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The School Solution: Search For Summer Therapeutic Wilderness Programs

The School Solution provides support for families in need with consultation and placement services for families with a teen or young adult who is struggling in his or her current academic environment. Teenagers and young adults having such transitional difficulties, who need help learning how to cope, do very well with wilderness programs. Since summer is right around the corner, now is the best time to plan a therapeutic wilderness summer program with the help of the expert team at The School Solution.

When families with teens or young adults come to The School Solution it is usually because they are failing to manage in their home, school, and social life. These troubled teens and young adults need help re-engaging in a healthy lifestyle and with their friends and families. Summer therapeutic wilderness programs are a safe place where young people have the support of professional staff and can begin to understand their current issues and learn how to rebuild their lives.

Summer Therapeutic Wilderness Programs With The School Solution

As a renowned educational consultant Karen Mabie has decades of experience as an expert in finding the appropriate fit between a student and a school or program, such as summer therapeutic wilderness programs. As an educational consultant much of her time is spent on the road researching placements in order to be prepared to address the specific individual needs of each teen or young adult as well as their family. The School Solution is a family advocate before, during and after every placement. The School Solution has been successfully working with therapeutic wilderness summer programs for many years, providing the support for families in need.

There are quite a few different wilderness programs with unique approaches, and each program has therapists with specific training to help teens and young adults with a wide range of challenges; the key is finding the right placement for your child. Today’s teens and young adults have a host of common challenges and issues that are potentially crippling for their healthy development:

  • Addiction/Abuse (Alcohol & Drugs)/ Co-occurring issues
  • Asperger/Autism Spectrum*
  • Anxiety/ Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Grief/loss/trauma
  • Non-Verbal Learning Differences
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Bullying
  • Internet Addiction
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Socially isolated
  • And more…

Without healthy coping skills as well as someone skilled to confide in, these teens and young adults turn inward, finding other ways of dealing with issues like bullying, depression, or anxiety. Summer therapeutic wilderness programs provide a resource for a healthy, strength-based, intervention where they are unplugged from their stressful, dysfunctional lives. They eat well, sleep well, exercise every day and have daily group therapy and weekly individual therapy. In addition, it is a good place to get a clear sober, professional assessment of the student’s learning, social and emotional needs.

Summer Therapeutic Wilderness Programs are a special experience where young people can begin their journey back to health and strength. Karen and The School Solution have visited many wilderness programs and know the styles and approaches of the therapists to make the best match for your child or young adult. The blend of therapeutics and experiential education with our wilderness programs lends itself to sustainable growth, allowing young adults the ability to apply healthy coping skills beyond the end of summer vacations.

The School Solution: Support For Families In Need

While a wide variety of schools and programs exist, finding the best environment to address your teen or young adults individual needs can be daunting task; however, this work is our specialty. Our mission at The School Solution is helping families find the best option for their child and we know from experience that children who are placed in the right school or program become psychologically safe and available to learn and grow. The School Solution we can help match you with:

Selecting the right environment with the appropriate structure and supportive, professional staff is a critical decision with lifelong ramifications for your family. Call or visit us online today to learn more about how The School Solution has the professional expertise to help you make wise, well-informed decisions that can positively affect your child’s future at this crucial time.


I have known and worked with Karen for many years and have found her to be a dedicated and insightful professional. Her integrity and ethics are evident in her efforts to help families find the right fit for their child.

- Brad Matheson, Admissions/Partner Wingate Wilderness



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