What Are Wilderness Therapy Trek Programs?
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When children and young adults struggle with addiction, abuse, behavioral disorders, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and other challenges, they live in a cacophony of unhealthy and unsafe elements. Wilderness therapy takes them out of the chaos and into a simplified environment, freeing them to accept responsibility for their choices and lives, gain insight into their values, and become invested in their personal growth. Adventure or experiential therapy helps troubled youth develop the self-reliance and self-respect they need to break destructive patterns and make healthier decisions.
Our Approach to Wilderness Therapy
Some wilderness therapy programs take a survival approach, while others focus on transition and growth through a “rites of passages” approach. Wilderness expeditions encourage students take responsibility for shelter, cooking, navigating, low-impact camping, overcoming natural obstacles, and surmounting challenges. Through these activities, students learn to work together and stand on their own two feet, establish cooperative and healthy relationships, communicate effectively, and develop confidence and self-esteem.
Wilderness and adventure-based activities are an integral component of therapy, and Rites of Passages utilizes multiple techniques for therapeutic intervention. Our empowerment based wilderness therapy program is a unique wilderness experience based around family model therapy using the cognitive behavioral treatment model. Our approach integrates the therapeutic factors of wilderness experience with a nurturing and intense therapeutic process, which helps our students’ access feelings and emotions suppressed by anger, drugs, alcohol and depression. This addresses the whole individual and helps students achieve significant, sustainable results within a relatively short timeframe.