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Research on Medication Changes in Wilderness Therapy

Posted by Katie Massey MSW, MSPH, Research Director on March 02, 2015 | 0 comment(s)

Katie MasseyWhat about medications in wilderness therapy? Let’s bring data to the conversation!

Questions about medications often arise in conversations with families and educational consultants. There are valid concerns about changes and increases in medications, and also about how effective the meds their child is currently taking. In response to these concerns, we generally talk about how our goal is to get the best baseline assessment possible; so we are not going to suggest new medications or make big changes, unless it is really warranted. We talk about our fantastic team and the fact that we can do any kind of med management.

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Sacred Circles: Finding Community In Parent Workshops

Posted by Elise Mitchell on January 21, 2015 | 2 comment(s)

I remember being so baffled by Chief Saba and his family’s ability to drop everything to spend time with me. He was a man slight in stature but mighty in reputation. The chief of roughly 250 thousand Batongan people of Southern Zimbabwe, faced with starvation, disease and political violence, respected by other tribal leaders but despised by Mugabe, the country’s president. He was humble, soft-spoken, loved an occasional beer and cared deeply about his family. I always felt awkward and self-conscious driving unannounced into his territory knowing that he and his many wives, brothers, and children would stop working in the fields, stop taking care of, what I saw as, the most crucial aspects of life in the harsh, sandy terrain of Kariba just to say hi. I finally asked him once why he was okay with stopping their daily chores to spend hours with me. His reply has haunted me to this day, “We survive because of our connections to each other. Don’t forget that.” These words became a torchlight that guided me, subconsciously, to Second Nature.

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Rocking Around the Christmas Tree—Wilderness Style

Posted by Josh Larsen on January 12, 2015 | 1 comment(s)

The holiday season is a difficult time to be away from home and family for all of us. This is especially true for those in treatment. Separated from family, friends, traditions, and the comforts of home – our clients experienced a myriad of emotions during this holiday season that were tremendously and uniquely challenging to bear. This was certainly true also for their families, who shared in their sense of grief over the loss of memories that could have been, but weren’t.

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Feeling Gratitude in the Wilderness

Posted by Steve Kirk on December 31, 2014 | 1 comment(s)

Steve KirkAs those of us working in Admissions will attest, being tied to your phone is an essential part of the job description. Particularly in working with families who are considering placement in a wilderness program, ideal timing is often the exception. Being attentive and responsive to parents in crisis are critical components in helping them take that step to find peace and to regain hope.

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Anecdotes from the data—Reflections from parents and alumni after three years

Posted by Katie Massey, Research Director on December 16, 2014 | 2 comment(s)

Katie MasseyAt Second Nature we have been conducting a longitudinal outcome study, and I am currently in the middle of following up with almost 500 of those participants. In the context of wilderness therapy and residential treatment, a three-year follow-up is unprecedented and will offer incredible insights into the effectiveness of wilderness programs. Those insights are still underway, as we are just halfway through this last follow-up. What I have been itching to share though, are the reflections I am hearing from alumni and parents.

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How Do You Know It Works?

Posted by Gail Bramlet on December 09, 2014 | 10 comment(s)

Gail Bramlet“How do you know it works?” This is one of the most common questions we get in the office from our new families. It isn’t easy to trust someone you’ve never met with your child, and I’d like to share my answer.

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Guest Speaker, Richard Ribb, at Second Nature Entrada’s Oasis

Posted by Katie Rehani on October 04, 2014 | 0 comment(s)

Diving the Depths of Our Story

One of the first assignments completed by participants upon arriving to Second Nature Entrada is a life story. Reading the life story is the first introduction a person will make to the group and little direction is given on how to write it. What stands out to me is how consistently people write their stories as a linear journey that highlights the events leading to Second Nature. The subtle labels that clients put on themselves – addict, unmotivated, anxious, etc. – tell a story of people with little dimension who have “messed up” and need to “get back on track.”

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Love, Rock & Roll, and Wilderness Therapy

Posted by Josh Larsen on September 23, 2014 | 1 comment(s)

I love being a substance abuse counselor. My formal education and professional experience over the past 11 years has brought depth and complexity to my life that challenges and enriches me daily. In truth, however, my first love is music. I’ve been writing and performing music since I was 16 years old. I wish I could adequately relate to you the thrill I get when I finish writing a new song and the absolute rush of performing that song for a crowd full of friends and family. This passion started when I was a toddler. When other kids were playing t-ball I was rocking out in front of a mirror, pretending to be the newest member of my favorite band – Metallica. Have you ever done that? Stood in front of the mirror, lip-syncing or singing along to your favorite band? Pretty nerdy, right? But we’ve all done it. I still contend that I am pretty much the greatest air-guitar player ever. No, seriously. I do. Yes, music is my passion and I couldn’t imagine loving it more than I do.

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“But I’m too busy to…”

Posted by Dr. Paul Goddard on September 02, 2014 | 0 comment(s)

I have the privilege of hosting Parent Workshops in Southern Utah on a regular basis. I am often amazed by the fact that the parents who seem to be the most busy are the very ones who most often find time to travel across the country to spend two days reflecting on how to best support their child’s growth and development in the wilderness. I know that there are always more things to do than there is time to do them! And so this is where we, as part of the human “race”, must evaluate our priorities. Taking time to build our own tool box is a great part of parenting!!!

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