Pacific Quest Annouces New Clincian Hires and Key Director Promotion

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Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy, an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling adolescents and young adults, announces the promotion of Hilary Moses to Therapeutic Program Director and the hiring of two new primary clinicians, Kelly Weld and Dr. Katie Kasenchak

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"We are so excited to expand our team with Katie and Kelly, who bring multifaceted experience, are familiar with and impassioned by this unique genre of work"

Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy is proud to announce that after almost six years as a primary wilderness therapist, Hilary Moses is taking on a new role as Therapeutic Program Director. In her new role, Hilary will work collaboratively with Toby Mautz, Clinical Director, to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of our clinical department. She will primarily train and coach our new and existing clinicians, as well as examine and advance the unique therapeutic process at Pacific Quest. We are thrilled to say that all Pacific Quest students and families will now benefit from Hilary's expertise and compassion throughout their experience with us.

Simultaneously, we are pleased to announce the addition of two new clinicians to our ohana! Dr. Katie Kasenchak and Kelly Weld will both be joining Pacific Quest in October as Primary Clinicians.

Kelly Weld comes to us from SUWS Idaho, where she served as a primary wilderness therapist for two years. Before that, Kelly was Assistant Dean of Students at NAWA Academy, and a counselor at Mount Bachelor Academy. Kelly holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and expects to complete licensure requirements in Hawaii for Marriage and Family Therapy shortly. She is also a certified secondary School English teacher. Kelly has experience in individual, group and family therapy, utilizing cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt, strategic and humanistic-experiential techniques. She has worked extensively in program development and in parent training. Kelly looks forward to a life in Hawaii where she can enjoy her hobbies of sailing, running and writing.

Dr. Kathryn Kasenchak joins us after five years with Psychological Solutions in the San Francisco Bay area, where she provided assessment services for an educational consulting firm and wilderness therapy programs. She earned a BA in Psychology from Pepperdine University, and her doctorate from the Wright Institute. She has been working with at-risk children and adolescents since 1994, with experience in residential treatment centers, inpatient hospitals, and specialized academic settings. She has provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment for children and adolescents who struggle with a variety of difficulties, including such issues as learning disabilities, emotional disorders and trauma. Dr. Kasenchak has received specialized training in trauma, attachment, psychodynamic theory, high-conflict divorce, bereavement and projective testing. Dr. Kasenchak has also taught classes in child and adolescent development. She enjoys hiking, music and yoga and is looking forward to paddle boarding in Hawaii.

Hilary Moses commented, "We are so excited to expand our team with Katie and Kelly, who bring multifaceted experience, are familiar with and impassioned by this unique genre of work and are open to contributing in ways that enhance the depth of learning in students, families and the Pacific Quest Ohana."

About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Over the past seven years, Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy has worked with over 600 struggling children and young adults in environments that allow them to make discoveries in safe, structured, experimental and natural ways. Their wilderness programs offer a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, going beyond traditional wilderness therapy and teaching sustainable life skills. Pacific Quest’s proprietary therapeutic model is a ground breaking approach that uses organic gardening to create concrete metaphors for its students as they cultivate their own health and happiness. 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 hundreds of years of combined wilderness program experience, Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to treatment that is individualized for each student.


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