All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
Can you solve the puzzle? Colin Walsh, support specialist for Approach and Season programs, likes to share this 'stick' initiative with students, parents, and visitors. As they strain to change 5 squares into 4 by only moving two sticks, they may become frustrated, energized, or avoidant. After a while he asks participants, "When does this little problem become a BIG PROBLEM?" Maybe when someone gets mad? Or decides to quit? Or when someone can't stop looking at the puzzle even when they've been asked to shift their attention? Colin uses this exercise to help people look at their responses to a challenge - how a little problem or challenge can become a big problem when feelings turn to frustration, anger, resentment, etc. He continues the lesson explaining how we may not be able to choose our feelings, but we can choose how we feel about our feelings. If we invite a sense of curiosity and befriend our feelings, then challenges become a chance for us to learn, grow, and succeed. Having someone solve all of the puzzles and give us all the answers can steal those opportunities for growth. Consider that the next time you catch yourself reacting to a problem. Are you looking for an easy way out? Are you boiling over? Are you stuck and obsessing? Whatever it is, try offering an accepting "hello" to those feelings. You just might find yourself better suited to face the problem.
And if you need the answer to the puzzle, talk to Colin. You can find him most days hiking out to visit a group with his therapy dog, Scout. Or he might be 30 feet in the air leading a group through the high ropes course. He loves to use his extensive repertoire of interventions to bring down students’ walls, get them curious about their feelings, and support their amazing insights. And once in a while, he’s able to check his email so send him a shout out at email@example.com
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.