All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
The holidays in wilderness therapy are known to be some of the most powerful times to engage in treatment, and being out in the red rock desert does not mean the experience has to be any less special. Elements values the holidays as a time for reflection and contemplation, and the groups draw together in these times. Clients and staff bring their own holiday traditions and meanings to the group, which creates an experience which is greater than any one individual. Although clients may be separated from their family this year, they recognize that the end goal is a lifetime of holidays together.
We are committed to the expedition model because of the sense of accomplishment clients feel after completing one cohesive journey. To this end, Elements supplies everything in the wilderness, from the therapists to the adventure programming specialists and right down to all the clients’ physical and personal needs. The same applies to the holidays, when the team brings out delicious feasts to the groups, meeting them in their space with cards and communication from their families as well as simple gifts that everyone can share. When the group gathers together to prepare the feast, it is apparent to our clients and staff that their appreciation for the special treats of the day is only a fraction of the meaning and gratitude they are gaining for life as a whole.
“Beyond the meaningful experience of the clients and staff in the field, I love the way families come together even at a distance,” says Dr. Neal Christensen, Owner and Clinical Director. “Some of the greatest breakthroughs I’ve seen in our family systems work have happened while the family gets that objective distance from one another while still feeling the emotions and warmth that naturally come with the holidays.”
About Elements Wilderness
Since 2008, Elements Wilderness has been providing a specialized therapeutic intervention for adolescent boys aged 13-17. We at Elements envision a world in which everyone has the skills and support necessary to live a full and healthy life. Through innovative therapeutic and psychiatric intervention, a comprehensive outdoor living experience complete with expeditionary backpacking and adventure programming, a robust family program involving the family at every step, and evidence-based substance abuse treatment, we strive to provide our clients with intervention, treatment and assessment.