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Why Blue Ridge Wilderness Therapy

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Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness utilizes a therapeutic wilderness model: primitive living, ceremony, metaphor, and affinity for the beauty and spirituality of nature. This model lends itself well to natural and logical consequences rather than contrived, verbal, didactic therapy models. Adolescents in our program are removed from their comfort zone and immersed in a new culture, where therapists and field staff provide a small universe of lessons mirroring the larger universe in which they live.

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Problems with students when they join wilderness therapy

Adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health diagnoses, behavioral problems, developmental issues, learning disabilities, substance abuse/dependence, school problems and relational difficulties find effective healing at Blue Ridge.

The admissions team at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is able to match your child’s unique circumstance to one of our niche groups and therapists specializing in a specific population.

Blue Ridge student population includes, but is not limited to, the following profiles, diagnoses, and conditions:

 

 

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The University Model and Why it Works

Defining the University Model &Why it Works

The university model of education requires students to do the majority of the learning on their own, and most don’t know how. They’ve spent four years spending 35 hours a week in a classroom where the teacher tells them what is important and what will be on the test. Then they go home and cram to remember that information long enough to pass.

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The University Model and Why it Works

posted by monicajenner66 10 days ago
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Defining the University Model &Why it Works

 

The university model of education requires students to do the majority of the learning on their own, and most don’t know how. They’ve spent four years spending 35 hours a week in a classroom where the teacher tells them what is important and what will be on the test. Then they go home and cram to remember that information long enough to pass.

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Parent Workshop – January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA

posted by monicajenner66 11 days ago
tags: wilderness therapy mental health

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At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

Our next parent workshop is January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA. These workshops are designed to be small to individualize the focus on your specific families.

  • Learn more about your child’s experience.
  • Understand and practice the tools they are using.
  • Learn how to identify the needs beneath the behavior and make a plan for your family.
  • Get support from and connect with other families.

There are times when the workshops can correspond to a visit or discharge, so feel free to talk with your field therapist about this as well.

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When the Rubber Hits the Road

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Tuesday night, February 3rd, we had our first information meeting. In a nutshell, we have enough interest to open the school this year.The search for a location has intensified. Several options have been considered and rejected. At the moment, we are focusing our efforts on finding a location that will be our very own, where we can move in with ALL our resources and have enough room to spread out projects and activities. We are also looking for green space and playscapes. Tall order? Maybe, but just the right space is out there, ready and waiting for Makarios Community School.

 

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Finding Identity in the Wilderness

posted by monicajenner66 13 days ago
tags: wilderness therapy mental health

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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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Finding Identity in the Wilderness

posted by monicajenner66 14 days ago
tags: wilderness therapy mental health

Tim

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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What Do You Want To Learn?

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My name is Jannica Morton and I am on the leadership team at Makarios Community School. Wherever we are, my family is continuously chatting about the school. Some days we dream and talk about the possibilities while other days we wonder what it will really be like and if it’ll be successful. Some days I think we are all a bit crazy while other days I know we are...and not just a little bit! To me, being a crazy, out-of-the-box thinker is a good thing and I look forward to sharing my passion of learning and exploring with others through this school.

 

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Parent Workshop – January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA

posted by monicajenner66 15 days ago
tags: wilderness therapy mental health

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At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

Our next parent workshop is January 11 & 12 in Clayton, GA. These workshops are designed to be small to individualize the focus on your specific families.

  • Learn more about your child’s experience.
  • Understand and practice the tools they are using.
  • Learn how to identify the needs beneath the behavior and make a plan for your family.
  • Get support from and connect with other families.

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