Pacific Quest Announces New Clinician Hires

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Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy, an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling adolescents and young adults, announces the hiring of two new primary clinicians, Kate Haagen and Erik Jul.

Pacific Quest Wilderness Therapy is pleased to announce the addition of Kate Haagen and Erik Jul as two new primary clinicians joining a diverse team of mental health professionals on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Kate comes to Pacific Quest from Seattle, Washington, where she received her BA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. In conjunction with her time at the University of Washington, Kate has worked as a Case Manager and Behavioral Health Specialist serving families with behavioral health and substance abuse / addiction issues. Her passion is working with children, youth, and families utilizing strengths-based and multi-generational frameworks. In addition, Kate has supported research projects that focused on community health outcomes in the Seattle area, and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kate enjoys reading, writing, running, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She looks forward to being part of Pacific Quest's unique and impactful program on the island of Hawaii.

Erik attended Salisbury University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Shortly thereafter, Erik relocated to Oahu and began his studies in Clinical Psychology at Argosy University. He continues to pursue his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is completing his internship. Erik attributes much of his spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth to the experiences he had in nature and sees the same themes at Pacific Quest as purposeful in the intended therapeutic uses of wilderness therapy and horticultural therapy. Erik has a background in substance abuse treatment, and has experience working with the evidence-based American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) model of mental health treatment. Erik is also trained in the Seeking Safety model, an evidence-based practice that addresses issues of substance abuse and trauma. Erik’s training includes projective, objective, and cognitive assessment combining group, individual, and general milieu therapy. Erik is excited to join the Pacific Quest team and looks forward to assisting students in reaching their full potential.

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 groundbreaking 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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