Phase 1 – Acclimation & Acceptance

Week 1-2

Before arriving at our obesity health and wellness camp, students are given a complete physical examination to determine there are no pre-existing medical conditions that would prevent them from taking part and enjoying their course. On arrival, they will undergo a complete evaluation with one of our therapists and their individualized obesity treatment and therapy plan will be developed. A full comprehensive psychological evaluation is available upon need or request by the family at an ancillary charge. Once the orientation, evaluation, and obesity health and wellness treatment plan have been completed, the students are prepared to enter a group in progress.

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Upon arrival at SeaTac International Airport our staff will drive the students to the Operations logistical center. Here they will be fitted with the appropriate clothing and provided the necessary outdoor wilderness equipment for their first adventure. After being oriented to the program, the student will be transported to the acclimation group where they will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the wilderness environment. Orientation includes:

  • Introduction to the obesity health and wellness program
  • Adjustment to the wilderness environment
  • Clinical assessment and treatment planning with their therapist
  • Adherence to Rites of Passage agreements
  • Awareness of coping skills, behavior patterns and personal issues surrounding weight
  • Basic skills (“Hard” skills and “Soft” skills)

We have also had parents request resources or programs that would help them prepare for the re-integration of the family and establish a foundation to promote continued understanding and progress. Parental participation and involvement is a critical part of the treatment process.

Because it is not feasible for parents to visit the program regularly due to distance and cost, we have identified five different elements of participation that will contribute to the treatment process and the next transitional step:

  • Pre-enrollment Information
  • Weekly Phone Calls
  • Mail Communication
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Participation in aftercare planning

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Rites of Passage NW Wilderness Therapy provides expedition-based wilderness therapy programs for troubled adults, youth, teens and children who are struggling with a wide array of disorders and behavioral concerns. These wilderness therapy and long term care programs are designed to treat children, young adults and adults over 30 with issues such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder - ODD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, mood disorders, substance abuse, drug abuse, obesity health and wellness, etc. Rites of Passage offers camps for troubled youth, programs for troubled young adults, long term drug treatment programs, long term drug addiction programs, long term alcohol rehab treatment center, summer weight loss camp for teens, weight loss camp for teens, weight loss programs for kids, wilderness therapy, wilderness therapy programs, and more. We are proud to have helped people from all over the United States and internationally including California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Europe and Canada.