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What do you know about me? What do I know about myself?

Posted by Matt Hoag on October 28, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

2AEC91AA 57BC 49C7 AC20 A02667525C75One of the best parts about working with adolescents is the significant role they play in the change process for each other. Many parents question how other young people, typically with similar challenges and difficulties, could be helpful to their child in the wilderness. The wilderness group is like a microcosm of the social dynamic at home, with an overlay of therapeutic support and intention. This therapeutic support assists with supporting young people as they navigate making changes in their lives.

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Go Play!

Posted by Brand Bonsall on October 21, 2020 | 1 comment(s)

D88F0CC7 4036 447F 81D7 EF64F92012DB 1 201 aI recently attended an Intensive Therapy Program utilizing psychodrama, family of origin work, and intensive group therapy. While I learned much about myself and my continued work in therapy, the primary tool that I took with me was the importance of PLAY! The little kid in me needs play. We all have a ‘little kid’ in us that needs to be taken care of, stay safe, and have fun through play.

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Authenticity vs. Attachment

Posted by Ken Gilbert on October 14, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

64008A77 14B3 4F26 ADF1 B021F9641940A few months ago, I came across a video interview with Dr. Gabor Maté that discussed attachment, authenticity, and the interplay between the two for children specifically. The content struck me in its simplicity. Maté explained two often complex topics in a way that seemed digestible. The idea is that as children we have two core needs (in addition to several others), one for attachment and one for authenticity.

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The Important Role of Parent Mentors

Posted by Jesi Gorzalski on October 07, 2020 | 1 comment(s)

431D0E53 18EE 478D 81E1 568666E141B7At Evoke, parent support is taken seriously. As one of Evoke’s Parent Coordinators, I spend a large part of my time talking with parents and family members whose kids are currently in our program. I can answer their questions about the program, help them navigate the Parent Portal, and I can also let them know about the different support options that are available while their child is with us.

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The Opportunity in Hospitality

Posted by Sara Carroll on September 30, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

Sara Carroll 181I was just 14 years old when I took my first job in Food and Beverage, slinging fries at the local McDonalds. It was the only place in town that would hire someone so young and, obviously, it wasn’t glamorous: I left each shift covered with a fine mist of stinking fry oil that only exacerbated my teenage acne. But I stuck with it because I liked the way the team worked together, like gears in a clock, to kick out order after order when our dining room was full. I especially enjoyed the shrill, thrilled squeals of kids when they opened up their Happy Meal to find a Power Ranger or Space Jam toy. I’m guilty of sneaking an extra toy to a kid or two during my time there. Sorry, boss.

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Voter Registration and Casting Ballots from the Wilderness

Posted by Lindsey Bosse on September 25, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

9C03C951 FC16 4C22 85DB 01C4434467ACElection day is just around the corner. September 22nd was National Voter Registration day, and a great reminder for all citizens of the United States to take a little time in their day to ensure their voter registration. Since our staff and clients have a harder time accessing the internet, the seamless process of voter registration, or at least confirming that they are registered, is a more tedious task for our wilderness folks.

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Marking a Moment

Posted by Elinor Priest on September 23, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

E5599A37 6445 4BBF A412 8D7097433B0BThe meaning that we ascribe to elements in our lives and experiences is powerful. Over half a century ago, Albert Ellis created an entire theory, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, discussing how we, as humans, ascribe meaning to an experience; that the way that we interpret it will give rise to the emotions we hold about it.

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That Time I Sent my Kid to Treatment and Expected her to Change our Family System

Posted by Malia Boyd on September 09, 2020 | 1 comment(s)

A29B0367 AA1C 42AD 8E70 20241367DB63 1 201 aYears ago, my child had begun to walk—well, let’s be honest here—run down a path that felt destined to lead to terrible things. She was barely a teen and already experimenting with drinking and substances, showing formidable defiance, beginning to fail out of school, and running a very unpleasant show in two households. Like so many who get pulled into the whirlpool of parenting an out-of-control child, my ex-husband and I were terrified and completely out of our depth.

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Riding Uphill

Posted by Steve Kirk on September 02, 2020 | 3 comment(s)

406E1D53 4D86 469B B5BA 76097D45696AJust above my home, about a 9-iron away, is access to a trailhead for a smooth 10-mile stretch that runs along the base of the beautiful Wasatch mountains overlooking the valley. This relatively flat bike path is a perfect round trip distance for my level of expertise. I take this ride about two days a week on average, both for the exercise and to soak up the majestic views. I feel free, unencumbered, and for about an hour I have an opportunity for quiet and peaceful reflection.

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