August is a transitional month in wilderness therapy. Students are heading to their next placement or back to home.
It is a good time to take stock of where we are now and begin to offer more details about the vision for Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness.
Greta Lutman is now delivering psycho-education, peer community, and experiences as Family Services Director for Blue Ridge. In this new role, Greta is clinically tending to parents/guardians and siblings, supporting the whole family. Of course, she will continue to facilitate our parallel parent curriculum and monthly workshop weekends in Asheville, too.
Anyone who has seen Greta present at conferences or parent workshops knows she is a dynamic, flexible, and compassionate guide for families!
Stronger Assessment at Intake
Licensed psychologist Lorena Bradley, PhD, has been conducting testing at Blue Ridge for 9 years. Lorena regularly participates in clinical team meetings. As a result, her relationship with our clinical team is strong. Together the clinical team and Lorena have come up with a new approach to assessment, combining the best of valid, reliable measurements administered by Lorena with the intake assessment interview conducted by the primary therapist.
All adolescent students now have two layers of clinical assessment within 14 days of their arrival, and from the start our primary therapists begin with even more information at hand.
Strengthening the intake assessment process results in stronger case conceptualization, more tailored treatment, and clearer goals established for discharge planning. This additional service is included in our tuition and does not replace comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation recommended prior to or during treatment for most of our students.
At Blue Ridge, our aim is for treatment to be as effective and individualized as possible. We are beginning with that end in mind.
New Website to Share
We are excited to share blueridgewilderness.com with you.
All of the basics with this initial launch and we look forward to continuing to add valuable information for referring professionals and families to gain insight into our wonderful program.
Please have a look!
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Therapeutic wilderness for youth and adolescents, ages 10 – 18, tucked into the North Georgia and Western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains
(888) 914-1050 | Admissions@BlueRidgeWilderness.com | 236 File Street, Clayton, GA 30525