All Kinds of News for December 05, 2018
Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, is excited to welcome Amber Boyce to their team as their new Recreation Director. Prior to accepting this position, Boyce spent the last 10 years building a working foundation within the realm of youth programming, recreation therapy, and adventure.
Her professional career started with nearly 7 years of experience as a preschool teacher, where she learned all about group management and the power of play. From there, she spent time interning with a community youth recreation program and the National Outdoor Leadership School. During this time, she completed a bachelor's degree in Recreation Management with a focus on Recreation Therapy. After completing her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a recreation therapy assistant at a residential center for adults, and spent 2 years in the field as a lead wilderness therapy guide.
Much of her management and coaching experience comes from her time as an assistant director for a Boys and Girls Club, serving an array of families and family needs.
Boyce is trained in the therapeutic facilitation of mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, and skiing, with hopes to expand her knowledge to water sports during the next year.
“I am thrilled to be joining the recreation team at Elevations RTC,” says Boyce. “Over the last month, the recreation team and I have spent plenty of time brainstorming new and great ideas including what we can do to maintain a growth mindset for our program, and what we can bring to the program that does not already exist.”
In the month of November, Boyce has challenged the recreation team to think critically about the way they facilitate recreation activities, and how to create positive interactions with students during that time.
“We have begun practicing and training on the soft skill concepts in addition to the technical skill sets we normally focus on in recreation,” comments Boyce. “These include really intentional programming, facilitation/debriefing techniques, and conflict resolution skills. Enhancing our soft skill abilities as facilitators will contribute to making meaningful connections with our students.”
Additionally, Boyce and her team have been planning upcoming winter recreational programming. The recreation team will be offering skiing and snowboarding to all students. “Skiing will be offered at least every other Saturday, and potentially more for students who are interested,” says Boyce. “Students will have access to rental gear and our very own in-house instruction which has been approved by our resort, Snowbasin. When students are not out on the slopes they will be exposed to other winter activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, snow science/shelter building, and more. Additionally, each dorm will have two separate opportunities for overnight ski/snowshoe yurt trips.”
For students who haven’t reached their eligibility to go off-campus, Boyce and the recreation team have already begun offering and facilitating more on-campus activities this winter season. These whole-team team building/experiential learning activities are based on themes provided by and in conjunction with team directors and therapists.
“The other option for on-campus activities is increasing the use of our very own on-campus climbing wall by offering climbing practices, competitions, and climbing focused team building activities,” says Boyce. “I recently completed my Climbing Wall Instructor course through the American Mountain Guide Association, and have a team full of competent and passionate climbing facilitators.”
Boyce and her team are looking forward to all the potential this new season has to offer.
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a unique co-ed residential treatment center that works with all students ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to students struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens. For more information, please call 1-855-290-9681 or visit our website www.elevationsrtc.com