All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Last month, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness (BRTW) celebrated one year and shared the excitement around their evolution and growth. Blue Ridge is proud to continually serve and support families with a primary goal of setting up students and families on their path to healing and helping teens to reconnect with the best version of themselves.
What hasn’t changed? The direct experience of pure wilderness and the distraction-free environment helps to facilitate extraordinary change and healing in our students. Wilderness is the foundation for which therapy flourishes. Blue Ridge offers the highest level of clinically integrated and individualized programming by employing dynamic therapists and tenured field staff who are known for their contribution to wilderness therapy. There is a huge emphasis on building an incredibly influential clinical team focusing on talented and skilled therapists who deeply understand how to work with struggling adolescents and who also excel at connecting with families and Educational Consultants in order to provide incredible customer service.
Last July, Executive Director Dan McDougal made the announcement that Second Nature Blue Ridge would be operating independently and transitioning into the more focused and evolved Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness. Many people in the industry experienced a range of reactions; some were surprised and curious, while others shared their encouragement and excitement surrounding the experience of BRTW. Blue Ridge is proud to share that one year later, their wilderness therapy program has served over 120 families, attracted 5 very talented therapists who align with the company's vision and mission, added to and strengthened their leadership team, and made countless program enhancements.
As part of Blue Ridge's commitment to creating a healthy culture, team, and evolved programming these have been added:
- Family Services Curriculum, spearheaded by Ashley Green, LCSW, who supports and guides parents through an individual and family change process that parallels student’s growth in the program and is integrated with the student’s experience.
- Strengthened Early Clinical Assessment administered by Lorena Bradley, Ph.D. Reinforcing the intake assessment process early in a student’s stay results in stronger case conceptualization, more tailored treatment, and clearer goals established for discharge planning.
- Holistic Programming focusing on mind, body, and spirit, with an emphasis on nutrition, physical exercise and mindfulness. Health and Wellness Director Shay Woerner has developed nutritious and balanced menus and we resupply groups twice a week with locally grown, seasonal produce and meat and cheese from a local farm-to-table purveyor.
- Female Gender-Focused Curriculum: Christine Riley, LMFT is putting the finishing touches on this first-ever specialized program and will be launching it in the next few months.
- Increased training and career growth for field staff through a new 12 part curriculum covering aspects of clinical education.
- Co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment for adolescent boys, with the addition of primary therapist Mathew O’Connor, MA, LCAS.
Reflecting over the last year, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness celebrates their successes and considers the many lessons while setting goals for their future. This last year was about transition, reflection and adjustments that reestablished a healthy and strong foundation. Blue Ridge continues to build upon our 15 years of effective and individualized programs, dedicated staff, and an excellent safety record. Blue Ridge provides a safe environment for struggling adolescents to begin the healing process, tap into the core of what has brought them to us, and equip them with new and healthy coping skills to continue practicing and integrating into their lives. The skilled Blue Ridge team does this by harnessing the power of nature in combination with evidence-based therapeutic approaches, positive peer relationships, and freedom from the distractions of everyday life.
About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness offers clinically driven programs encompassing advanced therapeutic skill, a highly flexible nomadic wilderness model, licensed wilderness therapy assessment, and multiple treatment options for troubled teenagers and pre-teens ages 10-18 years old. Our individualized approach, family support, and commitment to service translate to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families.