All Kinds of News for January 10, 2018
Winter and Vermont are synonymous and it is an extraordinary time to be at Confluence. Confluence combines wilderness therapy and residential treatment programming providing young adult participants challenging outdoor experiences and a comfortable home-like atmosphere. This allows the participants to take advantage of both environments to support and motivate the path to wellness.
Confluence partners with Vermont-based land stewards such as the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Merck Forest and Farm to create impactful winter adventures. These locations offer Confluence participants access to wilderness and outdoor adventure but also provide the comfort and protection of heated cabins, yurts, and canvas tents where the group has warm space to sleep, cook and eat.
Outdoor adventure in the wintertime is both challenging and fun. Winter trips require a safety-first mentality, careful planning and ongoing attention to moods, minds and bodies. This framework builds a bridge to each participants’ wellness journey, sparking a clear connection between the wilderness experiences and the clinical work participants at Confluence are engaged in.
Each wilderness excursion is followed by a return to Confluence’s comfortable farmhouse, where home cooked meals, hot showers and cozy environments await. The juxtaposition of these two modes of living provides a blend of challenge and support, rest and activity that facilitates a better understanding of one’s self. The hybrid wilderness and residential model provides a unique framework to process experience and effectively integrate treatment gains.
About Confluence Behavioral Health
Confluence Behaviorial Health is a hybrid residential treatment center bringing together wilderness therapy and therapeutic horticulture. Serving young adults aged 18 through 28 in a 60- to 120-day primary treatment setting, Confluence offers a clinically-intensive experience that helps participants address emotional, relational and behavioral challenges. Through an integrative approach to mental health and wellness, participants develop emotional awareness, build distress tolerance strategies, experience and extend empathy, practice executive functioning skills and improve family relationships. At Confluence young adults are engaged and empowered to realize their fullest potential.