Adolescent Rites of Passage Topic of Upcoming South Carolina Workshop

Posted at February 14, 2013 | Categories : Press Release | Comments Off

February 14, 2013 (Columbia, SC) – Is America really a society without rituals? Not necessarily. An upcoming workshop called “Adolescent Rites of Passage: Safely Crossing the Threshold into Adulthood” will examine this issue and the importance of creating healthy, meaningful rites of passage for adolescents to transition into adulthood.

In the workshop, to be held Friday, February 22nd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the DJJ Community Connection Center (4900 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC), experts will examine the innate hunger adolescents have for initiation and how they may create their own rite of passage if adults do not provide it for them. These self-created rites may include substance abuse, gang violence, eating disorders, isolation, self-mutilation, promiscuity, and other forms of self-destruction and risk-taking behaviors. Experts will retrace the ancient paradigm for understanding adolescent identity formation and belonging, as well as address therapeutic strategies grounded in nature and methodologies from around the world.

The CEU-certified workshop is being presented by SUWS of the Carolinas wilderness program, Four Circles Recovery Center, The Price Group Educational Planning Services Incorporated, and Columbia’s Epworth Children’s Home.

Kedar Brown, M.Ed., LPC, NCC, Founder and Director of the Rites of Passage Council, Inc., and Program Manager and therapist for Phoenix Outdoor, a program of SUWS of the Carolinas in North Carolina, will be the workshop presenter, with a breakout session led by Danielle Andrews, M.A., therapist at Four Circles Recovery Center, also in North Carolina.

Brown is a licensed professional counselor with over 25 years of counseling practice, and has worked extensively with adolescents and young adults with chemical dependency and dual-diagnosis issues. He has developed and facilitated wilderness rites of passage programs as a primary modality of treatment for addictions, emotional trauma, and physical trauma.

Andrews specializes in gestalt, psychodrama, DBT, and strengths-based, heart-centered practices, and will highlight techniques to help young adults discover and incorporate their gifts into their larger communities.

To register for the event, go to The workshop will provide 6 CEU credits to licensed professionals in attendance.

About SUWS of the Carolinas

SUWS of the Carolinas is an accredited wilderness program in Old Fort, North Carolina. Since 1999, SUWS of the Carolinas’ professional staff has specialized in helping teens ages 10-17 who struggle with anger, defiance, ADHD, self-esteem, substance abuse, and related issues. The outdoor experience is designed to engage students’ deeply held passions and desire for purpose. Students are expertly guided through an experiential curriculum, which allows them to discover inner strengths while increasing self-awareness and self-esteem. For more information, visit

About Four Circles Recovery Center

Four Circles Recovery Center is an innovative addictions, substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders treatment program for young adults ages 18 to 28 that combines a traditional counseling setting with a series of wilderness expeditions. Four Circles employs the most effective, cutting-edge clinical modalities from highly skilled masters and doctorate level professionals, with an underlying traditional 12-Step philosophy to create the foundation for sustained recovery. For more information, visit

SUWS of the Carolinas and Four Circles Recovery Center are programs of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools and outdoor behavioral health programs, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group is a member of CRC Health Group, the most comprehensive network of specialized behavioral care services in the nation. Since 1995, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families.

About The Price Group

The Price Group was established in 1983 by Ann Carol Price, an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and pioneering educational consultant. In 1996, Price’s former clients May Dowling Peach (with a Masters in Education) and Louise Rogers Slater (with a Masters in Psychology) purchased the firm and continued building on The Price Group’s innovative consulting process. The company recognizes each student is unique and so too is each school, college, or specialized program. It can be difficult for families to determine the best choice for their children due to a bewildering array of options and Peach and Slater make this process easier and more effective with their in-depth knowledge and first hand experiences of schools. The practice currently includes May Peach, M.Ed., Louise Slater M.A, Connie Conley, and Rachel Booth M.Ed. The Price Group’s specialized process includes diagnostic services, educational planning through in-depth interviews, psycho-educational testing, academic and emotional needs assessment, and matching interests to a student’s optimal educational environment. For more information, visit

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