Camps for Teens Entering or In High School
"I want (and need) the support of a therapeutic camp to help me come out of my shell."
"I' want to express myself more with others."
"My son does great with his friends but we want him to learn how to be comfortable in groups when his friends aren't around."
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Know of a teen entering or in High School who would benefit from an extra supportive, intimate and nurturing camp where he/she will be able to relax and have fun and make new friends?
Well, we’re on a mission to provide youth with the extra support and skills so summer camp can be fun and filled with like-minded friends who ‘get it’.
MRC is offering Marin Therapeutic Skills-based Friendship camps, what we're fondly referring to as "Worry Less, Relax More" for youth who have extra challenges due to anxiety, fear, worry or 'being sensitive'. We welcome new youth as well as our current and previous MRC clients. Our professional staff are psychotherapists who specialize in child/adolescent anxiety and social-emotional learning and while this is not considered ‘therapy’ per se, the camp has high therapeutic value in that our curriculum is based on evidence based-approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness (but it feels like camp to the campers and the therapist guides get camp-y too).
In addition, we inform every interaction and lesson with our expertise in attachment and development because we recognize that in order for anxiety-prone or sensitive youth to thrive, the guides in charge need to know how to create and maintain a specialized-level of security and individualized attention. Often these youth struggle even with the most experienced camp counselors, so we’re devoted to providing camps run by trained psychotherapists. We also borrow from Montessori principles by designing activities that empower campers to be able to work independently when they need a break from the group. We ‘get it’ that some youth appreciate new friends, but sometimes part of managing it all is being able to retreat and regroup independently too.
Marin “Worry Less, Relax More” summer camp includes teen-selected Art/Crafts, Journaling, Games, Movement/Yoga and ‘fill your tool kit’ (anxiety management tools that youth can use to manage anxiety in all settings). These Camps are based on our immersive ‘After-school Clubs’ and Weekend Workshops for youth.
Common things youth say about us "JoAnne understands me and is easy to talk to", "Dr. Julie is an awesome teacher", "I like being around people like me who are working to improve their lives" and "the activities are fun and definitely help me".
We designed the Camp to be experienced each day and we offer multi-day discount packages. Some youth will want to come for one day/week, others will want to come 3-days/week, depending on their needs. Have fun and challenge yourself at our Corte Madera location as well as off-site locations where our camp day is based around a gentle hike and nature! For a sample day and to register, visit www.mindfulresourcecenter.com/summercamps.
JULIE HARTMAN, PHD is a Licensed Psychologist serving anxiety-prone youth and their parents, using her specialty in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), attachment, mindfulness, neurobiology, child development and positive discipline. She designs and runs coaching programs and classes, as well as consultation and treatment at the Mindful Resource Center (MRC) in Northern California. Her book “Devoted Moms, Anxious Kids” will be released March 2017. She loves nature, arts/crafts and playing with her 2 young kids alongside her fun-loving husband.
JOANNE FORMAN, MFT is a Licensed Psychotherapist serving anxiety-prone preteens/teens and their parents, using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, attachment, mindfulness, neurobiology, child development and positive discipline. She facilitates groups and classes, as well as consultation and treatment at the Mindful Resource Center (MRC) in Northern California. JoAnne is dedicated to her husband and two young girls, enjoys amateur backyard gardening, hiking, biking and road trips.
CYNTHIA DUXBURY, MFT is a Licensed Psychotherapist serving anxiety-prone youth and their parents, using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, attachment, mindfulness, neurobiology, child development and positive discipline. She facilitates groups and classes, as well as consultation and treatment at the Mindful Resource Center (MRC) in Northern California. Cynthia emigrated from Costa Rica 20 years ago and speaks both Spanish and English. The turtle is one of her favorite symbols because, much like her, it carries its home wherever it goes and reminds her of the inevitability of change and the need to adapt.
Camp size: 8 High Schoolers
Dates: 7/31 (Mon), 8/1 (Tues), 8/2 (Weds)
Parent Ed Nights: Mondays 6/5, 7/24, 8/1 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Time/day: 9am – 2pm
*Cost: $170/day or $480/3 days ($30 discount)
*Ask about eligibility for our $20 discount!
*If you compare this to your ‘typical’ camp, the cost is undoubtedly steep! But we encourage you to consider that this is NOT a typical camp, it’s a therapeutic camp run by Psychotherapists. Plus, because it’s in a group setting, we get to facilitate the students experiencing anxiety management strategies in a social context which is a HUGE benefit they can transfer to other group settings. To learn more about types of camps and which may be right for your High Schooler, sign up here for our FREE 5-day mini-course (delivered straight to your inbox each day).
*Tuition includes a complimentary Parent Ed Night about our camp lessons once/month over summer for Camp attendees. This helps to optimize the results of the camp so parents can reinforce the anxiety management skills at home. parent education classes are free so long as you RSVP a FULL WEEK in advance. Any sign ups within a week of the class will be charged $25. Also, if you sign up and realize later that you will not be able to attend-- please let us know. No-shows will be charged $25.
*To optimize your student’s experience and value, an intake session as part of registration prior to enrollment and includes a custom set of recommendations. This intake also applies to future registrations in the same year, i.e. if the camper chooses to join one of our Clubs or Workshops (cost: Therapist’s typical rate of $150 - $220/50-minute session).
*If you suspect a reluctant camper and you’re not sure you’ll be able to convince them to go, we still encourage an intake session so we can inform you of options for how to maneuver their resistance and help them soften into more consideration and receptivity toward one of our summer camps or future Clubs or Workshops, especially if you suspect that their participation seems valuable to you as their parent.
**An intake is required for new clients**
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