the New Normal: Really?

Community behaviors are under attack to discourage people from flying in airplanes, encourage internet vs actual transport, commuting, and etc. The question to ask ourselves: Is embracing this “new normal” of no social contact one that you want to encourage and be a part. True, you and I may find we have limited choices in some of these matters, but not all. Safely socially engaging has always been the rule.

Here’s some interesting ways perhaps of getting ahead of the 8 ball (hopefully pool tables will still be in existence). Talk frankly with your children in addressing this notion of ‘safe vs. unsafe’ and what is important in social approximation (vs. social distancing) a term that I prefer, and model it yourselves. Modeling is in fact one of the most important psychological principles and why both home-based and out-of-home based programs work. Where there is good modeling there is healthy behavior.

Residential and Outdoor programs are practicing ‘safe distancing’ and ensuring secure settings away from threat of CV 19. I am attending virtual webcasts on the topic myself to ensure I understand the measures in place. Health is not something to sidestep — it needs to be met head on. Programs are open and implementing social distancing and mental health supports. We’re here to help to educate and move your family forward.

Companionship is important against any community based health issue!

3 campers on a trek

It’s naive to think there isn’t the limited chance of corona virus or other infectious disease appearing in the great outdoors — however, one predicts it’s far below in possibility of infecting large groups of people since there are no large groups of people. At least not in wilderness treatment programs. It’s the same small groups (6-8) with the same staff and the same therapist.

nothing more important than keeping loved ones safe

In my work, I monitor clients in programs as I would my own: asking the right questions of programs around health & safety, and finding solutions as a team with staff as things come up. To Dr B keeping your family safe in any setting is most important, so we all sleep well at night.

Treatment programs and avoiding disappointing outcomes…

I’m your Expert

A potential big heartache for any family choosing to use a welcoming treatment program is disappointing outcomes. That said does it need to be, or are disappointing outcomes avoidable?

ANSWER : Mistakes are avoidable. The #1 reason for failure happens when parents ‘go it alone’ and take the word of the facility, don’t ask the right questions of the admissions team, and decide ‘on the spot’ that this is the ‘best’ option for their child, teen, or young adult.

CONCLUSION: Use a dual LICENSED educational psychologist and licensed psychologist, familiar with the various treatment and education facilities, one who is EXPERIENCED / TRAINED in both assessment and program placement.

ADVICE: Take guess work out from the equation : Hire the best! 

Dr Mark Burdick 

Wilderness Therapy Provides Youth A Safe Setting to Reflect & Mature

Here’s the opportunity for your daughter or son to “shine” in both the sunlight and the moonlight — to experience themselves, to reflect on their goals, to work on their conflicts and dissapointments with trained staff and peer just like them. We provide the exact fit for your teen or young adult to find that place within themselves to treasure. A copy of my ebook is provided to every family who follows our recommendation, and we promise results.

London Calling!

I, along with many others that includes Ian Young sharing cake (see photo below) from Phuket Thailand (PARc) are at Lee Fitzgerald’s recovery conference in London promoting our international ventures and universal values. Addiction is a global phenomenon, and one that impairs the condition and lifestyles of so many individuals. There are no easy answers with conditional outcomes depending on factors within and outside one’s control. The take away from the conference is that compassion is regularly and importantly transmitted within secure, safe settings where those suffering from addiction can get better — better, by recognizing the weaknesses within themselves and using their strengths, along with the strengths of others to beat the beast called addiction. Empirical driven evidence available from us.