Project Wolf is a strength-based family program that focuses on building resiliency within family units through adventure therapy and equine-facilitated learning. Project Wolf is funded through the Indiana Department of Children’s Services and is open to all families, but ideally serves families with an adolescent on probation.
Project Wolf takes place every Monday night from 5:00-8:00 PM for 20 consecutive weeks. The sessions are held at Bradford Woods. During the sessions, families focus on improving communication, trust, and conflict resolution skills.
In addition to 20 sessions, there are two residential components. The first is a backpacking and camping overnight experience with the adolescents. Another is a family retreat at Bradford Woods, during which families stay in a cabin together.
At the beginning of Project Wolf, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) creates an individualized assessment for each family. This assessment guides the creation of a goal-focused family treatment plan that highlights individual and family strengths, weaknesses, and objectives.
Project Wolf uses therapeutic interventions directly related to the family goals. Each session of Project Wolf focuses on a specific topic, including communication skills, fostering self-worth, and asking for and accepting help. Participants engage in experiential education and practice these skills in real-time by engaging in adventure activities and equine-facilitated learning.
The sessions alternate weeks between Bradford Woods (Adventure Therapy) and Agape Therapeutic Riding (Equine Facilitated Learning/Therapy).
History of Project Wolf
For over a decade, Bradford Woods and the Morgan County Probation Office have partnered to deliver the Project Wolf program to families in the county. In 2017, thanks to a new partnership with the Indiana Department of Children’s Services, Project Wolf also became available to families in Johnson and Monroe counties. The program has been shown to improve rates of recidivism among participants.