All Kinds of News for September 11, 2019
In September of 2018, Jessica Jo Stenquist, TRS, MPA, MSW, LCSW, made the move from working with adolescent boys at outBACK to working with adolescent girls. A full year later, she continues to uphold and expand upon the principles of Leaning Into Female Empowerment, also known as the “ABCs of LIFE”.
The L.I.F.E. Curriculum was designed by women for young women. It is one that addresses the struggles adolescent girls face through both a clinical and social lens. As adolescent girls work through the various mental and emotional struggles, it is reported that the LIFE curriculum offers a unique method of simultaneously addressing ways in which social expectations, attitudes, and behaviors, associated with girls, play a role in their lives. The “ABCs of LIFE” are embedded into an Empowerment Curriculum that allows for adolescent girls to empower ownership, empower relationships, and understand the impact of collective empowerment:
- Empowering Ownership: Acceptance + Accountability + Awareness
- Empowering Relationships: Boundaries + Bravery + Belonging
- Collective Empowerment: Courage + Compassion + Connection
When asked to speak about the use of two dedicated dogs in the girls group, Jessica Jo shared, “The ability to use our dogs as therapy animals requires the utilization of present moments for learning and change. This cannot be planned, thus our staff are trained on the importance of observing the interactions between each student and the dog to evaluate behaviors and responses in each situation. Utilizing metaphors between the student’s interactions with the dogs and their everyday life back at home enhances the experience for our girls as they gain a deeper analysis and insight into who they are and how they wish to show up in life.”
About outBACK Therapeutic Expeditions
outBACK Therapeutic Expeditions is a licensed wilderness therapy program located in Utah dedicated in bringing families BACK together. outBACK offers a clinically informed comprehensive assessment and treatment that yields high clinical values for teens and families. outBACK provides an innovative clinical structure designed to optimize clinical oversight by having an additional Masters level therapist in the group daily along with a clinician overseeing every main department of programming. outBACK helps teens ages 13-17 with various areas of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, engagement in dangerous behaviors, mild ASD, electronic and gaming addiction and more. outBACK’s treatment options place strong emphasis on healthy relationships, increased self-efficacy, and a healthy amount of autonomy through skill building.