All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
Despite the cool temperatures on Veterans Day, several SUWS alumni met at the Mount Misery Trailhead outside Philadelphia with their families for a hike through the historic park. SUWS and Turning Tides Transitions partnered to put this alumni event together. "The idea is to bring alumni together, and continue the conversation about sustaining success after their wilderness therapy experience", said Michael Vines of SUWS of the Carolinas. "Kris Brightbill, (MA, LPC, NCC) founder of Turning Tides Transitions was instrumental in assisting in creating the event and shaping the conversation," Vines went on to say.
The hike was an informal gathering of alumni from the Seasons, SUWS and Phoenix Outdoor programs. During the three mile hike, students and parents were able to share stories and resources that led them to the successes they are currently experiencing. One parent commented that sending her child to SUWS was the hardest decision the parents have ever made, and they would do it again if they had to. When asking the teens to talk about what was most difficult about their SUWS experience, almost all of them commented that being away from home was hard, and they found the hikes to be difficult, yet enjoyable at times. Almost all the students commented that having time in the wilderness therapy program, where they could think without distraction, was the game changer in their progress.
This was the first trip to Philadelphia for the SUWS alumni activities and SUWS looks forward to a return. Additional alumni events have taken place in Asheville, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL. If you are interested in SUWS organizing an event in your area, please contact Mike Vines at firstname.lastname@example.org
About SUWS of the CarolinasSUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facility, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest under permit from the National Forest Service, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence. www.suwscarolinas.com