All Kinds of News for July 12, 2017
All adolescent students at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness now have two layers of clinical assessment within the first fourteen days of their arrival, and from the start, Blue Ridge Primary Therapists begin the family’s therapeutic journey with even more information at hand.
In its first full year, the Blue Ridge team recognized the need for a new and strengthened approach to intake and assessment; reinforcing the assessment process early in a student’s stay results in stronger case conceptualization, more tailored treatment, and clearer goals established for discharge planning. By combining the best of valid and reliable measurements, licensed Clinical Psychologist Lorena Bradley, PhD administers an in-depth initial assessment within the first two weeks of an adolescent student’s arrival at Blue Ridge. Unless the student has had comprehensive testing in the last 12 months, Dr. Bradley will meet with each new student and provide an assessment report to the Primary Therapist. This allows for a “second set of eyes” and for the Blue Ridge Primary Therapist to begin with even more information at hand as they develop an individualized Master Treatment Plan for each student.
The intake assessment includes a clinical interview, a mental status exam, a brief cognitive assessment and a risk evaluation. The aim is for treatment to be as effective and individualized as possible and Blue Ridge is beginning with that end in mind. Dr. Bradley meets with and provides an initial assessment report with Blue Ridge’s adolescent groups (ages 14-18). She is also accessible to the clinical team to help interpret prior testing, participate in group clinical supervision and case conceptualizations for all students.
These additional services are included in Blue Ridge’s tuition. Comprehensive psychological evaluations are often recommended prior to or during treatment for most students and Dr. Bradley is available to perform these assessments for an additional fee.
Dr. Bradley, who is an independent contractor with Blue Ridge, has conducted psychological testing in wilderness therapy programs for the last ten years and regularly participates in clinical team meetings. As a result of this collaboration, she has a solid relationship with the Blue Ridge team. Dr. Bradley believes the wilderness is especially advantageous for assessment because it illustrates an extensive scope of what is happening for the student in a distraction-free environment. Lorena shares, “Blue Ridge provides an environment where distractions are cleared away, whether it is technology, social structures, the family system… and we are able to get a clear look at the student’s behaviors and see not just what, but why they are happening. We closely examine what is driving these behaviors so that we can help treat the student and give them skills, insight, and support for next steps”.
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.