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Rites of Passage + Family Program = A Unifying Experience

For anyone who has participated in a Rites of Passage (ROP) experience, structured or otherwise, one of the toughest tasks is explaining the significance to loved ones. The feeling of transformation or the significance of a falling leaf or animal encounter can be easily lost in translation. For students in wilderness therapy, the lack of words to express the significance can be frustrating. Having a Rites of Passage experience that includes an examination of the family unit and the family system itself allows for shared language, experience, and growth.

>> Read more about ROP at PQ and how this fits into our Family Program!


Staff Spotlight: Isabel Holmes

As the Academic Coordinator, Isabel strives to integrate the curriculum into our students’ daily process through groups and experiential learning opportunities. This Q&A is an opportunity to learn more about Isabel and her valuable role at PQ!

Isabel Holmes

"I was drawn to Pacific Quest by the unique way our program combines mental health treatment, social-emotional learning, and experience of the outdoors. I was excited by the community approach to care, and have come to respect that even more during my time here. On a personal level, I thought that living on the Big Island and working at Pacific Quest would allow me to live and experience my own life in a radically different way, and that has absolutely proven true! My time here has challenged me in ways I didn’t previously know I could rise to meet, and has opened doors that I never knew existed."

>> Read the Q&A interview!


Regional NATSAP Presentation 

Mike Sullivan recently presented at the Rocky Mountain Regional NATSAP conference in Whitefish, Montana.

"Outdoor therapy provides a seemingly paradoxical model. The identified patient (adolescent or young adult) is sent thousands of miles from home, isolated from access to family. The child’s parents describe the deterioration of communication, care, and respect within the family, and trust that the outdoor model will enhance family relationships. Some would question how effective this model can be; that sequestering a child in the woods can’t possibly address the complexity of the family system. So therein lay the paradox – how does the outdoor program address the family system, with members of the family spread out across the country?"

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>> Learn more about the presentation!

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