All Kinds of News for November 06, 2019
Dr. Nathan Barusch earned his medical degree at Creighton University, his Master's in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California-Davis. As Aspiro’s on-staff psychiatrist, Dr. Barusch will spend time seeing students in the field and will attend clinical and other meetings during the week to ensure comprehensive knowledge of the students as well as availability to the staff. He will be a fully integrated part of the Aspiro team.
Dr. Barusch has worked both as a wilderness therapy guide and as a wilderness therapist, where he had many experiences that led to his own personal and emotional growth. This also created his passion for, and his belief in, the wilderness model. During his time in London, he did extensive research on the impact of technology use on the mental health of adolescents, and therefore is dedicated to helping young people recognize the way technology impacts both brain function and behaviors, and is dedicated to helping them engage in more active lifestyles. Dr. Barusch himself prefers to be outside, rather than in an office environment, and is an avid skier and mountain biker, so wilderness adventure therapy is a good fit for both his personal and professional philosophies.
With a belief that a holistic and comprehensive treatment plan can be more effective than psychiatric care independently, Dr. Barusch likes to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into his practice, as well as his own life. He believes that teaching someone to be focused on one task is something that teens and adolescents don't get enough of, and he feels that Aspiro’s adventure therapy model provides many opportunities for students to do this. Personally, Dr. Barusch enjoys the mindful moments and the state of flow that he achieves when he is skiing or mountain biking. These things are part of what drew him to Aspiro’s adventure model. Having personally experienced the impacts that high adventure activities have on one’s mental and physical wellbeing, Dr. Barusch likes to integrate them into his treatment plans as a means of creating space for emotional growth and healing.
Learn more about him by viewing his bio here. https://aspiroadventure.com/about-us/therapists-and-staff/
With treatment-specific programs located in Utah and Costa Rica, Aspiro’s mission is to be the most clinically-advanced outdoor behavioral healthcare program in the world, providing safe, dynamic, highly effective treatment modalities that are backed by empirical research. Aspiro Wilderness Adventure Therapy is a short-term wilderness program serving adolescents ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-28 with varying degrees of social, emotional and behavioral challenges.