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Wilderness Therapy: Outdoors Programs For Struggling Teens This Summer

Wilderness Therapy

As summertime is steadily approaching, many families in the U.S. are considering the option of wilderness therapy this summer for their struggling teens. With the help of educational consultants at The School Solution, enrolling your child in an effective wilderness therapy program this summer will help you and your family to create new expectations, new hope and new beginnings.

With psycho-emotional disorders, distresses and addictions on the rise, as well as predominant problems at home and in school, wilderness treatment continues to grow as a necessary and effective therapy option for teens and their families. The results of ongoing research for therapeutic wilderness programs continue to validate a significant improvement for struggling teens, adolescents and young adults.

With the support of professional therapists and through intensive clinical assessment & intervention, wilderness programs are a safe place where young people can begin to understand why they are currently struggling.  Teens who come to The School Solution who are failing to manage their home, school, and social life in an age-appropriate way need help rebuilding their lives. These troubled teens need help re-engaging in a healthy lifestyle and with their friends and families.

There are many benefits of wilderness therapy treatment for teens, such as:

  • Helping them to develop healthy coping strategies and skills.
  • Improving family dynamics and relation ships
  • Self-identity development
  • Facilitates changes in behavior, interpersonal relationship and academic performance
  • Improved mental, emotional, behavior health

The School Solution is an educational consulting practice owned by Karen Mabie, and has helped thousands of families over the years when traditional and community treatment options have not proven effective. Our licensed clinicians recognize the legacy of the great outdoors and wilderness as safe and effective treatment option for struggling adolescents and young adults. Our goal is to provide solutions to the challenges you face at home with your struggling teen, especially when other options have been unsuccessful. The School Solution can help you and your troubled teen build new paths to success.

Wilderness Therapy: Why Outdoor Treatment Works for Struggling Teens

If you are reading this page, chances are that you likely have a struggling teen you do not know what to do with. Most of the troubled teens that come to The School Solution have failed to get help in other ways, and/or have refused the help that has been offered. It is exceptionally difficult and challenging to work with a teen that is struggling and refusing the help that is clearly being made available to them. Consequently, as a parent you pas may be feeling exasperated, drained and unable to cope with these situations.

Outdoor Program

Wilderness Therapy Programs are often thought of as a “last resort” for these troubled teens that exhibit such a hard case. But in fact, they can be the one safest and most beneficial place for even the most needy of our clients. Just being in nature is an intervention in and of itself. Placement in wilderness therapy with the school solution helps teens with the following:

  • Compulsive disorder is OCD
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Trauma/ PTSD
  • Suicidal Tendency
  • Gaming & Internet Obsession/Addictions
  • School Issues
  • Physical Abuse/ Neglect
  • Acting Out
  • School refusal
  • Depression/ Anxiety
  • Family conflict
  • Low self-esteem
  • Isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Adoption, Attachment or Family Issues
  • Defiant behavior/ Dangerous behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Manipulative behavior
  • Academic achievement issues
  • Learning differences /difficulties
  • ADHD
  • And much, much, more!

There are many different wilderness programs with unique approaches; the key is finding the right place for your child.  As one of the premiere educational consultants in the country we inspect and interview the participating clients picking only the wilderness therapy and outdoor programs that boast an exemplary safety record. Karen Mabie makes sure that our Wilderness Therapy programs are state licensed, subject to state reviews, state licensing supervision and extensive onsite audits.

Each wilderness therapy program works with therapists with specific training to help children and young adults with a wide range of challenges. What is so valuable about the wilderness as a source for therapy is that it is not just traditional therapy- set in the wilderness; It is also the clinical use of the outdoor and natural environment to achieve the clinical and personal growth goals of the teenager and their family. These programs use the evidence-based approaches that any residential-treatment therapist would use, for example they may use cognitive behavioral therapy to combat negative thinking, journaling to help shed light on depression and anxiety, and group activities to overcome social phobia and develop greater self-confidence.

The summer wilderness programs become a healthy, strength-based, natural intervention where teens are unplugged from their stressful, dysfunctional lives. I the wilderness they eat well, sleep well, exercise every day and have group and individual therapy. One of the many reason that wilderness therapy and outdoor treatment works is because it is able to disrupt the personal patterns and environmental influences that have been enabling the dysfunction and distress.

Wilderness therapy also offers effective treatment outdoors- where they learn ways to defeat unproductive emotional and psychological patterns while experiencing hands on activities like camping and hiking in a stunning landscape of mountains, pine trees and juniper bushes.

‘Therapeutic Wilderness’ programs are special places where young people can begin their journey back to health and strength. Karen has visited many wilderness programs and knows the styles and approaches of everyone involved to help make the best match for your child or young adult. Selecting the right environment with the appropriate structure and supportive, professional staff is a critical decision with lifelong benefits for the whole family. 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.

Wisdom From The Wilderness: The Time To Act Is Now!

The wisdom of the wilderness is about to unfold as summer steadily approaches… meaning the time to act is now! The School Solution can place your struggling teen in some of the most superior therapeutic wilderness programs in the U.S.

The trend for wilderness therapy programs has burgeoned over the last decade, and is now bringing evidence based and informed therapeutic techniques and therapists into the great outdoors as a source of healing and growth. In addition, the educational consultants at The School Solution are affiliated with more and more programs offering tailored approaches for young people and teens with clinical diagnoses or substance use problems. Our unmatched clinical and family wilderness treatment options can assist young people and their families in making positive changes in their lives and relationships.

For additional information about wilderness therapy, our team, and the solution you’ve been looking for, for your struggling teens, give us a call or click the link below and our admissions team will get in touch with you.

Call The School Solution today to find the best treatment schools for teens: 848-242-0865, or send Karen an email at kmabie@theschoolsolution.com for more information. Connect with The School Solution on Facebook and LinkedIn and sign-up for their blog & newsletter.


“The most amazing part of Karen is that even when you THINK you know what’s right for your child, she helps you understand why her suggestions are more beneficial. Couldn’t be happier with our two placements through Karen! “ ME

- Couldn’t be happier



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