are proud to work with a great organization like CARF to help raise the bar for quality treatment," said Meg N. Nygren, CAI, Chief Administrative and Corporate Compliance Officer for Red Oak.
About Red Oak Recovery
Red Oak Recovery is located in the pristine Blue Ridge Mountains, just north of Asheville, NC, and is the result of extensive experience and research for developing highly effective programming to create a foundation of long-term recovery for young adults. The program uniquely blends quality clinical care, adventure therapy, experiential therapy, 12-step work and social skills development to create positive, lasting change. For more information, visit redoakrecovery.com.
We are excited to welcome John Schneier to the Red Oak team as the Clinical Outreach and Alumni Coordinator
John Schneier has been involved in the drug and alcohol treatment industry for the past six years. His roles have included business development, admissions, and alumni coordination. He began his career by developing and managing the alumni department of a highly regarded extended care treatment facility, he then went on to run their admissions and business development program.
John is very excited to join the team at Red Oak Recovery as an admissions and business development specialist. He will work with the admissions and business development team to create and develop future and existing business relationships within the referring professional community.
His experience comes from his own journey in getting sober at the age of 25, he is extremely passionate about his life in recovery and he uses that passion to encourage men and women who suffer from addiction to find their way to sobriety.
Along with helping others achieve sobriety, John enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities, mountain biking, dirt biking, skiing, snowmobiling are among a few. John and his beautiful fiancé Eirika live in Carbondale, Colorado with their two German Shepherds, Layla and Sasha.
Julia Hilton, M.S., has joined the Mountain Valley's staff as a Clinician and Equine Therapist and brings with her ten years of experience working with adolescents in various settings as a middle-school teacher, residential program director at both therapeutic and traditional boarding schools and treatment centers.
Julia earned her degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Equine Assisted Mental Health from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. At Mountain Valley, Julia facilitates both individual and group sessions using both CBT and DBT modalities. In addition to these "traditional" therapeutic modalities, Julia facilitates equine-assisted therapy sessions at Mountain Valley's equine center. Julia also enjoys spending time with her dog, Mazie, practicing yoga and riding horses.
Areas of Specialty and Interest
- Mindfullness-based CBT
- Equine Assisted Mental Health
- Integrated milieu and therapeutic experiences
- Experiential therapeutic learning
You can reach Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about Julia and her Mountain Valley colleagues, visit the MVTC website at www.mountainvalleytreatment.org
Founded by Charles Elias in December 2003, PRN for Families is proudly celebrating its twelfth anniversary. We have served hundreds of families in 32 states and on 3 continents through our outreach services during our time in operation. We are proud of all of the good work that we have accomplished, the relationships that we have developed, and the families, clinicians, mentors, and referring professionals that have been part of our journey.
Our mission has remained the same: To reach out to families in their own homes in order to empower family members with the tools, resources and support they need to safely stay together.
PRN for Families supports the following values and beliefs:
• Safety is paramount.
• Empowering families is our mission.
• We are most effective when we work in partnership with families.
• Everyone has strengths, skills and unique cultural experiences that we must respect and build upon.
• We believe that people are doing the best they can.
• All people have the potential to change.
• We cannot tell which situations are amenable to change, therefore we must remain open-minded about each family's chances of success.
• A crisis is an opportunity for change.
• We are accountable to families and to ourselves for service quality.
• It is important to reduce barriers to services and increase motivation by being accessible and flexible, and bringing our services into a family's own home.
• We believe in every family's success.
Thank you for your support over the past twelve years. We look forward to many more years of providing excellent home and community-based services to families!
Owners and founders Dana and Ty Taylor are excited to announce the opening of Magnolia Landing for Women, a 90 day extended care transitional living program for women ages 18 and up, transitioning from primary addiction and trauma treatment into a graceful, new life. Magnolia Landing is nestled along the Intracoastal Waterway of the Inner Banks of North Carolina, providing a private and serene location for our clients to heal. For admission inquiries, you may contact Dana Taylor directly at 435-491-0276 or email@example.com
Magnolia Landing was founded on three core values: Perseverance, Grace and Dignity. These values provide women the ability to embrace and trust their inner strength; experience and share grace, and find the beauty in standing with dignity, as they know their worth. We are dedicated to nurturing women in an environment where they are able to step back and find healing physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
Magnolia Landing provides evidence based, gender-responsive therapy modalities, that empower women as they continue their healing process that was started in primary treatment. Studies show women respond more positively and honestly in gender-specific settings. In this safe and nurturing environment, a woman can begin to accept, understand and love herself as she learns to trust others.
Our professionally trained and compassionate therapists, counselors and Recovery Support Specialists provide a variety of therapeutic modalities to support our clients in the continuation of their healing process, as they work through trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, process addictions, and self-defeating behaviors.
Health & Wellness
Meditation allows women to become centered and aware of their bodies and surroundings. The women of Magnolia Landing participate daily in personal meditation as well as guided meditation three times a week.
Yoga provides a powerful and effective alternative to traditional therapy for trauma victims; allowing them to calm their minds, experience emotions directly, and begin to feel a sense of strength and control. We are grateful to have Angela Needham, RYT-200 as a integral member of our team. Clients participate in yoga 3 mornings a week. Breathwork
Breathwork is a powerful and experiential body-focused technique, aiding our clients to clear their minds and reduce stress. Therapeutically, breathwork is essential in teaching women the importance of being in the moment and connecting spiritually.
Spirituality is another important aspect in recovery and healing the whole individual. Having a connection to a Higher Power and being able to personally define what that relationship means allows for greater spiritual connection and self-worth.
12 Step Work
In addition to attending local and in-house 12 Step meetings, we utilize Dr. Stephanie Covington’s Ph.D., L.C.S.W. A Woman’s Way Through the 12 Steps. Dr. Covington draws attention to women and how recovery raises special issues for them.
Although tucked away in our own little area of respite, our Crystal Coast location provides us the ability to enjoy multiple therapeutic and daily activities. Activities range from kayaking, paddle boarding, yoga and even hiking excursions. These activities can be done right on the Magnolia Landing grounds or by a short drive to our neighboring towns of Beaufort, Morehead City or Atlantic Beach. The quaint small town life of our neighboring coastal communities helps foster the joy of living life again in its simplest form.
If you would like to learn more about Magnolia Landing for Women, or know of a woman who has completed primary treatment, and would benefit from continuing care for trauma and addiction provided by Magnolia Landing, contact Dana Taylor at 435-491-0276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lake Ozark MO: Calo Teens has always been known for being on the cutting edge of trauma and attachment treatment and for having an impressive therapeutic program for adopted teenage boys. Last month, Calo Teens announced the creation of an innovative, specialty “program within a program” called The Chiefs.
Given most boys require a certain level of physical fitness, adventure and competition in order to engage in treatment, boys-specific programming has always been a priority at Calo Teens. Currently, this unique programming includes, but is not limited to, wake boarding, skiing, basketball, rock climbing, canoeing, fly fishing, wilderness survival skills, backpacking, rappelling, climbing, cycling, and high and low element ropes. Further, the Calo Teens location, right on Lake of the Ozarks, provides a very unique setting for teenage boys to engage in treatment and heal.
Calo Teens has invested even more into gender specific programming. This new programming is designed to address the specific developmental, social and emotional needs of boys. The Chiefs program is centered on understanding that disinhibited boys require a different environment and program than inhibited teenage boys. The program is meant to be a temporary placement to meet the acute emotional and physical needs of a male student who needs more structure and safety. “Students placed in The Chiefs home are in need of additional support and enhanced security measures to keep themselves safe. By increasing the staff/student ratios and focusing only on the core program elements, we believe placement in this home will allow students to experience long-term success at Calo” said Chris Perkins, Calo Lake Ozark Chief Operating Officer.
Even though the core Calo CASA Model, the core interventions, and root cause issue are all of the same, it is still important to create innovate programming that caters to various personalities, learning styles and behaviors. The Chiefs is designed specifically for those adopted adolescent boys who at times need more than Calo Teens’ traditional relational treatment program. "When a student demonstrates the need for placement in The Chiefs, their behaviors are a reflection of their emotional hurt and disorganization, thus the focus is on providing care and safety by staff," said Rob Gent, Calo's Chief Clinical Officer. "In this way we can continue the healing process without disrupting the placement."
Nicole Fuglsang, VP of Admissions, expanded: “After placement in The Chiefs, if the student is developing “Trust” and desiring privilege, then they should be moving toward being in the typical program. When predictable care is established, then the student moves toward a place of desiring more intimacy which is experienced through relational trust and increased privilege. The placement in the team is not to be a punishment; rather, activities and interactions are based on emotional and behavioral regulation needs.”
“We have developed a safe, therapeutic environment where boys are not confronted, but rather engaged and challenged to work on emotional regulation, communication skills, stress management, accountability and being of support and service to others”, said Perkins.
Channing Major, long-term Calo employee (4+ years) and new Team Lead for the Chiefs, went on to say, "Teenage boys have different social issues that often call for different treatment methods and strategies depending on their behaviors. The Chiefs program employs a highly structured, but non-adversarial approach, where boys tend to be kinder and more collaborative, feel a true sense of safety to discuss sensitive issues like abuse, neglect and depression, hold each other accountable for participation, and have less posturing".
To learn more about Calo Teens go to http://caloteens.com/
It is time for the proverbial torch to be passed to Rick Bulger, who has worked at Valley View School for over 23 years (beginning as a supervisor on the residential shift). In 2003, he earned his MSW from Boston College and moved from the direct care of students to more administrative duties, including overseeing the residential and academic programs, working with families and referral sources, admissions and working with Valley View School (VVS) Founder Dr. Phil Spiva as the Associate Director on the direction of the program as a whole. As such, he is well qualified and prepared to take on the position of Executive Director of VVS and will also continue as the Director of Admissions. While our philosophy and mission have not changed, making additions and changes to the work one does keeps it relevant and productive and Rick has already made moves towards making Valley View School a better and more effective place for adolescent boys and their families.
Dr. Spiva has shifted his role after 45 years of Valley View's Director to that of Director Emeritus, which will allow him to maintain a connection to the work he has always enjoyed. Dr. Spiva endured the rigor of obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, later backed by a diploma from the American Board of Professional Psychology and Fellow Membership in Academy of Clinical Psychology.
The philosophy of Valley View, which has remained consistent, was founded on a legitimate, professional and credentialed foundation. There is evidence that we have positively affected the lives of countless youngsters over 45 years. We have received numerous letters from former students, parents and referring professionals over the years validating the successes of our work. For any process to work, it takes committed and experienced individuals working within an effective program to provide youngsters and families with the understanding and tools needed to facilitate the most effective level of functioning within the family and the world around them.
Please join us in congratulating Rick on his new position! He may be reached at 508-867-6505 or email@example.com
Valley View School is a small, therapeutic boarding school serving boys in grades 6-12 since 1970. Our campus is situated on 215 acres of forests and rolling hills in the heart of New England just 75 miles outside of Boston. Valley View is a therapeutic community fostering the growth of our students through a well-developed, integrative program where supportive interventions and high expectations are balanced to create a structured and supportive learning environment. www.valleyviewschool.org
SUWS Seasons therapist, Justin Cantalini MA, LPCA, NC leads us on an interactive webinar to discuss the following:
Many young clients get labeled as “behavioral.” What does being a behavioral kid mean? What are these behaviors communicating? How do I shift my paradigm to work more effectively with clients who present with difficult behaviors? These are some of the basic subjects we will explore during this webinar with the target population being pre-adolescent and adolescent clients. Some areas we will cover are: creativity, improvisation, getting “unstuck”, common traps, second order versus first order mentality, and the beauty and simplicity of authenticity.
- Participants will learn how to identify 3 behavioral patterns from a relational perspective
- Participants will learn at least 3 basic relational tips and strategies to implement with behavioral students/clients
- Participants will be provided at least 3 resources for additional learning and implementation with clients
Odyssey Program: Nicaragua
Greenbrier Academy (WV) recently took a trip with students and staff to evaluate a potential partnership between our school and Chosen Children Ministries working in Nicaragua. Chosen Children Ministries, a Christian based organization, works to help alleviate generational poverty and hunger through education and entrepreneurship.
In returning from the trip everyone felt overwhelmingly inspired, motivated and forever impacted by a greater sense of personal responsibility, purpose and desire to make a difference in the lives of others through service.
We were honored and proud to watch our students not only dive into the experience with enthusiasm but for each one to individually shine in her own inherent gifts. They were recognized for their ability to notice not only the obvious ways they could connect and help but to notice the small ways as well - stepping in to rock a baby napping in a hammock as we were welcomed to see the mother’s home, to make a sling to help a hurt child with an old t-shirt or to notice a quiet or timid child in need of a little encouragement and attention.
While we are not a religious based school we carefully considered partnering with a Christian organization. We questioned whether this would be respectful of both our students and families who may not be of the same faith as well as of the organization itself. In response to this question our students responded! The girls felt the experience of being respectful of others beliefs and working alongside someone who may be different or believe differently is an invaluable lesson and life skill. They strongly believed that with support our students would rise to the occasion. They suggested several ways that we could respect and support our students varying beliefs while attending the trip. We had our answer.
As we plan future trips, our treatment team staff including therapists, teachers and residential staff will carefully nominate students we feel may benefit from the opportunity and are appropriate to attend the trip. A student may be ready to handle a trip of this magnitude at one point yet it may be more powerful to have her wait for a later trip because we want to give her an experience that solidifies her sense of belonging and purpose as she gets closer to transitioning from Greenbrier.
Currently the girls on this recent trip are putting together a documentary/slide show to share their experience with the community.
With the success and sense of accomplishment, we plan to continue this partnership and are creating structured academic, therapeutic and community supports to emphasize its value and purpose.
Fulshear Treatment to Transition (TX) women and staff spent a beautiful sunny couple days in Galveston in early December for our quarterly trip. In addition to staying at a beach house and having a bonfire, we got to go Deep Sea Fishing! Fulshear’s quarterly trip is an opportunity for the ladies on our Navigate and Contribute Phases to have fun connecting with their peers and staff, while putting into practice both the therapeutic and life skills they have acquired.
Alpine Academy (UT) is excited to announce that our therapist Trevor Earl, ACMCH will be co-presenting "Big Ideas, Backstories and Bold Directions" February 12th to the NATSAP National Conference in Torrey Pines.
The presentation will focus on proposed themes to guide the development of standards for best practices and research to work with a variety of therapeutic challenges. As the information gathered has been based upon case studies of clients in several NATSAP programs (both residential and wilderness), this presentation promises to be a current, relevant, and informed look into the future direction for this field.
The Landing Pad is a place where most incoming clients begin their journey at Living Well Transitions in a more structured and supported living experience. This provides clients with time to acclimate to life in Boulder, their program and their new community of peers. Clients use their time at the Landing Pad to prepare for independent living, including searching for and outfitting their own apartment in Boulder. The Landing Pad is a beautiful five bedroom, five bath retreat-like home located in a safe, private North Boulder neighborhood with easy access to downtown.
What is included:
- On-site staffing while clients are present (mornings, evenings, overnights and weekends).
- Initial ride support while clients learn to get around Boulder on their own (in addition to local bus pass and access to loaner bikes).
- Continental breakfast, house snacks, some dinners and a weekly $50 grocery stipend for personal food.
- Weekly House meetings and daily Check-Ins.
How it works
- Clients and staff co-create a values-based culture grounded in safety, inclusivity, personal growth, respect, accountability, and contribution.
- Clients leave premises by 9am each morning and attend individual therapeutic sessions, groups and activities. Most nights they return to the house at 8:30pm, check-in with staff, and have free time.
- Clients agree to abide by house rules and engage in community chores.
- Clients can expect to stay 45-90 days.
Preparing to launch
- A client’s readiness to move into their own apartment is determined by their clinical team.
- When deemed appropriate clients will receive the "Initial Move-In Budget" template, accounting for security deposit, 1st month's rent payment, furniture, household goods and initial food shopping. This must be approved by the family and clinical team.
- With the help of LWT staff, clients will search for and view apartments, sign a lease, make moving arrangements and purchase household items.
Eight Pacific Quest (HI) therapists are currently immersed in the Empowerment and Transformation experiential art and sandplay therapy training program based on the principles of Jungian psychology and the neuropsychology of expressive therapy. Training began in September and will continue until May, 2016. Therapists meet monthly to practice art therapy techniques using mediums such as paint, oil pastels, collage, nature art, and sandplay therapy. Dr. Lorraine Freedle, Clinical Director and international teacher in Jungian sandplay teaches the course.
Freedle states, “It is an honor to bring this powerful training to our team at Pacific Quest. These methods deepen the already robust treatment experience for our students and can really accelerate progress, especially for those who struggle to express their emotions.”
Carl Jung defines the goal of psychotherapy as wholeness of personality through successive encounters with the “lost parts” of ourselves. These parts include our wounds as well as inner resources. Expressive methods like art and sandplay therapy provide a safe and intensive way to access and work through emotional pain to uncover potential – making it possible to move forward in life with a sense of wholeness, meaning and purpose.
Here’s what Pacific Quest therapists are saying about the training:
“This training presents me with a unique opportunity to learn professionally and grow personally. It shows me through direct personal experience something powerful that I can share with my students. I’m very grateful to be a part of it.”
“Sandplay is another modality to help students explore their inner stories, integrating their logical mind with their emotions without relying on words. This training affords practitioners a deeply personal opportunity to understand the healing process from the student’s perspective.”
“As a practitioner I like sandplay because I can do more while talking less; I just find it easier to get in-depth without all the limits of language.”
“This training makes me a better therapist. Lorraine instills a great respect for the inner quest of the human experience and the relationship between the world we see with our eyes and the world we feel with our heart. I am humbled by the opportunity to weave together the mystery of the sand with the mystery of the Earth and for many of our students, nothing could be more therapeutic!”
Seven years ago this month, New Roads unveiled its Residential Treatment Center (RTC). The center added to the existing transitional services, creating a more integrated system of care at New Roads. The substance use disorder treatment community was excited about the new option. This eager anticipation was due, in large part, to CEO Eric Schmidt’s previous roles in the treatment community, especially his service as the Executive Director of the largest addiction treatment center in the state. The RTC at New Roads enhanced the already operational Transitional and Outpatient programs, affording clients multiple opportunities to step-down in intensity depending upon their treatment needs. Moreover, the design allowed clients to step-up intramurally if they encountered relapse.
New Roads now has several programs. The one housed at the RTC, along with its transitional component, is now called Pathways to Healing (PaTH). The program offers service-rich and co-occurring enhanced treatment programs, designed specifically to address the developmental needs of young adults. It is aimed at fostering the molding of responsible, self-sufficient, contributing and happy young adults by providing effective and evidence-based programming, in which participants embark upon new healthy roads of life. This is achieved through the above-mentioned treatment continuum, which includes residential treatment, sober apartment living, intensive outpatient, and outpatient. Because the focus is upon young adults, building mastery of life-skills and DBT skills is essential. Thus, these are offered at every level. Each of the programs boasts multifaceted individualized treatment programming that encourages clients to grow at their own pace and ability. The evidence-based therapeutic strategies, provided by seasoned staff, provide coping strategies used in the “real world” which allows our clients to have experiences that will ensure their continued success.
Dr. Kevin McCauley, MD, joined our team a few years ago. He has served primarily in a program design and quality assurance capacity. He is a leader in the Substance Use Disorder field, traveling all around the world to lecture and review treatment centers. Here is what he says about New Roads, “… I am so very, very proud to be a part of the New Roads family - I've never been prouder of and more confident in any treatment center I've ever worked in my life. I have no trouble "marketing" New Roads when I travel to lectures, and I tell everyone I can about the fine care you deliver. I will always admire your professionalism, and if I ever manage to sneak my way into a psychiatry residency the things I have learned from you and watched in you - from the clinical team to the mentors on the front line - will form the foundation of my bearing as a mental healthcare provider. I hope I will always be able to work on teams as superb as the one at New Roads.”
The Personal Growth Intensives at Evoke (UT) offer individuals, parents, or families an opportunity to engage in experiential therapy. The only prerequisite is that participants believe they have some personal work to do. While our Intensives are not limited to family members of those who have attended our wilderness programs, our 4-6 day Intensives are built on our experience that nothing does more to help clients, students, and families of our wilderness programs than when parents embrace their own work. Those who take the step to attend one of these workshops demonstrate the kind of vulnerability asked of their children. The result is an immersion into one’s personal work, understanding how who we are connects to our current challenges in life.
Click one of the links below to read more:
Intensives Participant Letter: http://evoketherapy.com/the-evoke-team/blog/parents-and-alumni/gratitude-for-the-parent-intensives/
Please call one of our Admissions Counselors if you have any questions or would like more information at 866.411.6600.
This year marks Summit Achievement's (ME) 20th year of helping young people and their families. To commemorate this milestone, we are launching a new website, hosting a series of regional events and inviting friends, families and alumni to come visit us in this special corner of New England.
We are also celebrating that Dr. Will White, co-founder of Summit Achievement, has just published “Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy.” The book is dedicated to Adam Tsapis, co-founder of Summit, who passed away last February. The book traces the evolution of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) from the 1800's to today and is a collaborative fundraising project with all profits going to research in OBH. The first half of the book chronicles the evolution of the field and is authored by Dr. Will White. The second half includes narrative chapters by various OBH Program founders and/or leaders and includes the history of Summit Achievement.
Summit Achievement is (and always has been) guided by positive reinforcement and the power of choice, our outcome-focused program employs effective therapeutic and educational principals. Through the process of engaging therapy, classroom academics and exciting wilderness expeditions, students experience the therapeutic benefit of outdoor adventure-based activities while learning to manage the demands of a more traditional environment. As an intentionally small, owner-operated program, we serve adolescent boys and girls, ages 13-20, from around the world.