All Kinds of News for April 11, 2018
Aspiro’s Parent Seminar is an important opportunity for parents to spend time with their therapist, to build further skills by participating in parent workshops, and to enhance relationships as they are reunited with their student for groups, family workshops, and adventure therapy. At our most recent parent seminar, alumni Sofia returned to share her story. One parent stated, “I would just like to thank Sofia for coming out and sharing what Aspiro was like for her, why she came to this program, and her after-story. Thank you Aspiro for having a graduate come talk to us parents, and thank you Sofia for sharing a story that touched my wife’s heart and mine.”
Sofia states, “I cannot thank you enough for having my dad and I come and join the parent seminar! I hope I provided some advice to parents that allowed them to realize that letting their kids leave the nest and go out into the hands of strangers, ultimately provides them a life-changing journey.”
In reflecting on his time at the seminar, Sofia’s dad wrote, “Just a short note to offer my heartfelt congratulations to the entire Aspiro team. (The Parent Seminar) was very well planned and executed— the message reinforced my long-standing belief that our children do not raise themselves, rather they have plenty of help from their parents and mentors. Aspiro is spot on, reinforcing that family support plays such a critical role in helping a child grow into an independent person. This past Thursday helped crystallize the fact our roles have set the path for Sofia to be the best person she can be, capable of doing the best work, and allowing for kindness, consideration and compassion to those less fortunate. Hats off again to Aspiro’s dedicated efforts in making us proud of our children.”
Aspiro welcomes alumni to share their experiences with others and to provide support for those who are beginning their wilderness therapy journey. It is always wonderful to see the progress students make and to hear their stories. Therapist Caitlin Galt says, “As with many students, once Sofia settled in and created relationships with peers and staff, she began seeing outside of herself, and changes began taking place. She saw the world was bigger than what was in front of her face. It is great to see her continuing with this perspective as she enjoys volunteering, humanitarian work, and fund raising for non-profit organizations.”
With treatment-specific programs located in Utah and Costa Rica, Aspiro’s mission is to be the most clinically-advanced outdoor behavioral health program in the world, providing safe, dynamic, highly effective treatment modalities that are backed by empirical research. Aspiro Wilderness Adventure Therapy is a short-term wilderness program serving adolescents ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-28 with varying degrees of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.