San Juan Wilderness -
Our progressive treatment philosophy centers on the value of the therapeutic
relationship between each student and each staff. We have witnessed the
powerful positive impact of caring, honest, and consistent relationships
with our students. We take our responsibility very seriously to
serve these young people, their families, and communities with an effective
and challenging program.
We use the backcountry portion of the program to foster an emotional connection
between students and staff, to create a sense of belonging and family.
The backcountry provides a nurturing, neutral and distraction-free setting
in which students can heal from years of depression, anger, dysfunction,
drug use, etc., and re-evaluate their beliefs about themselves, their
families and their community.
Because greater emotional risks can be taken within the context of these
effective therapeutic relationships, our students experience greater
achievement on individualized treatment goals. Students may face
fears & vulnerabilities that they have avoided with numerous distractions,
addictions, and other behavioral problems. We also work hard to engender
students' personal responsibility -- for every decision they make, every
struggle they hold inside, every relationship they have. As a wise person
once said, "No one is to blame. Everyone is responsible."
Our experienced and fully licensed therapists employ proven methods and
techniques from person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy,
reality therapy, solution-focused therapy, and other vitalized approaches.
Of core importance is always the therapeutic relationship, based on an
honest ongoing conversation with the student about what works and what
doesn't. Our students see that we truly care and are dedicated
to their success. Inner work prompts meaningful insights. They
begin to see that they can and will succeed because their life has value
and that this life is worth the struggle.
Therapy focuses both on concrete behavioral change and
processing of threatening emotions related to their symptoms. Students
are encouraged to grieve losses, embrace personal assets, and engage in
immediate change. Informed by the diagnostic assessment, concrete goals
established in treatment planning are regularly reviewed.
Students’ individually tailored treatment goals are founded on
a treatment milieu that is safe and consistently reinforces personal accountability
with coping and life skill development. Because we work with one small
group at a time, individualized treatment plans are tailored to the unique
needs and issues of each youth. We believe that behavioral, emotional,
social, and physical changes are intertwined and benefit from cognitive-behavioral
therapy in context of wilderness living made safe and structured by caring
Clinical Treatment Components
Every student is provided these treatment opportunities:
- Individual Therapy -- one session weekly and as needed with a licensed
- Group Therapy -- three sessions weekly and as needed with a licensed
- Family Therapy – two hours weekly by phone with a therapist
and through guided written correspondence between students and parents.
- Group Counseling – six sessions weekly with wilderness counselors.
- Individual Counseling – daily feedback and one session each
week with wilderness counselors.
- Multi-Family Group Therapy - monthly according to Family Weekend
- Family Consultation -- as often as needed between parents and therapists.
- Case Management for students working with Educational Consultants,
Therapists, Schools, and subsequent admissions staff for those students
transitioning to another program.
- Comprehensive documentation of all clinical sessions.
San Juan Wilderness
Teen Therapy Program
Experiential by Nature
Six to Nine WeekTherapeutic
Troubled Teens and their Families.
12 Years Experience
with Troubled Teens
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