At any time of day, scroll through what’s on TV, and chances are very good that you’ll find several cooking shows.
From competitions to road trips that highlight the best diners, cooking and the chefs who host these shows are both very popular. For many people, cooking is therapeutic. You have a single task that demands your complete attention, and at the end of the process, you’ve created a meal or baked a dish that may bring joy to others.
Considering how fulfilling cooking can be, it’s no wonder that culinary arts for troubled young adults is an increasingly popular and effective form of therapy. Teaching young adults how to grow and prepare food can be just the type of hands-on therapy they need to recognize the positive difference they can make, both in their own lives and in the lives of others. The staff at Pacific Quest in Hawaii has seen how this process can help troubled young adults and their families to find a productive way to heal.
Culinary arts goes beyond the simple act of cooking.
Like other artists, chefs use a particular medium, in this case food, to express their creativity and prepare something that’s both visually appealing and delicious. Some culinary artists choose to specialize in the cuisine from one region. If you’ve been to a farmers’ market recently, then you already know that buying locally grown ingredients is very popular. For nearly 20 years, the staff at Pacific Quest has emphasized the importance of organic farming and sustainable agriculture; in fact, horticulture therapy is an integral part of our program and dovetails with the culinary arts for troubled young adults.
Horticulture therapy combines the science and art of growing food, flowers and trees with current theories in human behavior, neuroscience and counseling psychology. The sensory experience involved in growing and preparing food can be an empowering process and one that’s perfect for young adults who need to rebuild their confidence. Learn more about the power of culinary arts.
Pacific Quest, which is on Hawaii’s Big Island, features a primarily organic, anti-inflammatory, whole foods diet, and by helping to grow their own food, students participate in a true farm-to-table meal preparation. All kitchen work is closely monitored by staff for safety and hygiene. We also accommodate a variety of diets including allergen-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan and kosher. In addition, we teach the basics of nutrition; students learn that what you put into your body directly affects how you feel. The better our students feel, the more energy they have to put into their therapeutic process. Read more about how culinary arts for troubled young adults can be the best approach.
How Pacific Quest Uses Culinary Arts for Troubled Young Adults
A typical day at Pacific Quest includes meal preparation and planning, horticultural therapy, self-care, personal reflection, individual and group therapy, group initiatives, communication, journaling, goal development and evaluation, wellness education, physical activity and community service. Our program is well-suited to teens and young adults with various profiles including but not limited to depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, substance abuse, mood regulation issues, learning differences and family conflict.
Today, teens and young adults face a host of challenges. Pacific Quest has an experienced, professional and caring staff to help students learn how to tackle these challenges in healthy, productive ways. Through our various programs, including culinary arts for troubled young adults, we give our students hands-on growth opportunities that empower them and build their confidence. Contacting Pacific Quest may be the positive change your child — and your family — desperately needs.