All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
The Northeast National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) conference will be held on September 26th and 27th in Kennebunkport, Maine. SUWS will be represented by Kelly Dunbar (Director of Business Development), Bryan Delaney (Program Director), and Kevin Waller (Primary Therapist). Waller, who recently presented at the Expanding Recovery for Young People's Conference, is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with long time friend and colleague Karyn Kaminski for this presentation. Titled "Psychological Flexibility: ACT with Dually Diagnosed Emerging Adults", Waller and Kaminski will discuss the merits of acceptance and commitment therapy in addictions treatment.
"Working with adolescent and young adult men can feel like a game of chess," states Waller. They often present as oppositional, rigid, avoidant, disengaged or treatment resistant. The co-occurrence of disorders with problematic substance use can further complicate accurate diagnosis and effective treatment planning. Waller and Kaminski intend to address enhancing psychological flexibility using defusion through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 12 Step principles overlap with ACT modalities, and the ability to work from both will be discussed. Presenters introduce strategies in working with fusion, including appropriate self-disclosure, metaphor, acceptance, and others utilizing case studies from our work. CEU's will be offered for this presentation.
About SUWS of the Carolinas
SUWS of the Carolinas & Phoenix Outdoors are licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facilities, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest under permit from the National Forest Service, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence. Phoenix Outdoors is for 13-17 year olds in single gender groups. Substance abuse is of primary concern, with co-occurring mood disorders, ADHD, defiant behavior, negative peer relationships, school failure, and anger issues.