Hilo, HI – March 30, 2011 -Pacific Quest, a wilderness therapy program on the Big Island of Hawaii, is proud to announce that Alicia Goldman joined our team as Alumni and Family Services Director.
This new position will allow us to reach out to all of our alumni students and families in a more proactive way. We would like to better understand where our past students are now in their lives, obtain feedback about their experience at PQ and beyond, and when appropriate offer assistance and support when needed. This program will also most likely include access to online discussion forums with other alumni parents and students, as well as a quarterly newsletter, and potentially, invitations to alumni events. Additionally, Alicia will be available to consultants as a resource while they have students at PQ, as well as assisting with the planning for the transition home or to a boarding school environment. She will also be holding parent workshops and other events in support of educational consultants.
Most recently, Alicia came to Pacific Quest following 5 years as an Educational Consultant on the West Coast. Alicia received her BA from Syracuse University, and then went on to receive a Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City. Since then, she has accumulated over 15 years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings that serve children and families. It was through this work that Alicia developed a strong passion for combining her interests in education and therapeutic services that can assist families.
Suzanne McKinney, co-founder commented, “Alicia’s experience will serve PQ well and allow us to better meet the needs of our past, present and future students and families.”
About Pacific Quest:
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program (wilderness therapy) and sustainable treatment program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pacific Quest provides an environment that allows for a true discovery process for its students, a place that is safe, structured, experiential and natural. Owned and operated by a veteran team of professionals with over 200 years of combined program experience, Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to treatment that is individualized for each student. Through experiential education, clinical services, a dedicated approach to health and wellness, and sustainable gardening, Pacific Quest provides a structured yet flexible outdoor therapy environment that serves the individual needs of each student, cultivating a therapy experience with personal meaning and importance.