STLF Speaker Series
The STLF Speaker Series is an educational and supportive resource for parents seeking information about topics related to wilderness therapy. The series features conversations with our host, Brenda Zane, and guest speakers who are experts in the field of outdoor behavioral healthcare and parents sharing their experiences and informative messages.
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ENGAGING SIBLINGS IN FAMILY WORK
Siblings are our longest standing relationships; in 1998, 83% of the adult population in the U.S. had at least one sibling in their family. Leah Madamba sheds some light on the importance of this relationship and engaging them in family work.
THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS: GROWING OUR COMMUNICATION ALONGSIDE OUR CHILD
Communication is a challenge in many families. We don’t always realize how powerful our words are. This is an informative conversation with Jason McKeown about how to talk with your child versus talking at your child. Jason gives us a fresh perspective as well as some helpful reminders.
HEAD AND THE HEART: HOW TO STEP INTO VULNERABLE & INTERDEPENDENT RELATIONSHIPS
Liz Deardorff, LCSW is the Clinical Director of Nest Family Services at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy, located in Bend, OR. An incredibly informative conversation about defining codependency, enmeshment and interdependence. When do we parent from the head versus the heart? How heart focus v. head focus allows us to step into healthy interdependence with our child versus rescuing, enabling, and enmeshment: the “fix it” behavior.
OVER STRESSED? TAKING THE TRAUMA OUT OF WILDERNESS THERAPY
An informative discussion with Steve Sawyer about stress and trauma. His conversation helps us understand extensive stress and differentiates going from Trauma Informed to Trauma Responsive treatment.
HOW TO STRENGTHEN A FATHER SON RELATIONSHIP?
What happens when sons can’t live up to their perception of who their father is? Chris Tarver discusses the importance and misperceptions of the father-son relationship and what to do to help improve the relationship.
THE WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE FROM THE FIELD
A birds-eye conversation with David Chandler about a typical day in wilderness for youth and young adults and the work of the field guides. He shares how his passion for nature and adventure helps his well-being as well as providing support to families through wilderness therapy.
CONVERSATION VS CONSEQUENCE
Much of what we hear about parenting has to do with consequences and boundaries. So our go to as parents when our children make choices we don’t agree with is to apply consequences. The opposite of that is that we avoid and don’t do anything. Greg Burnham invites us to think about conversations by analyzing our emotions and belief systems regarding consequences.
FINDING YOU: AN EXPERIENTIAL APPROACH TO HELPING PARENTS HEAL
Travis Slagle, Clinical Director at Evoke Intensives, discusses the role of experiential therapy for parents. A conversation with Travis helps us understand the importance of parents engaging in their own therapy to increase positive outcomes in their child’s treatment.
HOW TO SURVIVE WILDERNESS THERAPY AS A PARENT?
A conversation with Andy Goldstrom about his family’s experience and a discussion about what should you expect while your child is away at wilderness therapy and what should you consider doing as parents when your child is away. Andy provides helpful tools that helped him throughout his family’s journey.
HOW DOES WILDERNESS THERAPY SAVE ONE’S SENSE OF SELF?
Group milieu, nomadic model, expressive arts, rites of passage, relational approach all contribute to the efficacy of wilderness therapy saving a sense of Self for young people today. These components will be explored, examples from over a decade of on-the-ground experience referenced, and literature cited.
HOW CAN I ESTABLISH BOUNDARIES WHEN MY YOUNG ADULT CHILD IS STRUGGLING?
Many parents struggle with effective ways to set and maintain boundaries as their children transition from adolescence to young adulthood, especially when a young adult is struggling with mental health or other life challenges. In this episode, Senior Clinical Therapist, Mariah Loftin offers tangible strategies for establishing healthy boundaries that will help young adults launch into a life of independence.
LAUNCHED & UNRAVELED: THE YOUNG ADULT PHENOMENA
Joanna Lilley, M.A. and Chris Blankenship, LCSW work with parents to understand and address the myriad reasons why young adults are so often unprepared for independent adulthood. They place added emphasis on the difficulty of leaving home in the tumultuous and unpredictable environment that COVID has created. Joanna and Chris explore alternate ways of preparing young adults to better address the stress, anxiety, and empowerment that can come from life as an adult working towards independence.
ADDRESSING CONTROVERSIES IN WILDERNESS: A LOOK AT WILDERNESS THERAPY IN CONTEXT
Will White, a 30 year professional in wilderness therapy, author of “Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy” and the host of the weekly podcast, Stories from the Field: Demystifying Wilderness Therapy”, takes a deep look at the current controversies surrounding wilderness therapy, talk about the evolution of and changes to the practice of wilderness therapy, and where it’s is headed in the future.
BELONGING: HOW DO WE KNOW WHO BELONGS IN WILDERNESS?
In this episode, Tracy Hopkins shares her own experiences of belonging and provides insight on the what to look for in wilderness.
TAKING CARE OF THE MOTHERSHIP: THE POWER OF SELF-CARE
A conversation about getting healthy for moms in particular when your family is in crisis. Brenda Zane tells her experience as a mother of a child with substance abuse and discusses the importance of self-care as she shares ideas to help cope and seek support.
RAISING HEROES: FOSTERING RESILIENCE IN YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF
Dr. Brad Reedy discusses the importance of finding one’s self through parenting and its relevance in fostering resilience.