All Kinds of News for October 05, 2016
At Elevations RTC, recreational programming provides students with an opportunity to learn new skills. Throughout recreational programming, these hard skills are often a springboard to an improved sense of being.
Jonathan Griffith, Recreation Director, shares his experiences working with students throughout his time at Elevations, highlighting a specific student’s experience during her time at Elevations: “Teaching skiing, coaching triathletes, and teaching wilderness first aid are all incredibly rewarding experiences,” says Griffith. “I am constantly adapting my teaching styles and skill progressions to match the students’ needs. Some students need careful and thoughtful presentation of both information and demonstrations while others need to dive right in and fail a little before being receptive to teaching. Others are resistant to everything until they see and finally trust my intentions."
"Some of the most powerful and rewarding activities are often the same ones that have the most opportunity for failure,” Griffith continues. “Learning to ski is filled with failures that often present themselves so quickly they literally knock the wind out of you. Those failures, when treated respectfully, are powerful moments for learning and powerful moments for change.”
One student, Elizabeth, discusses her feelings about the recreational team at Elevations: “I really admire the recreational team at Elevations.” She continued, “They are all nice and challenge us mentally and physically. This summer, members of the team helped me complete a triathlon, which is something I never thought I could achieve. Completing the triathlon really helped my self-esteem and to overcome self-doubts. Each outing we have is always a good experience. Every time we have a session with the recreational team, I always learn a new skill. I have learned skills like cooking, climbing, paddle boarding, swimming, and even how to play instruments.”
Jonathan Griffith was one of the team members who helped Elizabeth train for her triathlon. He said, “It’s been a particular joy to participate, as a supporting player, in Elizabeth’s growth through progressive challenge and success in recreation outlets.” Griffith continued, “Elizabeth has mentioned the self-doubt she experienced before competing in the triathlon the students did this summer. Hearing her express her subsequent boost in self-esteem upon crossing the finish line was one of many worthy justifications for the incrementally-more-challenging morning training sessions we all did together.” The recreational programming at Elevations RTC is one of many unique and effective aspects of a student’s experience at Elevations RTC.
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with both young men and women ages 13 - 18. Elevations 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 for troubled teens.