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Dr. Freedle Published in Routledge International Handbook of Sandplay Therapy

Dr. Lorraine Freedle, Clinical Director at Pacific Quest Wilderness Program, was asked to contribute her original work to The Routledge International Handbook of Sandplay Therapy.  Dr. Freedle’s chapter, “Healing Trauma through Sandplay Therapy:  A Neuropsychological Perspective” explores the underlying mechanisms of Jungian sandplay therapy that promote neural integration and wholeness of personality.  It also chronicles the sandplay journey of Liv, a teenager who came to Dr. Freedle to heal from traumatic grief following the sudden and violent deaths of loved ones.

“This chapter is not just a brain-based theory, it’s anchored in depth psychology.  And so as we explore how sandplay helps traumatized people safely access and reprocess their pain, we don’t lose the importance of connection to the deeper Self,” Dr. Freedle shared.

>> Read the entire article here!


Regional Wilderness Therapy Symposium Presentation

Clementine Wilson, Adolescent Field Manager, recently co-presented "Queering Wilderness Therapy: Bringing Inclusion to the Forefront" in Asheville, NC.  

I had the privilege of co-presenting and representing Pacific Quest at the Regional Wilderness Therapy Symposium on the importance of LGBTQIA+ inclusion and support in the outdoor behavioral health industry. Our workshop addressed the importance of catching up with Gen Z’ers as they pave the way for inclusion. Through lecture, self-reflection and short experiential activities, we illustrated what it means to build an inclusive and accessible program, asking the questions: Who is not being included? Whose voice is not being heard? 

>> Learn more about this presentation!


How Does Living Near a Volcanoe Fit Into Recovery?

Pacific Quest welcomes Mark White to the clinical team! With over seventeen years of experience working with youth and families, he shares his insight on the power of personal responsibilty - Kuleana - and how this phase of the program challenges students to take charge of their personal process.

Having worked in the field of addiction treatment for many years, I understand that internal motivation for change is needed for students to implement and sustain lifestyle changes over time. Moreover to really provide the best opportunity for these changes to ‘take root’ is for the student to develop strong ownership and/or personal investment in the change(s) they are committing to.


>> Learn more about Kuleana phase at PQ!

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