All Kinds of News for January 12, 2022
Pure Life Adventure is thrilled to share its reopening in early 2021 started off with excitement and success. Due to the high demand for young adult support, Pure Life has stayed very busy since the reopening in March. Like many businesses during the onset of the coronavirus, Pure Life Adventure found itself needing to pause services due to health and travel restrictions. As the global pandemic continued to emerge, the team at Pure Life Adventure was disheartened to learn their mental health adventure therapy services would be canceled for an extended period of time and when people needed it the most.
Even with services temporarily on hold, Pure Life founder and Executive Director, Andrew Taylor, said, “Calls continued to pour in for our services and it was frustrating to see so much need for help and not be able to provide those services.”
Because of Pure Life’s specialized adventure therapy model, performing teleservices during the pandemic was not available. Pure Life’s participants gain confidence and life skills through adventurous activities such as surfing, rappelling, and white water rafting while also serving within local Costa Rican villages, working alongside locals to complete chores, food harvesting, and more. Pure Life’s hands-on approach to addressing mental health needs is unique and is what allows their adventure therapy program to be so effective.
While the Pure Life team was disappointed that the pandemic prevented them from being able to help young adults who clearly still needed assistance, it did give them the opportunity to improve their program during the temporary closure. Pure Life Adventure created a partnership with New England College and has been offering college credits to those that attend their program. Pure Life also developed its own equine therapy component, which is going well for students who seem to be greatly enjoying the new therapy.
Since its reopening in March 2021, Pure Life students have been thriving and doing well despite the ongoing pandemic. Pure Life Adventure is grateful to all its partners and other industry professionals who supported its program and services, especially as they navigated reopening in early 2021.
About Pure Life Adventure
Pure Life Adventure uses researched-based techniques with integrated therapeutic models throughout its adventure therapy program. Pure Life’s adventure therapy program, based in Costa Rica, works with struggling young adults to build self-efficacy, teach healthy coping strategies, behavioral and emotional regulation, leadership skills, and life skills that will allow participants to become independent, productive, and successful adults.
You may not know it has a name, but you’ve probably experienced it — that creeping sense of dread that comes over you on Sunday night, as the prospect of going back to school or work looms closer. It’s called the Sunday scaries, and new research shows that the pandemic has made it even worse, particularly for teens and young adults.
The stress of keeping themselves and others safe and staying on top of constantly changing COVID guidelines — while still trying to do their best, whether in high school, college, or the workplace — is taking a toll on young people. For some, working or studying remotely is especially challenging; for others, being in the office or a classroom is more frightening. Either way, arriving at the end of the weekend magnifies these feelings of anxiety. A 2020 survey of 2,000 people pinpointed the actual time of day when the Sunday scaries kick in: 3:58 pm.
Young people are the ones struggling most with this phenomenon right now. A new LinkedIn survey with 3,000 respondents shows that 78 percent of millennials and Gen Z report feeling Sunday scaries symptoms, compared to about two-thirds of all adults. (An earlier LinkedIn survey put that number at 90 percent for young people.) In addition, 40 percent of respondents said the pandemic had caused or exacerbated their Sunday scaries, and 30 percent of males said they’d experienced the scaries for the first time because of the pandemic.
What Causes Sunday Scaries Symptoms?
While there’s nothing new about dreading Monday morning, the pandemic has boosted the intensity of Sunday scaries anxiety. After months of on-and-off social distancing, teens and young adults who spend their week in a workplace or in-person classes are more likely to experience social anxiety associated with re-entry. They may also feel more anxiety about catching or spreading the virus.
Furthermore, the pandemic has catalyzed a rise in so-called “change fatigue” and “decision fatigue” — the stress of ongoing uncertainty and the mental overload resulting from constantly having to make difficult choices. These issues contribute to the burnout many young adults experience at work, as well as the mental health toll of academic pressure—increasing that Sunday afternoon feeling of doom.
Moreover, teens and young adults are at a stage of life when they are still shaping their identity, honing their skills, and developing self-worth and self-confidence. Therefore, accomplishments and approval at work or in school take on greater importance. Young people often have an extreme fear of failure, believing that their success or lack of it says something fundamental about who they are and what their future will look like. With all that on the line, it’s no wonder that this demographic is more vulnerable to the Sunday scaries than any other age group.
5 Strategies for Coping with the Sunday Scaries
If you’re finding yourself dreading Monday morning on a weekly basis, try these therapist-approved approaches for dealing with Sunday scaries anxiety.
Make plans for Sunday evening and for Monday morning. To avoid falling into Sunday scaries mode, schedule a fun self-care activity in the late afternoon or early evening on Sunday — a yoga or meditation class, a run or hike, a visit to a museum, or dinner with friends. If possible, also add something to your Monday morning schedule that you can look forward to — like coffee with a colleague or classmate, a brainstorming or group study session, a walking meeting, or at the very least, a 15-minute break to go outside and get some fresh air.
Get a good night’s sleep. But in case you wake up in the night dreading Monday, keep a notebook beside your bed so you can write down any random to-dos or priorities that pop into your head. Or journal about the Sunday scaries that are keeping you up. Writing down your fears and worries can help you get some perspective on what’s real versus what you’ve exaggerated.
Consider what you can change. If your Sunday scaries anxiety is based on actual threats you face at work or in school, versus imagined threats or fear of what might happen, explore what you may be able to change in order to address the issues that are causing you stress. Could you talk to your supervisor or academic advisor about shifting your schedule, environment, or workload? Sometimes people get so used to being anxious that they forget the fact that even small changes can make a big difference to quality of life at work or in school.
Unplug over the weekend. Especially if you’re working remotely, you might feel tempted to stay on top of things by glancing at emails or doing a few catch-up tasks. But checking out entirely will help you revitalize and rebuild energy for the work week. You might even find that you’re looking forward to getting back to a project once you step away from it for a while.
Connect with others who don’t like Mondays. Since so many young people struggle with dreading Monday, chances are you’ll find a few of them in your friend group. Maybe you can create a Sunday scaries support group that gets together to do Sunday afternoon activities or share anxiety-relieving tips. You could even start a Monday morning text chain filled with encouragement for each other. Knowing that you’re not alone makes the Sunday scaries, like everything else, easier to bear.
Are You Just Dreading Mondays? Or Is it an Anxiety Disorder?
Dreading Mondays is a common experience. However, it’s important to recognize when the Sunday blues are actually a symptom of an anxiety disorder or another mental health issue. It’s essential to seek help if:
- The scaries persist beyond Sundays
- Feelings of anxiety have become more severe
- You’re unable to function well at work or in school
- You are relying on alcohol or drugs to cope with the anxiety
- Work or academic projects that you used to enjoy no longer give you satisfaction or enjoyment.
About Newport Academy
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 a family-systems approach, providing gender-specific, individualized, and comprehensive holistic programs that encompass clinical therapy, academic support, and experiential practices. Offerings include residential treatment centers, Partial Hospitalization Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Therapeutic Day Schools. 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. Our primary mission is to empower teens and restore families. Experts include MDs, psychiatrists, therapists, registered dieticians, nurses, licensed social workers, teachers, and more.
A year ago, Trails Carolina Founder Graham Shannonhouse had the great insight to bring Leah Madamba, MS, NCC, LCMHC, onto the team as Family Services Director. Since that time Leah has brought leadership, innovative ideas and has been instrumental in enhancing family programming at Trails Carolina.
Leah built a strong team of family coaches to support Trails Carolina families along the journey to lasting change. She developed two new opportunities to assist a Trails Carolina family in their therapeutic work. The first is Middle Ground, which is a mid-program family visit that complements Common Ground, a post-graduation family experience. Leah also developed Family Intensives, a stand-alone experience for families to develop skills that will improve family functioning while giving a clear diagnostic picture of the family system.
"Leah and I worked together 13 years ago and I am excited about having the opportunity to collaborate again. I knew she would hit the ground running. The gains in family programming have been evident and exciting” said Graham Shannonhouse, Founder and Co-Executive Director of Trails Carolina.
“Leah’s professional experience gives her a unique perspective to support families in their therapeutic work. Families want to be involved in their child's treatment from onset to transition, and we wanted to create more practice opportunities to test the work within the family system,” explained Co-Executive Director Jeremy Whitworth.
For more information about the developing Family Services programming visit trailscarolina.com or email Leah Madamba, MS, NCC, LCMHC email@example.com.
About Trails Carolina
Trails Carolina is a wilderness therapy 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.
Red Oak Recovery®, an Asheville, NC-based company, is excited to announce that all Red Oak Recovery® programs are officially in-network providers with Aetna, the third-largest health insurance company in the country. The effort to offer more in-network health insurance providers means even more accessibility for clients needing treatment for substance use, trauma, and co-occurring mental health issues.
“We are continuing to pursue our mission of rebuilding lives, restoring hope, and inspiring recovery for individuals and families, by providing our clients with another way to make treatment more financially accessible,” says Jack Kline, MS, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS, CTT-2, MAC, President and Founder.
This new in-network provider option applies to all campuses: Red Oak Recovery®, for young adult men (ages 18-30); The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, for young adult women (ages 18-35); and Foothills at Red Oak Recovery, for adolescent boys (ages 14-17).
With Aetna as an in-network insurance provider, coverage for clients includes Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) services for all campuses, as well as residential (RTC) coverage for Foothills at Red Oak Recovery. This variety of coverage options allow Red Oak Recovery® programs to provide services to clients for a longer amount of time while helping to ease the cost of treatment for clients and their families.
All Red Oak Recovery® programs are also in-network with BlueCross BlueShield and First Health, with the same coverage for PHP, IOP, and RTC benefits as previously listed.
For more information on Red Oak Recovery® admissions and insurance options, please visit: https://www.redoakrecovery.com/addiction-treatment-admissions/insurance-verification/
Red Oak Recovery® programs are located throughout Western North Carolina and include clinically-driven and gender separate trauma focused mental health and substance use treatment for young adult men (www.redoakrecovery.com), young adult women (www.thewillowsatredoak.com), and adolescent boys (www.foothillsatredoak.com).
Since March 2020, Ellenhorn has been navigating an unpredictable, delicate, and always changing landscape due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While this has presented its own set of challenges to our work, the model Ellenhorn uses – Program for Assertive Community Treatment, or PACT - is designed to be improvisational, always changing and adapting in real-time to respond to clients’ day-to-day lives and their shifting needs. This fluid framework allows Ellenhorn to respond to crises in an efficient and individualized manner while also adhering to current safety guidelines. As they face the ongoing surge of the Delta variant, its impact on hospital systems, and the rising threat of the Omicron variant, the PACT model continues to be the best professional model of care for people experiencing complex psychiatric events during the pandemic – especially those individuals who are reluctant to engage in treatment.
PACT is the most researched evidence-based model for the care of people who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and is especially effective for individuals who are reluctant to engage in treatment. PACT, however, is not a type of treatment as much as it is a novel approach to organizing how treatment is offered. This highly agile and adaptable model of care is readily able to respond to the ever-evolving and changing nature of living beings - which is more important than ever in today’s climate. Ellenhorn calls their organic approach a “living systems” alternative to hospital and residential care. It’s an “organic,” model as opposed to a more “industrial” one that approaches treatment as one-size-fits-all as if care can be provided effectively in an assembly-line fashion. As Dr. Ellenhorn has explained in detail in the Psychiatric Annals, “when we participate in the living world with an appreciation for its ever-changing, relational and communicative nature, we have a greater chance to support its natural tendency toward growth and survival.”
Nearly 70 percent of PACT teams’ contacts with clients happens outside the office and in the community and homes where clients already live and experience some level of security. Meanwhile, PACT team providers meet daily and communicate consistently throughout each day on ways to shift the care of their clients as needed.
Since the start of the pandemic, organizational agility has been the key to staying afloat during this crisis. One significant challenge for all health care organizations continues to be providing organizational agility in the face of new and changing recommendations, new variants, and mandates for keeping individuals safe. Ellenhorn's adherence to PACT prepares them for that challenge since the model balances significant long-term plans for clients with the understanding that teams must be ready to respond to the inevitability of crises with ad hoc immediate innovations.
As a result, the program is able to shift care immediately to adapt to the course of the pandemic, providing in-person interactions when they can, then immediately turning to more virtual care when that’s necessary due to a reemergence of the virus or new scientific information. Ellenhorn doesn’t need to create blanket policies about providing care virtually or not; rather, they can adapt to changes on a dime. What’s more, they can do this while remaining focused on accommodating the unique needs of each client.
Because the program is able to be flexible and adaptable in this way, it allows them to provide truly individualized care to clients. With particular regard to mental health care, being able to meet your clients where they are and form a meaningful and collaborative therapeutic relationship is imperative to successful treatment. Research on therapeutic change increasingly shows that this kind of relationship between clinician(s) and client is the central source of recovery. In fact, even applying best practice procedures has little effect if they are deployed without first building a collaboration. A collaborative relationship results from interactions based on seeing the client fully: understanding their dreams, their talents, and their purpose in life.
During the pandemic, all of Ellenhorn's clients need collaborative relationships more than ever – ones in which they feel that someone is by their side ready to help them navigate the challenges ahead. As much as possible, the program strives to continue providing this one-on-one and highly collaborative form of care in person.
Coronavirus is transmitted through the air. That means that congregating with groups of people indoors, especially in situations in which a lot of conversation occurs, places individuals at the greatest risk. Without extreme precautions, in-person group therapy fits within this category. While Ellenhorn has always offered a few groups, the main focus has been to provide clinical care on a one-on-one basis. They are thus able to easily suspend group treatment or move group treatment to virtual mediums without a significantly detrimental effect on clinical care or disruption to the overall process. In fact, success has convinced Ellenhorn that they can remain as effective a program without group treatment.
When meeting with clients in person, clinicians conduct clinical meetings in the safest manner possible, wearing the safest masks (KN95 or N95), meeting one-on-one/outdoors as often as possible, and remembering to stay six feet apart. Moreover, the fully-vaccinated staff is tested twice a week - adding an additional level of precaution and care. Such an approach places both the client and clinician at minimum risk. It goes without saying that that level of safety simply can’t be duplicated as easily in other treatment settings.
Looking back at the past year, Ellenhorn says they really shouldn’t have been surprised that a model based on being as organic as possible would be (and still is) the best model for responding to a community-level crisis such as this. The Ellenhorn PACT approach allows them to continue to be present, productive, and creative in the work done with clients, even in the face of a public health crisis.
Ellenhorn was founded in Boston in 2005, with the belief that psychiatric recovery and recovery of a sense of purpose, hope and faith in oneself go hand-in-hand. In 2016, Ellenhorn opened a second office in New York which treats adolescents and adults. Ellenhorn provides psychiatric care while supporting clients’ pursuit of life goals and their connections to the larger community. As an alternative to traditional residential settings and hospitals, Ellenhorn is the most intensive program in the U.S. focused on a “treatment without walls” approach to psychiatric needs. Ellenhorn serves clients in the metro Boston and New York areas.
Foundation House, an extended-care treatment program for young men located in Portland, Maine, is pleased to announce that Beth Caron, LCSW, CCS, has joined the team as Clinical Director. Over the past 15 years, Beth has gained valuable experience at all substance abuse and mental health treatment levels, including case manager, primary therapist, program manager, and clinical director. These experiences at leading programs have given her a well-rounded clinical skillset and dedicated vision that will carry Foundation House forward in the service of young adults.
Beth brings a passion for providing a solution-focused, relational, and motivational approach that creates the space for lasting change. On joining the Foundation House clinical team, Beth remarks, “This group is the definition of collaborative. The momentum is constantly moving forward, and the team models the self-care that we teach to the residents. The clinicians here can truly individualize treatment without any red tape”. As Clinical Director, she will work closely with both clinicians and leadership to expand clinical offerings, diversify training in leading treatment modalities and facilitate best practices at all levels.
In addition to her client focus, Beth brings a wealth of experience implementing family systems treatment. Beth believes, “It is imperative for families to have their recovery process and for the client to individuate. This process allows everyone to buy in and be on the same page, learning to accept the past and move in a healthy direction together”. Beth will create new additions to the comprehensive family program at Foundation House to foster a holistic family recovery experience.
After years of leading-edge clinical work and leadership, Foundation House is grateful to have Beth join the team. In describing what drew her to this position, Beth admits, “I love watching the process of clients learning how to live a full life, and Foundation House is focused on exactly that. I have never seen a program that is so relational, welcoming, and tuned-in to the needs of the young adults we serve”.
About Foundation House
Since its inception in 2002, Foundation House has been a pioneer in substance abuse and mental health treatment. An extended care program dedicated to its residents' long-term success, Foundation House consistently offers progressive clinical care in place of old treatment methods, favoring an approach that empowers its residents and removes the impediments of institutionalization. For more information regarding Foundation House or the above press release, visit www.foundationhouse.com or call 207-791-2000.
2022 marks the 30th year of operation for the Rose Hill Center, which began as a group home for the founder's son and residents with similar diagnoses. A non-profit located today in Oakland County, Michigan on 412 acres, Rose Hill Center, serving up to 60 residents in 3 distinct programs, is achieving its vision of being nationally recognized for outstanding contributions in the field of psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation.
Today, a holistic approach combining medication management, behavioral therapy, and social and pre-employment skill building are just some of the components to programming which help residents achieve and maintain their highest level of independence. Providing a range of services from residential, to transitional, to community-based programs allow clients with serious mental illness to find their success. Rose Hill’s Medical Director, Christina Zachar, MD stated, “Working with the entire treatment team, using a Person-Centered philosophy and evidence-based therapies, I am able to help clients reach their unique and individualized goals”.
In order to meet the mission “to provide highly effective and sustainable therapeutic programs for adults with mental illness, and associated disorders, which enable them to manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives,” founders Dan and Rosemary Kelly collaborated with expert psychiatric and business professionals. Their vision combined with the clinical oversight and outcomes-based treatment has helped Rose Hill Center become the premier treatment facility it is today. Industry leaders helped Dan and Rosemary enhance their original dream, and go on to create a comprehensive treatment facility that has provided effective care and treatment to thousands of individuals and their family members.
Outreach Director Veronica Smith said, “the vision statement ‘To be known as the best treatment community for adults with mental illness by implementing effective and innovative treatment and therapy to foster growth and lasting recovery’ rings as true as it did 30 years ago.” Rose Hill’s commitment and vision have not wavered, to provide innovative treatment and therapy, resulting in many cutting-edge improvements, including the addition of social skills training with an autism expert, the introduction of RO-DBT to treat the unmet needs of many individuals, as well as a greater emphasis on physical health, and mindfulness. Complemented by a carefully designed therapeutic work program, clinical, leisure, educational, and recreational opportunities, and implemented by highly competent staff, Rose Hill provides residents with the structure they need to learn, develop, and practice skills that will help them live full and meaningful lives.
About Rose Hill Center
Rose Hill Center, a non-profit, in Holly, Michigan, is a comprehensive and effective psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults with serious mental illnesses and Co-Occurring substance use disorder. Rose Hill meets residents where they are and helps them develop a comprehensive treatment plan in which they determine their own personal goals. Each plan addresses physical, mental, and emotional goals by guiding the resident through participation in structured programming, therapy and activities designed to create a foundation for lifelong recovery.
OREM, UT January 2022 - Telos is pleased to announce the promotion of Camie Shepherd to HR with an emphasis on compliance. This role monitors and keeps staff training up to date. Every Telos staff must stay current to a rigorous training schedule, first aid and safety policies and protocols. Because student safety is top priority, Telos tracks and monitors staff compliance to these requirements. Camie is ideally suited for this role because of her attention to detail and knowledge of compliance.
Although this high-level of tracking, training and data gathering is not required by law, Telos is setting the bar high so students are well protected. As a leader in the profession, Telos seeks transparency from staff and leadership. Tony Mosier, COO, remarked "Student safety is top priority. By holding ourselves and staff accountable to rules, policy and training, we know that students are safe and taken care of."
As a leader in the profession who is raising the bar of treatment, Telos has been instrumental in launching Choose Mental Health. This national nonprofit is focused on excellence in treatment and helping families find mental health answers. Check out ChooseMentalHealth.org for more information.
Telos is located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in beautiful Orem, Utah. Available are two campuses specifically designed for teens and co-ed young adults dealing with depression, anxiety, social problems and learning differences. Caring staff use proven clinical therapies coupled with the power of healing relationships to promote deep, lasting change. The aim is to help students live principle-based lives characterized by insightful choices that promote clarity, healing and direction. Telos is a unique, clinically-sophisticated, relationship-based treatment center for teens and young adults ages 13-26. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or online at telos.org. Now a proud member of Choose Mental Health.
The 'Alternative to College Fair,' commonly known as the 'Alt Fair,' was founded in the Bay Area in 2015. After two years hosted online, it will be in person on March 19, 2022, in Walnut Creek, CA. The 'Alternative to College Fair' was started by Shayna Abraham, MA, CEP with Fusion Academy Walnut Creek. The target audience has always been and continues to be high school seniors and/or young adults who have left post-secondary institutions or are stuck trying to figure out a plan for next steps. Any young people are encouraged to attend this in-person event in Walnut Creek, CA.
There is no limit to the number of Young Adults/high school students to the attendees to the Alt Fair. Parents are also encouraged to visit to learn about the College Parent Survival Network, or contact email@example.com.The description of the audience of attendees is intentionally broad because all the alternative options that are presented serve a variety of young adults.
This year, for the first time, participating programs in the 2022 event, there is a pre-fair networking opportunity between referring professionals and program participants. If you are a program interested in having a table at the 'ALT Fair.' Details about the schedule and fees will be sent to registered participating programs. please note that all previous programs participating, have already received an email invitation. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit CollegeAlternative.org to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
About College Parent Survival Network:
College Parent Survival Network is the safest online community for parents seeking support, direction, and guidance around helping their child launch into adulthood, whether that includes college or not. Offering parents a platform to ask questions, normalize they aren’t alone, and learn from experts around college and early adulthood. For more information, please check out the community. College Parent Survival Network is owned and operated by two Therapeutic Consultants and one College Consultant. This collaboration was formed in an effort to help parents early, and potentially save the young adult from pain in the future.
A paramount piece to Building Bridges is bringing real life to treatment and has been since opening 25 years ago. Students can attend the high school, be involved in extracurricular activities, and have jobs in the community. Integrating this type of community involvement into their treatment allows them to use the tools they have learned and apply them in an unstructured environment. This process is the catalyst for deep internal change and is a beginning to their transition work. Transition work is incorporated throughout their treatment and as they near discharge, a comprehensive plan is developed in coordination with their care team and parents.
Building Bridges; transition program is specifically for boys who are preparing to finish our program and move onto their next chapter. The entry into this transition program is based on the primary therapist’s recommendation which is directly aligned with student’s therapeutic work.
The program begins 3 months prior to departure and is facilitated by family therapist Tammy Alexander, MS LCPC. The outline of the program includes:
- Meeting with the boys every week for transition group therapy, where focus on intentional subjects will challenge your son to eventually design a departure plan that highlights the expectations of both him and his family.
- Meeting with the parents in a “Transition Parent Zoom Group” every other week. The parents will be challenged with their own therapeutic work to change how they show up for their boys going forward.
- 30-minute calls are offered to the parents every other week to support the therapeutic work they are being tasked with throughout the process.
- Each family will have 3 hours of post family therapy to ensure that goals are being supported in the next chapter.
- This sets graduated families up for success at the end of their Building Bridges experience and adds another layer of success to students and families.
Building Bridges is a Therapeutic Boarding School in Thompson Falls, MT for boys 14-18 with substance and behavioral issues. The passion is creating a structure that mirrors real life with the goal to have the boys attend public school. Building Bridges seeks to bring real life to treatment through redirection and empowerment. They strive to teach the young men to see how substance has created behaviors that have gotten in their way of pursing their passions. By teaching them how to have self-confidence and create a more positive manner they are able to see their growth through using what they learn in a normalized safe environment that will transfer to wherever their next step is.
Passages Alaska is continuing with its winter group. The students are still able to get out on the water and paddle, similar to the spring and summer program but there are a few differences that help to adjust to the weather, which is generally warmer than the mountain or northern areas in the contiguous US. This is due to being situated in Southeast Alaska and sitting in the same Olympic Range as Seattle.
The students have several Forest Service Cabins that they can base out of when the weather is not conducive to paddling that day, Students continue to camp outside in their hammocks with an extra sleeping and under bag to keep them cozy, due more to rain and winds than what is thought of as typical weather. Even when the students aren’t moving from Island to island, they continue to get out in the canoes, do service projects of chopping wood, having their clinical meetings and groups, and still have the option of fishing from shore.
The students have the opportunity to experience Alaska at its fullest, watching the resident whale population that doesn’t migrate breach right in front of the cabin. the sea otters and the true wilderness that Alaska has to offer. Getting to and from the operating area is the same as it always has been; the charter airline and the Island Ferry from Ketchikan to Prince of Wales Island run throughout the winter season.
Passages Alaska is a unique wilderness program in Southeast Alaska serving adolescent males and young adults aged 18-28 in gender specific groups. As participants come into the Alaskan Wilderness the coastal waters offer a fresh perspective and a new path. Hands-on therapeutic interventions include paddling, whale watching, fishing, primitive skill building and service to others. Extensive therapy and coaching is built in for those with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and failure to thrive.
Skookum House is an adventure high school with educational support designed to keep students engaged, active, and progressing toward graduation. Skookum House is for high school boys who have not been able to thrive at home or in a virtual school environment. Students may choose to use their home high school platform or another virtual platform. While living at SH, students will benefit from a more normalized social life, participate in outdoor Alaskan adventures while learning unique, confidence-building skills, and gain a respect for serving others.
Cascade Crest is excited to announce Jordan Kling, MSW, CSWA has joined their Clinical Team. After spending two years as a wilderness field guide, Jordan pursued her master’s degree in social work at Portland State University. Shortly after graduation, Jordan jumped back into the world of wilderness therapy. She spent a year and a half in southern Colorado working as a family therapist before transitioning to another wilderness program in Utah where she worked as a primary therapist. As a native Oregonian, Jordan’s love for the Cascade Mountains, her family and west coast community brought her back to beautiful Bend.
As a relational, strengths-based therapist, Jordan builds connection with her students through humor and authenticity. She finds that practicing humility, honesty and compassion lead to building trusting relationships where she can support and challenge her students. While her approach is individualized and dynamic, she incorporates mindfulness into her practice and operates through a family systems and attachment-based lens. Jordan is trained in Brainspotting and utilizes this powerful tool, especially when working through challenges and trauma that go deeper than what talk therapy can provide.
Celebrating 10 years, founded in 2011. Cascade Crest Transitions has been an industry leader in aftercare/transitional programing for young adults. We working with young adults in a co-ed setting between the ages of 18-23. CCT offers continued therapeutic and academic support, in a sober setting, and safe community, along with real life experiences. Cascade Crest is located in beautiful Bend, Oregon.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School, a California Boarding School that offers comprehensive therapeutic and learning support, is pleased to announce a newly created partnership with Tom Schenck of Dartmouth Associates, as he becomes an integral part of the Outreach and Admissions team.
Tom brings over 30 years of success and recruiting expertise as a Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management in schools across the country. The company that he founded, Dartmouth Associates, is a global consulting and promotional firm that offers hands-on marketing, as well as best in class products and services.
When asked about his impressions of the school following a recent visit to campus, Tom said "as a third generation educator, who has visited over 100 schools, I quickly became aware that Lake Tahoe Preparatory School represents the new era of boarding education. They bring a hybrid approach to the adolescent journey that offers a comprehensive suite of emotional and academic support without compromising a robust college prep curriculum. Also, they have figured out how to help Generation Z overcome the technological and social media stressors that can overwhelm them. This school is a sanctuary of hope and rebirth for their students... where everyone finds the courage to embrace the goodness of life. I am honored and excited for the opportunity to enlighten my school colleagues and consulting professionals about this most special community."
Very shortly, Tom will be reaching out to many professionals and therapeutic programs to introduce himself, the program at Lake Tahoe Preparatory School, and help to arrange visits to the Lake Tahoe area to experience the school as he recently did.
Lake Tahoe Preparatory School, located in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area of California, provides a co-ed college preparatory education to students in grades 9-12. A rigorous curriculum, learning center, and numerous physical/experiential activities and sports provides the opportunity for students to maintain their academic, social, and emotional growth. LTPS is SEVIS approved, accredited by NIPSA, COGNIA, Middle States Association and is an affiliate member of NATSAP. LTPS graduates maintain 100% college acceptance rate.
Orem, UT: The Arise Society is excited to announce the restructuring of their administrative team, beginning with Steve Roth, who was hired as Program Director in June of 2021. Since taking over, Steve has re-energized the administrative team at The Arise Society by promoting long-time employees to positions that utilize their strengths and passions. Steve has worked in the therapeutic field for 8 years and has also earned his Master’s in Social Work from Tel-Aviv University in Israel.
Steve is excited by The Arise Society’s unique therapeutic model, which bridges the gap from the classic inpatient treatment that their clients have undergone, to individual independence and sustainable success in college life.
Zachary Pope, a long-time mentor, and tutor continues on as Academic Director of The Arise Society. Zachary has already drastically improved the academic success of the student body since taking over the position earlier this year. He provides one-on-one tutoring sessions and implements a study hall program that allows Arise students to receive the help and attention they need to be successful in college.
Brett Lowry, who has been with The Arise Society as a mentor and administrative intern, has been promoted to the position of Logistics Coordinator since completing his bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in Community Health Organization. Brett has already begun implementing an employee wellness program, designed to help all employees of The Arise Society achieve a balanced and healthy life outside of work.
Andrew Jones, who has served as a mentor and a lead mentor at The Arise Society, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Program Director. Andrew is the longest-tenured employee with the organization and is thrilled to help continue to coach both Arise employees and students to improve their communication and feedback skills.
About the Arise Society
The Arise Society helps young adults transition into independent college life by engaging them in a vibrant community where they receive individualized therapeutic, academic, and social support. The college experience is a real-life setting that brings relevance to and helps students move on from, social and emotional issues that they have struggled with in the past. The Arise Society empowers and coaches students on their journey toward independence. Visit www.thearisesociety.com or call admissions at (801) 300-9995.
Red Mountain Programs, the leading mindfulness-based clinical programs for adolescents and young adults, will team up with Evoke Therapy Programs, Sabino Recovery, and Harris, Kramer & Liston for a community service event ahead of the National Association for Therapeutic Schools and Programs Annual Conference.
The 2022 NATSAP Annual Conference, held January 26th-28th in Tucson, AZ, brings together therapeutic programs and placement professionals from across the country for several days of professional development and networking. This year, Red Mountain; Evoke Therapy Programs; Sabino Recovery and consulting firm Harris, Kramer, & Liston will work with other conference attendees to create care bags filled with toiletry items for the Ishkashitaa Refugee Network.
Ishkashitaa, based in Tucson, is a non-profit with the mission to reduce food waste while integrating refugees into the community. The Finding Community service event will take place on Tuesday, January 25th from 5-6:30 pm, at the Loews Canyon Ventana Resort. Those interested in participating can contact Kaysha Sorensen at email@example.com. Event organizers will be supplying items for the toiletry bags, and are asking interested participants to bring gardening and/or lightweight winter gloves to be given to Ishkashitaa as a separate donation.
About Red Mountain Programs
The Red Mountain Programs are the leading mindfulness-based, Community-Integrated therapeutic programs for adolescents and young adults. We work with the mind, body, and spirit using various forms of meditation, mindfulness, yoga, martial arts, life skills education, and multi-modal therapies, including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Brainspotting. Red Mountain Sedona is based in Arizona and serves young adults 18-28 who need assistance launching into adulthood. Red Mountain Colorado, located just north of Denver, provides an ideal location for male-identifying and non-binary adolescents needing adventure-based residential treatment.
Hampshire Country School is pleased to share they will be welcoming campers back onsite in July 2022 after canceling the program last summer due to the pandemic. Timbertop is the school's 4-week sleep-away camp and will run from July 3 to 30. Students attending the full session of Timbertop camp are eligible to add on a full psycho-educational evaluation with clinical psychologist Dr. Jennifer Zeisz Ph.D.
Timbertop is a small camp for boys ages 8 to 13 who are generally more successful in settings with a high level of adult interaction. The camp is limited to 20 boys and is now accepting registrations for new campers.
Campers enjoy being outside and exploring the world around them but sometimes have difficulties navigating the complex social situations that emerge in larger, less personal camps. Timbertop campers benefit from a safe and nurturing sleep-away experience that allows them to relax and form lasting friendships.
Campers participate in a structured day filled with traditional camp activities, such as swimming, canoeing, fishing, nature hikes, biking, arts and crafts, climbing wall, and various other activities. Campers will also learn many outdoor living and camping skills as well as participate in activities on our working farm. Timbertop will follow COVID protocols and take guidance from Public Health as needed.
Visit Hampshire Country School Summer Camp Timbertop for more information.
About Hampshire Country School
Hampshire Country School, founded in 1948, is a place of possibilities for high-ability boys entering between upper elementary and early high school. The school offers understanding, light-heartedness, and structure to educate boys in a family-style, supportive, and calming learning community. Inspiring excitement for learning, living, and playing, the school promotes growth in academics as well as social, behavioral, and emotional intelligence. The over 1,700-acre campus, comprised of lakes, farmland, nature trails, and woods, provides for the intentional integration of structured classes and experiential activities to nurture the right, active, and curious side of each boy. The School works well with twice-exceptional boys who may have been diagnosed with ASD, NLD, ADHD, and similar diagnoses.
Shortridge Academy is pleased to have recently welcomed three new wonderful additions to its community: therapists Brandon Chiapuzio, MSW, MS, and Susan Bullivant, MSW, Ph.D., and Admissions Coordinator Olivia Therrien, B.A..
Brandon Chiapuzio arrived at Shortridge after spending two years working at a residential treatment center in Utah. He received a Master's in Social Work and a Masters in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire. Brandon strongly believes in the power of milieu therapy and enjoys the opportunity to interact with students outside of his office. He believes in finding a balance between nurturing and supporting teenagers, while also challenging them on maladaptive patterns of thinking and behavior. Brandon has worked with a variety of populations, but mostly with adolescents and their families struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, attachment difficulties, and other mental health challenges. Brandon is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and regularly uses the DBT framework in his practice with students and families.
Susan Bullivant has worn many hats at Shortridge from Residential Mentor, Clinical Intern, and now as a full-time Therapist. She holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Human Development from the University of Chicago, where she completed a dissertation on the effects of pheromones on how people perceive emotional facial expressions. Her clinical internships included hospital neuropsychology assessment and university counseling center placements. Susan utilizes strengths-based, client-centered and trauma-informed perspectives with students. Prior to coming to Shortridge, Susan worked in several residential treatment settings including a halfway house for inmates and community mental health for people with severe and persistent mental illness. Following that, she worked for John Ratey, M.D., coauthor of Driven to Distraction, a book on ADHD, as a research assistant at Medfield State Hospital in Massachusetts.
Prior to joining Shortridge, Olivia Therrien spent over 8 years working with children, adolescents, and families providing home-based therapeutic support and services, sparking a desire to explore macro-social work. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Colby-Sawyer College and is currently working towards her Masters of Social Work at Boston University. Olivia has always enjoyed working closely with families and recognizes the value of youth and family voice. As Admissions Coordinator, Olivia does it all, including speaking to referral sources and families and facilitating tours and enrollments, but most importantly she serves as the executive functioning for our Admissions team, providing much appreciated organizational support.
“Opportunity exists amidst ‘the Great Resignation,’ and while change can be hard, I am thrilled to have Brandon, Susan and Olivia join our strong and continuously improving Shortridge team. In their short time at Shortridge, we have already experienced their positive impact on our school and community which gives me significant optimism for a great 2022!” Mik Oyler, M.Ed. Head of School. If you have questions
Please contact Head of School, Mik Oyler, M.Ed. at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
About Short Ridge Academy
Shortridge Academy is a private co-ed Transitional Boarding School, founded in 2002, emphasizing challenging yet supportive college prep academics within a therapeutic community. Located in southeastern New Hampshire with close proximity to both the seacoast and the mountains, Shortridge’s setting and Positive Youth Development model provides students with an ideal environment to further develop their sense of self and strengthen family relationships in an intellectually stimulating learning environment reflective of a traditional boarding school.
This past year, Next Step Recovery earned formal accreditation from the Joint Commission, making the Asheville-based program one of the few in the country to earn the gold seal of approval for its intensive outpatient programming (IOP).
According to the most recently published National Survey of Substance Use Treatment Services, only 23 percent of drug and alcohol treatment programs have received accreditation through the Joint Commission, which requires a rigorous on-site evaluation to verify compliance with its stringent quality standards and a commitment to continuous quality improvement.
“This accreditation helps assure our clients and their families that Next Step Recovery meets and exceeds our industry’s standards for best practices,” shared Executive Director Susan Stader, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS. “From day one, we’ve focused on providing high quality, evidence-based programs that help men build successful substance-free lives. Accreditation is just one more way we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to recovery.”
Over the past 15 years, Next Step Recovery has helped thousands of men from across the country to develop a strong foundation through its highly structured addiction recovery programs. Individualized services include an intensive outpatient program and an extended care program with supervised sober housing, 24/7 peer support, relapse prevention education, counseling, individual case management, 12-step support, life skills training, wilderness adventure therapy, and career and transportation assistance. The program even offers ongoing recovery support for alumni and families.
"Next Step Recovery has been a blessing for our son and our entire family. The living arrangements, the way the program is run, the requirements and accountability, the great staff, the attention given to the men – it all works,” shared the parent of a program participant.
About Next Step Recovery, Inc. and NSR of Asheville:
Next Step Recovery is located in Asheville, North Carolina, and offers a fee-based intensive outpatient program (IOP) for young men in early recovery. Supported sober living housing is available through its affiliated nonprofit. Next Step Recovery’s IOP is built on a 12-step recovery framework and provides relapse prevention education, trauma resiliency training, mindfulness and self-regulation tools, stress management techniques, and dialectical behavioral therapy. The sober living program includes three updated and fully furnished homes located in Asheville. Residents are supported by onsite house managers, 12-step meetings, case managers, individual and group counseling, wilderness therapy, and transportation assistance for work, school, and shopping. Next Step Recovery is led by a team of addictions professionals who are certified by the NC Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board, National Board for Certified Counselors, and LegitScript.
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, a North Georgia-based wilderness therapy program for adolescents 13-18 and young adults 18-29, is honored to welcome Primary Therapist Alice Cennamo, MSW, LCSW, LCAS to the clinical team. Having spent 10 years in the wilderness therapy industry, Alice brings to the Blue Ridge community a deep understanding of the wilderness process and a discerning mind for clinically complex students. As a Primary Therapist, Alice will work with adolescent female students ages 13-18 who face challenges related to co-occurring disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, family conflict, substance abuse, and patterns of defiance.
Alice specializes in dual-diagnosis treatment, addressing substance use issues and comorbid psychological challenges through her training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Taking a strengths-based approach, she works to treat co-occurrences of substance abuse issues such as underlying anxiety, depression, avoidance, shame, emotional dysregulation, identity crises, PTSD, self-esteem issues, family conflict, and defiance. The students Alice works with often present as treatment-resistant, requiring advanced clinical expertise and astuteness.
In her relationships with clients, Alice aims to help students discover and align with their values, strengths, and authentic selves. She collaborates with students to help translate their wilderness experience into a practical resource for thriving at home. Alice works with parents to guide them through their parallel process, encouraging them to learn and practice the communication skills, boundaries, and values exploration that are being modeled to their children in the program.
Previously, Alice worked for SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort, North Carolina where she developed extended experience working as a field guide for 3 years and then as a Primary Therapist for adolescent girls. Alice has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Human Services and Addiction Studies from Appalachian State University as well as a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Ohio University. Before she worked in wilderness therapy, Alice gained valuable experience working in after-school programs, transition coaching, curriculum development, and academic and interpersonal counseling.
Please join Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in welcoming Alice Cennamo, MSW, LCSW, LCAS aboard the clinical team.
About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness offers clinically-driven programs encompassing advanced therapeutic skill, a highly flexible nomadic wilderness therapy model, licensed wilderness therapy assessment, and multiple treatment options for troubled teens ages 13-18 years old. Our individualized approach, family support, and commitment to service translate to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families.
Q&A Associates in West Virginia is excited to name two new directors, Kelly Pennington has been named Director of Applewood Transitions for Young Women, and Derrick Helzer has stepped into the role of Director at Cabin Mountain Living Center. "I am thrilled to have these two dynamic directors as part of our leadership team at Q&A," said Angie Shockley, Founder, and CEO; "They bring a great deal of experience, training, and fresh energy to the programs," she continued.
Kelly Pennington began her tenure at Q&A as an intern. As her internship was ending, she was invited to stay on as Assistant Director as Cabin Mountain Living Center. After serving in that capacity for six months, she was named Director of the program and served as Director of Cabin Mountain for five years. When Applewood Transitions needed a new director, Kelly applied for the position.
Kelly is a graduate of WVU-Parkersburg with a degree in culinary arts. She often shares this passion and talent with the clients of Q&A Associates. She brings her years of experience with Q&A along with a degree in psychology with a focus on addiction and recovery to the Applewood position. Kelly is certified in life coaching and recovery coaching. Kelly's personal journey of recovery has also prepared her for this new role within the company. "I believe Kelly's experience and training are exactly what the young women of Applewood need at this time," said Keith Bishop, COO. When asked about her new role, Pennington said, "I'm excited to take on a different role within Q&A and working with young adults who have challenges similar to my experiences; I am who I am because someone had understanding, gave me the push, and never gave up on me, and I want to be that person to help others."
Derrick Helzer was raised in Fairmont, WV, but a love of music took him to Los Angeles, CA, where he attended music school and established a career as a performer. He then moved to Nashville, TN, and was a professional drummer for ten years. Derrick is a classically trained and accomplished chef having served as Chef of The Greenbrier Resort in WV, and currently owns a catering business. Upon his return to WV, he completed his degree in education and is an experienced public-school teacher. He has spent time volunteering with the West Virginia Autism Supportive Center. Derrick brings not only his training and education, but a passion for working with neuro-diverse young adults. "Derrick has a ton of compassion for our clients, but also high expectations and firm boundaries; I know he is giong to take the programming that Kelly developed and grow even greater opportunities for our clients," said Shockley. "They say the Lord works in mysterious ways," said Helzer, "and for me, the Lord was deliberate in my calling to Cabin Mountain."
"In addition to welcoming Caleb Johnson as Director of Journey, having Kelly and Derrick onboard completes a trifecta of strong leaders at Q&A," said Bishop; "we are excited to see where we grow in the coming years."
About Q&A Family of Programs
Q&A Family of Programs works with 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.
Solstice West RTC, a residential treatment center for females and assigned females at birth ages 14-18, is excited to announce the promotion of Kim Peterson to Admissions Director. Kim will also be managing all admissions for Journey Home Young Adult and Journey Home West.
Journey Home Young Adult is designed as a 6-12 month step-down transition program. The home-like setting offers therapeutic support and the opportunity for greater freedoms, responsibilities, and practice as an independent young adult. Journey Home West is a small residential transitional living program for young women stepping down from another residential or wilderness setting. As a sister program to Solstice RTC in Utah, Journey Home is specifically designed for girls ages 16-21 years old who have successfully completed a therapeutic program, and for one reason or another, returning to the home is not the best option for them.
Kim has been employed at Solstice West RTC since February 2011. Most recently Kim was the Admissions Counselor and worked closely with the former Admissions Director. In her leadership new role, Kim will continue to be an excellent resource to families and Educational Consultants. Kim has a bachelor of science degree in Political Science & Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Corrections from Weber State University.
“We are pleased to promote Kim to Admissions Director,” says Charlie Falatea, Executive Director, “Kim’s extensive experience in the mental health field, personality, and unique skill set makes it easy for families in crisis to feel connected with her.”
Outside of work, Kim has traveled extensively around the world and has enjoyed calling various destinations home. This has given her the ability to empathize with the teens who may be at times homesick for home and family. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and socializing with friends and family.
Kim can be reached at email@example.com or via phone at 813-924-4347.
About Solstice RTC
Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for teen girls and assigned females at birth 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 people. At Solstice RTC, teens discover their full potential. For additional information on Solstice RTC, please visit http://solsticertc.com/ or call 801-444-0794.
BODA Therapy, founded by Andrew Tepper, LCSW, launched in 2021 and has quickly gained traction as an activity-based, nature-focused therapeutic experience for individuals, groups and families.
BODA takes clients outdoors and creates immersive therapeutic experiences that offer clients something beyond a one-hour weekly therapy session in an office setting. Being outdoors has not only been clinically proven to positively affect mood and concentration, and reduce overall stress levels, but also takes participants out of their environments where unhelpful patterns and triggers are created. Familiar and enjoyable activities in nature become the setting in which skills are created, used and practiced. Whether hiking up a mountain or skiing down one, BODA aims to identify and undo unhelpful patterns and triggers for clients and strives to make therapy enjoyable, all while creating a blueprint for maintaining wellbeing. When therapy becomes fun, BODA believes clients are consequently more engaged and more invested in their own work. Founder and psychotherapist Andrew Tepper has been working on the model since the early days of the pandemic, “BODA Therapy was born out of the endless inspiration I find in nature and the need for a new approach to therapy during the height of the pandemic. When I began to meet my clients outdoors, I noticed they were more engaged in the work and the therapeutic alliance was strengthened.”
The other option that BODA Therapy is offering are group retreats are scheduled on January 20th - 23rd and on February 18th - 21st in the Catskills Region of New York led by BODA Therapy’s founder Andrew Tepper, LCSW. Limited spots are available for each retreat, please reach out to info@BODATherapy.com for more information.
About BODA Therapy
BODA Therapy works with adolescents, adults, groups and families and offers clients something beyond what can be accomplished within the confines of an office setting BODA Therapy is based in the Catskills Region of New York where it hosts monthly retreats, individual sessions. BODA also travels nationwide to meet the individualized needs of clients. The next two upcoming group retreats are scheduled on January 20th - 23rd and on February 18th - 21st in the Catskills Region of New York led by BODA Therapy’s founder Andrew Tepper, LCSW. Limited spots are available for each retreat, please reach out to info@BODATherapy.com for more information.
outBACK Therapeutic Expeditions, a purpose driven wilderness therapy program, is excited to announce that Parker Newton, ACMHC has transitioned into the role of Primary Therapist within the clinical team. Parker has held various roles at outBACK and served as the Family Expedition Therapist until November 2021. In December 2021, Parker moved into the role of Primary Therapist and is currently working with students assigned male at birth.
Parker received his Master's of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Prescott College. With his personal and professional experience within recovery spanning over 15 years, coupled with his deep connection to the healing benefits of nature, Parker also holds post master's certificates in both Addictions Counseling and Adventure Based Psychotherapy. Prior to working as a therapist at outBACK, Parker worked as a guide in wilderness therapy as well as a clinician in mindful meditation retreats, residential treatment centers, and afterschool substance abuse clinics. Parker’s clinical approach is rooted in attachment, family systems, mindfulness, and healing unresolved pains. He incorporates the ideologies of well-known clinicians such as Gabor Maté, Peter Levine, Janet Sasson Edgette and Dan Siegel into his work with students and their parents, and Parker’s dedication, understanding, and trust in empowering teens and families are unparalleled.
The student's Parker works with at outBACK have a history of:
- Substance Use
- Oppositional Defiance
- Attachment Disruptions
- Treatment Resistance
- Grief / Loss
When asked to share about Parker, Clinical Director Greg Burnham, MS, LMFT said “I have had the privilege and joy of working with Parker for the last couple of years and his list of strengths is long.” Burnham went on to state, “Parker has a gift to see the world through many lenses, simultaneously. He sees the good and wonderful while also seeing the challenges and remains very grounded. Parker sees the good in people and is great at assessing the core of what is driving an individual's struggles.”
“Parker is also amazing at quick rapport building. He can then speak to that core and engage in the work related to it,” said Burnham. “All of these skills allow him to build trust quickly with his students and Parker is able to use his unique life experiences and who he is as a person to relate and guide young people to be the best versions of themselves. We are beyond excited to have Parker on our team and in our lives.”
For more on Parker Newton, contact the following members of the outBACK team:
- Greg Burnham, Clinical Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tracy Hopkins, Business Development Director, email@example.com
About outBACK Therapeutic Expeditions
outBACK Therapeutic Expeditions is a highly effective, clinically informed treatment program dedicated to bringing families BACK together. Utilizing the wilderness as an alternative to traditional treatment settings, we guide students (13-17) and families in their process of reconnecting to Self, re-engaging with Family, and recommitting to Purpose. outBACK provides an innovative clinical structure designed to yield the highest clinical value for students and their families by providing access to multiple therapists for each student; Primary Therapists who oversee treatment plan and Associate Therapists who are in the group daily. outBACK is a licensed wilderness therapy program in the state of Utah and helps teens with various areas of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, family conflict, engagement in dangerous behaviors, neurodiversity, ASD level I, electronic, and gaming addiction, and more.
Equinox RTC, a residential treatment center for teen boys ages 14-18, is preparing for a recreational therapy ski trip.
There are a ton of health benefits that come from skiing and snowboarding: balance, endurance, strength, coordination. And with a Recreation Therapy lens, Equinox also incorporates the five domains of wellness: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. Skiing and snowboarding are Recreational Therapy Director Natalie Stark’s favorite therapeutic modalities because so many things come to the surface for Equinox students. The ski mountain provides students with the perfect experiential learning experience. It is no doubt important to talk about regulation skills and distress tolerance, but through experiential activities including skiing, Equinox students find themselves in situations on the mountain where they need to pull those tools out of their box and use them in real-time.
Although logistics and safety are difficult for any activity with a large group over a wide space, Equinox is able to overcome that through an incredible team of residential counselors, therapists, and Equinox Academic Director Bonnie Richardson. This gives Equinox students the opportunity to connect on a different level with their staff, teachers, therapists, and other Equinox staff members. On each trip there are difficulties with learning a new skill, staying regulated, following directions, getting triggered, and seeking healthy risks. Any struggles or difficulties that arise during the season are opportunities for immense growth in Equinox students and staff.
“What I love the most is that the growth sticks because we aren't just talking about it, we are living in the moment with it!” says Natalie Stark, “I am absolutely committed to ski season because the mountains work magic no human can recreate. In my 11 years working in Adolescent Residential Treatment, skiing and snowboarding have been the most impactful recreation therapy modality. The sport itself sets us up to achieve flow. Abilities levels increase throughout the season and as students get better, we are able to up their challenge level, thus supporting them in finding their own flow state. I have had students who have never skied before start out on the bunny slope, and are crushing blue runs by the end of the season. Each year we see an increase in confidence, positive self-talk, identity development, social skills, and emotional regulation. What students gain on the slopes they bring back with them to campus and their growth is seen through all departments on our campus. I am committed to ski season because I am committed to enhancing the lives of those I serve. The slopes foster an environment where that can happen and create memories/lessons that can last a lifetime.”
Adventure therapy is a part of the Equinox treatment plan. Whether a student is working on decreasing symptoms of their diagnosis or working toward a specific treatment plan goal, every trip is intentional and requires work. But, the great thing about skiing is that while it's part of the treatment plan, it is FUN. That's part of the “mountain magic” that Natalie Stark describes happens on the slopes; positive engagement leading to positive outcomes.
To learn more about adventure therapy at Equinox, visit https://equinoxrtc.com/therapy/adventure-therapy/ or call (877) 279-8925 for more information.
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, a 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.
Montana Academy is excited to announce that Tiffany Neibaur has joined the team as Admissions Director. In her new role, Tiffany will walk side by side prospective families and referral partners as they explore the clinical, academic and programmatic offerings of the academy.
Since 1997, Montana Academy's combination of clinical sophistication, ambitious academics, and experiential programming has served hundreds of students and their families. Montana Academy's relationally-based approach to maturation and to character development creates a healthy, cohesive community where young men and women grow, learn and thrive.
Tiffany joins the leadership team at Montana Academy and brings two decades of experience in therapeutic, residential settings and has collaborated across various working groups giving her a broad view and understanding of the therapeutic process as well as how to best support students and families through the admisisons and enrollment process.
"We are excited to welcome Tiffany to the team," says Executive Director David Chiarito. "Tiffany's contagious energy, patience, and compassion will allow her to supportively guide new students and families through the admissions process while her breadth of knowledge of the work we do is priceless in helping refferal partners stay up to date on what is happening at Montana Academy."
For Admissions inquiries or to get in touch with Tiffany, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or call, 435.590.5727.
About Montana Academy
Established in 1997, Montana Academy is a 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 combines an array of therapeutics, college-preparatory academics, and a robust offering of experiential and skill-building programmatic opportunities.
Mayer, Arizona — Spring Ridge Academy celebrated 25 years of therapeutic services for young people and their families on January 5. The school's leadership took time to reflect on the growth that occurred during that time.
Spring Ridge was founded by Jeannie Courtney after spending time in therapeutic programs and realizing that there was more to residential treatment than fixing adolescent behavior. She believed that the teens in these programs deserved an education with qualified teachers that mimicked a traditional boarding school, the opportunity to develop life skills that would make them leaders in their communities, and a comprehensive family systems approach that examined more than one person's contribution.
What she created in a house on a ranch in Arizona grew into a multi-building sprawling campus with three academic buildings, two dorm buildings, and endless indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities, on and off-campus. The therapeutic team became experts in trauma-based modalities and created a trauma-informed faculty and staff.
When Jeannie retired, her son and daughter-in-law, Brandon and Suzie, did not want to see the mission of healing families lost, so they took over the day-to-day operations. "We are committed to constant growth. Psychology is an evolving field that requires us to always be aware of how the old integrates with the new, and what needs to be let go of, in the face of new research," said Suzie Courtney, Executive Director. "We are excited to continue our partnership with experts in the field to ensure we are at the forefront of care."
"Looking into the next 25 years, we have a plan for continuous improvement of our practices and staying at the forefront of compassionate mental health care. We also want to be advocates for the destigmatization of mental and behavioral health care and to ensure that safe, supportive, and appropriate is care is available for all," said Erin Smith, Director of Operational Excellence.
Spring Ridge Academy, located 1.5 hours outside Phoenix, Arizona, serves young women ages 13-17. Founded in 1997 as a female and family-owned Therapeutic Boarding School. The program is licensed by the State of Arizona and accredited by the Joint Commission. The academics are accredited by Cognia. Using evidence-based clinical modalities with a traditional rigorous college-prep curriculum, including fine and expressive arts and team sports, Spring Ridge has created a relationship-based setting that allows students' emotional, relational, spiritual, intellectual, and physical growth.
Assistant Outdoor Director Grady Finch plays a crucial role in the client experience at Balance House. As a program with a vast outdoor component, Balance House gives clients the opportunity to learn how to thrive in the beautiful outdoor landscape of Utah’s Wasatch Front while integrating the skills they learn in the wilderness back into their daily lives.
Grady notes that “the biggest skill the guys learn in the wilderness is self-care. If they don’t take care of themselves, they’ll end up wet, cold, and not enjoying their experience. Changing your socks at the end of the night, drying out your sleeping bag; there are so many ways to make life more manageable and enjoyable during outings and trips. Learning how to practice self-care in the wilderness directly translates into guys being able to take care of themselves in their everyday lives.”
Grady’s role is key in helping guys regain ownership of their lives by re-learning how to take care of the little things. Thriving on outings and under the rhythm of the sun allows clients to slow down and bring themselves to center. The camaraderie and bonds that clients form outside help foster trust, understanding, and appreciation for one another. The culmination of a client’s experience at EVNSQ is a five-day wilderness excursion into Utah’s backcountry. During this trip, clients who have been at EVNSQ the longest utilize ceremony as a way to pass down the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned to newer clients. Not only do they return as leaders in the community, but they set a powerful example for newer clients and the group as a whole.
About Balance House
Balance House is a year-long continuum of care for young men ages 18-35 years old. We are located in Salt Lake City, Utah at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. Balance House offers four, distinct levels of care from residential treatment to independent, sober living. Residents of the program are offered a chance to explore the outdoors, and beauty that Utah has to offer, as well as to participate in group and evidence-based treatment modalities. Our treatment program is different by design. We offer a space in which young men can help make decisions about their treatment plans and goals as well as feel supported as they begin to realize what is important to them outside of the treatment setting.
EDGE Learning & Wellness, a Chicago-based transitional living community for young adult students attending college, vocational programs, certificate programs, and other post-secondary solutions, expanded its team by welcoming Erin Greiss as Admissions & Operations Manager and Max McKune as a Therapeutic Life Coach.
Greiss, who joined the EDGE team in November, brings 16 years of behavioral health experience to the program. In her role as Admissions & Operations Manager, Greiss consults with potential families, facilitates the admissions process, and analyzes daily operations to ensure the EDGE program addresses each current student’s goals. When asked what she was looking forward to the most at EDGE, Greiss said she was “excited to be part of such a fantastic team who is dedicated to enhancing the lives of young adults” and that she wants to “connect students and families to what EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate Community has to offer.” In her free time, Greiss enjoys being outdoors, running, and traveling.
McKune, who joined the EDGE team in September, said he’s glad to work in a program with a “person-centered approach,” referring to how EDGE’s curriculum and programming changes to accommodate each student’s independence-levels and goals. With a background in both psychology and theater, McKune also hopes to weave the arts and storytelling into EDGE’s therapeutic activities. McKune has already helped the program expand its Lived Experience Group, where students use reading and cultural competence to gain insight and talk openly about how their own identities affect how they view and experience the world. McKune is continuing his professional development by pursuing an MSW at Jane Addams College of Social Work at University of Illinois Chicago.
The team at EDGE is thrilled to welcome McKune and Greiss aboard and are looking forward to integrating their skills and expertise into programming that supports EDGE Learning and Wellness students and helps them lead more healthy, independent lives.
About EDGE Learning and Wellness Collegiate 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.
The Goodale School and Recovery Community, a non-profit therapeutic boarding school for 14- to 17-year old boys with substance use and co-occurring disorders, officially opened its doors for enrolling students one year ago at the start of 2021. In December, Goodale celebrated their first student graduation upon completion of his 10-month therapeutic curriculum. His family and staff joined together during the celebration to highlight his accomplishments.
In 2021, The Goodale School served 11 families and held three on-site Family Workshops. There were countless groups and outings, and over 80 community-based recovery meetings were attended. Over 75 mental health and referring professionals came to campus to tour the school and meet Goodale staff. Students and staff came together to build a positive peer culture and create the foundation for the school in the years to come.
The Goodale School’s first graduate, who had completed a wilderness therapy program in Colorado prior to enrolling, was excited to be able to return to his family home in California to finish out his high school curriculum and with plans to enter college. His goals include maintaining his sobriety with continued therapeutic support and utilizing the skills he learned and practiced at The Goodale School while working toward living a balanced and fulfilled life.
About the Goodale School
The Goodale School is named in honor of Bob Goodale, a member of their Board of Directors and a passionate advocate for substance use disorder and recovery services in North Carolina. Goodale, a dedicated and visionary leader, has served non-profit organizations in communities across the United States and has been recognized for his lifelong commitment to the recovery community. The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. Monarch is a non-profit organization and is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.
DURANGO, Colo., Jan. 10, 2022 - Open Sky is excited to announce that Mariah Loftin, MA, LPC has been promoted to Clinical Director. Mariah brings a wealth of skill and knowledge to her new role and has over 15 years of experience working with youth, young adults, and their families. She has been an integral member of Open Sky’s treatment team as a Clinical Therapist for 10 years. As Clinical Director, Mariah will lead Open Sky’s treatment team in delivering a powerful and transformative therapeutic experience for students and families, embodying Open Sky’s core values of courage, community, and excellence.
Mariah replaces Sebastiaan Zuidweg, MA, LPC, who is transitioning out of the Clinical Director role to pursue an exciting passion project in Durango's local community. Sebastiaan will remain at Open Sky in a leadership role as Assistant Clinical Director, supporting the ongoing development of the clinical team by collaborating with therapists on cases and, in some instances, serving as a co-therapist. OpenSky is excited to support Sebastiaan in his new venture and look forward to his continued contributions to the Open Sky community.
“Stepping into an overall leadership role was the next logical step for Mariah,” said Emily Fernandes, LCSW, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Open Sky. “Mariah is attuned to the evolving needs of our community, and she has the confidence and courage to step into challenges and consistently strives for excellence. From supporting field guides on her team to using her position as Senior Clinical Therapist to invest in the growth of other therapists, Mariah has always maintained a passion and skill for leadership and development.”
In addition to her work as Clinical Director, Mariah will continue to carry a limited caseload of students, supported by an Assistant Therapist. Mariah skillfully blends her background as a psychotherapist, behaviorist, and art therapist to build deep and positive connections with students and parents while supporting the family system through change. She is recognized by clients and peers for her open personality, positive nature, and tenacious dedication.
“I am humbled and excited to step into the Clinical Director role and engage in the things I am most passionate about: developing clinical expertise, collaboration, and helping people to thrive,” said Mariah. “I look forward to supporting our strong team continuing to be at the forefront of our industry, offering the highest level of clinical, medical, and familial expertise.”
For more information, contact Open Sky’s admissions team at 970-759-8324 or visit openskywilderness.com.
About Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience for early adolescents (12-14), adolescents (14-17), young adults (18-30) and their families, since 2006. Nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado and the canyon country of southeast Utah, the Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family. This approach integrates the latest in evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, research-driven holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation and other mindfulness practices. When a family partners with Open Sky, they embark on a rewarding adventure of self-discovery and learn valuable skills that promote lasting success. Learn more at www.openskywilderness.com.
Foothills at Red Oak Recovery is excited to announce that Bridget Camacho, LCSW, has joined the team as Clinical Director. Foothills at Red Oak Recovery serves adolescent boys, ages 14-17, with trauma-focused mental health and substance use treatment. Bridget is delighted to work with this population again, especially in a setting that offers equine and experientially based therapeutic modalities. She brings extensive leadership and clinical experience to the therapeutic team at Foothills.
“Bridget comes to Foothills with a wealth of knowledge and experience working with young people in residential care,” says Kurt Arsenault, LCSW, Executive Director. “Her dedication to ensuring the highest level of client care and expertise in the field have been a welcome addition to the Foothills team.”
Bridget is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in adolescent and family treatment, experiential therapy, and animal-assisted interventions. She received her Master’s in Social Work and her Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate from the University of Denver. Throughout her professional career, Bridget has focused on how experiential therapy and animal-assisted therapy can facilitate physical, emotional, and mental healing. She believes in the importance of relationships in the healing process and understands how the connections individuals have with people, animals, and nature can help them heal and grow into the people they are meant to be. Bridget has worked with adolescents and families throughout her career as a residential therapist, family therapist, IOP program manager at a program for teens and families, and as a program director at a therapeutic boarding school. She enjoys working with youth and families to help them build self-confidence, strengthen their relationships, and find their paths in life.
About Red Oak Recovery Programs
Red Oak Recovery® Programs are located throughout Western North Carolina and include clinically-driven and gender-separate trauma-focused mental health and substance use treatment for young adult men (www.redoakrecovery.com), young adult women (www.thewillowsatredoak.com), and adolescent boys (www.foothillsatredoak.com).
Wingate and Expanse Wilderness Therapy, adolescent and young adult programs located in southern Utah, are excited to announce the hiring of Crete Gallagher as their new Director of Marketing.
After several years of experience in residential and wilderness programs, and lifelong exposure, Crete brings both a unique and big picture vision to the marketing and outreach department at Wingate. Contemporary and seasoned, Crete graduated from Dixie State University with a degree in psychology, and is currently pursuing an MBA at Oklahoma State University.
Crete comes to Wingate and Expanse after working in admissions at a southern Utah residential treatment program. Crete also worked with adolescents as a mentor and guide for 3 years in both residential and wilderness therapy programs, thus bringing a unique and big picture vision to the marketing and outreach department at Wingate. He graduated from Dixie State University with a degree in psychology and is currently pursuing an MBA at Oklahoma State University.
Crete will continue to direct the marketing department and outreach for Wingate and Expanse Wilderness Therapy, as well as continue to support and market Wingate’s exciting family programs Wise Parent Coaching and Roots Intensives Therapy Programs. Crete will also focus on working with referring professionals in the mental health field in continue the growth and healing of adolescents and young adults at Wingate and Expanse.
In his free time, Crete enjoys golf and basketball. Above all, he loves spending time in the outdoors with his wife and extended family.
WinGate Wilderness Therapy is located in southern Utah, in the Grand Staircase National Monument. The program provides personalized treatment for teens, ages 13-17; and young adults, ages 18-28, through their young adult program Expanse Wilderness. WinGate passionately provides the best clinical service and highest quality of care in treating those who are struggling and need support. WinGate specializes in treating a range of issues, including (but not limited to): depression, anxiety, trauma, attachment, failure to launch, substance abuse, and mal-coping mechanisms. WinGate believes that establishing a respectful, and caring relationship with clients, allows for dynamic and lasting growth.
Celebrating important milestones gives an organization the rare opportunity to reflect on past achievements and inspires movement toward even greater success in the future. The Alpine Academy team is proud of the substantial positive impact they have made with the nearly 1,000 youth and families served over the last twenty years at the Mountain View Campus and during the last eighteen months at their new Lakeview Campus.
The Alpine team is taking a moment to reflect and celebrate the remarkable achievements of their staff, students, and families over the last two decades. They invite you to celebrate with them as they look back on the success of the past and move forward toward a future of growth as an organization that provides innovative, evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment for its clients.
Alpine Academy’s focus on achieving its mission of “healing and elevating lives using proven family solutions” has renewed energy in 2022 in the following ways:"
- Continuing its academic commitment of service to its learners. In 2021, was recognized as being a School of Distinction and places them in the Top 1% of Cognia-accredited schools.
- Opening the new, state-of-the-art school on the Lakeview Campus and adding an additional home to increase capacity.
- Expanding their human resource department for additional training and hiring needs.
- Creating greater accountability and personal responsibility in providing treatment to students and families by adopting this year’s theme of, “I Am Alpine”. A 2-day summit for all employees was held at the end of 2021 to support staff in implementing best practices that led to greater communication and process improvements in several treatment areas.
Christian Egan, Alpine Academy Director, reflected on this significant milestone: “For us who work here, and especially those of us who have for many years now, the most meaningful thing about reaching 20 years are the memories of youth who have been positively impacted and who now live healthier, happier lives as adults. Truly they have impacted our lives for the better as well. We are thankful for the many incredible people who have been our partners and have worked alongside us, both inside and outside of our organization throughout these years. Our ability to influence these young lives is a factor of the passion, talents, skills, and dedication of devoted individuals doing extraordinary work. Thank you!”
Visits and tours of both campuses are currently underway. Please contact Jill McIntyre at 801-815-4683 or at email@example.com to schedule a time to meet the team, in-person or virtually, and experience the peaceful, nurturing setting of Alpine Academy, where students learn to thrive in a family-style environment.
A lot has changed since Alpine Academy opened its doors for business in 2002. One thing that has remained the same is how the Alpine Academy team cares for the youth and families they serve. They look forward to continuing the mission of “healing and elevating lives” for many years to come.
About Alpine Academy
Alpine Academy Therapeutic Schools, state-licensed as residential treatment for adolescents, ages 12-18, includes two campuses - one for males and one for females. The 30+ acre, Utah campuses are just three miles apart and are only 30 minutes west of the Salt Lake City International Airport. Both campuses serve students struggling with severe emotional disturbances. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers. Therapy, with master’s level clinicians, is built into the school day. Alpine is a nationally certified Teaching-Family Model treatment program. Students live in homes with married couples who provide a family-like setting and serve as professional house parents. Through a strength-based, trauma-informed, individualized approach, students are taught healthy behaviors in a setting that best replicates family, school, and community life. Contact: Jill McIntyre 801-815-4683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elements is excited to welcome Brandi Bradbury, LSUDC to its management team in the capacity of Clinical Outreach. Brandi will be working with all departments at Elements and Elements Traverse, ensuring cohesive communication between the Elements’ treatment team and all outside stakeholders in service to clients and their families.
“We have never truly embraced having a marketing team because we have always wanted our excellent clinical outcomes to speak for themselves”, said John Karren, founder and co-owner at Elements. “Brandi is so much more than a marketer. We have known and respected Brandi for years and we know that she will do far more than just talk about our program. She will be right there beside us in our constant effort to improve our service and our outcomes for our clients and their families.”
“As a long-time friend and fan of Elements, I have always been impressed by the strong character and integrity at the heart of this program”, said Brandi. “This team is composed of extraordinary individuals and the longevity of key personnel is truly unmatched. I am honored to be in this position to help elevate awareness of the incredible work and healing that is happening here. Coming full circle, back to wilderness therapy in the Central Utah landscape, is a gift to me.”
Brandi has been a key player in the mental health and recovery field for over 25 years, working in wilderness therapy, intervention and safe passage, and residential behavioral health. Brandi is available to speak with all who are interested in hearing about Elements incredible clinical outcomes and data demonstrating nearly 100% client satisfaction.
About Elements Wilderness
Since 2008, Elements Wilderness has been providing a specialized therapeutic intervention for adolescent boys aged 13-17. We at Elements envision a world in which everyone has the skills and support necessary to live a full and healthy life. Through innovative therapeutic and psychiatric intervention, a comprehensive outdoor living experience complete with expeditionary backpacking and adventure programming, a robust family program involving the family at every step, and evidence-based substance abuse treatment, we strive to provide our clients with intervention, treatment, and assessment. Elements is licensed and supervised by the State of Utah Department of Human Services and accredited through the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council and the Association for Experiential Education. For Young Adult wilderness therapy clients, there is Elements Traverse based in central Utah.
The Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) will host its 34th Annual Childhood Trauma and Attachment Conference September 29 - October 1, 2022, in Anaheim, CA at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. The international coalition of parents, caregivers, and professionals partner together at the annual event to provide support and resources for traumatized children, bringing hope and healing to families. The Board of Directors for ATTACh is seeking presenters through the Request for Proposals (RFP's) for the 2022 Conference.
As a national and international coalition of parents, caregivers, and professionals ATTACh is working to give all communities the support they need to make healing children more hopeful and more effective. The board is very interested in:
- proposals that address the needs of parents/caregivers and families who have a child or youth experiencing trauma, attachment, and other parenting issues associated with raising a child.
- Creative and diverse workshop proposals highlighting the latest innovative ideas and educational trends, research, promising practices, and quality programming and activities.
- RFPs supporting responder communitiess for national and international trauma, attachment, mental health, and occupational therapy who provide care to children.
Gail Curran, MS, MBA, and founder of Optimal Edu Options in Arizona and ATTACh board member, “After presenting in 2021 conference and, with over 60 percent of the families in my therapeutic consulting practice having adopted children in their families, I am excited again to attend, present, and learn in Anaheim.” The deadline for RFP's is January 24th, 2022. Read the PDF providing more details including Advanced-Level Presentations offered and special topics being offered at the conference.
About Gail Curran
Gail Curran, MS, MBA, and founder of Optimal Edu Options in Arizona, has served as an ATTACh board member since 2020. As an educational and therapeutic placement consultant and certified educational planner (CEP), Curran works closely with families who have children with developmental trauma. Curran spent decades working in residential treatment centers where she became interested in the trauma the children she worked with endured. She wrote her thesis on children with developmental trauma and working with these children and their families is her passion.
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About All Kinds of Therapy
Launched in 2015, All Kinds of Therapy is a web-based platform that focuses on interventions, assessment, and varying types of treatment-to-transition programming for ages 30 and under. All advertisers on the website must answer revealing facts about their treatment model, clinicians' training, licensing and ownership, offering a level of transparency unlike any other online treatment, boarding school, or professional directory. The platform allows visitors to compare all levels of care side-by-side, and find an ‘Expert’ to facilitate the treatment-to-transition process and family system. The blog provides an educational space for parents and young adults sharing current trends, and to gain insight into the Family Choice Behavioral Healthcare and addiction /recovery fields.