Support

Make time for yourself to relax, to walk amidst the splendor of the season,
to curl up with a book, to share stories, to be still, to enjoy scrumptious food, and
to remember…

yap-supporting-camperWe offer creative, active, meaningful gatherings for kids, teens, and adults in western Montana.

Our resource network includes licensed counselors and social workers available to support individuals, couples and families.

 

 

Our clinical staff is available to exchange ideas for parents, guardians, professionals, and care providers.

“We talked, laughed, shared stories, cried, made bracelets, sang songs, and ate great food. Everyone stood behind me. I felt important and understood. You know I’m coming back year after year after year!”

- Camper

Grief Consultations and Counseling for Children, Teens and Adults:
Sessions focus on strengthening and stabilizing individuals throughout grief. Call to schedule an appointment with a Grief Specialist.

Parent Consultations and Workshops: Supporting our Kids-Supporting our Selves
Grief rocks the entire family system. Surviving parents face the challenge of being in the role of primary support. Our goal is to strengthen the family and provide support for surviving guardians.

Groups: Building hope and fostering connections
Our Flathead Program Coordinator, Joan Schmidt, oversees programs throughout the Flathead Valley extending grief support to rural populations through collaborations with school counselors. Our Executive Director, Tina Barrett, facilitates groups and supervises interns and group leaders in the greater Missoula area and western Montana.

profileTeen Retreats: Unique training seminars and adventures for grieving adolescents
High-school students grieving the death of a family member or loved one are invited to gather for support and leadership retreats in the Flathead and Bitterroot valleys to focus on the unique needs of grieving teens.

 

 

Workshops – our one to two day programs include specific workshops that are designed around the interests of the particular group. They may include:

  • Creative Expression: dance, poetry, art, sculptures, mandalas, etc.
  • Nature-based activities: time being outside (day and night), amidst what the wilds have to offer

Leadership Seminars – many of our adolescent participants become “PALs” (peers-as-leaders), supporting younger peers in grief programs. These seminars focus on self-awareness and skill development in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, team building, and leadership styles.

Individualizing rituals – the retreats include opportunities to honor and remember deceased family members. Teens work together to establish a personalized event. Past rituals have included Snow Spirals, Cairns, Rock Messages, Lakeside Rock Tosses and Candle lighting ceremonies.

laughHang out time – R & R must include plenty of time to play cards, read books, take walks, share stories, play games, be silly, be quiet, be active, be still, whatever moves you! We always carve out time for rest, relaxation, and fun.

Mini-Camps: Combining the best of groups and camps
Partial day programs provide outdoor based, supportive, fun experiences for young children and are replicable in rural settings.

Children’s Workshops: Combining the best of groups and adventure programs
Partial day programs provide outdoor based, supportive, fun experiences for young grieving children and are replicable in rural settings.