Henderson, NV (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
On Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 11:00a.m.-12:30 p.m., Pacific Quest’s Clinical Director, Dr. Lorraine Freedle and Horticultural Therapy Director, Travis Slagle will present "Ready, Set...Grow! A Horticultural Perspective of Integrative Health, Rites of Passage & Future Therapeutic Programs" at the 2014 National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) Conference. They will be presenting in Session B4 in the La Luna Room at the Green Valley Resort and Spa in Henderson, Nevada.
As an innovative wilderness therapy program for struggling adolescents and young adults, Pacific Quest is proud to be part of the 2014 NATSAP conference. This presentation will highlight the benefits and implications of Horticultural Therapy as a growth-focused treatment model. Research studies suggest gardening provides cognitive, emotional, and physiological benefits that can lead to increased overall life satisfaction. In a recent interview, Horticultural Therapy Director, Travis Slagle commented, “Horticultural therapy offers experiential techniques that place the client in a care-giving role. By engaging individuals and families in the restorative process of cultivating beauty and health in one’s environment, it becomes increasingly possible to internalize beauty and health in one’s self.” This presentation asks the question, how would the world be different if growing a garden were a universal therapeutic task?
Dr. Lorraine Freedle is the Clinical Director at Pacific Quest and a board certified Pediatric and School Neuropsychologist with over 25 years experience in clinical practice and administration in children’s behavioral health. Travis Slagle is the Horticultural Therapy Director at Pacific Quest. He has over ten years experience working with youth in outdoor and experiential therapy programs.
About Pacific Quest
Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. 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.