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Tuesday, December 6 • 11:15am - 11:35am
Wilderness Therapy Programs As Prescribed Medicine For Struggled Individuals

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Alternative therapy programs such as Wilderness therapy for treating substance abuse has challenged standard medical treatment-protocols. The format and design of Wilderness therapy programs revolve around the professional therapist integrating their practices with outdoor therapy and recreational activities that intentionally expose clients, and arguably the experts as well, on all the dimensions of wellness, which are: physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, social, spiritual, and environmental. This multi-dimensional approach yields profound results for the clients, the families, and experts, and researchers. What is outstanding is that these methods apply to everyone, whether you are suffering from a mental illness to needing to change up stagnant lifestyles and seek purpose. Wilderness therapy programs naturally break down the barriers in social interconnectedness, teamwork, and present mindfulness engagement with activities and lectures in place. Exposures to Wilderness therapy practices gives the client a locus of control in their being, and prompts them an opportunity to educate and rediscover themselves, and build enough self-efficacy to willingly choose healthy behaviors in their lifestyle. We have loss this essential fabric in America, clearly, look who is running for president. This environment, along with an integrated curriculum to maximize an individual’s wellness, reaps an holistic approach, that is also sustainable (ex: using outdoors and simple activities for treatment, effective and financially reasonable). I urge these programs to be available, and even prescribed in the future, to not just the struggled or ill individuals, but to all members of the community who want to endure new challenges.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 11:15am - 11:35am
034 Karpen Hall

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