All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
The wilderness provides a complimentary backdrop for a powerful intervention that allows an individual to reflect on their life, goals, and true values. The wilderness does not contain the pressures of a busy day to day life: school, homework, multiple activity choices, what clothes to wear, whose opinion to favor, what hairstyle to have, or what to post on social media. This state of being free from distractions allows individuals ample opportunities to connect with themselves and the staff around them and build meaningful relationships. The wilderness setting allows natural challenges where individuals can experience success, connect with a supportive peer environment, boost their self-esteem, and discover a path for their lives.
Through the wilderness therapy process, individuals have the opportunity to practice empathy, problem-solving skills, and communication. This directly correlates to the healing process within the family. While the individual is working on him or herself and adding new skills, the family is also doing similar work. This therapeutic journey can be likened to a plane ride. Most begin with an anxiety during takeoff, similar to when a family "launches" into the realm of discovery. Mid-flight turbulence can be likened to when things become uneasy, uncomfortable; however, through that discomfort a family can come out on the other side with a smooth landing.
The wilderness is an amazing place. A place of discovery, self-exploration, challenge, beauty, energy, and a place that is constantly changing; a meaningful parallel for the busy lives we live with an intervention that has a powerful impact.
About Ryan Ebersberger, MSW, NVW-Asheville Wilderness Field Therapist
Ryan has a passion for helping youth move from a place of discouragement to empowerment. His experience comes from working with youth and families for over a decade in a variety of settings including therapeutic boarding school, direct care social work and Wilderness Therapy. Ryan received his Master of Social Work from Western New Mexico University where he graduated with honors and is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Ryan firmly believes that when a client can take their power and put it into constructiveness instead of destructiveness, the seed of change begins to grow and that spreads to everyone around them. The wilderness is a perfect backdrop for that change, free from distractions where empowerment can blossom and the gifts that each person is meant to give this world can shine. In his spare time, Ryan is a dedicated family man and enjoys going on family adventures. He works hard to find a balance of connection, love, responsibilities, and joy. He enjoys getting out in the wilderness through whatever the mountains and oceans provide and can be found with his family on the rivers, trails, mountains, and oceans whenever possible.
For Admissions inquiries, please contact Patrick McAvoy, Admissions Director at 855-689-8326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About New Vision Wilderness
NVW has programs in Wisconsin’s beautiful North Woods, Oregon’s picturesque Cascade Mountain Range, near Bend, Oregon and the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. They offer groups for adolescent and pre-adolescent boys and girls, as well as young adults. New Vision Wilderness is a specialty wilderness therapy treatment program that is clinically intensive, highly specialized and trauma informed. NVW was founded and designed to heal the consequences of early childhood stress. NVW is the nation’s premier “relational model” wilderness therapy program and integrates the latest research on adverse childhood experiences. Their “relationship centered” approach coupled with a safe environment and the most effective clinical interventions serves as the backbone to their success and reputation. They believe in relationship, not consequence, as the main vehicle for change. To learn more, go to (NVW) or contact Patrick McAvoy at 518-524-7676.