All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for young people ages 10-17, utilizes the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) within family programming to improve communication and strengthen relationships.
Over the last four years, Trails Carolina has used the MBTI to help students and family members better understand their personality types in order to use that information within family work.
“Unlike a lot of other psychological testing tools, the Myers Briggs test does not measure dysfunction,” says Jason McKeown, MS, LMFT, CPE, DCC, Family Programming Director at Trails Carolina. “It’s a normative assessment; it doesn’t identify abnormalities or mental health issues like depression or anxiety. It identifies who you are as a person. The lack of awareness of who we are and how we function as individuals is a contributing factor for many of the challenges Trails students struggle with.”
The MBTI helps empower students to better understand who they are as individuals and communicate that to others.
“In my work with families, I have seen the Myers Briggs do an excellent job to help families realize that they are all on the same front,” comments McKeown. “It becomes about discovering each other as a family rather than forcing the other person to be someone that they are not. It can really be a game changer for family dynamics and it helps introduce a non-confrontational language.”
McKeown is presenting a six hour workshop on the MBTI at the Regional Wilderness Therapy Symposium in Asheville, North Carolina on Thursday April 6th. His presentation will be aimed at helping therapeutic professionals better understand the ways in which the Myers Briggs can be utilized within family systems and in a clinical setting.
For more information about the ways in which the MBTI is utilized at Trails Carolina, please view our recent blog post on this topic.
About Trails Carolina 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.