All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
Janna Dean, LCSW, is passionate about wilderness therapy and the positive changes she sees her clients making in the wilderness treatment environment. Janna is excited to join the Aspiro Adventure team in Utah after working for 2 years in the beautiful Pure Life by Aspiro program in Costa Rica.
Janna states, "I enjoy the young adult population because they are just launching into a wonderful phase of self discovery and independence. It is a fun time of life and a time full of change and possibilities. It is an age in which these young people have the legal right to make decisions for themselves and are learning how to navigate the world of adulthood with new tools and options."
In multiple settings where she has gained experience, including county mental health, substance abuse treatment, an eating disorder center and wilderness treatment, Janna has helped clients navigate many different emotional and mental health challenges, including learning to change their negative beliefs about their bodies and develop healthy relationships with food. Janna initially did not think that her passion for helping people who experience eating disorders and body image issues would be applicable in a wilderness setting, but finds that the wilderness creates a platform to help clients distract from their usual negative coping mechanisms. This allows the real issues and patterns to come out in order to be dealt with effectively and in healthy ways. Read more about her thoughts on this topic in her blog here.
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.