All Kinds of News for July 06, 2016
Pacific Quest’s Clinical Director, Dr. Lorraine Freedle, was a keynote speaker at the recent National Sandplay Therapists of America (STA) Conference in Chicago. With over 200 doctors, clinicians and consultants in attendance, Dr. Freedle shared her passion and expertise for both Sandplay Therapy and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics® (NMT) in her presentation, “Making Connections: The Neuropsychology of Sandplay Therapy.” Attendees represented Jungian sandplay professionals from all over the world, including the United States, Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, Italy, and Brazil.
The attendees were presented with a case study of Jimmy (pseudonym) that involved traumatic loss and profound healing through re-connection to self, others and the environment. Due to Jimmy’s implicit traumatic memories and emotional dysregulation, it was essential that the clinical interventions matched his neurodevelopmental stage. He thrived in a multi-sensory natural setting through horticultural therapy, meditation, and a wellness foundation to complement the therapeutic work being done.
Pacific Quest provides a safe place for young people to work through the obstacles that are preventing them from functioning at their full physical and emotional potential. Every aspect of the Pacific Quest treatment model is neurologically informed and designed to help settle the nervous system so that meaningful work can take place. The Sustainable Growth™ Model ensures that students have the corrective experiences needed to move through developmental blocks and that they develop mastery of the strength-based behaviors necessary for a successful transition.
Also while in attendance at the STA Conference, Dr. Freedle was honored with a research award. She was recognized for “Outstanding Contributions to Research in Sandplay Therapy” for original research titled:
- Freedle, L.R., Altschul, D.B., and Freedle, A.M. (2015). The Role of Sandplay Therapy in the Treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults with Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders and Trauma. Journal of Sandplay Therapy, XXIV (2), 127-145.
This is Dr. Freedle’s second STA award for her exceptional research on Sandplay Therapy.
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling adolescents and young adults that offers a clinical, yet holistic, approach to treatment. Our neurodevelopmental approach, combined with horticultural therapy, integrates evidence-based therapeutic methods, whole-person wellness and organic gardening to sustain a healthy community and motivate change. www.pacificquest.org