Nevada County Behavioral Health Summer Therapy Camp offers opportunity for high risk kids
Each summer, Nevada County Behavioral Health runs a therapy camp for children enrolled in their services. This year, 26 youth participated in the camp which featured therapeutic activities involving art, music, movement, and exposure to natural spaces.
Children and their therapists went on outings to the Yuba River, bowled at Prosperity Lanes, and took excursions to local parks. Kids and staff even saw and discussed the movie “Inside Out.”
According to a memo from the office of Nevada County CEO Rick Haffey, the primary benefit of the Behavioral Health summer camp is that it provides opportunities for clinicians to teach and guide social interactions in a same-age group. These opportunities are more frequent, sustained, and in “real life” time more than during one-to-one sessions limited by school or clinic settings, and typically happening only once a week. Activities held in a camp setting are uniquely intense and often positively challenging, allowing for therapeutic outcomes such as greater trust in others, improved self-concept and emotional resilience.
This year therapists observed this kind of growth in many of the participants. For example, two campers who were classmates at school but often in conflict, were able to resolve their issues with guidance and later were “beat boxing” together during a session at the river. When one boy showed high anxiety in the water, the other remained calm and encouraged him as they waded together into deeper water. Therapists see these successes and new friendships as likely to carry over to their next classroom once school begins. They know that students who feel socially competent and emotionally secure at school show more success academically, and demonstrate less problem behaviors.
The 2015 Nevada County Behavioral Health therapy camp concluded with a final road trip to Tahoe’s Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park, where campers fished for crawdads, paddled on boogie boards, and celebrated the close of camp by swimming together in crystal blue Lake Tahoe. All participants (the kids, community volunteers, and therapists) were left with an abundance of positive memories and deeper relationships that should sustain them until the summer of 2016.
Falls Prevention Coalition’s Community Event
The Falls Prevention Coalition of Nevada County works diligently to bring awareness and education about the significance of falls to our community in an effort to reduce accidents, engage providers in integrated approaches to fall risk reduction and enhance the quality of life of our citizens.
This year’s event will be on Sept. 23 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a resource fair, a program featuring an internationally-recognized expert in falls prevention, a performance by the Forever Young Chorus and free lunch.
To register you must call the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at (530) 271-0255. Please see the flyer for more information or check out their new website: http://www.nevadacountyfallsprevention.com/
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