All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
The transition from one type of therapy program to another can be difficult for students and families alike. Shannon Weaver, LCSW and Sarah Rothstein, LCSW from Aspiro Adventure, presented on this topic recently at the NATSAP UT Regional Conference. Shannon and Sarah have each worked at both residential and wilderness programs. To create this presentation, they used their own career experiences, combined with data they gathered talking with many Educational Consultants, as well as with professionals working in various residential and wilderness programs.
The presentation first focused on the differences between wilderness and residential treatment programs, which often families and students don't understand, thus leading to frustration when making the transition from one to the other. Things like the variation in how much access to information there is in each type of program, the amount of autonomy in each program, regression, and the difference in a long-term versus a short-term relationship were discussed.
Shannon and Sarah finished with ideas on how to ease the transition on both the wilderness and residential treatment side. The discussion was on the need for clear communication with students and parents about what to expect, honoring the work done in the wilderness, allowing students to tell their stories, and working closely with parents to stay "bought-in" to a longer-term process.
Read the article Sarah wrote for parents who have students transitioning from wilderness treatment to residential treatment by clicking here.
With treatment-specific programs located in Utah and Costa Rica, Aspiro's mission is to be the most clinically-advanced outdoor behavioral health program in the world, providing safe, dynamic, highly effective treatment modalities that are backed by empirical research. Aspiro Wilderness Adventure Therapy is a short-term wilderness program serving adolescents ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-28 with varying degrees of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.