All Kinds of News for December 06, 2017
At Aspiro, girls experience a different adventure skill such as rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking or backpacking each week. As they experience successes in these skills, they develop self efficacy and gain a positive self-regard. Whether it be reaching the top of a climbing wall, navigating a trail on a mountain bike, or being open and vulnerable with their peer group, these students take on daily challenges that build their sense of self and identity.
Students can have levels of trauma stemming from not fitting in, failure, rejection, judgement or trauma such as rape or abuse. Through Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and through Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), clinician Grace Larson, guides her students through a therapeutic process where they begin cognitive reprocessing in a safe environment, in which girls are able to dive into feelings and issues they have often been avoiding. As these students experience daily successes by completing challenging adventures, and as they break down negative belief patterns, they develop new skills and gain a sense of mastery. Grace states that seeing these girls who believe they are 'not worthy' or 'not good enough' gain confidence and bravery is something that keeps her coming back to her job every day.
About AspiroWith treatment-specific programs located in Utah and Costa Rica, Aspiro’s mission is to be the most clinically-advanced outdoor behavioral health program in the world, providing safe, dynamic, highly effective treatment modalities that are backed by empirical research. Aspiro Wilderness Adventure Therapy is a short-term wilderness program serving adolescents ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-28 with varying degrees of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.