All Kinds of News for October 07, 2020
September 23rd, 2020, All Kinds of Therapy released three changes to the website. The largest change was revealing the new partnerships with Boarding Schools. All details of these new partnerships and the reasons for the expansion are located on PR Web release. The second feature allows all the treatment programs for pre-teens, teens, and young adults & boarding schools to change their static Cover Image to a silent AutoPlay video for visitors doing research on the page. Like all features that are available to the partner programs and boarding schools, the content of this feature is available to be updated by the advertiser at any time.
To update your Cover Video: Login >> Click on My Listings >> Click through the Program Profile Page 4 Images >> Click on the Empty box to upload Cover Video. Once the Cover Video is uploaded, it will replace the existing Cover Image. This new video does not replace the existing Gallery where advertisers can have 7 images and 1 additional video (with sound).
This feature was added to increase the user experience, user engagement, and personalize all the treatment to transition programs who are advertising on the website. All Kinds of Therapy is not a typical treatment to transition directory for pre-teens, teens, and young adults. It is a place for families and young adults to see the facts, to compare options side-by-side. Facebook and LinkedIn have this feature. The final update to the website was fixing several bugs that were only apparent to a few advertisers.
If there are any questions about the updates to the website, please feel free to email Sam Rotondo, or call/text 202-630-2563.
About All Kinds of Therapy
Launched in 2015, allkindsoftherapy.com is a web-based platform that focuses on interventions, assessment, and varying types of treatment to transition programming for ages 30 and under. All the advertisers on the website must answer revealing facts about their treatment model, clinicians' training, licensing, etc, and offer a level of transparency, unlike any other online treatment, boarding school, or professional directory. The web platform allows the visitor to compare side-by-side, residential options, boarding schools. The professionals listed in the ‘Expert section’ are parent coaches, tele-therapy, tele-assessment, teen transport companies, therapeutic consultants who reveal details about their practice. The monthly blog allows parents to learn the questions to ask when hiring professionals or enrolling their child and gather a greater understanding of a dynamic Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare industry. All Kinds of Therapy is a subscription-based platform and does not receive kickbacks from partners if an enrollment comes through the website.
Students at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness experience what it can feel like to get regular sleep, drink plenty of water, eat whole foods, practice mindfulness, and habituate daily self-care through stretching and a structured hygienic routine. They learn to engage with their bodies in an empowering way by practicing yoga, exercise, mindful eating, and meditation. The consistent blend of these small yet impactful habits helps to create amazing changes in students’ bodies and minds and better equip them to make choices that lead to health and success.
The staff at Blue Ridge understand the impact of a healthy body and mind and thus prioritize implementing skills and tools that lead to greater overall well-being. Nicole Borth, Blue Ridge’s Health and Wellness Coordinator and certified yoga instructor, works to integrate a whole-body wellness approach with all students by visiting the field and offering nutrition lessons, yoga sessions, mindfulness practices, and guided interval training. In conjunction with Nicole’s expertise, Field Instructors and therapists monitor students’ nutrition and water intake and regularly practice mindfulness, breathing techniques, and exercise with students. The belief is that it is not only a form of mental and physical exercise but a way to increase student's tolerance for distress and increase emotional capacity.
The Health and Wellness program at Blue Ridge aims to enrich students’ bodies and minds. Their philosophy is that comprehensive health and wellness (emotional, physical, mental and spiritual) is necessary for students to thrive. In addition to plenty of healthy provisions, students are also routinely introduced to a variety of regular mindfulness practices, yoga classes, guided meditations and exercise. In the wilderness, students learn techniques that can be used in any environment. They also discover that they have the ability to make choices for themselves that can lead to improvements in all areas of their lives.
About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness (BRTW) founded in 2002 as a licensed wilderness therapy program that offers clinically driven wilderness therapy programs encompassing advanced therapeutic skills, a highly flexible nomadic wilderness therapy model, licensed wilderness therapy assessment and multiple treatment options for struggling teens ages 13-18 as well as young adults ages 18-30 in their Emerald Arrow program. Their individualized approach, family support, and commitment to service translate to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families.
The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, and presidential election years hold particular gravity.
To show its core belief in America's democratic system and in the importance of every vote, Evoke Therapy Programs is rolling out some special practices in the lead up to November 3rd, 2020.
- As part of its voter registration drive, Evoke will be encouraging and allowing all staff to take paid time during their work days to register to vote.
- Evoke will also allow any interested employee paid time off to be a poll worker on Election Day.
- Any client who will be turning 18 while they are with Evoke will be afforded the opportunity to register to vote so that no matter where they are, they may receive a ballot and vote on Election Day.
- Finally, any Evoke client who is 18 and registered who wants to receive their absentee ballot while they are in Evoke’s care may have it forwarded by their parents to their location, and have it delivered to the field so that they may exercise their constitutional right to vote.
“At Evoke we are committed to being a conscientious company, making the health and well-being of our business, employees, and communities a top priority,” says owner and Executive Clinical Director Brad Reedy. “This commitment includes supporting employees in community involvement and care, and one of the best ways we can do that is by supporting them in voting. We also see it as our duty to provide the same opportunity for clients in treatment.”
About Evoke Therapy Programs
Evoke Therapy Programs provide both outdoor-based therapeutic programs for adolescents, young adults, and families and Intensive therapy programs for individuals, families, and couples. Evoke is accredited by the AEE/OBH and is a NATSAP Research Designated Program. Evoke’s outdoor programs are based in Bend, Oregon and in Saint George, Utah. Evoke’s Intensive Therapy programs are in northern Utah.
In September 2020, Turn-About Ranch released a candid, student-led video tour of their facilities on YouTube. The tour is led by a recent student who walks viewers through the school, residential loft, basic aspects of student life, and his student goals. The purpose of their videos is to allow potential parents to see the inside of the ranch environment through the eyes of students.
In this video, the student talks about some of his personal experiences and the things he has learned from the opportunities available to him. He discusses learning to love Les Miserables, getting to read Anne Frank’s Diary, the time he has spent writing in his journal, and even the sense of accomplishment felt from doing chores at the ranch. He also talks about the “Solo”, a day students get to spend on their own in a nearby cabin to reflect about going home.
While discussing his goals, the student shares some of the therapeutic writing exercises he’s done in order to move up through the program’s four levels. These exercises have helped him learn and grow — experiences that he willingly opens up about on the tour.
“If a kid comes here, it means their parents genuinely love them,” the student says, sharing something that he’s been contemplating during his time at the ranch. “They wouldn’t send them to a program to get help if their parents didn’t just love them.”
When asked how this student is doing since the tour, Shane Young, Admissions Director, is happy to report that the student has since graduated and has also returned to the ranch just to visit — he even asked to haul hay! Turn-About Ranch is proud to foster a healthy and loving treatment environment for struggling teens. The teen treatment center regularly sees teens return just to say hi and get a taste for ranch living again.
About Turn-About Ranch
Turn-About Ranch is a wilderness therapy and residential treatment program located in the heart of Southern Utah’s canyon country. Students experience life on a real working ranch while undergoing treatment to improve their life back home. Surrounded by multiple national parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Turn-About Ranch is the ideal location for youth of today to have the space they need to find healing and purpose. If you have any questions about Turn-About Ranch, please call their admissions office at (800) 842-1165 between the hours of 8am and 6pm Mountain Standard Time.
Trails Carolina, a wilderness therapy program for preteens and adolescents, is adding a week of adventure education to its transition schedule. During this week, students are engaged in a progression of skill development activities that culminate with a peak experience. This highly intentional addition to Trails Carolina’s wilderness programming is designed to take advantage of the North Carolina landscape in a way that has never been done before.
A peak experience at Trails Carolina influences modes of change for Trails students. Experiences at the program are tailored to challenge comfort zones and create a shift in a student’s self-awareness and self-confidence. They help improve their ability to grow while in the program. Studies show peak experiences are an opportunity for individuals to experience positive emotions while providing therapeutic benefits only found in an outdoor recreation setting.
“We are excited about this new offering for our students. At Trails Carolina we constantly challenge ourselves to evaluate our program and its efficacy. This week of adventure activities is another way our students can engage in a novel experience that creates the opportunity for them to experience profound and therapeutic moments that ultimately result in lasting change,” explained Program Director Jeremy Whitworth.
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy program for pre-teens and adolescents ages 10-17. The clinically sophisticated and time-tested program engages students through wilderness therapy, mindfulness and yoga, equine-assisted therapy, intentional transitions, and academic engagement. Recent outcome research demonstrates efficacy. Trails Carolina was created to help families reconnect and heal. For additional information about Trails Carolina, located just outside of Asheville, North Carolina, please call 800-975-7303.
Trails Momentum, a young adult adventure-based outdoor program, is helping their students register and obtain absentee voting ballots. Interested students are able to participate and mail in their ballots. Trails Momentum facilitated online registration and absentee voting this past spring for the primary election as well.
Students are briefed on current events throughout their time at Momentum and are given the opportunity to learn more about all election candidates. In the Introduction to Communication and Leadership class, students watch news debriefings to stay informed. Staying connected with current events while at the program helps students process challenges and potential points of anxiety.
Students are given the option of whether or not they’d like to participate in the election process. Sarah Parlier, Ph.D., Director of Student Development, is aiding them in this process. “Right now, I would say that over 80% of our students intend to cast their vote,” she said. In addition to ballots, students have requested candidate information to inform themselves of the choices.
Because Trails Momentum serves young adults from all over the country, they are helping students from several different states register and request their ballots. “This year, the process [for ballot requests] is online for almost every state,” Parlier said. This has made it easier for students to participate in the civic process while in the program. One of Momentum’s key elements is helping students find their own voice, in any situation, and registering to vote speaks directly to this valuable skill.
As a young adult program, Trails Momentum incorporates life skills into their adventure-based programming. They are using this opportunity to teach students how to register, request an absentee ballot, and how to vote. This will help prepare them to be active members of their communities after graduating from the program.
Trails Momentum is an adventure-based outdoor program for young adults ages 18-25 who are struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Students are guided on a journey of self-discovery where they develop self-concept and are empowered to make the transition into independence. Adventure programming, clinical services, family involvement, college coursework, and social skill development are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills and address clinical and behavioral challenges.
Collective trauma describes the emotional and mental reactions to a devastating event that affects an entire group, country, or population. Fear, anxiety, grief, and depression are the most common symptoms of collective trauma. However, the intensity of the impact of the tragedy, and therefore of the collective trauma symptoms, may be different for different people, depending on a wide range of factors. The coronavirus, for example, has disproportionally affected people of color and people of lower socioeconomic status.
In addition, events that catalyze collective trauma may permanently shift the way those affected see themselves — not only as individuals but also as a society or a group. Studies show that the impact of collective trauma on future generations includes greater individual and collective fear, heightened alertness for new threats, damaged national pride, and increased feelings of vulnerability. Research on the long-term collective impact of past disease outbreaks, including SARS and Ebola, shows increases in panic, depression, hopelessness, anxiety, stress, grief, and collective PTSD.
Causes of Collective Trauma
As with other kinds of trauma, any event or ongoing situation that represents a significant threat to a group’s health, safety, and well-being can cause collective trauma. Examples of the types of traumatic events that catalyze collective trauma include:
- Pandemics, such as COVID-19
- Wars and military conflicts
- Terrorist attacks, like 9/11
- Natural disasters
- Economic disasters, such as the Great Depression
- Mass shootings
- Genocide—for example, the Holocaust.
Research on the Impact of Collective Trauma in 2020
Before COVID, adolescents were already experiencing the highest levels of anxiety, depression, and suicide in recorded history. And research is showing that this teen mental health crisis has only been exacerbated by collective trauma. During two weeks in late April and early May 2020, America’s Promise— the nation’s largest cross-sector alliance of nonprofit, community organizations, businesses, and government organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people — conducted a survey of 3,300 young people. Their findings included the following data:
- High school students’ levels of concern about the present and future have increased
- 30 percent of young people surveyed said they feel unhappy or depressed more often
- More than 25 percent reported not sleeping well, feeling constantly under strain, or experiencing a loss of confidence in themselves
- 29 percent reported that they felt disconnected from their classmates, their teachers, and their school community.
Symptoms of Collective Trauma in Teens
Signs of adolescent trauma include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Suicidal thoughts
- A lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
Treatment for Teen Trauma
An assessment by a mental health professional or healthcare provider can determine whether treatment is required. Treatment approaches for teen trauma include:
Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
If your teen is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or trauma, Newport Academy can help. Visit NewportAcademy.com to learn more about our integrated approach to trauma treatment.
Newport Academy is a series of evidence-based healing centers for adolescents and families struggling with mental health issues, eating disorders, and substance abuse. With locations across the United States, Newport Academy offers gender-specific, individualized, and comprehensive teen treatment programs that encompass clinical therapy, experiential modalities, and academic excellence.
Offerings include inpatient residential treatment, intensive outpatient programming, recovery-based therapeutic day schools, and day treatment. Newport Academy nurtures the physical, psychological, social, educational, and spiritual needs of adolescents and their families, from a foundation of compassionate care, clinical expertise, and unconditional love.
Young adults participating in residential immersive life skills programs often lag behind their typically-developing peers in the achievement of adult roles. This is due to a variety of mental health challenges, emotional dysregulation, drug and alcohol involvement, and complicated family dynamics. Q&A Associates' transitional living programs The Journey for Young Men and Applewood Transitions for Young Women utilize a two-prong approach to assist them in moving toward independence. Prong One is to provide individualized education and support to help the young adults develop the skills they need to reach independence. The second is immersing them in the commuity where they have daily opportunities to utilize these skills. All clients currently enrolled The Journey for Young Men and Applewood Transitions for Young Women are gainfully employed in the community. Having a job is a cornerstone of the life skills development process.
These young adults are learning and/or continuing to develop critical life skills while being immersed in real-life situations on a daily basis. The staff at Q&A utilize a coaching model to assist the young adults as they learn budgeting, self-care, personal boundaries, employment skills, healthy relationships, and awareness. "Once clients enroll, we coach them through creating their own growth plan, which is very empowering," said Marci Jones, Student Services Coordinator and Lead Life Coach. "One of the first things they do is apply for a job," she continued, "and once they are employed, we can then work through real-life situations to teach them the life skills that will help them reach independence." The majority of young adults currently enrolled in transitional living programs have participated in more than one residential therapeutic program prior to turning 18. While these young adults have addressed their challenges and developed better self-regulation and coping skills, they have not experienced the typical transition from adolescence to young adult. They lack the skills to live independently, and this is why young adult transition programs are a necessary step in their journeys.
According to a study done by the National Institute of Health (NIH) in 2016, providing situated learning opportunities alongside peers in real-world settings away from home is an effective model for helping challenged young adults reach independence. This research also touches on how this approach is beneficial for families of these young adults. "Taking the parents out of the role of teacher/coach/caretaker allows for a healthier family dynamic to emerge," said Angie Shockley, Founder and CEO of Q&A. "We are very grateful to live and operate in a community that supports the work we are doing and recognizes the benefits of hiring young adults who are on this journey of personal growth," she continued.
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs is three different transitional living programs Cabin Mountain Living Center, Applewood Transitions for Women, and the Journey for Young Men. All serve young adults ages 18 and up, providing opportunities for each of them to develop independent, functional, and happy lives with a high level of quality. Our clients have struggled to reach independence for a variety of reasons such as the inability to develop and/or implement the life skills needed to be successful, or struggling to obtain consistent employment. Our goal is to help these individuals find meaning and an authentic purpose for their lives and a practical path to achieve their goals.
Emerging Adults at Onward Transitions continue to demonstrate initiative, executive functioning skills, and civic responsibility as they contribute to the city of Portland, ME. Clients, referred to as members of the program, are actively working as front-line workers, participating in the upcoming elections through absentee voting, and helping to ease the strain on health care by receiving early flu shots.
Staff at Onward Transitions have been working with members to link these fundamental aspects of citizenship with executive functioning skills. On September 16th, the full staff participated in a “Building Skills for Independence” virtual training with executive functioning coach Merri Minnich of Beyond Book Smart. This training underscored the approach the staff had been implementing with the key skills of planning, time management, flexible thinking, self-knowledge, self-management, and self-advocacy. Members worked both in groups and individually with staff to develop plans to continue their success in work and school, to obtain voting ballots from their home states, and to schedule their flu shots.
Onward Transitions’ Program and Community Resource Leader Kristen Chandler reported that members actively participated in “understanding, planning and carrying out the steps to get set up as absentee voters in their home states so they could be sure to participate in the election.” Chandler went on to say that members have scheduled their flu shots either through their health care providers in Portland, or through a local pharmacy near to Onward Transitions’ downtown location.
About Onward Transitions
Onward Transitions (OT) in Portland, ME is a small, independent, owner-operated program for bright, motivated, emerging adults in the final stages of learning to live on their own. OT supports actual sustainable independent living and autonomy from two city locations. Participants (members) ages 18-29 never live with us; they live in their own apartments, scattered throughout the city. Members' challenges include anxiety, depression and executive functioning.
Awareness of holistic wellness advantages of healthy eating and activity provides intrinsic motivation maintaining physical health. However, as COVID-19 related concerns and regulations continue to affect fitness and dietary habits, the result is increased calorie consumption and weight gain – which are exacerbated as many people move into the colder seasons of fall and winter. Additionally, there has always been a strong correlation between how one copes with fear, anxiety, stress, boredom, and isolation and the formation of unhealthy habits with negative effects on diet, physical health, and mental well-being.
EDGE’s wellness program provides students with individual and group wellness activities, including nutrition and fitness education, skill-building, and direct 1:1 assistance. Throughout the week, young adults at EDGE attend individual and community fitness workouts with demonstration and support. Along with group fitness, there are two community meals a week. EDGE residents develop healthy recipes, shop for those recipes while acquiring grocery-shopping skills, and prepare the recipe through a process called “Experiential Nutrition,” an interactive cooking experience. Students also participate in individual wellness assessments, fitness sessions, and nutrition coaching.
EDGE’s Nutrition and Fitness Coach, Conor Klump, attended Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with a focus on health and wellness coaching. Conor’s experience includes coaching young adults, both in and out of college with their wellness goals, along with actively pursuing personal training. “I understand the period after high school can be a difficult transition. It’s a time where students begin to make more decisions for themselves, which is why it’s the best time for them to learn healthy habits” according to Klump. “My focus is to inspire our young adults to adopt healthy behaviors.”
Conor works with students to optimize their personal wellness, and to help them become comfortable with, and knowledgeable enough to present on a variety of fitness and nutrition topics. According to Klump, “One recent student presented on the topic of ‘Intuitive eating’ - a philosophy of eating that makes you the expert of your body and its hunger signals. It was amazing to witness this particular student be able to share how she implemented healthy nutrition habits with the rest of the community.”
EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community is an accredited transitional living program located in Chicago, IL. EDGE offers therapeutically supported residential and non-residential options for post-treatment young adults. The participants, ages 18 -24, are striving to excel academically while creating a life of balance, joy, and wellness.
In late summer Summit Achievement began weekly COVID-19 testing for staff and new students to mitigate the risk of illness spreading in its therapeutic wilderness program. Summit Achievement did this by joining forces with the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts to provide PCR COVID-19 testing. Each Tuesday all returning Field staff, and a sampling of day staff in each department are tested for COVID-19. Summit Achievement and Summit Traverse also require that all admitting and returning students have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of enrollment or when returning from a visit.
In addition, any newly enrolled student, or a student returning from a visit is retested. Summit Achievement receives the test results on Thursday morning before students head out on weekly wilderness therapy expeditions. Summit Achievement started weekly testing due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the United States.
Summit Achievement also limits enrollment for fall in order to be mindful of the potential need to quarantine on campus. Summit Achievement requires that all staff and students wear masks unless they are further than 10 feet apart in the wilderness or on campus. In addition, Summit Achievement recently added individual plexiglass barriers in the dining area. To learn more about what Summit Achievement is doing to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transition, please visit https://www.summitachievement.com/2897-2/ .
About Summit Achievement
Summit Achievement is, and always has been, guided by positive reinforcement and the power of choice. Our outcome-focused program employs effective therapeutic and educational principles. Through the process of engaging therapy, classroom academics and exciting wilderness expeditions, students experience the therapeutic benefits of outdoor adventure-based activities while learning to manage the demands of a more traditional environment. As an intentionally small, owner-operated wilderness therapy program, we serve adolescent boys and girls, ages 13-20, from around the world.
Eva Carlston Academy is thrilled to announce that Caitlin Tharaldson has joined its clinical team. Caitlin received both a BS in Biology and a graduate degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Her experience is unmatched when it comes to presenting at clinical conferences, supervising clinicians, and working with young adults. Eva Carlston believes that Caitlin has the character and authenticity it takes to work in a residential treatment center due to her wide range of skills and capabilities of working in different environments and a variety of clients.
Caitlin was Clinical Director and created the young adult wilderness therapy program at Elements Traverse. Her experience extends further to working at in-home therapy programs and domestic violence shelters, Caitlin has seen and done it all. She strongly believes in seeing people as a “whole” rather than a problem needing to be fixed. She is incredibly empowering for those that she provides care for and sees beyond the presenting struggles of her clients. By being her authentic self, she creates a safe and accepting environment for coworkers and clients alike.
In her free time, Caitlin enjoys skiing, biking, and other outdoors activities. Eva Carlston is are incredibly excited the new addition to the family!
About Eva Carlston Academy
Eva Carlston Academy (UT) is a licensed residential treatment center located near the urban center of Salt Lake City. The program serves young women between the ages of 12 and 18 in a clinically intense, family-style program which focuses upon creating opportunities for students to explore the arts while working toward continued growth and healing.
Journey Home Young Adult, a step-down, transitional program for young women ages 18-23, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, excited to announce the addition of Toni Mazzaglia to the clinical team. Mazzaglia began working with, Journey Home West, the sister program, earlier this year. She will provide clinical support to both teens and young adults at both traditional living programs.
Toni has worked in both wilderness and residential treatment settings for the past 20 years. She is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR) as well as trauma work. The transitional nature of the Journey Home programs will allow her to utilize the skills she’s gained across the variety of treatment settings she’s worked in.
Journey Home Young Adult uses a combination of individual, group, and family therapy to help students address their issues and prepare for the next steps in their life. When asked what advice she’d give to parents with children in treatment, Toni says it’s important to not get discouraged. “Trust the process and focus on what you can do,” she said. “Look at what you can adjust in order to be better support for your child.”
Journey Home Young Adult helps residents gain the skills needed to be successful through one-on-one mentoring and life coaching. Toni believes it’s important to help students gain life skills that are transferable to life after treatment. “I don’t want residents to feel like life is just happening to them,” she said. “I want them to feel like they can actively take control of it.” Toni and the Journey Home Young Adult team will continue to help residents move forward and launch into the next phase of their lives with hope and the tools they need to succeed.
About Journey Home Young Adult
Journey Home Young Adult is a transition program for young women 18-23 years old. Our home-like setting provides a place for these young women to develop independence while still receiving therapeutic support. Residents are transitioning from a previous therapeutic placement into young adulthood. Therapists help them with individual and family issues while residents attend school or work in the community. For more information, visit journeyhomeyoungadult.com or call (855) 918-0032.
Solstice West RTC, a residential treatment center for girls ages 14-18, hosted their bi-annual parent-child camping trip in Moab, UT, about four hours south of the Solstice campus, while adhering to Covid-19 precautions. Although this year’s trip required the use of masks and some changes to food preparation, the trip itself was one of the most successful weekends since the programming’s start.
While typically the trips are hosted for either moms or dads, this year, Solstice chose to invite a group of both mothers and fathers alike to join their kids on the expedition. On the drive down, all participants wore masks and distanced as much as possible. Once they arrived, all were able to distance outside, and each family had their own tent with cots and their own space. The location is far enough outside of Moab to lack cell service. This in itself has been a major draw for parents.
Amanda Sevigny, Adventure Therapy Assistant Director, said the opportunity to truly unplug and spend time with their children has been revelatory for many parents. “What I appreciate most about these trips is that when you take away all the distractions, and you offer a beautiful background for folks to come together, it's hard not to have a lot of positive growth and connection,” Sevigny said.
Some students spend up to a year or more in treatment. This time away from home, while necessary, means that parents and children spend a lot of time working on the heavy parts of their relationships, but don’t always get the time to work on the lighter side. The parent-child trips provide the opportunity for them to reconnect, reintroduce themselves, and acknowledge the hard work and growth of the family. “These trips are great for families to really learn how to just be together again,” Sevigny said. “What they’re working on in therapy is still there and happening, but these trips offer moments for families to learn about each other. It’s a great opportunity to build community with one another and with families going through similar things.”
Parent-child trips are hosted twice a year, in the spring and fall, and are open to all students who have reached the Threshold phase of the program. Each weekend includes hiking, rock climbing and rappelling, and some time to relax by the Colorado river. This unique opportunity is a great chance for families to reconnect and rebuild their relationships.
Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for teen girls that has helped hundreds of struggling teens on their journey to solving issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Solstice RTC, located in Layton, Utah, offers a specialized, clinically intensive program based on the specific needs of young women. At Solstice RTC, young women discover their full potential. For additional information on Solstice RTC, please visit http://solsticertc.com/ or call 801-444-0794.
Equinox RTC, a residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18, has added fly fishing as an experiential therapy activity for students. Experiential therapy is one of the foundational components of Equinox’s trauma and relationship model of treatment. Experiential therapy is the capstone of a model in which all prior skills, therapy and neurological interventions are put to the test in real life application, thereby aiding adolescents to more successfully work through emotional and behavioral issues.
Studies have shown that fly fishing enhances mood and provides a full body workout, as well as lowering cortisol levels. Typical Equinox students have experienced trauma and suffer from a range of mental health issues as a result. Therefore, having an outlet like fly fishing can help them learn to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression outside of a traditional therapeutic setting.
The students started out learning the basics of fly fishing including how to use the rods and reels, and practiced mock casting in the grass without hooks to get a feel for how the process works. Students learned how to tie different knots and also learned the basics of entomology. Understanding the basics of this enables one to determine which flies to use and when. Once they had the foundation down, students first tried fishing in the pond on Equinox’s campus, then traveled to a few local rivers to test their skills.
Natalie Stark, TRS, CRTS, Director of Recreational Therapy at Equinox, says the fly fishing program has provided a new way for students to practice the Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills they’re learning. “Interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, all of these are DBT skills that the students can practice in a real life situation while they’re fishing,” Stark said. “There’s also the mindfulness component that is a foundational piece of DBT that comes out very naturally with fly fishing.”
All students participate in experiential learning. Students are put into experiential groups based on their individual needs. The fly fishing group is part of a specialty group specifically for those learning DBT skills. “We are focusing on using fly fishing as a way to develop fine motor skills, build mastery, and practice the use of DBT skills,” Stark said. The group caught their first fish last week, a rainbow trout, and is excited to continue to hone their fishing skills while also enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the activity.
About Equinox RTC
Equinox RTC is a leading residential treatment center for boys ages 14-18. Equinox is unique in its focus on Trauma, Loss, and Attachment, providing clinically intensive treatment for boys struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, ASD, learning disabilities, and other emotional and behavioral needs. Equinox offers a combination of clinically sophisticated support with a whole-person approach including adventure therapy, health and fitness program, and a whole foods diet. Equinox provides a fully accredited school, with broad course selections taught by licensed teachers in a college-preparatory environment. For more information, visit equinoxrtc.com or call (877) 279-8925.
Seven Stars, a residential treatment center and assessment program for teens ages 13-17 struggling with neurodevelopmental challenges is getting ready to kick off for an exciting October full of on-campus activities with students. Team Director Sara Hair shares about some of these plans. “We are eager to dive in to fall and have creatively prepared some fun and interactive activities. I think the kids will really enjoy what we have in store.”
First on the list is Harry Potter week. “The kids will be crafting and making their own owls, magic wands, and enjoying some special Harry Potter themed treats such as chocolate frogs,” says Sara. “To top it off, each student will receive their own ticket to hop aboard a train that will take us to an outdoor train museum. We are intentionally planning to incorporate some life skills in the middle of this entertaining week. The kids will actually earn their way to purchase the train tickets and experience a different way of transportation through the train ride. We are very excited about these plans!”
Next up on the list is a corn maze, costume shopping, dorm decorating contest, science projects, and a field day with Halloween-inspired games. “The corn maze will be a great way to learn and practice a sense of direction,” Sara explains. “We plan to take the kiddos shopping for their own costumes. With this activity, each student will have a budget and opportunity to create their own costume design. Then, for the Halloween field day, we have games that include mummy wrapping, ring toss, bean bag games, and more.”
Finally, the month will close with a big Halloween party. The student cafe will host the campus-wide party with some amazingly spooky treats. Staff and students will trick or treat through the hallways. “The campus really gets into the festivities and the students enjoy the excitement,” says Sara. Needless to say, Seven Stars is thrilled to kick start the fall season!
Seven Stars is a leading assessment program and residential treatment center for teens ages 13-17 who struggle with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD. For more information about programming at Seven Stars, please visit http://www.discoversevenstars.com/ or call 844-601-1167.
While Sedona Sky Academy offers year-round daily fitness opportunities through on and off-campus pursuits, Kyrissa Mattison, Program Director, is offering a more thorough and individualized Fitness and Nutrition program for students.
Since 2017, Kyrissa has organized and offered exciting activities and team-building exercises at SSA for students, families and staff. She is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) as a Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist and Kickboxing Instructor. Kyrissa’s magnetic personality allows her to form healthy, long lasting relationships with students while educating them on health and nutrition.
Often, girls are confused by the plethora of inaccurate information presented by visual and social media about what is “healthy”. The goal at SSA is to assist students in their empowerment and in a healthy mind-body connection. Everything at SSA is intentional and relates back to students’ growth and development. Because nutrition and exercise are essential elements of mental, emotional and physical health, Sedona Sky want students to recognize the impact that it has on their mind and body. The 6-week Fitness and Nutrition Program consists of an initial assessment and questionnaires, two weekly individualized personal training sessions, one weekly group class focused on nutrition and fitness basics, and one weekly individual 15 minute check-in.
Kyrissa’s enthusiasm is contagious as she expresses, “My goal for our students is to create a healthy relationship with food and exercise. I have them focus on well-balanced portion sizes, exercises and activities that are fun, and on how they feel in their bodies instead of on weight and calorie counting. For example, noticing if they feel stronger, have more energy, or feel less anxious. They might notice certain foods cause increased anxiety, brain fog, fatigue or help them to feel more alert and energized. My passion is in helping them achieve long term success to thrive physically and live a vibrant and healthy life. To me, it’s so incredible to help them gain that knowledge, self-confidence, and find a passion for their physical, mental and emotional health.”
The tools Kyrissa utilizes to help them achieve their goals of mind-body connection include assessments, food and exercise journals, a group class, recipe sharing, varied activities individualized for each student and check-ins. The journals allow each student to reflect on how they feel before, during and after eating or participating in an activity. Kyrissa believes it is essential that the girls begin to see the strength in their bodies and what they are capable of achieving while also removing the negativity they might associate with "working out." Kyrissa provides various options that consist of kickboxing, cardio (aerobic and anaerobic), strength training, conditioning, and more depending on their needs and energy levels. Every workout is individualized to meet the student where they are in their fitness journey and build from that point. Kyrissa states, “I want the students to pay attention to how their body feels and recognize how fitness benefits them so that when they complete Sedona Sky Academy, they can be successful on their own with the knowledge they’ve gained.”
One student who voluntarily participated in the piloted version of this program relays, "I think everyone should be required to take this class. Before it was complicated, but now I've learned a lot about holistically being healthy. There's so much different information in magazines that just makes it all confusing. I've been able to create a strong, healthy body and eat the foods I’ve identified that make me feel my best. I’m also able to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise, even eating comfort food in moderation. It is not about deprivation, it’s about understanding healthy portion sizes and learning to eat the less nutritional foods in moderation. It is easier to do this when you understand how different foods make you feel physically and even emotionally. The recipes we get to try are some of my favorites that I’ll be cooking at home for my family on my next visit.”
This amazing Fitness & Nutrition Program is intentionally designed to provide an individualized, developmentally appropriate experiential learning opportunity in Sedona Sky's safe and supportive environment. As students begin to relate to themselves in a healthy way, their self-awareness increases ‒ resulting in healthy relationships with peers, family and their sense of identity and resilience in the world. Sedona Sky Academy remains dedicated to empowering students in a variety of pursuits. SSA is fortunate to have such a highly motivated, energetic and compassionate Program Director as Kyrissa to help students meet their needs.
Sedona Sky Academy provides a relational-based model for trauma and attachment issues with the clinical sophistication of a Residential Treatment Center, the feel of a Therapeutic Boarding School and the academic rigor of a Traditional Boarding School, with the ability to also accommodate those with learning challenges.
SSA intentionally provides developmentally appropriate programming with both a Middle School Program for ages 11-14 and High School Program for ages 14-18. This emotionally safe and experiential approach targets the limbic system where trauma is stored and allows for deep healing resulting in positive connections and development of internal sources for resilience. SSA supports and empowers students and the entire family to reconnect and heal in this parallel process. Sedona Sky Academy holds Joint Commission Accreditation and is accredited by NIPSA and Cognia, is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health, is a full NATSAP member and SEVIS approved.
Originally from Sacramento, Haylee Maynard received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from California State University. With a strong interest in trauma work, Haylee applied to graduate schools around the world, ultimately obtaining a Master’s of Science in War & Psychiatry from King’s College in London. After her time in London, Haylee returned to the states and obtained a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University in Sacramento. Haylee’s experience in the mental health field has spanned the last decade and Haylee has worked in a variety of contexts with children, adolescents, and adults.
Haylee is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist and uses other modalities including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to build skills while managing symptoms. Haylee works well with young women experiencing anxiety, depression and suicidality as well as those who have experienced trauma. Haylee has a strong ability to develop therapeutic rapport and provides a safe space for students to creatively express their thoughts, feelings, and process their histories.
Haylee sees adolescence as a time of opportunity and vulnerability and her approach looks at the biological, social, cognitive and emotional changes that occur during this time. Haylee takes into consideration the latest research in adolescent neuro-development, trauma, attachment, and the brain-body connection to guide therapy with students.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Haylee observes particular symptoms as an adaptation to a student’s family system. Haylee believes that using a strength-based approach in therapy helps families notice what is working for them while continuing to grow their assets. Haylee comments: “Families are so critical to the healing process of trauma. I utilize families to help process the past and find ways to connect and heal in the present and future.”
Haylee is excited to be a part of Montana Academy for the collaboration and sense of community. She believes that the surrounding environment and access to the natural world is grounding for the staff and students and looks forward to working with young women and their families.
Established in 1997, Montana Academy is a non-profit, co-educational, therapeutic boarding school located in Northwest Montana. The leadership and staff at Montana Academy bring more than 175 combined years of cumulative experience to students and their families. Montana Academy's approach places character development at the heart of its developmental model in helping young men and women mature. Montana Academy's community is one that combines an array of therapeutics, college-preparatory academics, and a robust offering of experiential and skill-building programmatic opportunities.
In the last six months, Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women has doubled in size. The program now has the capacity to enroll twice the number of clients, creating more opportunities for young adult women to receive critical, gender-specific treatment.
Almost three years ago, the founders of Legacy Outdoor Adventures for Men decided it was time to create a program for young adult women, Juniper Canyon. They recognized a serious need in the industry: while there were wilderness therapy programs that accepted young adult females in their all-gender groups, there was yet to be a gender-specific wilderness program that specialized in treating women between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five (18 - 35). In early 2018, Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women opened and started taking clients, under the direction and leadership of co-founder and clinical director Dr. Maddy Liebing.
Two and a half years later, Juniper Canyon Recovery Center is thriving. Since the spring of 2020, the program has doubled in size. This expansion adds a second group was made possible by the renovation of facilities to create more space, and the clinical team expanding. There are now two full-time Juniper Canyon clinicians, Rachel Rollins, MA, ACMHC, and Veronica Malencia, MA in addition to Dr. Liebing and a clinical intern. The clinical team works alongside a staff of experienced women, including Program Director Maura Rodkey, and a full team of female guides.
In addition to spending four days a week in the field, Juniper Canyon clients also take advantage of Legacy Treatment Center, which is licensed as a residential treatment center and offers the ability for trauma-focused treatment such as EMDR and equine therapy, as well as psychiatric and medical care.
The fact that Legacy Outdoor Adventures and Juniper Canyon Recovery Center were able to enroll a record number of clients in August and September points to the fact that there is a serious need for young-adult, gender-specific treatment. Now, with so many lives changed as a result of COVID-19, and the July Kaiser Family Foundation study revealing that 53% of adults reporting that their mental health has been negatively affected because of the pandemic. Juniper Canyon is happy to be able to help more young women than ever.
Legacy Outdoor Adventures is located in Loa, UT. Legacy Outdoor Adventures is an adventure therapy program for young men ages 18 and up. Legacy is licensed as both an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Program and a Residential Treatment Center. Together with the women’s program, Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women, Legacy is the premier wilderness recovery program for adults.
Foundation House, an extended care mental health and addiction treatment program for young men in Portland, Maine, is excited to announce that Danielle Cimino, LCPC-C is be joining our clinical team as a primary therapist. Foundation House is dedicated to delivering empathetic, empowering care to clients who struggle with mental health, trauma, and addiction. Danielle’s experience uniquely aligns with our diverse, leading-edge approach, having provided care to the whole individual in physical medicine, as well as clinically specializing in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Acceptance, and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Danielle received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. A native to Maine, she returned to complete her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Southern Maine. During that time, she worked with young men suffering from co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders, which fostered a passion for understanding, overcoming and replacing the beliefs and behaviors that confront this community. She is a conditionally Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Maine and has made an immediate impact in elevating our experiential, community-focused program.
On joining the Foundation House team, Danielle says, “the diverse clinical team here complements each other in such a tremendous way. Their backgrounds vary from in-patient substance abuse and private practice therapy to managerial counseling roles and personal experience. The wealth of knowledge and experience on this staff is remarkable.” On what sets Foundation House apart, she believes, “the fundamental aspect for me is the diverse activities, therapies and holistic offerings. Having the serene urban campus here in Portland, the Foxhole Ranch in Bethel and the beaches and mountains of Maine in our backyard makes Foundation House an oasis for young men seeking recovery.”
About Foundation House
Since its inception in 2002, Foundation House has been a pioneer in the fields of substance abuse and mental health treatment. A program dedicated to the long-term success of its residents, Foundation House consistently offers progressive clinical care in place of tired treatment methods, favoring an approach that empowers its residents and removes the impediments of institutionalization. Throughout the Foundation House program, residents are offered a dynamic selection of therapies and activities including outdoor adventure, intramural sports leagues, educational tutoring, service missions, money management, acupuncture, surfing, reiki, yoga, cooking lessons, alumni engagement, painting classes, professional music studio time and international expeditions. For more information regarding Foundation House or the above press release, visit www.foundationhouse.com or call 207-791-2000.
Logan, Utah– Logan River Academy (LRA), a residential treatment center in Northern Utah, has been serving families for over twenty years and is excited to enhance that service with a newly created position: Special Education Director. This new position will allow Logan River Academy to provide a higher level of care in several ways. The Special Education Director will primarily work closely with students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) in order to help them be more successful in their academic endeavors. Additionally, the Special Education Director will act as a liaison for Logan River Academy to all of the school districts they work with throughout the country and provide an added level of support for both students and faculty. Logan River Academy is proud to welcome Hilary Wheeler, Ed.S as the new Special Education Director
Hilary has extensive experience in the world of special education. Prior to Logan River Academy, she worked for five years as the special education director for a school district in Idaho. In addition to teaching full-time, she earned a master’s degree in special education from Boise State University and a degree in educational administration from Northwest Nazarene University. “My previous position provided an opportunity where I was able to build a strong foundation in special education and an excellent understanding of what students needed both in and beyond the educational environment,” says Mrs. Wheeler. She is excited for this new opportunity to help kids on a larger, more profound basis. “Logan River is very different from a public school in that it offers so many more services and [those services] are available at any time they are needed. I am happy to be one of those services.” Previously, the tasks taken on by Mrs. Wheeler were performed by the special education teachers. With the creation of this new position, the special education teachers are now able to focus all of their time and energy on teaching, which will provide students with a better academic experience and an additional level of support in their schooling.
Unique resources like this new position allow Logan River Academy to excel in helping struggling teens succeed and overcome academic challenges in addition to social and mental issues. Unlike a normal high school, LRA has extensive experience in helping students with special needs and has spent years cultivating a culture of patience, understanding, and caring for each student who walks through their doors. “One of the things we do really well is the individualization that we have with students,” says Logan River Academy’s Academic Director, Kirk Farmer, “When a student comes in, we review that student and make sure that we have the appropriate schedule and then our teachers go to work to make sure they are providing the support they need in the classroom. We are excited to have Hilary on the team to help enhance that process.”
About Logan River Academy
Established in 2000, Logan River Academy has over 20 years of experience providing high-end therapeutic care for adolescents and young adults. Our goal is to help each student develop the necessary skills to live successful and fulfilling lives. We provide a sophisticated approach tailored to each students’ individual needs. Through the concerted efforts of the family, the treatment team, and an individualized treatment plan, we help our students down the path of developing lifelong healthy habits that will lead to their success and prosperity. For more information call (435) 755-8400 or visit our website at Loganriver.com.
Building Bridges is excited to welcome therapist Mark Lyga, MSW, MAC, LAC, and Admissions Coordinator Aubrey Sutton to the team. These two key hires coincided with the growth of the treatment program as students enroll in the fall. Finding a therapist like Mark, who has experience working with substance abuse, clinical and behavioral issues, and an attitude that would fit with the relational milieu, took an intense search. Building Bridges is excited to have filled the clinical position with a skilled therapist who fits into the mission, vision, and values with such extensive experience. Additionally, having a dedicated admissions person has been in the plans for a while and the timing this fall was perfect to bring Aubrey into the team.
Mark Lyga has been working with adolescent males with substance and clinical issues for over twenty years. (Kurt Fairbank, Owner and Clinical Director of Building Bridges, first worked with Mark when starting his own career in this field.) Mark joins the Building Bridges team, coming from a wilderness therapy treatment program where he was the Clinical Director. “Over the years, we have had many opportunities to work with Mark, and have a deep respect for the work he does,” said Kurt Fairbank. Mark graduated from SUNY Utica/Rome with a BA and received a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Syracuse. He is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and is certified from the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAACAD) as a Master Addiction Counselor. Originally from Upstate NY, Mark moved to Montana to fulfill his love of the outdoors while pursuing his career in substance abuse treatment.
Aubrey Sutton, after growing up around a family who has worked with teens and young adults at risk her whole life, began her professional development while in college. While working on her degree at Utah State, she worked directly with a Residential Treatment Center for adolescent girls. After graduating with a BS in Psychology, Aubrey worked at a residential treatment program for adolescent boys. Both experiences taught her patience and great empathy. She learned to work with the youth and their family to create the smoothest transition for everyone involved. In that fashion, she moved on to work as a Client Services Representative for a nationally recognized Crisis Intervention company. She spoke with Educational and Therapeutic Consultants and families to create the best logistics to get their client or loved one to help they needed.
Aubrey grew up in northern Idaho in the small town of Sandpoint. She enjoyed playing competitive soccer, hanging out on the lake, and skiing in the winter with her parents and younger brother. In her free time, she likes to be active, watches sports, especially football, and hang out with her family.
Building Bridges is a licensed Chemical Dependency Treatment Center with the structure of a Therapeutic Boarding School. Located in Thompson Falls, MT Building Bridges is for boys 13-18 with substance and behavioral issues. The team's passion is creating a structure that mirrors real life. Students are involved in the community and it is our goal to have each student eventually attend public school. Building Bridges seeks to bring real life to treatment through redirection and empowerment. We strive to educate our students to see how substance use has created patterns of unhealthy coping which have gotten in the way of pursuing their life in healthy ways. By providing students the tools to increase their self-confidence and create a more positive outlook they can generate growth in a normalized safe environment that will transfer on in their lives.
BOULDER, COLO. [September 11, 2020] – Choice House, a residential and transitional program for men struggling with substance use, co-occurring mental health, and trauma, recently expanded its Winter Programming to include multiple mountains and sites.
Already a priemier provider of outdoor and experiential therapies in its programs, Choice House has continued to add and expand to its robust programming. This winter, program participants will enjoy 2-3 days skiing and snowboarding on multiple mountains across Colorado and mutliple 3-4 trips during their treatment experience.
"We are thrilled to expand our outdoor program to even more excellent locations as we pursue our goal of being the top hybrid-outdoor-residential model treatment program in the country," said Josh Miller, Director of Referent and Family Communication.
Choice House strives to make addiction treatment as accessible as possible, integrating the ability to work with insurance carriers for its 90-day residential treatment and intensive outpatient programs, which can significantly reduce treatment cost while helping to ensure the comprehensive support needed to achieve lasting sobriety. Men with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders may choose from several treatment options, including a 90-day residential treatment program, intensive outpatient program, and a structured sober living community.
About Choice House
Colorado-based Choice House is Boulder County’s premier provider of 90-day residential treatment, long-term structured sober living, and intensive outpatient services. The treatment center helps support those on their road to lasting recovery with a strong focus on the beautiful Colorado outdoors. Learn more at choicehousecolorado.com.
Lexy Spett, LMFT and Spett Therapeutic Consulting expands services by working with Virgil Stucker and Associates to provide placement support for seriously mentally ill adults.
Lexy Spett, LMFT, owner & lead Therapudic & Treatment Consultant of Spett Therapeutic Consulting, is pleased to announce that, in addition to her therapeutic consulting practice based in Moorpark, California, she is now an Associate with Virgil Stucker & Associates. Spett Therapeutic Consulting remains independent and does not work for Virgil Stucker and Associates LLC (VSA). Families will still contract Spett Therapeutic Consulting directly for therapeutic consultation. As an associate, Lexy will be working with the seriously mentally ill adult population (18+) and offer ‘case consultation’ for families, hospital discharge planners, outpatient practitioners, and family attorneys when they are facing complex challenges that could benefit from the synergistic and expert thinking of this group.
Virgil Stucker & Associates works with families and concerned caregivers across the United States. “I feel honored to join such a qualified and diverse group of associates”, said Lexy Spett. “With the guidance of Virgil Stucker and the vast experience of the other Associates, I know that my abilities as a Therapeutic Consultant will increase exponentially. Working with adults has always been an interest of mine and I am so excited to have this opportunity to work more consistently with this population.”
Spett Therapeutic Consulting will continue to work with tweeners, adolescents, young adults and their families in need of therapeutic placements. The practice serves the greater Los Angeles area, Ventura County & Santa Barbara County and young adults and their families across the United States.
About Spett Therapeutic Consulting:
Our priority is to connect parents to the right treatment options for their struggling child, adolescent or young adult. We believe that parents and families have the power to affect change in a young person’s life. Our goal is to equip families with everything they need to grow toward health & harmony. Spett Therapeutic Consulting
About Virgil Stucker & Associates:
Serious mental illness interrupts careers and educational paths, relationships and future opportunities. Whether of your family member is 20 or 62, effective and compassionate treatment can help your family member learn how to manage their mental illness so that they can build their future once again. We help families identify and access treatment options based on best fit for the person of concern.
Virgil Stucker & Associates
Focus Collegiate welcomes Ann-Marie Stripling to the team as Marketing and Outreach Coordinator. Ann-Marie is a connector who sees the potential in others. Her superpower is building relationships. In the context of Focus Collegiate, that means connecting students who learn differently and their families to the educational resources they need to flourish. It also means connecting her colleagues with the tools they need to better assist their students and clients. With a B.S. in Psychology, an M.S. in Applied Clinical Psychology, and nearly twenty years of experience working in the fields of education and mental health, she knows how to make the right connections. “My passion has always been helping young people not only figure out who they want to be and what they want to do but understand that this time in their lives is amazing.”
Beyond getting into the school of their dreams, students need tools for sustainability in their dream school. Sustainability is Ann-Marie’s drive. Early in her career, she provided in-home and community-based counseling to students and families, later she moved into the field of Special Education and helping students transition to college and worked as an educational consultant, helping students with learning differences and anxiety find potential paths to success in college and in life.
About Focus Collegiate
Through its Collegiate Virtual, Summer Cohort, and academic-year services Focus Collegiate provides dynamic, individualized support for college students with learning differences. Working on campus and virtually in the skill areas of academics, executive functioning, life-skills, and social integration, Focus Collegiate guides students as they transition to independence using the college experience as a launching pad to success in the classroom and in life. The team at Focus Collegiate, comprised of clinical social workers, therapists, counselors, learning specialists, and advocates, has collected more than eight decades of experience working with young people in transition.
Mark Adamski, after 10 years in the outdoor industry, launches online Coaching programming for adolescents and young adults. Since September in the New England area, Mark Adamski Coaching uses Wilderness & Adventure Therapy to help young adults and teens get through adversity and challenges, reclaiming independence and maximizing well-being. Mark Adamski Coaching offers out-patient services with weekend and monthly adventure programming to clinical treatment teams, private school health centers, and clients looking to supplement adventure and wilderness therapy to get results. Tailored specifically to students and families who want adventure therapy options without being tied to 90-day residential treatment commitments, Mark Adamski Coaching’s mission provides reasonable alternatives without compromising quality.
Working at wilderness therapy programs in the United States and abroad for years as a lead field guide and wellness coordinator, Mark has taken his passion for the outdoors to help adolescents and young adults in need. With years of certifications, experience, and even management of an adventure tourism company, Mark ensures safe adventure programming up to industry standards. For clients out of the area, Mark Adamski Coaching offers remote learning with coaching sessions aimed to help focus habits and routines, communication skills, emotional regulation tools, and career development. Building confidence with clients and reducing anxiety with “outdoor assignments”, Mark Adamski Coaching offers a remote learning course called “Wilderness Reboot”, a 12-week coaching package that helps folks plug back into nature while tackling general well-being.
Seeing the common challenges families are faced with (such as expensive Wilderness Therapy Programs and 90-day residential treatment commitments), Mark Adamski Coaching provides affordable options to parents who still want to consider wilderness therapy. Mark Adamski Coaching is great for students considering Wilderness Programs, leaving transition programs or who just want accountability throughout the academic year. Adamski Coaching offers “wraparound” services helping parents navigate the logistics of early intervention.
Join his Private Facebook Community of nature lovers from around the world experiencing the therapeutic value of the outdoors. In his private community, people take the “Wilderness Challenge” - 30-minutes for 30-days challenge to help folks establish a mind-body connection to well-being and the outdoors.
Mark Adamski Coaching emerged within the Wilderness/Adventure Therapy to provide affordable remote, out-patient coaching and “wraparound” services. Tailored specifically to students and families who want adventure therapy options without being tied to 90-day residential treatment commitments, Adamski Coaching’s mission provides reasonable alternatives without compromising quality. Innovating to develop, evolve and transform Wilderness Therapy principles to the remote platform, Mark Adamski Coaching yearns to combat the rise of mental health issues in today’s digital obsession. Working with site-approved 3rd Party Providers, Mark Adamski Coaching ensures safe and insured adventure programming for all clients and participants. Adamski Coaching works 1:1 or with treatment teams, transition programs, residential treatment programs or therapeutic boarding schools. For more information, please email Info@MarkAdamskiCoaching.com.