Labyrinth Center's mission is to assist in guiding youth and adults through the overall process of adolescence. It is also our intention to help "wake up" the adults in modern society to the myriad of culturally induced problems negatively affecting our children.
Labyrinth Center will take a broad and creative approach to the adolescent process. We will offer a full range of programs and services intended to work the Prevention-Intervention-Treatment spectrum, remembering that Prevention is always the best approach. Similarly, while Labyrinth Center will certainly help with Symptoms of adolescent problems, we will also focus strongly on working the Causes of adolescent issues.
Bret Stephenson M.A. is the author of From Boys to Men: Spiritual Rites of Passage in an Indulgent Age. He has been a counselor of at-risk and high-risk adolescents for more than twenty years. Bret has worked in residential treatment, clinical counseling agencies, group homes, private counseling, foster parent training, Independent Living Program, and managed mentoring and tutoring programs. He has been a presenter and speaker at numerous national and international conferences and workshops, including the International Transpersonal Association's Youth Conferences in America and Ireland, the United Nations World Peace Festival, and the World Children’s Summit.
Presentations at the Association of Transpersonal Psychology's annual conferences have included Transpersonal Approaches to Working with High-Risk Youth, and Western Adolescence: Shadow of the Patriarchy. He has been a presenter at the National Foster Parent Association annual conference and multiple California State Foster Parent Association conferences as well as the Indiana and Iowa Foster Care annual conferences. He is a Global Program Faculty Mentor for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. As a men's group facilitator, he has also led workshops in the U.S. as well as Switzerland. Bret has worked with teens from more than 100 countries.
Bret was recently Director of Special Projects for Foster/Kinship Care Education and the Independent Living Program at Lake Tahoe Community College. He has been pioneering the use of Internet based systems intended to deliver distance education classes for rural providers and group home staff, and previously launched a teen web project through the Independent Living Program in which the web content and construction of the web page was completed by ILP teens only. He designed and taught on-line classes on Understanding Adolescence, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Bret is currently also working with the California Conservation Corps, providing anger management training and case management services. He is currently a case manager for Rite of Passage, Inc. in Nevada where he is the founder and director of the Str8 Up student-business project. In addition, he is on the Global Passageways Intergenerational Advisory Council project based in Washington DC. Similarly, he is on the Advsroy Board of My Journey Home, a released prisoner reintegration program in Reno, NV,
In June 2004, Bret once again headed the teen module of the International Transpersonal Association's Youth Conference in Palm Springs. In July 2005 he headed the teen component for the Institute of Noetic Sciences’ first Youth Conference in Washington DC. Bret is the founder and Executive Director of Labyrinth Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to adolescent services and programs. Bret and Labyrinth Center are currently creating youth employment and youth entrepreneurial models.
3386 South Upper Truckee Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Last Updated August 7, 2009