All Kinds of News for November 09, 2016
Every female therapist at Trails takes a unique approach to working with female students. All students at Trails Carolina are placed in groups based on gender and age group. Trails Carolina helps girls who are just hitting puberty, as well as those who are further along developmentally. Because of this, developmentally appropriate programming is in place for both groups.
Studies have shown that girls benefit the most from sustained self confidence and interpersonal successes. Programming for girls at Trails is rooted in helping female students experience empowerment and self esteem through building strong relationships with others. There is also a strong emphasis on teaching students about self identity and overcoming negative ideas about body image.
Derry O’Kane, MS, LPC, NCC, primary therapist for the middle school girls group at Trails Carolina, explains why wilderness therapy is so powerful for younger girls: “Wilderness therapy helps girls celebrate exactly who they are, not who they think they should be,” says O’Kane. “Influenced by what they see in the media and in social networking, girls in this age group may try to act and dress much older than their age and can even feel ashamed of their age or perceived status in society. In my work, I strive to create experiences that allow space for girls to be the playful, daring and spirited people they really are. I celebrate authentic expressions of their personalities and help girls come out of hiding.”
Primary Therapist Ashley Brown, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, works with girls ages 14-17. According to Brown, this older group of girls benefits from programming designed to build relationships and express themselves in developmentally appropriate ways.
“The research tells us that females build empowerment and self esteem based on the strength of their relationships with others, especially their peers,” comments Brown. “Because of this, I use a relational model. I emphasize the importance of students forming close bonds with their peers through initiatives such as honor circles, hiking order, mentorship, and processing groups.”
Shalene Pierce, MSW, LCSW, Primary Therapist for girls ages 14-17, has worked with female students in a wilderness therapy setting for the past 16 years. “Wilderness is extremely beneficial for girls because it takes away all distractions from their lives. Wilderness therapy is designed to create success and help girls develop their own identity and voice,” says Pierce. “Trails Carolina has always been the premier wilderness therapy program to send girls. From our inception, our female population census has always been higher than our male population, which is rare. Our very first group of students were girls and we’ve consistently built a program that is oriented towards the female adolescent experience since our inception.”
Since it opened nearly a decade ago, Trails Carolina has continued to help young women and their families experience lasting success with the help of dedicated female therapists.
For more information about Trails Carolina, please call 800-975-7303 or visit http://trailscarolina.com/.
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy. For additional information about Trails Carolina, please visit http://trailscarolina.com/ or call 800-975-7303.