18 episodes

This podcast is produced by parents who, like you, are currently or have been involved in this unexpected journey with your child and family. There are a lot of great resources out there, but they are highly fragmented. We want this podcast to be a go to place for information and comfort. We will have engaging topics with guest speakers that will provide good guidance and inspiration as you navigate your journey. See www.parentsjourney.net for more information.

Wilderness Therapy & Residential Treatment Center Journey Andy Goldstrom

    • Parenting
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

This podcast is produced by parents who, like you, are currently or have been involved in this unexpected journey with your child and family. There are a lot of great resources out there, but they are highly fragmented. We want this podcast to be a go to place for information and comfort. We will have engaging topics with guest speakers that will provide good guidance and inspiration as you navigate your journey. See www.parentsjourney.net for more information.

    Season 2/Episode 3: Working with an Insurance Appeals Service Provider with Karen Fessel, Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project

    Season 2/Episode 3: Working with an Insurance Appeals Service Provider with Karen Fessel, Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project

    In this great and conversational episode, we speak with Karen Fessel, the Executive Director and Founder of the Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project. We talk about the following relating to getting insurance coverage for wilderness therapy and after care programs: 

    -  Why it is so challenging to get insurance to cover wilderness therapy and after treatment programs?

     -  If parents don’t get covered initially, they need to file an appeal.  Can you describe to our listeners how this process works and what they can be most successful? 

    - What trends do you see today from the insurance companies in this space?   

    - What is Mental Health and Autism Insurance project? Origin, all services (education, legislation, work with individual families). 

    - How does the Mental Health and Autism Insurance Project help parents and what is unique about the firm in serving clients? 

    - What does it cost to work with your firm? 

    - How can we best reach you?

    You can reach Karen at https://www.mhautism.org.

    • 32 min
    Season 1/Episode 4: A child's perspective. An interview with our daughter, Audrey.

    Season 1/Episode 4: A child's perspective. An interview with our daughter, Audrey.

    You are not alone.
    In this special episode, Lori interviews Audrey about her experiences before, during and after Wilderness Therapy and Residential Treatment.
    She describes struggling as a teenager with short term memory challenges,  her battle with anxiety and depression and her time away from home where she learned how to cope and prepare herself for being a responsible and stable young adult.
    This is unique opportunity for parents to hear and learn about how a child thinks and feels going through this process. 
    You are not alone.

    • 40 min
    Season 2/Episode 2: College Support Programs with Jake Weld of Mansfield Hall

    Season 2/Episode 2: College Support Programs with Jake Weld of Mansfield Hall

    In this super interesting episode, we spoke with Jake Weld, who is the Director of Business Development and Admissions at Mansfield Hall and is also a co-founder of an organization called Visual Hall.
    Jake shares with us how students aren't qualified for college life and what they need to do to succeed.  He describes how Mansfield Hall and Virtual Hall offer services to help students make the transition to college.
    You can find out more about Mansfield Hall and Virtual Hall at www.mansfieldhall.org and www.virtualhall.org.
    The link for the article referenced in the podcast episode is:  Rethinking-how-we-assess-college-readiness

    • 41 min
    Season 1/Episode 1: Podcast Launch and Introduction

    Season 1/Episode 1: Podcast Launch and Introduction

    We are so excited to launch this podcast!  It is produced by parents who, like you, are currently or have been involved in this unexpected journey with your child and family.  There are a lot of great resources out there, but they are highly fragmented.  We want this podcast to be a go to place for information and comfort.  We will have engaging topics with guest speakers that will provide good guidance and inspiration as you navigate your journey.

    Our first episode describes the podcast itself and what to expect.  We introduce ourselves, suggest why we created this podcast, what the podcast schedule and content will look like, what topics we will cover and how you, the listener, can best participate and benefit.

    Listen and enjoy!

    For more information, click on www.parentsjourney.net.

    • 15 min
    Season 2/Episode 1: Allkindsoftherapy.com. A chat with Jenney Wilder.

    Season 2/Episode 1: Allkindsoftherapy.com. A chat with Jenney Wilder.

    Where do you go if you need great information about all things related to the treatment journey?  Well, you can certainly come to our website www.parentsjourney.net, where we feature great podcasts with experts from all aspects of this ecosystem. You can also go to www.allkindsoftherapy.com.  It is the most comprehensive website with access to experts, blogs and other resources for parents to explore and research.   Today, we spoke with founder, owner and curator, Jenney Wilder about the website and how parents can be utilize all it has to offer. www.allkindsoftherapy.com

    • 26 min
    Season1/Episode 13: Residential Treatment with Mona Treadway of Dragonfly Transitions

    Season1/Episode 13: Residential Treatment with Mona Treadway of Dragonfly Transitions

    In this episode, we are pleased to speak with Mona Treadway, Co-Founder and Executive Director, of Dragonfly. Transitions in Oregon.  They are are residential treatment center that focuses on helping young adults build the skills to transition from wilderness therapy, then back to their home environment, school or some other location.
    As suggested in this episode, Residential Treatment typically lasts 9-12 months.  There's a lot of good and tough work to be done by both children and their parents during this time.
    During our conversation, we asked Mona about the following:
    - What is your background and how did you become a part of DF?
    - What is residential treatment and why is it important?
    - You are based in OR. What makes DF unique that parents should know about to send their children there?
    - What types of therapy do you employ/embrace with the children?
    - How is DF managing through the coronavirus epidemic?
    - What is a parent’s visitation weekend like at DF?
    - What can parents do to best prepare for their children to transition from wilderness therapy to residential treatment and from residential treatment to come home?
    - How is DF managing through the coronavirus epidemic?
    - How can people interested in DF best get in touch?
    Please see www.dragonflytransitions.com for more information.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

PaminTheAtl ,

Parent’s Journey

What a fabulous resource. I wish I had this 10-15 years ago. Thank you Andy and Lori for all of your hard work!’n

Dvap ,

Podcast with daughter is very powerful

All of these podcasts are very good, but listening to the one with Audrey (their daughter) was phenomenally powerful. Having both the parents and the child talk about what happened together gave me deeper insight into each perspective. Audrey gets a sting call out from me for having the bravery to speak on the subject and her smart, articulate, heartfelt perspective helped me immensely.

D4001 ,

Information and Support

Two things most needed when navigating potential plans for a struggling child are 1) a feeling that you are not alone, and 2) evidence that there is help. These podcasts cover both of those - Andy and Lori, along with Audrey, are themselves reassuring and speak from experience, and they bring in experts who are intimately familiar with the struggles and the plans, and who present insight and options in a way that make it clear that there is indeed help and hope.

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