Yesterday afternoon, we had the pleasure of accompanying our speaker, Kedar Brown, of our Adolescent Rites of Passage workshop to the local WIS TV station for a quick interview! To watch the interview, play the clip below.
You can also view the clip at the WISTTV website (found here).
This workshop will examine the innate hunger adolescents have for initiation and how if adults do not provide intentional forms of Rites of Passage for adolescents, they may create their own rite of passage. This passage may include substance abuse, gang violence, eating disorders, isolation, self-mutilation, promiscuity and other forms of self-destruction and risk taking.
We will retrace this ancient paradigm for understanding adolescent identity formation and belonging, and address the therapeutic strategies grounded in nature and based on Rites of Passage metholodgies from around the world. This workshop will also provide CEU credits to licensed professionals in attendance.
To register for the Rites of Passage Workshop, click HERE.
Friday, February 22nd, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
DJJ Community Connection Center 4900 Broad River Road Columbia, SC 29212
Our Workshop Presenters: Kedar Brown, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CHT, is the Founder and Director of the Rites of Passage Council, Inc., and Program Manager and Therapist for Phoenix Outdoors, which is part of SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort, N.C. As a licensed professional counselor with over 25 years of counseling practice, he has worked extensively with teens and young adults with chemical dependency and duel diagnosis issues. Kedar has developed and facilitated wilderness rites of passage programs as a primary modality of treatment for addictions, and emotional and physical trauma. He also integrates family systems therapy, body-centered psychotheraphy, story-telling, poetry, and music into his work. In 1995, Kedar founded the Rites of Passage Council, a non-profit organization that offers nature based retreats for me, women, and teens. Kedar’s work with indigenous elders and program offerings has taken him across the United States, Ireland, West Africa, and Australia.
“If the fire that innately burns inside youths are not intentionally and lovingly added to the heart of community, they will burn down the structures of culture just to feel the warmth”-Michael Mead
Danielle Andrews, MA
Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling with an emphasis on Wilderness Theraphy, specializing in Gestalt, Psychodrama, DBT, and strengths-based, heart-centered practices. She is a therapist at Four Circles Recovery Pogram in North Carolina. Wilderness Therapists (WTs) recognize the benefits of “talk therapy”, where an individual looks more clearly into their destructive patterns, thoughts, and behaviors; however, many WTs, like Danielle, also open up to the greater whole and incorporate mind, body, and spirit. WT’s utilize movement, nature, body awareness, mindfulness (present moment awareness), adventure, groups, art & expressive therapy, animals, and unique techniques that meet the unique needs of each client, helping them move more freely toward health and well-being.
“Character cannot be determined in ease and quiet; only through the experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”-Helen Keller