Hilo, HI (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
Pacific Quest, an outdoor therapeutic program in Hawaii was recently featured on LA Talk Radio with Lon Woodbury focusing on “Parent Choices for Struggling Teens”. Pacific Quest’s Land Supervisor Travis Slagle and Dr. Katie Kasenchak were guests on the show and highlighted some of the key aspects that set Pacific Quest apart from other wilderness therapy programs and how students benefit from their Sustainable Growth treatment model.
Travis and Dr. Katie emphasized Sustainable Growth as a progressive therapeutic treatment model that sets a gold standard of care for innovate youth programs and clinical sophistication for troubled teens and young adults. Sustainability is deeply rooted in an ecological perspective that is forward thinking; driven by the interconnection of nature, the cycles and season of life, and the intrinsic desire for meaning in our lives. In this model, organic gardening takes the place of backpacking and wilderness survival, which in turn builds self-esteem through growing healthy food and working with nature vs. battling with it. By working and living in an organic garden in Hawaii, students internalize the care they give to the garden as the care needed for themselves, their families, and their future communities. Travis stated, "Sustainable GrowthTM is a direct challenge to the “rugged individual” model of wilderness therapy and our consumer driven society by placing the highest value on what we can give vs. what we take."
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.