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What September 11th Taught Me About Grief

Posted by Malia Boyd on September 08, 2021 | 10 comment(s)

A29B0367 AA1C 42AD 8E70 20241367DB63 1 201 aTwenty years ago, my best friend Heather went to work at Windows on the World to bake, and roll, and mix, and serve creations from her delicious heart. It was her calling. From the age of four she used to thumb through Gourmet magazine and beg her mom to help her make anything that caught her eye. If there was anyone who was born to cook and delight thousands in the process, it was Heather. We met in junior high. In high school we became best friends. We were at each other’s sides for weddings and funerals, for proms and pregnancy, for better and for worse.

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The Gift of Therapy and Parenting the Inner-Child

Posted by Travis Slagle on August 25, 2021 | 1 comment(s)

7E00FCFE DD46 498B ACC4 B97A6EC6DED8 1 201 aWhen I became a parent, I felt determined to do things differently. I thought that being a “good parent” meant protecting my kids from the hurt and disappointment of a deeply dysfunctional world. It’s a common sentiment amongst parents to want to give our children a better life than the one we had. In recent years, I’ve come to realize how so many messages we hear about parenting are so incredibly flawed.

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On Change

Posted by Sara Dobish on August 18, 2021 | 1 comment(s)

SaraDobishI was speaking with my mom on the phone the other day, letting her know my latest life plan which involved moving yet again to a new city. This would be my 5th move since graduating college and the 13th in total if looking back on my whole life. My mom responded by asking me, “Change has always been so hard for you, why do you keep wanting to change your life up so much?” I let that sink in for a moment and answered, “You are right, change has been hard. I don’t know.”

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Finding Fun--Again

Posted by Becci McNeely on August 11, 2021 | 1 comment(s)

15E11185 70D9 4769 85E5 6D5AA5FA4AB8Laying on my yoga mat, breath heavy, body sweaty, tears rolling and filling my ears. Confusion sweeps my mind. Not knowing why or how this emotion is pouring out of me. It feels as though I’ve unlocked vessels and opened a storm I can’t stop. Cathartic, exhausting, and rejuvenating. All I can think is, “What is going on with me?!”

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"Bench Pressing" Your Way to Better Mental Health

Posted by Ben Kitching on August 04, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

8ED79D42 1BAE 45FF AA60 7FFBC20FCE21 1 201 aI spent a lot of my time as a field staff working with adolescent boys who were struggling with their anger. With a background in athletics, I often used sports to relate to them. I could bring in sports scores from the past week when I returned for another shift. We’d debate who was a better basketball player: Lebron James or Michael Jordan? (Clearly Michael Jordan if you’re asking me). And, we had a lot of fun playing games of ultimate frisbee or my personal favorite, sock hockey.

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Wilderness Feels Like Home

Posted by Katelyn BeVard on July 28, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

D0147746 9052 4785 97C7 B2A5EBAB916E 1 201 aIn May of 2009 I left my hometown in Virginia to embark on a journey to Southern Utah. I packed everything I owned in my car and headed west to start a career in wilderness therapy. I was new to the idea of a career in the outdoors after falling in love with backpacking at the conclusion of an Outward Bound course I took the previous fall.

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Parent Visits at Entrada: How to Prepare for the Reunion

Posted by Ashley Nelson on July 21, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

E45B9D79 07F5 4C58 99A2 01821B698E07As a parent coordinator, my job is to help guide parents through their child's stay at Evoke. I am here to offer support, assist in any way I can, and answer any questions a parent might have (don't worry, there aren't any "silly" questions). One of the main questions I get from parents is, "When can I visit my child in the field?" For most, it's been a long time since they last saw their son or daughter, and the anticipation for connection, and even just a hug, can be difficult.

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Helping As an Art and Science

Posted by Anthony Salerno on July 14, 2021 | 0 comment(s)

AnthonySalerno2Before leaving my group each week, I create space to engage with one of my favorite facets of Evoke’s staff development--reviewing what our participants refer to as “yellows” (the list of weekly treatment goals and assignments for each student that are documented on yellow sheets of carbon-copy paper). Not only do these conversations allow me to clarify my intentions and vision with specific assignments, (and, yes, to also spare field instructors from having to decipher my notoriously poor handwriting) but they also allow me to gauge and cultivate each instructor’s creativity and insight into the therapeutic process. And following my conversations this past week, I found myself reflecting on what a special opportunity this is for our participants, our staff, and our clinicians.

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Transition Pursuits: Reconnection Before the Next Step

Posted by Kirk Sweet on July 07, 2021 | 1 comment(s)

9CF17627 7937 4A7E ADB4 A7688F7B342EWith a grin from ear to ear, Andrew* reaches the top of a beautiful limestone cliff on a warm autumn evening in Southern Utah. Scraped hands and knees are the temporary trophies of his triumph, although he won’t notice until dinner later that night. The sounds of his Mom and Dad cheering him on from below and the rush of adrenalin are the only things on his mind. Andrew has officially completed his first outdoor rock climb. This experience of overcoming a challenge together as a whole family is commonplace at an Evoke Transition Pursuit.

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