All Kinds of News for March 09, 2016
Leading residential treatment center, Elevations RTC (UT) brings students out into the wilderness for a bi-annual outdoor classroom program.
Elevations RTC now offers students the chance to learn in an outdoor classroom twice a year. Teens get to experience the natural wonders of the outdoors while learning valuable life skills. In order to get involved in this experience, students must undergo an application process.
For this year’s spring trip, the recreation team will conduct Elevations’ annual wilderness and remote first aid course which will count towards their academic credits. Students will cross country ski to yurts out on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains. There, they will learn basic first aid, CPR, and more advanced applications for the wilderness setting.
“Students are getting real life experiences. We aren't just learning about how to stave off dehydration or hypothermia in the wild, we are doing it because it is winter in the mountains,” says Jonathan Griffith, Director of Recreation and Experiential Education. “That kind of immediate application helps students understand and integrate the things that they learn. They also have to improvise and be creative. We don't have a classroom and a supply closet to pull from. Just what we carry on our backs and in the sleds.”
The instructors for this course are certified EMTs and have been teaching the course for several years. Teaching staff will also be joining the trip to complete the training.
During the outdoor education program, students are given community and job roles. These roles offer students feedback and growth opportunities for their DRSLs (Desired Results for Student Learning) which include critical thinking, effective communication, personal and social responsibility, lifelong learning, and collaborative working. Community and job roles range from preparing meals to keeping the group on schedule.
“These community roles provide a simple structure that makes it easy for the rest of the group to see when they are doing well and where there is room for improvement,” comments Griffith. “They are able to live with more accountability because the consequences for their actions are typically very immediate when living outdoors.”
Outdoor classrooms make it easy for instructors at Elevations to illustrate a point. Instead of relying purely on concepts or images, students are immersed in a learning environment they would not get to experience in a traditional classroom. Students can take the skills learned in outdoor classroom experiences and can utilize them in the “real world” after they graduate.
Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center that offers guidance, support and relief to young men and women struggling with issues like trauma, depression, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance abuse. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens. For more information, please contact Laura Burt or Tamra Foy at 1-866-925-9085