All Kinds of News for August 07, 2019
Kevin Waller, LPCS, LCAS, CCS is transitioning into the role of Family Program Manager after working for 10 years as a primary therapist at SUWS. Kevin brings a wealth of experience including his outdoor education degree, years spent working as a field guide, and his time as a therapist with adolescents. He looks forward to supporting and challenging families as their child progresses through the treatment stages.
The Family Program has been well-established over the years with webinars, workshops, home transition support and an experiential adventure at graduation. Kevin plans to continue these services with his own perspective and add family phone calls throughout treatment. The calls will be focused on normalizing the process for parents, introducing psycho-ed concepts around family roles, and helping families commit to self-care. They will also allow families to practice and strengthen the skills they learned at the workshop, such as diving into the nuances of a “feelings statement.” And finally, the calls will help reinforce themes that have emerged throughout the course of treatment and offer supportive accountability.
Kevin’s approach relies on the ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) perspective to family systems. He believes that when families can center their relationships on shared values rather than focusing on problematic behaviors, many conflicts can be reframed and diffused. Self-care becomes a key factor in re-charging a parent’s battery and allowing them to do the hard self-reflection. As families explore their values alongside their child, and commit themselves to actions based on those values, they strengthen the focus on their internal compass and their relationships. Kevin plans to infuse all family programming with this consistent messaging (similar to what their child is learning in the field) and looks forward to intensifying the healing process with our families.
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 outside of Asheville, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence.