All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
In 2017, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions launched a specific curriculum designed by women for young women. The L.I.F.E. curriculum, Leaning Into Female Empowerment, is one that utilizes animal-assisted interventions as students examine acceptance of personal identity, forming and practicing of boundaries, and exploring what it means when speaking of having courage and the various ways in which it takes form. The unique components of L.I.F.E. allows for two canines, dedicated to the girls group, to work a week on/week off rotation alongside the field guides at Outback. The calming and healing effects of animal assisted therapy, combined with having young ladies work to care and train the four-legged companions, creates pathways for recognition of personal patterns of behavior hindering their way towards self-actualization.
In September of 2018, the legacy of L.I.F.E. and the role of primary therapist for the girls group at Outback was passed onto Jessica Jo Stenquist, TRS, MPA, LCSW. Jessica had previously joined Outback as a primary therapist for one of the boys groups and yet, when the time came to pass the torch for the primary therapist of the girls group, Jessica Jo was an obvious choice and one with extensive experience working with adolescent females.
Tracy Hopkins, MSW, LCSWA, had this to share about Jessica Jo working with adolescent girls at Outback, “A steady, highly qualified, and multi-faceted clinician, Jessica Jo brings an unparalleled breath and depth to the world of wilderness therapy. She is a grounding force, not only for our students, but for the families she serves throughout the treatment process. Her keen clinical insight, knowledge and background working with trauma and attachment, combined with her hunger to explore ways to remove barriers that get in one's way of progress are some of the beautiful reasons we are thrilled to have her guiding and supporting our adolescent girls at Outback.”
About Outback Therapeutic Expeditions
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is a licensed wilderness therapy program located in Utah dedicated in bringing families BACK together. Outback offers a clinically informed comprehensive assessment and treatment that yields high clinical values for teens and families. Outback provides an innovative clinical structure designed to optimize clinical oversight by having an additional Masters level therapist in the group daily along with a clinician overseeing every main department of programming. Outback helps teens ages 13-17 with various areas of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, engagement in dangerous behaviors, mild ASD, electronic and gaming addiction and more. Outback’s treatment options place strong emphasis on healthy relationships, increased self-efficacy, and a healthy amount of autonomy through skill building.