Adventure Therapy Programs
Adventure therapy programs for teens vary in focus depending on gender, specific conditions, and treatment techniques. The programs available vary from wilderness therapy, therapeutic boarding schools, or intensive inpatient treatments. Which specific programs are appropriate depend on the family’s location, family financial resources, and teens condition. Some examples of conditions include, mental health disorders, drug use, or suicidal ideation. Generally, adventure therapy programs for teens work to help teens manage their issues and learn coping strategies. Some programs are softer or more intensive based on the level of condition the teen is facing.
Who Can Attend Adventure Therapy Programs?
Teens who participate in adventure therapy programs can include individuals with a variety of characteristics. But most programs focus on behavioral issues. The term troubled teen may refer to boys or girls who are refusing school, exhibiting anger or aggressive outbursts, showing defiance or resistance, and experimenting with risky behaviors. The term can also refer to more specific diagnoses such as Anxiety, Clinical Depression, or PTSD. Programs available will vary based on specific conditions. Some may be extremely specific in what diagnoses they treat, while others may treat a wider range of conditions.
The Benefits of Adventure Therapy Programs
If the right program is found based on the match of a program’s approach, staff competency, and clinical excellence, these programs can offer incredible changes for the teen. Some beneficial aspects of a superior adventure therapy program include:
Trained Staff: In adventure therapy programs, the staff is an important part of creating a safe, supervised environment for your teen. Often, staff to student ratio is low to achieve this. Staff go through a rigorous training process that teaches them how to handle conflict and situation management.
Carefully Designed Programming: Adventure therapy programs are designed to benefit each teen based on their specific condition and age. They plan what therapies to include in their curriculum along with environment based on what would be the most beneficial to patients. Programs differ based on age range because each age group requires a different set of therapeutic techniques. Something that works on a 15 year-old may not work on an 8 year-old.
Therapeutically Advanced: Adventure therapy programs may use multiple types of therapy to provide a variety of techniques. Some traditional therapies are not enough to fulfill what a teen needs. The additional therapies that programs may use include, individual, group, equine, cognitive behavioral, and many more.
Family Involvement: After experiencing the challenges families have faced, many are hesitant to send their teens to an adventure therapy program. Some families fear that they won’t be able to interact with their teen during their healing process. Many programs for trouble teens believe family interaction is an important part of the healing process, and strive to incorporate family as much as they can. This could include weekly phone calls with your teen and their therapist to in-person visits. Having a stable support system is an essential part to teens progress. Family is a huge support system for teens, making is impossible not to include throughout the therapy process.
Transferrable Skills: Adventure therapy programs hope to provide an intensive therapeutic experience that helps your teen develop new skills to use when transitioning out of the program. Programs work on teaching coping mechanisms that they can apply in daily life, regardless of if they’re still in the program or not.
Seven Stars Can Help
Seven Stars is a residential treatment program for 13 to 18-year-old teens. Our students commonly deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, and other behavioral challenges.
Call us today at (844) 601-1167 for more information on our adventure therapy program and how we can help.