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News & Views - Jun, 1992 Issue 

Sierra Tucson
Referent Weekend
May 29-31, 1992
Tucson, Arizona
John Dana - Admissions
(800) 624-9001

This was one of a series Sierra Tucson has been doing to bring professionals from around the country in to see what the treatment facility is doing, and for the professionals to meet the staff. There were about 25 professionals involved with this group, and we were all exhausted by two and one-half days of talks, discussions, and participation in groups, the ropes course, and the equestrian program.

The Sierra Tucson staff feel they are on the cutting edge of short-term recovery treatment, and I can't argue with that. The staff impressed me with being real people, along with true caring about the patients, showing enthusiasm for their work, and exhibiting professionalism. The facilities seemed to lack nothing, and the program has adopted many techniques from the latest knowledge in education, experiential education, wilderness experiences, and other disciplines.

Sierra Tucson is aiming at becoming a resource for professionals working with adolescents and other populations. An important element in the referent weekend was to help professionals learn new ideas as well as become more familiar with Sierra Tucson. They are developing plans for an eating disorder conference this Fall, and the Second Annual Southwest Adolescent Conference early next year. They plan to give professionals in the mental health field ample opportunity to update their knowledge and skills, while learning about Sierra Tucson. If Sierra Tucson can help themselves by helping professionals, more power to them.

Copyright 1992, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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