Phase 4 (Weeks 7-10) is our mentorship phase. Our wilderness therapy expedition is designed to help the students work through treatment resistance and denial and to foster emotional awareness and the management of feelings and relationships.
From this relationship the students will practice their new skills and build self-esteem. This relationship is as unique as the individuals involved in it. But no matter who the individual is or what their background is, there are basic fundamental core values they will have to use. This provides them with an opportunity to practice them in a peer-to-peer or mentor relationship prior to reintegration back into their home life. Students will begin to recognize their personal strengths and weaknesses and how to make the best of both. They will develop new skills, self-confidence, and a strong desire to make the changes that are crucial for their future success. During this phase, mentors will be paired with newer students so they can apply their skills.
This phase encourages students to ask the question, “What new tools can I experiment with to achieve better results?” “How do I take what I have learned with me?” They become leaders within the group and share their experience with their peers. Students naturally learn the value of self-reliance as they take on more leadership within the group and begin helping out newer students.
Areas of focus in Phase 4:
- Peer-level feedback in a controlled environment
- Developing an individual plan for success
- Outlining transition agreements
- Developing a support resources list
- Establishing leadership role with new students
- Participation in a Family Workshop
- Reflection for two days with field therapist Peer Leadership roles