Wilderness Therapy Also Known As: Adventure Therapy, Wilderness Adventure Therapy, Outdoor Behavioral Therapy, Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning . By: Sarah Ake and Elizabeth Jubert. What is Wilderness Therapy?.
Wilderness TherapyAlso Known As: Adventure Therapy, Wilderness Adventure Therapy, Outdoor Behavioral Therapy, Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning
By: Sarah Ake and Elizabeth Jubert
Utilizing outdoor challenges as a means for therapeutic change, often in group settings.
Adolescents learn group dynamics, wilderness skills, and outdoor living.
To build trust and self confidence in others and oneself using group outdoor activities.
Includes group activities as well as solo self-reflective activities.
Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Program is designed to help “out-of control” adolescents enable positive change. They incorporate three models of wilderness therapy; a wilderness expedition, a school combining academics and wilderness therapy, and a transitional home.
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There are multiple exercises that are utilized in wilderness therapy involving the establishment of trust and cooperation.
Here is one example!
Gives the child the opportunity to experience successful coping
Reduce the potential risk factors impacting the child
Promote self-esteem and self-efficacy
Introduces positive opportunities for change and growth in a child’s life
Encourage positive processing of negative life events.
Hopefulness replaces helplessness.
A feeling of safety and security
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