All Kinds of News for October 04, 2017
Seven Stars is a short-to-mid length (2 to 6 month) hybrid program for teens who struggle with the social, emotional, academic, psychological and psychiatric issues associated with ASD and ADHD. Seven Stars combines best practices in formal assessment and residential therapy with best practices in functional assessment and outdoor adventure and experiential therapy.
Seven Stars students spend half the week on campus in residential therapy and classroom academics. They spend the other half of the week in off-campus adventure and experiential therapies. Hiking, biking, climbing, camping and backpacking are common activities, as are service projects and educational field trips.
The Adventure and Experiential Therapy program at Seven Stars is led by Lee Smitherman, MSW, CSW. For over 16 years, Lee has committed his life to service and helping others. Lee brings an obvious passion and enthusiasm for his work and for life that is infectious and refreshing. He recently relocated to Utah and joined Seven Stars after completing his graduate work at the University of New Hampshire, where he studied with the leading researchers in Outdoor Behavioral Health.
Lee’s prior experience and education make him a perfect fit to work with Seven Stars' population. Lee completed a dual degree program and received his Master of Social Work & Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. Prior to his graduate studies, Lee served as a U.S. Marine and later found passion in providing therapeutic support to a wide range of client populations.
Lee has specific experience in therapeutic work with students who have neurodevelopmental difficulties like ASD and ADHD. He believes outdoor adventure therapy and experiential learning provide a wide range of benefits including:
- Delivering valuable therapeutic experiences to individuals resistant to traditional forms of treatment. The varied environments students experience during their time at Seven Stars provides a chance to gain a new take on therapy even if students were resistant in the past.
- An exciting and novel way for individuals to gain insight into their specific issues. Observing and working with our students in different environments helps see behaviors other therapies can miss.
- Doing therapy in these settings can engage clients in a mind/body process which, with proper facilitation, can lead to increased and accelerated meaningful therapeutic outcomes.
About Seven Stars
Seven Stars is a premier therapeutic program for teens ages 13-17 struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Learning Disorders (verbal or nonverbal). Seven Stars’ treatment model takes a revolutionary shift from normal therapy methods. By combining acute care stabilization, with residential treatment and academics, true multidisciplinary assessment and treatment, outdoor experiential therapy and positive psychology, Seven Stars therapeutic program understands, assesses and builds the confidence and skills of students struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders.