All Kinds of News for January 10, 2018
Trails Momentum, a wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25, has opened an art studio on campus where students will take part in art therapy sessions. (Trails Momentum’s sister program, Trails Carolina Wilderness Therapy, which helps teens ages 10-17 will also be using the art studio on a regular basis.)
During their time at the program, Trails Momentum will take part in one weekly group art therapy session, as well as individual sessions, when appropriate to their current treatment goals. Trails Carolina students will attend art therapy group sessions at the art studio once a week.
Art therapy is more than just making nice pictures,” comments Tai Kulenic, MPS, LPC, ATR-BC, Primary Therapist at Trails Carolina and Trails Momentum. “In fact, art therapy is more often a process of making ugly or messy pictures that depict a feeling state, not a final product that is neat and pretty. Students are invited to use their imagination and creativity to explore current challenges.”
The studio space will offer students various medium outlets, such as painting, collage, weaving, sculpture and sand tray therapy, as a way to explore their feelings and self-concept.
“Art therapy is strengths-based -- the creative process is all about making, changing, building, and doing,” says Kulenic. “It naturally and automatically taps into a students' strengths and show them what they are capable of doing. This treatment modality works really well with adolescents and young adults because they tend to be more resistant to traditional talk therapy.”
Recently, Momentum students created a CD cover that included songs they thought would depict the soundtrack to their lives. This proved to be a powerful session that had all the students singing, drumming and sharing stories of how music had impacted their lives and linked them to their family and friends.
I really feel strongly that adolescence is a time when students need to be seen and heard the most and to discover who they are before they twist themselves into shapes to please others,” says Kulenic. “Creating art helps a person establish and understand who they are as an individual. Let's face it, self-exploration can be a hindrance trying to communicate via normal language and expression, but art therapy gives a student license to really explore and define new things about themselves.”
About Trails Momentum and Trails Carolina
Trails Momentum is a co-ed adventure-based wilderness program that offers a transformative, whole student centered growth experience in the mountains of Western North Carolina for young adults ages 18-25. Trails Momentum uses adventure programming, clinical services, education, service-learning, and community living to guide students on their path to health and happiness.
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program based just outside of Asheville, North Carolina that offers a multi-dimensional wilderness therapy model to troubled adolescents, ages 10-17. Trails capitalizes upon the profound effects of a student’s wilderness experience, and then combines that experience with strong clinical assessments and therapy.