Letters from the Wilderness of Modern Parenting

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Letters from the Wilderness cover imageLetters From the Wilderness of Modern Parenting offers hopeful and fresh ways of approaching the situations so many families are facing.

You are not alone. Countless parents, teens and young adults are stuck, deep in struggle. Ours is a challenging world in which to grow up AND to raise kids. Within these letters lies fresh perspectives aimed at helping parents, adolescents and young adults better understand the challenges, needs and intentions driving everyone's behavior. The first person letters feel vulnerable and personal, yet they are universal in many ways. The accompanying images are meant to help the reader explore the unique layers of their individual situation and move forward in productive ways, cultivating greater resilience and deeper connection within the entire family system.

VASHTI SUMMERVILL
Educator, Certified Parent Coach, Therapeutic Consultant and Musician
Vashti considers it her life’s work to build community and connection. She is a
mom, a passionate educator, and a musician. She also has firsthand experience
parenting teens and young adults through very difficult times. She has embarked
on a journey to combine her education and her lived experience to help support
other parents, especially those struggling in their relationship with “tweens,”
teens, and young adults.
She has a full parent coaching and therapeutic consulting practice. She regularly
tours and evaluates therapeutic programs for adolescents and young adults so
she can assist parents in finding the right resources for their children.
Music continues to play a big role in her life. She has an extensive background
in performance as well as teaching/directing. She continues to write music and
perform regularly. She released her debut album, Put My Love In a Picture, in
September of 2022.
Vashti is a voracious life-long learner. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music
from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado and a Master’s of
Music/Vocal Performance from Western Washington University in Belling- ham,
Washington. In addition to receiving her Parent Coaching Certification from the
Parent Coaching Institute, she is trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid,
ASIST(Applied Suicide Intervention SkillsT raining),as aQPR Instructor (Suicide
Prevention Gatekeeper Training), and held an Elementary Teaching certification
with a K-12 Music Endorsement. Vashti is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress
Reduction Teacher (MBSR) through Brown University.

You can learn more about Vashti’s work with families at
familyhealingpathways.com and educationalconnections.com

and more about her music at
vashtisummervill.com

WENDY BLICKENSTAFF
Artist, Educator, Activity Therapist, Behavior Intervention Specialist, Graduate
Student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Wendy Blickenstaff is an award-winning community-building artist. Examples of her
installation work can be found archived online at Idaho Matters on Boise State public
radio and on the Creators, Makers and Doers blog of the City of Boise Department of
Arts and History. She is a recipient of a COVID Cultural Commissioning Fund grant, part
of the City of Boise’s Department of Arts and History’s Covid Community Collection,
and a Boise Open Studios Collective Organization member.
Wendy owns Blick-Studios, an art studio specializing in illustration and image design
through linoleum block printing. Her images are used in mental health curricula, private
art practice, and community-building projects. Through years of collaboration with local
community outreach programs, Wendy has created a critical mass of images to tell our
society’s mental health story. Her current body of work contains over a hundred narrative
images shared in various venues, from churches and homeless shelters to social justice
programs and hospitals.
Wendy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Boise State University and a
Bachelor’s in Studio Art from California State University, Fullerton. She is seek- ing a

master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She plans to expand her community-
building art practice to include mental health education and counseling.

Wendy is a Boise-based artist working in her community for the common good. Her
curiosity and love of novelty and diversity have inspired her to travel. You can find her
most Saturdays hiking the Boise foothills or in her art studio. Her studio is often shared
with other artists and friends. Wendy says, “People are our greatest resource for creating
healthy communities.”

You can find out more about Wendy and her art practice at
wendyblickenstaff.com

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