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The Importance of Multicultural Awareness in Wilderness Treatment Settings

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Any seasoned wilderness therapy staff knows the importance of students remaining well-hydrated. Being that our bodies are comprised of so much water, drinking plenty of it every day helps keep students’ bodies functioning properly; it helps with regulation of body temperature, aids in removing toxins, helps acclimatize the body to new altitudes, prevents headaches and even irritability (both can be signs of dehydration) and helps the skin and hair maintain moisture and deliver essential nutrients to the cells. So, when I was working in a wilderness therapy program in Utah, and one of my students was refusing to drink water, suffice it to say I was concerned. As the staff and I were processing how to support this student being safely hydrated, while still meeting her need for a sense of choice, one of the staff mentioned, “well, she’s not drinking enough water, but she also is asking for lotion because her skin is dry. So, she’s really not making the connection that if she were more h

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Early Clinical Assessments at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

All adolescent students at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness now have two layers of clinical assessment within the first fourteen days of their arrival, and from the start, Blue Ridge Primary Therapists begin the family’s therapeutic journey with even more information at hand. In its first full year, the Blue Ridge team recognized the need for a new and strengthened approach to intake and assessment. Reinforcing the intake assessment process early in a student’s stay results in stronger case conceptualization, more tailored treatment, and clearer goals established for discharge planning.

By combining the best of valid and reliable measurements, licensed Clinical Psychologist, Lorena Bradley, Ph.D. administers an in-depth initial assessment within the first two weeks of an adolescent student’s arrival at Blue Ridge. Unless the student has had comprehensive testing in the last 12 months, Dr. Bradley will meet with each new student and provide an assessment report to the Primary Therapis

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Your teen is college-ready when he/she is a self-directed learner.

posted by monicajenner66 8 months ago
tags: education self directed learning

The main intention of a university is to provide a higher education to its students. Therefore, the central reason that a student attends a university is to learn. Thus, your child needs to be a motivated, curious student in order to be college-ready!

In case you haven’t heard, we (Makarios School) are hardcore advocates of self-directed learning! Why? Because we have observed the natural tendencies from students of all ages: the desire to learn. Through games, sports, crafts, adventures, friendships, and more.

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4 Ways to Redefine The Term “College-Ready”

posted by monicajenner66 9 months ago
tags: education self directed learning

Mom has already stuffed a spare pack of tissues in her purse because life is about to change. Her sweet, precious, all-grown-up baby is heading off to college. Her and Dad have packed up all of the essentials for dorm life: clothes, school supplies, sheets, towels, snacks, and plenty of coffee (maybe even a wad of cash!).

Rewind! All of those items are helpful and necessary as a teen from high school transitions to adulthood in college. But how can you prepare your sweet, precious, almost-grown up baby for college, other than buying a slew of new material possessions?

We toss around the phrase “college-ready” like it’s going out of fashion. But what does that really mean? I challenge you and your family to redefine the traditional definition of “college-ready.”

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BRTW considers your child’s safety to be our primary concern.

Therefore all staff members participate in a minimum of 80 hours of initial staff training until the Executive and Field Directors believe they are proficient in the following skills:

  • Instruction in safety procedures and proper equipment usage (fuel, fire, life protection)
  • Instruction in emergency procedures like medical, evacuation, weather, or fire
  • Basic first-aid
  • Navigation skills (map and compass use for navigation)
  • Local environmental precautions (terrain, weather, insects, poisonous plants)
  • Planned response to adverse situations or emergency evacuations

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4 Ways to Redefine The Term “College-Ready”

posted by monicajenner66 9 months ago
tags: education self directed learning

Mom has already stuffed a spare pack of tissues in her purse because life is about to change. Her sweet, precious, all-grown-up baby is heading off to college. Her and Dad have packed up all of the essentials for dorm life: clothes, school supplies, sheets, towels, snacks, and plenty of coffee (maybe even a wad of cash!).

Rewind! All of those items are helpful and necessary as a teen from high school transitions to adulthood in college. But how can you prepare your sweet, precious, almost-grown up baby for college, other than buying a slew of new material possessions?

We toss around the phrase “college-ready” like it’s going out of fashion. But what does that really mean? I challenge you and your family to redefine the traditional definition of “college-ready.”

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The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

To ensure the success of our students, Ashley Green as our Family Support Therapist offers additional support to families because we believe that the more work the whole family does, the more sustainable and meaningful the child’s work will be. Ashley’s role is to offer time and space for parents to process and share their feelings, reflect on and explore family dynamics and areas of growth, and get general information about the program and their child’s experience. The frequency and focus of this support is individualized to a family’s unique needs, from providing a safe space to process feelings, to helping parents strategize how to support other siblings at home. Blue Ridge offers a menu of family supports and resources so families have choices in what will work best for them at various stages of their process. Ashley works closely with your child’s therapist to truly offer integrated, whole family care.

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4 Ways to Redefine The Term “College-Ready”

posted by monicajenner66 9 months ago
tags: self directed learning education

Defining the University Model &Why it Works(1)

Mom has already stuffed a spare pack of tissues in her purse because life is about to change. Her sweet, precious, all-grown-up baby is heading off to college. Her and Dad have packed up all of the essentials for dorm life: clothes, school supplies, sheets, towels, snacks, and plenty of coffee (maybe even a wad of cash!).

Rewind! All of those items are helpful and necessary as a teen from high school transitions to adulthood in college. But how can you prepare your sweet, precious, almost-grown up baby for college, other than buying a slew of new material possessions?

We toss around the phrase “college-ready” like it’s going out of fashion. But what does that really mean? I challenge you and your family to redefine the traditional definition of “college-ready.”

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Finding Identity in the Wilderness

I discovered this incredible work by chance while searching through a listing of outdoor jobs on an online database in the summer of 2011. As a recent college graduate, I was neck deep in the angst of entering the job force. I had never heard of Wilderness Therapy before, and honestly, I remember feeling unsure if I wanted to do it or not. I pictured a boot camp where students just cried all day and yelled at each other as field instructors ran around saying things like, “take accountability for your actions!” or, “let the tears flow!” Nonetheless, something about it captivated my imagination. So I applied for a job as a Field Instructor and read every book about it I could get my hands on. As I read Shouting At The Sky, a book describing a writer’s personal wilderness therapy experience, I started to understand that this wasn’t like anything else I had ever heard of; it sounded compassionate, powerful, raw, even sacred.

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Group Psychotherapy and Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

The Brilliance of a Circle and Nature: Working with Group Dynamics in the Wilderness

A group of people sitting in a circle in the wilderness is an image we can all imagine, have seen, and/or been a part of. It's a powerful image. Why is this such a powerful image? It is something that has been going on for centuries. There is inherent wisdom, not only in the act of sitting in a circle and being a part of a group but also in what the magical element of the wilderness provides to this already rich experience.

 

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