Field Instructor Training November 8 to 14

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Thank you for your interest in Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness. We are a licensed treatment program that uses the wilderness setting to provide a clinically-focused intervention, teaching clients accountability, communication skills and healthy emotional and behavioral habits. BRTW’s main office is in Clayton, GA, in the southern Appalachian Mountains and borders the Chattahoochee and Nantahala National Forests. Clayton is conveniently located between Atlanta, GA, and Asheville, NC.

We are currently looking to fill the position(s) of Field Instructor. Qualified individuals will be asked to go on a week-long training.

Our next training is November 8th to 14th.

Download Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness Field Instructor Application

Instructors are pivotal to the success of BRTW.  Field instructors work an 8-day on, 6-day off schedule.  For the entire 8 days, instructors hike and camp with clients in the National Forest.  The program serves youth “in-crisis”, ages 13-18.  Field instructors work with licensed therapists to deliver an individualized experience to every client.

The Field Instructor position is great for someone who wants to have a positive impact on youth while working in a beautiful outdoor setting.  BRTW is known for their outstanding instructors and a high instructor to student ratio.

Field Instructors are trained on wilderness and therapeutic skills during a 7-day Orientation trip and they receive continual training throughout their employment.

Applicants come with a variety of backgrounds and experience.  An open mind and willingness to learn are essential. Applicants are required to be a minimum of 21 years of age, have a current physical and current CPR & Standard First Aid. Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness will also process a State and Federal criminal background check (BCI) of all potential employees.

Please submit the application, resume, and certifications to Abi Miner abim@blueridgewilderness.com or Brant Evans brante@blueridgewilderness.com. Please indicate on your application if you are looking for year-round, or summer employment.

After reviewing your completed application materials, Brant and Abi (Field Directors)  may ask you to conduct a phone interview.  After the interview, you may then be invited to participate in one of our 7-day orientation trips.  The orientation trip is viewed as an interview process where you will experience the program structure.  It is also a time for the prospective employee to “interview” the program. Participation in the orientation trip does not guarantee a position; however, we only select participants who meet our requirements, with high hopes that they will be hired.  We hire new employees on the last day of Orientation.

If you have any questions, please contact Abi Miner 828-712-8764 and Brant Evans 706-949-3202.

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Field Instructor Training – June 1 to June 7, 2017

Field Instructor Training – June 1 to June 7, 2017

Qualified Field Instructor Applications will be asked to go on a week-long training/orientation trip. The orientation trip is viewed as an interview process where you will experience the program structure. It is also a time for the prospective employee to “interview” the program. Participation in the orientation trip does not guarantee a position; however, we only select participants who meet our requirements, with high hopes that they will be hired. We hire new employees on the last day of Orientation.

Our next training is June 1st to 7th.

Field Instructors are pivotal to the success of BRTW. Field instructors work an 8-day on, 6-day off schedule. For the entire 8 days, instructors hike and camp with clients in the National Forest. The program serves youth “in-crisis”, ages 11-18. Field instructors work with licensed therapists to deliver an individualized experience to every client. The Field Instructor position is great for someone who wants to have a positive impact on youth while working in a beautiful outdoor setting. BRTW is known for their outstanding instructors and a high instructor to student ratio.
Field Instructors are trained on wilderness and therapeutic skills during a 7-day Orientation trip and they receive continual training throughout their employment.

Please submit the application, resume, and certifications to careers@blueridgewilderness.com. Please indicate on your application if you are looking for year-round, or summer employment. Applicants come with a variety of backgrounds and experience. An open mind and willingness to learn are essential. Applicants are required to be a minimum of 21 years of age, have a current physical and current CPR & Standard First Aid. Prospective employees will be required to pass a drug screening before beginning the training, and once hired, will be randomly drug screened on an ongoing basis. Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness will also process a State and Federal criminal background check (BCI) of all potential employees.

If you have any questions, please ask to speak to a Field Director at the BRTW office: 706-212-2037

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Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is excited to announce the addition of Emily Miranda, MSW, LCSW.

Emily Miranda, MSW, LCSW

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness focuses on offering the most effective and individualized programming possible for its clients and their families. It provides the best programming by employing the best therapists and tenured field staff in the industry. During the extensive work that happens in the field, the field staffs are the eyes and ears of the therapists, providing support as needed. The Administration at Blue Ridge painstakingly works to make certain that each student is perfectly matched to their therapist, field staff, and group culture to produce the best possible outcome for the student’s individual needs. The highly experienced and trained staff work diligently to ensure Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is the most clinically sophisticated program.

 

“Our goal is to run Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in a way that reflects our unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability in all the programs we offer.”

Dan McDougal

Executive Director

Over the past year, the leadership at Blue Ridge recognized that change is necessary to meet the needs of its clients and continue to improve its program offerings. At times that has meant making carefully considered program changes to better meet the needs of a particular group or population of clients. Other times, it has meant resisting fads in the industry that offer minimal benefit to Blue Ridge’s proven model which is rooted in providing clients the ability to explore themselves with great depth and a distraction free environment.

To support the goals and continued growth of Blue Ridge the staff has undertaken the difficult, but necessary task of examining every aspect of the program. One of the fundamental changes as Blue Ridge concludes a most transformative year is to discontinue to operate the SPARK program after this current group of students have completed their stay. The SPARK program was one of, if not the only true wilderness program designed specifically for young boys struggling with neurodevelopmental issues. SPARK therapist, Carla Shorts, steadfast dedication and expertise to serving this group of youngsters, is evident within the SPARK program. Thank you to Carla Shorts for her tremendous work with clients, parents, and staff over the last year.

Going forward, it is critical to focus more energy on other areas of the program that are better aligned with the vision. Blue Ridge will continue to build upon its core values and offerings by focusing on outcome-oriented programming and the addition of staff to support this focus. Blue Ridge is proud to announce the addition of Clinical Therapist, Emily Miranda to the team. Through transformative power and passion for wilderness therapy, Emily is deeply engaged with her clients. Her approach is integrative; combining feminist multicultural values with an interpersonal emphasis, focusing on building the clinical relationship and teaching mindfulness practices.

It is important that a strong and healthy foundation is created moving forward and that all of the programs conform to the vision of offering the highest quality clinical support to students and families. Emily works with adolescent girls who are clinically complex and often have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders and emerging personality disorders. Emily’s therapeutic approach both with parents and their children is first to focus on establishing a relationship. She views the teenager and their family through a holistic lens; considering environmental, community, family and individual factors in assisting with change. She also incorporates concepts of mindfulness, DBT, art, multicultural sensitivity, and LGBTQ affirmative therapy, when appropriate.

 

I am so excited about the addition of Emily Miranda and the direction that Blue Ridge is heading. Emily has been a cornerstone within the organizations she has worked and is one of those people and one of those names well known within our industry. Many of us who have been doing this work for a long time admire her love and dedication to her students and their families. Her passion for advocating for program advancement in the treatment of her clients and their families is one of the many reasons Emily fits in perfectly with our vision of working and advancing the programming. With Emily joining our team, we are building on our strong foundation and are poised to lead the industry in 2017

Dan McDougal

Executive Director

Emily will be starting a second adolescent girls group in early January.

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness offers clinically driven programs encompassing advanced clinical skill, a highly flexible nomadic wilderness therapy model, ceremony, metaphor, licensed wilderness therapy assessment and multiple treatment options for troubled teens and pre-teens ages 10-18 years old. Our clinically-integrated approach, family support, and commitment to service translate to an unparalleled experience and better outcomes for adolescents and families. To learn more about the programs and staff at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, visit http://www.blueridgewilderness.com or contact Jason York, Managing Director and Admissions at (817) 776-0189 or Dave Brannan, Admissions at (706) 982-0110.

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New experts joining to Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness employs the best therapists and tenured field staff in the industry, offering the most clinically sophisticated, effective and individualized programming possible for its clients and their families. As part of Blue Ridge’s commitment to creating a culture and team of people who are dedicated to learning, growing and working at Blue Ridge, they have added a Nutritionist, Parent Therapist, Primary Therapists and Director of Business Development.

Danielle Hava, LCSW

Director of Business Development

Danielle’s role at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is to lead the team in developing and cultivating referral relations and business development. With over ten years in the treatment industry, Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned her Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.  She has worked with adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.

Danielle naturally builds supportive relationships and is skilled at connecting with all kinds of people. Having a clinical background has been invaluable in her outreach roles and understanding the issues young people and their families struggle with has provided Danielle with a unique perspective and approach to lead Blue Ridge’s marketing and business development. Over the last ten years, Danielle’s experience has allowed her to gain a wealth of knowledge and has elevated her pursuit for personal connection. She has developed many referral relationships and she loves traveling around the country and partnering with educational consultants who play a critical role in Blue Ridge’s treatment and the families they serve.

Danielle’s official start date is April 1st and her email is danielleh@blueridgewilderness.com and can be contacted at (516) 662-1494. Danielle has been influential in strengthening referral relations within organizations and the team at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is thrilled to welcome her into the culture and community.

Anne Wilzbacher, MA, LPC

Primary Therapist

Blue Ridge is proud to announce the addition of Anne Wilzbacher, MA, LPC to their team of highly experienced and trained clinicians. Anne has astute insight, and with her observations, has the ability to swiftly assess and directly address students in a way that is both disarming and incredibly warm and compassionate.  She is highly skilled in identifying family dynamics, working with trauma and eating disorders. She is drawn to helping students find a strong sense of identity, by helping them discover their own innate tools.  In addition, she also has expertise in working with mood disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse and addiction. She is versed in psychodynamic theory, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness approaches, group dynamic interventions, somatic-based practices, and Family Systems Therapy. Anne’s strengths will help grow the Adolescent Boys program at Blue Ridge.

Anne is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her Master’s degree in Psychology, Contemplative Psychotherapy.  She is highly respected having worked in both wilderness and transitional living programs since 2004. Anne joins the Clinical Team at Blue Ridge from Open Sky Wilderness in Colorado. Anne’s official start date is April 24th and her email is annew@blueridgewilderness.com and be contacted at (970) 426-9207.

Growing and improving while helping more families in 2017!

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is updating their brand messaging, website (look for it this month!), and marketing to connect with their goals and vision, conveying:

  • Wilderness therapy is a responsible and safe option for a family.
  • Our clinically-integrated and individualized approach has a very high success rate.
  • We care about the industry and relationships with professionals.
  • Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness provides the most individualized therapy in the industry.

Our goal is to run Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in a way that reflects our unwavering commitment to quality and sustainability in all the programs we offer.

Dan McDougal

Executive Director

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What are the benefits of wilderness therapy programs for teens?

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Nature has an inherent healing force along with clinical skills that help in bringing peace in the lives of families. To avail such facilities of nature wilderness therapy programs are available. These programs are available especially for teens in order to overcome their self-destructive and negative behavior patterns. Such programs are used as they are proved to be beneficial for the teens and help them in developing a positive behavior towards their life.

In general Wilderness Therapy can be considered as the best practice or step to healing. Families are concerned with the upbringing of their children and seek help from residential treatment centers and other boarding schools providing residential and therapeutic services. Such service providers are unable to cater the specific needs of the customers, and therefore, parents enroll their children including pre-teens, teens, and young adults to different Wilderness Therapy Program for teenagers.

The outcomes of the therapy are long lasting and revealing. The therapy program consists of different treatment therapies and programs designed to ensure that the demands and needs of each and every customer are served. The therapy and Program for the troubled teen act as a helping hand for those teens whose parents want them to think clearly and are struggling in their lives. The service providers use tailored and other specialized treatments so that the customers can learn from the effective and a collaborative environment. The core attraction of the therapy is that it offers its clients an opportunity to reveal and understand themselves with the help of a collaborative, peer culture, and positive environment, where adolescents, pre, and young adults learn from natural and interpersonal relations.

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The primary reason for selecting the Wilderness therapy for teens is the involvement of regular and tough exercise. The programs help build a relationship between teenagers and nature with the help of hiking and other activities. The activities help teens to avoid using injurious substances and to remain consistent and energetic to achieve their goals. The regular exercise also helps to improve the thinking process of teens and such teenagers are more likely to carry out these activities for the rest of their lives.
The other benefit of the therapy apart from exercise and clear thinking is the opportunity provided to teens to mold their behavior and act more realistically and positively. The teenagers are put in situations where they come to know their weaknesses, limitations and are provided facilities and the supervision that help them build positive relationships with other students. The teens are provided with an opportunity to work as a group and take every possible step to maintain a smooth flow of the activities of the group. This develops an understanding of dealing with positive and negative situations and helps in growing relationships with one another. Dealing with such situations under professional supervision helps in establishing positive behaviors.
Teenagers are provided with specific instructions and they have to follow those instructions to move to the next step or program. Most of the instructions are linked to their daily activities. The activities and instructions are majorly a part of the Wilderness Therapy to help for Troubled Teen. Teens with specific behavior issues are provided with related tasks and instructions that help them to improve their behavior for a longer duration of time. Such instructions and goals also help the teens to control their behavior and impulsive nature.
In recent times there are a number of mental troubles especially linked to pre and young adults and adolescents. Such troubles are developed as behavior and disorders if not treated in an efficient and effective manner. The major troubles are linked to abuse, mental illness, and other factors that have a negative impact on the personality. Therefore, it can be stated that dealing with all such disorders in a specified manner can have no, positive or sometimes negative impact on the lives of such adolescents and young adults. To overcome the issue Wilderness Program is developed and designed to deal with specific needs of different adolescents and teens. These programs give preference to the conditions of individual clients and children and offer a number of different approaches to overcome the disorders. The primary approaches include the therapy that involves adventure, wilderness therapies, Therapeutic Wilderness Programs, and others.
The primary and most significant benefits of the programs involve long term healing. Adolescents and teenagers who take part in the programs are guided by professionals through group building activities, family interaction and therapy, and individual activities. These activities help in developing respect. The professionals respect the clients and their needs and offer them activities that help secure and improve their future lives both physically and psychologically.
Moreover, the program helps a child to overcome the troubles he or she faces. The professionals help the child with specific activities that helps to learn from their surroundings and to think in a clearer way to come up with possible solutions. The supervision of the specialists and professionals during the programs also facilitates the children in taking the most appropriate decisions that help developing trust and self-confidence.
There is no harm in being a part of wilderness therapy program but at the same time, it is not for everyone. This program is specially built for those teens that need to be intervened in their behavior. Some of the teens have a deceptive behavior; they use social media inappropriately, suffer from anxiety, and are stealing and other bad habits. It is very difficult for teens that possess such characteristics to lead a normal life, therefore; wilderness therapy program is designed for them to make sure that they can live a normal life.

The wilderness therapy program is not a fixed plan as it differs as per the circumstances of an individual. The main aim of this therapy program is to overcome emotional and psychological problems that the teens are facing. A report generated from a recent research claims that the wilderness therapy program is a rapid developing treatment as it provides help for troubled teens.

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Blue Ridge provides therapeutic wilderness program for two different age groups that are pre-teens and adolescents. The main reason to work with this age group is because of certain characteristics like being emotionally reactive, less socially sophisticated, etc. The therapeutic wilderness program for pre-teens is designed in a fashion to help them overcome these traits that are infused in them. While carrying out the therapy program for pre-teens, the main aim is to have fun by building connections, teaching social skills and increasing self-esteem. It also changes the expectations of others towards them as their character is more strongly built in this program. The activities that are preferably used in this program include painting, group tasks, model clay, etc. These activities are essential to building a strong and robust character of the pre-teens as these creative models add to their abstract concepts that are choice and awareness.

The therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents is very effective as it is focused towards changing the behavior of every individual to a next level. Mostly, a simple nomadic model is used to focus on every individual and make sure that they heal in a better way. It is not only a base camp or an adventurous sports activity at the therapeutic wilderness program but there is a lot more to it which ensures power, compassion, depth, responsibility, self-agency and resilience. The applicants or the adolescents that are enrolled in this program do not only follow the commands of their supervisor but are also allowed to grow their vision by observing the environment. The wilderness therapy program is not a simple outdoor activity but has a substance to derive changes in an individual from making sure that their behavior towards life is far better than what is expected from them. Therapeutic wilderness program takes place in remote areas which allow the troubled teens to be free from distraction. It is very important for children as a distraction is a major factor behind the alteration of moods. The most important of all the learning’s is that the personal growth of a troubled teen. This essence (personal growth) is the major factor and most of the troubled teens lack it. With the help of the therapeutic wilderness program troubled teens make a big shift in their lives as they start believing in themselves and consider that they can do several things which at first they thought were not at all achievable. It is noted that the outcomes of the wilderness therapy program are far greater than other existing treatments. It is a help for troubled teens as it not only allows them to grow physically but also allows them to overcome their mental and behavioral issues. All and all it is best and the most emerging method to overcome the problems that are faced by the troubled teens. There are many organizations started taking part in providing facilities for wilderness therapy program so that more help can be provided to the troubled teens to overcome their issues.

It is noted that the outcomes of the wilderness therapy program are far greater than other existing treatments. It is a help for troubled teens as it not only allows them to grow physically but also allows them to overcome their mental and behavioral issues. All and all it is best and the most emerging method to overcome the problems that are faced by the troubled teens. There are many organizations started taking part in providing facilities for wilderness therapy program so that more help can be provided to the troubled teens to overcome their issues.

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