Authors: Bobbi Beale & Maurie Lung
While we all recognize the transformative power of wilderness treatment, those gains can be difficult to maintain in the home environment. Wilderness providers may consider their work to be over, once the youth is sent home, but the local provider doesn’t have the same powerful connection with the youth. We suggest that the best person to assist with generalizing the skills and insights to the home environment would be the wilderness provider. Of course, they can’t travel to each participant’s home for in person sessions! In order to continue services with high-risk families, we converted our Family Adventure Therapy curriculum to be delivered virtually.
This workshop introduced engaging, stabilizing family treatment sessions that can be implemented virtually with props that are generally available in anyone’s home. Each session is designed to focus on critical family skill components and is supported by articulated curriculum and resource videos to demonstrate the interventions.