Episode 7: Lisa Arsenault on addictions treatment and the magic of witnessing change


Today we caught up with Lisa Arsenault, program supervisor at Enviros Base Camp. Lisa has spent almost 10 years at Enviros in a range of roles at both Base Camp and with our Hifidelity Wraparound program. Lisa talks about a wide range of things related to supervising and guiding a remote, wilderness based addictions treatment program. Make sure you check out the great resources at the end of the show notes!

Show Notes
3:00 What brought Lisa back to Base Camp after a few years away
4:15 The magic of witnessing change in people
6:30 It's about the relationship and being human with your clients
7:00 A time Lisa saw all the pieces coming together for a young person
8:30 Lisa's thoughts on how to let clients take ownership of their process
12:15 Lisa discusses what she believes is the most active ingredient in treatment
16:30 The role of ritual and ceremony in the Base Camp program and the impact of witnessing celebration
20:30 The importance of establishing distinct ceremonial space and consistencies around ceremonies
24:00 Lisa on parallel processes, shared journey's and staff development
30:00 Lisa discusses hiring youth workers and what she looks for in excellent staff
32:00 The importance of self care
35:00 Lisa talks about the program and managing and embracing change within a program, and what the rwe did to accelerate change
41:00 Lisa describes Non Violent Communication and why it's a powerful tool at camp
45:00 Lisa on addictions treatment and the range of issues that clients present with, along with her hopes for clients at the end of treatment.
50:30 What drives Lisa nuts about addiction treatment
52:00 Lisa's go to resources;
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg