All Kinds of News for November 07, 2018
While research shows therapeutic wilderness programming is safer than most activities available for teens, there are inherent risks in backcountry travel. SUWS attempts to mitigate risks at every turn. The program's standard operating procedures put safety at the forefront, and provide clear guidelines on when to pull groups from the field. SUWS also maintains a standard to keep all groups within one hour's response time from medical attention. Reducing risks through procedures is one part of an equation that drives the overall health and well-being for staff and students alike.
Throughout the month of October, SUWS has invested significant resources in providing medical training for their staff. SUWS contracted the services of SOLO Wilderness Medicine Institute to educate and certify staff members with an internationally recognized medical certification known as the Wilderness First Responder. The purpose of this training is to educate the participants on the signs and symptoms of common injuries and illnesses prevalent in wilderness expeditions, while providing tools to safely report and if neccessary evacuate a victim in the event of an emergency.
SOLO has facilitated wilderness first reponder training for SUWS employees for over a decade. Daniel Fishburn, CEO of SUWS, sees the investment as a no-brainer. "The quality of the training is superb, and it certainly speaks to our commitment to a culture of safety. It also speaks to our commitment to professional development where staff can take the skills and apply them to their work at SUWS and beyond". Licensed Practical Nurse Maggie Waldroup also participated in the training and came away with new tools from the experience. Maggie reported the following: "I came away with a deeper knowledge of how to triage injuries and illnesses while in a backcountry setting. I also found the tools and techniques on backcountry splint-building particularly interesting. In the woods, you don't have the same tools as you would in a hospital. It is important for us to seek the proper medical attention necessary while mitigating risks at the onset of an injury with the tools available. I'm so glad I attended!"
Each participant who completed the course successfully walks away with a three year Wilderness First Responder certification that ensures a knowlegable front line staff member for the clients at SUWS of the Carolinas.
About SUWS of the Carolinas
SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facility, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest under permit from the National Forest Service, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence.