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Adventure Therapy Programs

Please note the following is a listing of programs and does not represent an endorsement from Bradford Woods or Indiana University.

First Descents
Description: Offers climbing and kayaking adventures during the summer in Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Washington for survivors of cancer.
For more information: 100 Arapahoe Ave, Ste 8 Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-945-2490
Fax: 303.474.3005

Chicago Adventure Therapy
Description: Offers outdoor programming for at-risk youth in Chicago.
For more information: Phone: 773-972-6400
Address: P.O. Box 13062
Chicago, IL 60613

Four Circles Recovery Center
Decription: Four Circles Recovery Center is a licensed wilderness-based, residential addiction treatment center for men and women from all over the country between the ages of 18 and 28.
Phone: 866-462-1466

Monarch Center Wilderness Therapy Program
Description: Offers a 30 to 90 day wilderness therapy program for at-risk youth during the summer in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
For more information:
Phone: 303-569-0767

Phoenix Outdoor Wilderness Program (North Carolina)
Description: Offers wilderness therapy for teens between the ages of 13 and 17 with substance abuse problems, behavioral and mental health issues in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.
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Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, New York
Description: Adirondack Leadership Expeditions is a character-development wilderness program for troubled teens that promotes personal growth through a focus on insight-oriented experiences. The forested, mountainous setting removes urban distractions and simplifies options to help students gain insight into their core values and accept responsibility for their choices. Our wilderness program’s nurturing approach helps participants address personal issues, achieve success in a safe environment, and develop their leadership potential. Wilderness programs for troubled teens serve as excellent alternatives to boot camps, providing professionally supervised environments in which students can build the skills to engage in healthy relationships, develop critical thinking skills, and dramatically increase their self-worth.
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Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, Utah
Description: Outback’s Wilderness Programs blend the best of the “ancient cultural systems” with the most effective and proven therapeutic processes. Your troubled teen will experience the highest standards of safety and therapy in the context of one of the most powerful settings for real change – the wilderness. For more information:

Aspen Achievement Academy, Utah
Description: The Academy creates a modern “rite of passage” designed to assist adolescents in making the transition to responsible young adulthood. It guides each participant through a series of powerful metaphors that symbolize stages of growth, provide deeper insight towards developing self-reliance, and generate a sense responsibility for self and community. Aspen’s clinical focus is on insight-oriented therapy, rather than behavior modification. The model helps our students gain awareness of their emotional and behavior habits. This unique, nurturing approach allows our students to address individual issues, become engaged in their personal success, and begin the process of bringing their families back together. For more information:

Stone Mountain School, North Carolina
Description: Stone Mountain boarding schools for boys is a long-term residential school in an outdoors environment that is geared to help families of boys with emotional issues or behavioral problems. Stone Mountain boarding school for boys specializes in pre-adolescent and teen boys with learning differences or disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADD), or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For more information:

SUWS, Idaho
Description: Since 1981, SUWS Adolescent and Youth Programs have specialized in helping troubled and defiant teens to overcome their behavioral and emotional problems. Operating in the rugged, beautiful Bennett Hills of southern Idaho, SUWS programs help young people to identify and work through internal conflicts and emotional obstacles that have kept them from responding to parental efforts, schools, and treatment. SUWS accepts boys and girls ages 11 to 17 and offers a 28-day minimum program. These are children who are inherently good and have the ability to be successful, but because of unhealthy misperceptions about themselves, they have limited access to their own abilities and strengths.
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SUWS of the Carolinas, North Carolina
Description: SUWS of the Carolinas is a therapeutic wilderness program located in the woods of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. Blending traditional therapeutic methods with a challenging outdoor environment, SUWS of the Carolinas focuses on assessment and clinical excellence. For more information:

SUWS Youth, Wilderness Program for Teens 11-13
Description: The SUWS Youth Program is a 28-day minimum stay, outdoor experiential program that addresses the needs of struggling youth between the ages of 11-13 who are demonstrating negative behaviors and unhealthy coping patterns. For the younger adolescents, the youth wilderness program provides a challenging and rewarding experience that gives each child a positive foundation for future growth. Opportunities for building confidence, developing problem-solving skills, and achieving tangible successes are provided to each student. Emphasis is placed on positive peer influence and leadership. Parents are given hands-on experience to address behavior patterns, develop new resources, and see their child as a person who is capable of change and success. For more information:

Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions
Description: Wilderness therapy program helps troubled teens rediscover the values that are important to lead successful lives: family, responsibility, honesty, trust, and respect. For 20 years, we have been helping to facilitate long-term change in struggling teens. For more information:

Passages to Recovery (Adult Program, ages 18 and over)
Description: Passages To Recovery is a clinically integrated 12 Step addiction and substance abuse treatment program set in the pristine wilderness of south central Utah. Operating within majestic red rock canyons and high mountain forests, our wilderness treatment program has been designed specifically as a drug rehab for young adult men. We employ an innovative dual-diagnostic approach to addiction treatment, addressing alcohol and substance abuse, chemical dependency, and co-occurring mental health issues via traditional interventions, a 12 Step program, classic wilderness therapy, a full battery of psychological tests administered by a clinical psychologist, and research-based methodology. For more information:

Eckerd Youth Alternatives (multiple sites nationally)
Description: Eckerd Youth Alternatives’ Outdoor Therapeutic Programs are positive, nurturing residential programs for boys and girls ages 10 to 17 who have difficulty functioning in social, family and school environments. Youth are referred from a variety of sources, primarily through contracts with public agencies. For more information:

Aspiro (Utah)
Description: Aspiro is an alternative to “tough love” wilderness programs.  Aspiro is strength-based, solution-oriented, and it works.  As an adventure therapy program, we provide healing, direction, and personal empowerment through the use of an innovative clinical approach intertwined with daily adventure activities.  For more information:

Professional Groups & Associations

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs

National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping

Outdoor Behavioral Industry Council

Outward Bound

National Outdoor Leadership School

Wilderness Education Association