All Kinds of News for June 08, 2016
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions located in Lehi, Utah is excited to welcome Kendra Van Abbema, MSW, MS to their Clinical Team. With over 1,500 field days under her belt, Kendra brings passion, commitment, and years of experience to the Outback Clinical Team.
After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Health at Southwestern College (CA), Kendra’s love of young people led her to teach middle school in Maui, HI. From Hawaii, she branched into the therapeutic world as a Backcountry Field Instructor and Therapeutic Group Home Manager for Alternative Youth Adventures. She later joined Three Rivers Montana, a wilderness therapy program, as a field instructor. Kendra further developed her passion for working with young women in an outdoor setting where they are challenged and empowered in innovative ways and are able to truly find healing from their trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment issues, and other life struggles. Kendra sees the wilderness as a place of healing that can “touch the places of our heart and soul that may seem unreachable.”
Interested in research and knowing she wanted to pursue a career in clinical work, Kendra completed her Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Kinesiology: Outdoor Education at the University of New Hampshire. Kendra interned as a Clinical Social Worker at Winnacunnet High School, and as a therapist at Redcliff Ascent.
Now, as a wilderness therapist at Outback, Kendra works with girls using a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused, and Motivational Interviewing - blending them seamlessly with the wilderness therapy setting. She says, ” The lessons we have in the wilderness provide intentional interventions that connect to our student’s lives at home. It is in the quiet of the wild and challenge of the environment that these girls can find their true power and place in the world.”
When not working with teenagers, you can find Kendra exploring and traveling with family and friends, canoeing and backpacking. She is not afraid of getting her hands dirty with projects that keep her close to the earth and nature.
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions offers help for troubled teens ages 13-17. Outback helps teens with various problems, such as depression, engaging in dangerous behaviors, electronic addiction and more. Outback offers comprehensive assessment and treatment for teens in a multi-disciplinary wilderness therapy program. Outback's treatment options place strong emphasis on healthy relationships, increased self-efficacy, and a healthy amount of autonomy through skill building.