Prior to the immersion phase (Week 1) of our program, students are given a complete physical examination to assure there are no pre-existing conditions that may prohibit participation in the wilderness therapy program. They undergo a complete evaluation by the treating therapist, after which a treatment plan is developed. A full comprehensive psychological evaluation is available upon need or request at an ancillary charge. Once the orientation, evaluation, and treatment plan have been completed, the students are prepared to enter a group in progress.
We do offer transportation from Seattle airport, although dropoff at the Ranch is preferred in order to social distance as much as possible. We are insisting that in order to keep social distance we’d prefer to have them dropped off at the ranch. 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 students will be transported to the acclimation group, where they will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the wilderness environment.
- Introduction to the program
- Adjustment to the environment
- Clinical assessment and treatment planning with their therapist
- Rites of Passage agreements
- Awareness of coping skills, behavior patterns and personal issues
- Basic skills
Because it is not feasible for parents to visit the program regularly due to distance and cost, we have identified four 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
Family members are encouraged to fly out and participate in the family component of our wilderness therapy program and, on completion, to see their child graduate.