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Wilderness Therapy Programs
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Wilderness therapy programs use the wilderness as a tool to quickly and effectively impact students/youth at risk. Experiential in nature, emotional growth wilderness programs provide struggling adolescents an opportunity to challenge themselves physically and emotionally while exploring the unhealthy behaviors that have prevented them from making progress in their lives. The wilderness program environment provides a supportive, non-judgmental arena in which students can process their limiting beliefs and core issues, and begin to view themselves and their abilities from a different perspective. The challenges inherent in a wilderness setting provide daily success experiences which serve to challenge old, negative beliefs and lead to new, more positive self-perceptions.
Trained counselors work with students to help
them recognize the long-term value of their wilderness therapy program experiences,
and to assist in the development of strategies for applying
its unique lessons to their daily lives. Students begin to
learn to accept responsibility for their actions, and to better
understand the correlation between cause and effect, action
and reaction. By taking advantage of the heightened sense
of awareness that an outdoor wilderness setting produces, students are
The majority of wilderness therapy programs' staffs
include licensed clinical counselors responsible for screening
applicants, and developing
Students exhibiting at-risk behaviors, including
defiance, rebellion, running away, experimentation with drugs
and/or alcohol, sexual promiscuity, poor performance in school,
etc., are ideal candidates
According the the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps, here are a few general questions you may want to ask when interviewing a potential wilderness therapy program for you child: