Wilderness Therapy Program – Phase 2

Phase 2 of the expedition (Weeks 2-3) emphasizes self-reflection time. Students will hike quietly, except during trail breaks when staff is present to monitor the conversation and encourage it to remain productive and positive. This individual approach requires the students to spend many hours a day in thought and serious reflection about their problems, their lives, and the therapeutic feedback they are receiving from our staff. They will have time to reflect on communication from family members through letters and meetings with their therapist. 

This period is heavily monitored by our therapist. The students will have meetings twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. This is also known as camp council within their trail family.phase 2

These meetings will center on topics concerning daily camp life. These topics will consist of hard and soft skills. Hard skills are topics that include food preparation, water-purification and land navigation. Soft skills are topics such as communication, respect and teamwork.

By the end of Phase 2, most participants have developed insight into their past behaviors and are starting to take responsibility for their actions. Students move at different speeds, however, and are given the time they need to progress. During Phase 2 we encourage students to ask the question, “What do I do and why do I do it?” in reference to their behavior and actions. 

Phase 2 of our wilderness therapy program also consists of the students having to be responsible for all of their daily activities. They cook their own meals, and set up and tear down their own camp. They get their own water and build their own fire in the wilderness.

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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.