All Kinds of News for March 07, 2018
Aspiro’s Adventure Therapy Model empowers girls with a place to become a more confident, healthier version of themselves. It is important for these young women to develop a belief in themselves, create self efficacy, and to find confidence in their ability to do hard things through individual, group and adventure therapy. In addition, a holistic approach is crucial in order for them to become stronger physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Since beginning their Wellness Wednesday activities, the girls have practiced mindfulness, learned about food attitudes, and engaged in Expressive Arts Therapy. They are quickly learning why these things are such an important part of their journey. Through yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation, the girls have begun recognizing the many benefits mindfulness provides, such as emotional regulation, greater concentration, increased compassion, and an overall feeling of being centered.
In addition to mindfulness, the girls have begun to develop healthier body images, better nutrition habits, and positive nutrition goals through groups taking place on Wednesdays; these specific groups focus on relationships with food, attitudes toward food, and the importance that nutrition plays, as well as learning to prepare and eat healthy group meals. This has quickly become a favorite activity.
Lastly, Aspiro incorporated art and expressive therapy into their groups, allowing students to develop greater insight and awareness, as well as a safe place for deeper emotional expression, through psychodrama and through various art therapy activities. When sculpting, painting, or drawing, one can create images and metaphors symbolic of their past hurts or trauma. The goal is to get these things out and learn to let them go.
The vision of Aspiro’s Wellness Wednesdays is to empower these young women with a true and experiential understanding of the mind-body connection, to help them see their bodies as strong and capable, to find the motivation to fuel their bodies with nutritious food choices, and to allow them to get further in touch with their emotions. The girls focus on these areas during Wellness Wednesday, then have the opportunity to practice their skills every day of the week with the support of their therapist and guides. The students are finding that the new habits and beliefs they are developing are making a difference in their physical health, emotional well being, and in their relationships.
Please read the blog and watch a video of Wellness Wednesday here.
About AspiroWith 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.