In this show I speak with Brad Reedy, Ph.D., Cofounder and Clinical Director of Evoke Wilderness Therapy on how getting kids unplugged and out in nature can help them heal.
After years as a parent educator having broadcast over 750 webinars on parent and family issues, Brad released The Journey of the Heroic Parent: Your Child’s Struggle & The Road Home.
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The book asks parents to shift from relying on experts for advice to learning how to think about parenting by truly understanding themselves and doing their own work. He travels the country lecturing, running parenting workshops, and hosting twice-weekly webinars to support parents and families.
In this interview you will discover:
- What is wilderness therapy?
- What is it about wilderness that makes it so therapeutic?
- What is the difference between wilderness therapy and a boot camp or a traditional psychiatric hospital or residential treatment center?
- What changes Brad has seen in wilderness therapy in the last 20 years?
- What are the warning signs parents should look for in their kids that might indicate if wilderness is right?
- What things can parents do to help themselves when their kids are in crisis?
- There are studies that say that children from affluent, highly educated homes tend to have more issues with substance abuse, anxiety and depression. Has he found that to be true in his program?
- What are some of the biggest mistakes you see most parent make?
- Why refer to parenting as a “heroic? journey”
- Not all of our listeners will need an intervention like wilderness therapy. What lessons can everyday parents take from wilderness therapy?
Brad is involved in a play called Wilderness debuting in NYC with a subsequent national tour.
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This episode of Kids in Crisis originally aired on BoldBraveMedia.