The Four Phases of Wilderness Therapy in the Northwest

When a young friend or family member finds themselves caught in the turmoil of substance abuse, depression, anxiety or additional behavioral or emotional concerns, it is almost instinctive to want to help in any way possible. Simply removing these youth or young adults from the environment which may be contributing factors for their behavior does not always solve the root of the issue. Don’t assume that a rehabilitation facility is the only solution; there are other more positive options including wilderness therapy. Throughout the four phases of programs including wilderness therapy in the Northwest, students learn to take responsibility for their actions, as well as to develop a better understanding the impact behaviors may have on themselves and their families as a whole.

Being in a positive and supportive environment, and with a group outside a normal routine can help to emphasize and further develop individual strengths, and opportunities for growth, as well as their ability to work with others toward common goals.

Each of the four phases of our wilderness therapy program is utilized as a milestone and as a stepping stone to the next.

Phase 1 includes an introduction to the program and a physical and psychological evaluation to ensure no issues with their participation may be present. Students then undergo assessment and planning sessions with a therapist in order to determine a strategic plan for development.

Phase 2 focuses on self-reflection, understanding and identification of responsibility through past behaviors. Our staff monitors conversations encouraging students to remain positive and assists in the development process.

Phase 3 is group oriented. Working as a supportive team member and taking on leadership roles and direct responsibilities, through an environment of increased peer interaction and the participation of specific and clear goals.

Phase 4 is considered the mentorship phase of the process. We help students work through any denial they may be experiencing and emotional resistance through wilderness therapy expeditions. A student will then begin to independently practice these new skills including self-esteem, personal strength, and self-confidence.

For more information on this highly effective, safe, and natural method of wilderness therapy in the Northwest, contact us today, Rites of Passage Wilderness Therapy at (800)794-0980.