All Kinds of News for June 05, 2019
Summer is around the corner and Elements Traverse, a young adult wilderness therapy company in central Utah, will soon be moving from the San Rafael Swell up into the cool verdant mountains of the Manti La Sal National Forest. Moving field areas provides a number of benefits to clients: a respite from the warmer desert temperatures, variety in landscape, and the addition of fly-fishing and stand-up paddleboarding to the program’s core adventure activities of rock climbing and rappelling.
Traverse groups typically spend June through September along the Wasatch Plateau where the temperatures may be 20 degrees cooler than down in the desert. The groups hike past high mountain lakes, around deep scenic canyons, and pitch their shelters in shaded Aspen groves. Additionally, clients learn from experienced fly-fishing guides how to tie and use flies to catch fish in the local reservoirs and streams. Clients also learn to stand-up paddleboard with Traverse’s licensed boating guides.
These water adventures add new opportunities to connect the clients’ therapeutic work to real-life experiences. One former client shared that, “My favorite moments were often during the [adventure programming] where I got to bond with the group doing activities I love.” The intention behind every aspect of the program is to support the treatment plan while also offering opportunities for clients to engage in the program and discover new passions and interests.
About Elements Traverse
Elements Traverse is a young adult wilderness therapy program based in central Utah. Traverse clients spend nine weeks backpacking in the San Rafael Swell past petroglyphs and dinosaur fossils. Elements Traverse offers inclusive groups where clients regardless of gender identity work on treatment goals together. They learn Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills to help them navigate life's inevitable ups and downs. They gain a deep understanding of their substance use through the evidence-based 7 Challenges curriculum. As a small owner-operated program, we know each one of our clients well, and their families have access to us at every level. For more information, visit www.elementstraverse.com