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Teenage Stress Levels in Traditional vs Progressive Schools.

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According to the American Psychology Association, the main health concern for teens in 9th - 12th grade is stress. Not drinking, drugs, unprotected sex, car accidents, or reckless behaviours. Are you surprised? Isn't high school supposed to be one of the best seasons of your life instead of the most stressful? Friday night football games, spring theatre productions, sleepovers, dating, gaining freedom with a driver's license, prom, sports teams...the list could go on and on. But all recent data and statistics speak otherwise. It makes me really sad for the teenagers of this generation. My high school years were so full of life, adventure and lessons and of course, lots of fun!

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Negativity Bias in Family Relationships

Negativity bias is a term used to describe the tendency of the human brain to notice problems or threats more readily than positive or beneficial situations. One theory on why this tendency exists is that it has historically had survival value. If, while sitting around the fire, we hear a stick break in the darkness nearby, some may dismiss it as harmless, and others may assume it is a wild beast looking to eat them. More often than not, those who panic are wrong, but the consequences of that are minimal. When those who dismiss the potential threat are wrong, though, rare as it may be, the consequences are deadly. Those who more frequently noticed dangerous situations were more likely to survive and pass on their genes. 

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Parents Workshop

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At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

Our next parent workshop is April 12 & 13 in Clayton, GA. These workshops are designed to be small to individualize the focus on your specific families.

  • Learn more about your child’s experience.
  • Understand and practice the tools they are using.
  • Learn how to identify the needs beneath the behavior and make a plan for your family.
  • Get support from and connect with other families.

There are times when the workshops can correspond to a visit or discharge, so feel free to talk with your field therapist about this as well.

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Parents Workshop

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At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness, we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. The family is essential to the progress a student makes.

Our next parent workshop is April 12 & 13 in Clayton, GA. These workshops are designed to be small to individualize the focus on your specific families.

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Outcomes of Self-Directed Learning

Progressive schools are scary. They are a bit like deciding to take a road trip but instead of going directly from Point A to Point B, you decide to take your own route. When kids get to decide the route, parents bite their lip and wonder: "Is this wise? Will my kid end up lost? If I just give him/her the keys to his/her own education and a vehicle (the school), won't the freedom go to his/her head? How will s/he turn out?"

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Outcomes of Self-Directed Learning

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Progressive schools are scary. They are a bit like deciding to take a road trip but instead of going directly from Point A to Point B, you decide to take your own route. When kids get to decide the route, parents bite their lip and wonder: "Is this wise? Will my kid end up lost? If I just give him/her the keys to his/her own education and a vehicle (the school), won't the freedom go to his/her head? How will s/he turn out?"

The good news is, this isn't a new experiment. There has been much research in the past thirty years that shows a majority of students turn out smarter, more adaptable, and happier than their public school counterparts. 

They learn to take their own roads and develop the essential skills that often can't be formed in a public school setting.  Here are five that make the biggest difference.

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Summer Session 2018

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Joining Summer at Makarios is like the neighbourhood experience of a couple generations ago...kids hanging out with their friends all summer, exploring, playing, getting messy and having fun.  It's also a great time to explore self-directed education!  At Makarios, children ages 5 to 18  will:

  • Have exciting experiences and exposure to new ideas
  • Feel heard and know that their voice matters
  • Learn interpersonal skills and form strong friendships
  • Be safe from bullying

In addition to mentor-led learning enrichments, Makarios Community School offers a wide variety of activities, books, curriculum, toys, pets, technology, and equipment to engage childrens' interests.

Want to learn more?  Complete the attached form and a member of our staff will contact you asap!

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A highly functional democracy

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I think we’re all asking the questions. Is democracy failing? Has our democracy been hacked? How could that happen? What do we do about it? Are there other options? How do we let go of the patriarchy? If we do, can we really thrive in a democracy where everyone gets a say? Well, I’m not about to answer those questions for you. I am going to share something I’ve recently gotten to observe that proves to be a highly functional democracy where I see my little boy thriving every day. Even at home, he is thriving again after several years of struggle and resistance around the school and lots of other things, including not getting his way about something he wanted to do that us as parents did not. What he is experiencing at school, he is bringing home and teaching us how to better hear each other’s’ voices and take votes to make choices that best represent the desires of the group, while ensuring everyone’s ideas get recognized. It’s amazing how just being heard eases the realization that

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Field Instructor Training – April 5th to April 11th

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Thank you for your interest in Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness. We are a licensed treatment program that uses the wilderness setting to provide a clinically-focused intervention, teaching clients accountability, communication skills and healthy emotional and behavioral habits. BRTW’s main office is in Clayton, GA, in the southern Appalachian Mountains and borders the Chattahoochee and Nantahala National Forests. Clayton is conveniently located between Atlanta, GA, and Asheville, NC.

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First, they have CHOICE.

They can explore and study real-world problems that impact their lives or the lives of people they care about. When students are passionate, they dig deep and dream big. They don’t let obstacles become deterrents to solutions. And that mindset is innate to students who attend democratic schools. With the ability to structure their own schedules and the option to focus solely on one subject, students can move beyond superficial exploration and understanding.

Many of my favorite TedTalks are by kids in other parts of the world where education isn’t formalized, but where issues that we take for granted like clean water, access to food, and electricity are still daily struggles. These kids see problems all around them. Some are courageous enough to find solutions. One of my favorites is Richard Turere who grew up in Kenya and at age 15 created a flashing LED light system that deters lions from getting near villages and livestock without the need to kill them. Simple, effective, and easy t

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