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Home Port: Käne`ohe Bay on Oahu
Robert 'Craig' Norton
Program Director

The Marimed Foundation's program, SeaChange Hawaii is a 28 day ocean based adventure therapy program for young men ages 14-18 who are struggling with negative behaviors such as alcohol or drug use, negative peer relationships, anger and/or defiance, entitlement issues in addition to emotional and academic issues that include depression, anxiety, mood changes, isolation feelings, ADHD/ADD, underachievement, low self esteem or gaming addictions.

Accreditation for the Marimed Foundation is by the Council on Accreditation, the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Division and licensed by the State of Hawaii. Certification is through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division and the US Coast Guard. They are also members of the Association for Experiential Education, American Sail Training Association and Hawaii Youth Services Network. Program director for SeaChange Hawaii is Robert 'Craig' Norton, MFT, who has been with Marimed since 1993, Captain of the ship is Harry Sprague, Master Mariner, Clinical Director is Scott Allred, LMFT and Medical Director is Ilona Laszlo Higgins, MD.

The young men or "cadets" spend 22 days aboard the 96 foot, SSV Makani Olu (Gracious Wind) a sailing school vessel, exploring the Hawaiian Islands and perform all the duties aboard the vessel as a team, performing "watches" every four hours in rotating shifts, meal preparation and cleanup in addition to learning safety procedures, knot tying, sail identification, basic orientation to navigation and life aboard a ship. With an individualized plan in place, each cadet will participate in a variety of therapies including group and individual, family therapy, adventure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Cadets will experience solo time, journaling and physical and emotional challenges and gain real work skills, cultural enrichment and self efficiency.

[This information came from the SeaChange Hawaii website and brochure.]


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