All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
Don’t discount middle schoolers’ abilities! That’s the message that primary therapist Liz Lucarelli, LPC, NCC, NMS, wants everyone to embrace. She approaches her clients, 10-14 year olds in the Seasons group, with respect, curiosity and playfulness. She guides them as they learn how to recognize their feelings, communicate those feelings, and make intentional choices.
As a new added layer of programming, Cameron Allen is providing a neurodevelopmental therapeutic approach for the Seasons group. This involves brain scans at intake and discharge, as well as processing the scan’s information with clients and their families. In addition, Cameron leads regular individual and group sessions about mindfully connecting the body and brain and taking ownership of emotions. What’s the science behind it?
A neurodevelopmental approach helps to integrate tactile, vestibular and somatosensory areas in the brain and body. Each of these areas help the brain and body communicate, which helps the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system remain in balance. This allows the brain to deal with environmental stressors without overactivating the limbic, or in other words, the emotional system. When the brain is receiving too much or too little information to the sensory system, the result is often an increased response in the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal axis (HPA axis), which releases a cascade of neurochemicals that negatively affect memory, emotional regulation, and ultimately social interactions. This chemical response often leads to other challenges such as low self-esteem, increased anger, manipulative behaviors or isolation.
By teaching students and their families about neuroscience, the SUWS team is able to help them address the underlying brain processes that contribute to many of the behaviors that have hindered their success in school, family or social relationships. It’s all part of a multi-layered therapeutic approach tailored to the middle school age group that offers students a pathway to success and independence.
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.