All Kinds of News for January 11, 2017
Trails Carolina’s Director of Family Services Jason McKeown, MS, LMFT, CPE, DCC, will deliver a presentation with Dr. Salli Lewis, the Director of the Research Division of CReATE (Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy) on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:30AM at the NATSAP Annual Conference.
At Trails Carolina, working with families to promote healing is one of the most important aspects of treatment. As the Director of Family Services at Trails, McKeown leads a team which works with families throughout the treatment process. At Trails, family programming includes regular family therapy sessions, mid-treatment parent workshops, and post-graduation family reunification programming (see http://trailscarolina.com/why-trails/family-wilderness-treatment-center).
McKeown and Lewis will be presenting research findings entitled “Do We Need To Understand The Family To Treat The Kid? Utilizing Scientific Findings To Improve Therapeutic Outcomes In Youth”. This presentation will focus on parenting behaviors and how they influence adolescents’ development and overall functioning. The presentation will review and discuss empirical findings associated with adaptive versus toxic parenting approaches (of which psychological control is one example) and whether ineffective, permissive, or authoritarian parenting styles negatively impact adolescents’ progress in therapy.
“A wide body of research has shown that family involvement is the greatest predictor of success in youth,” comments McKeown.
The presentation will explore findings from a comprehensive treatment outcome study currently being conducted at Trails Carolina. Data to be presented includes general therapeutic outcomes, including changes in family functioning following wilderness therapy. Findings regarding parenting styles and their impact on youth’s functioning and response to treatment will be a particular focus of the presentation.
“For youth with psychopathology or challenging behavior, the health of the overall family, as well as the various methods used by adults to parent their adolescents, can directly impact the teen’s capacity to engage and benefit from therapeutic interventions,” states Dr. Lewis.
An analysis of Trails Carolina’s family programming, including interventions used to target maladaptive parenting, will be provided. Clinical case studies will be utilized to illustrate parenting concepts, as well as the use of experiential interventions to promote healthier family systems.
Dr. Salli Lewis and Jason McKeown will present on Thursday, January 27th, from 10:30 – 12:00/PM at the 2017 NATSAP Annual Conference.
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.