All Kinds of News for February 14, 2018
SUWS of the Carolinas is sponsoring the 2018 Autism Symposium held in Asheville, NC, at the Omni Grove Park Inn from April 2nd-3rd. Approach therapist Taisir El-Souessi, LPC, REAT, will be presenting on the ILAUGH model she uses with her clients in the Approach program. The ILAUGH model is trademarked, and used as a Mode of Social Thinking. It is a core framework created and developed by Michelle Garcia Winner to help professionals and parents understand and think about the struggles faced by those with social learning challenges. Taisir will cover the following learning objectives in her presentation:
- Review basic concepts and appropriate clients for use of Social Thinking concepts and tools.
- Learn about the ILAUGH model and other core tools of Social Thinking.
- Understand applications of Social Thinking in a Therapeutic Wilderness setting.
Approach is a unique behavioral health wilderness treatment program that focuses on helping teens between the ages of 14-17 overcome their battles with issues that stunt their emotional and psychological growth and cause development disorders. Often students will experience a difficulty forming and maintaining positive peer relationships. As a result, many of Taisir's clients have given up on relationships outside of the digital realm. The ILAUGH model is integrated in Taisir's work to help students turn the corner toward a more fulfilling social experience.
Taisir is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Expressive Arts Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher based in Asheville, NC. She earned an MS in Mental Health Counseling in 2009 from the University of North Florida, a post-graduate certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy from Appalachian State University in 2012 and a Master of Entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University in 2017. She is currently the Primary Therapist for the Approach Program at SUWS of the Carolinas, a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescent males struggling with a variety of social-cognitive and executive dysfunction challenges. Some of her clinical specialties include; social cognitive deficits, communication, behavioral issues, family systems, personal growth work, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and person-centered experiential art therapy. She has experience working with young children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families in individual and group therapy.
About SUWS of the Carolinas
SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facility, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest under permit from the National Forest Service, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence. www.suwscarolinas.com