Written by Jared Stewart, Director of Education
Recently, a ScenicView student in his last year at Brigham Young University decided to apply to an internship program in Berlin, Germany. He had been to Germany before, and he expected everything to be the same this time. Of course, it wasn't. It was great to see how flexible he has learned to be, as he adjusted to his new circumstances, setting, and role. Instead of being anxious and overwhelmed, he is excited for new experiences and ready for new challenges.
Written by Lindsey Giles, Health & Fitness Coordinator
Previously when *Mike would get upset about something he would walk out of class and not return. This past week while working on finishing a set of exercises I congratulated him on only having one more set of that particular exercise left. Once he completed the set he thought he was done with working out for the day. I let him know we still had other exercises to complete to finish the workout. This upset him and he started to walk out of the room. I kindly let him know he could take five minutes to calm down and then he would need to come back if he wanted to be marked present for class that day. Less than a minute later he came back and let me know that the reason he was upset was that he thought he had finished his workout when I told him "one more set". We agreed it was a misunderstanding and he got back to work. When there was about 5-10 minutes left in class he said he didn't want to finish and was tired and again started to walk out. I reminded him that we still had class time left and if he left now he wouldn't have been here for all of class so would need to be marked tardy. He was given the choice to leave early and be marked tardy, stay and finish the weight lifting exercises, or stay and get on the treadmill. He chose to stay and finish his workout time on the treadmill. I know Mike has been working on being present for class and he really worked hard on accomplishing that this particular one on one session.
*Name has been changed
Amber Lynn Stoppel, Case Manager
I started working with a particular student about a year and a half ago. I had been told by his previous Case Manager that he stays out of trouble and goes to work and class, but doesn't utilize a lot of ScenicView resources and doesn't come to much programming. He has been living at ScenicView for a long time and despite amazing work with his multiple teams at ScenicView, has had very little internal motivation to move out. When I first spoke with this student about moving out, he responded with something to the effect of, "Why would I leave ScenicView, the rent here is great and I get food here for cheap. Unless I can find something out there for the same price, I don't see why I should leave." After working with the student and the rest of his team we slowly got him to understand why staying was not only not an option, but also not helpful to him.
Joe A. : "I remember mostly Ryan Hawks' crazy antics at Heber valley. Every Heber valley was amazing due to wonderful planning done by recreation therapy. I remember one Heber valley trip we arrived and there was a lot of extra wood around the campsite so we each picked up the longest stick we could find and started quoting lord of the rings saying: YOU SHALL NOT PASS! I will never forget that."
BreeAnna Fletcher, Recreation Therapy Intern
I take a student rock climbing every week. She is getting to a point where the routes she is climbing are really stretching her abilities.
At one point while climbing a difficult route, the student stopped climbing and said, "There's nothing to hold on to." I tried to help her come up with new creative solutions to climb a little higher. This made me think of the empowerment statement, "I can do hard things." She got a little higher on the wall, but when she still struggled she asked to come down.
Written by Whitney Clayton, Case Management Intern
During our coaching session, I could tell that my student was getting a little overwhelmed with the topic we were discussing and started to feel bad about himself. I grabbed the Empowerment statement card and told him to read them out loud to me.
Written by Stephanie Waters, Budgeting Specialist
I have been working with a student on spending less money on junk food these last couple of weeks. She gets $20 a week to use for her pleasure, whether it be movies, food, etc. She calls it her fun money. She has a desire to learn to save more and spend better. When she received her fun money last week, she chose to pay 3/4 of it towards tithing, and the rest she used for fun. She felt that paying her tithing was more important than anything she could spend her money on.
To usher in 2016, ScenicView Academy adopted a brand new logo design based on the suggestion and idea of Chase Carson, a recently graduated ScenicView student.
Written by Ernest Ramos, Employment Case Manager
A student recently had a loved one pass away. She had been stressing about it for several days and the funeral was scheduled in a few days. They also had an encounter with another student at work which stressed her even more. She asked to meet with her team to request some time off because she could not handle going to work in light of all the stress she was going through.
Written by Aaron Ridenour, Psychotherapist
New year…new term…new start.
This past week, ScenicView Academy students and staff were a little less serious as they participated in several different Welcome Week Activities to get to know each other, build relationships, and have a little fun at the same time. New students were welcomed, awards were presented, and recognition was given for all the hard work that has been accomplished these last few months.
It is no coincidence that this is how 2016 begins.