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Phoenix Outdoor to Begin Serving Adolescent Females
Published February 08, 2017SUWS of the Carolinas & Phoenix Outdoor
Category: Programming Change / Evolution
SUWS of the Carolinas/Phoenix Outdoor are very excited to announce the addition of an adolescent female group for the Phoenix Outdoor wilderness therapy program. Since Phoenix Outdoor's inception, it has served adolescent males with substance abuse and co-morbid mental health issues. Phoenix Outdoor will continue the strong work with the addition of our first ever female group under the clinical supervision of Katherine "Alice" Cennamo.
Alice comes with a wealth of experience in wilderness, and brings a passion for empowering young women to seek healthier forms of coping, communicating, and forming relationships. She adds to Phoenix's current robust treatment regime featuring the 12 step recovery model, neuro-psychological education and insight oriented psycho-therapy. Alice has been working with our male clients for over a year already, and we are pleased to announce her new female group. Alice Cannamo's experience with adolescents has spanned a variety of roles in both back-country and urban settings, including after-school programming, transition coaching, curriculum development and academic and interpersonal counseling.
She began her career in wilderness therapy as a field instructor in 2011 and has been dedicated to the field of experiential therapy ever since. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University (NC) in Psychology. Her concentration was in adolescent and addiction counseling. She went on to receive a Master's degree in clinical social work from Ohio University. She is currently a North Carolina Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Associate.
As a therapist with the SUWS of the Carolinas and Phoenix Outdoor team, she is able to integrate her clinical interests in the addictive process, adolescent value development and self-reflection through time spent in the wilderness. She believes in a strength-based approach to adolescent identity development and empowerment as an agent for creating change. Alice stresses an emphasis on relation-based therapies, strength-based/positive intention beliefs, and empowering the female population in Phoenix Outdoor. In her work, Alice often calls upon her expertise in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy (CBT), family systems theory, and the intersection of addiction, trauma-informed care and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy's mindfulness practices. She utilizes relational and strength-based interventions to empower the young women she works with as they confront their problematic substance use and co-occurring disorders.
SUWS of the Carolinas/Phoenix Outdoor is a therapeutic wilderness program in Old Fort, NC. It is an integrated strengths based program that addresses the biological, psychological and social needs of adolescents with mental health, substance abuse and behavioral challenges.