Wilderness Therapy programs aim to produce confident, happy, and motivated teens! I want the children and teens in my programs to come out feeling mentally strong, motivated, and excited to take on new ventures in their life! My programs are geared towards helping teens to learn team building skills, cooperation skills, and social skills.
Each program is different and unique and no hikes are the same. Groups are limited to 6 people in order for me to give your teen the attention and skill set they need to succeed. I believe there is something extremely therapeutic about being outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature. I want the teens in the programs to develop an appreciation for these things too and therefore I take them out to the best spots Colorado has to offer.
My programs are offered to children and teens that may benefit from learning team building and cooperation skills. My courses also address social skills and how to work well with others. Particularly, if you have a teen or child who sometimes struggles with peers or making new friends, these courses will teach individuals how to work with others and how to appropriately approach peers. Some teens and children may be shy or struggle with making new friends. My programs aim to improve social interactions, teach strong problem-solving skills, and help everyone work together to overcome obstacles or conflict.
How Teen Programs Work
Therapist and teens participating meet at the designated trail head. Throughout the hike (depending on which program you choose) various discussions are had with the group that pertains to program goals. Team building games are played while on the trail, lunch is had, and everyone challenges one another in a positive uplifting way. Breaks are taken throughout the trail to see how everyone is doing and to share thoughts on various issues. The group problem solves together and collaborates to make a fun and challenging day on the trail.
Before your child can participate, it is required that a parent partakes in a 1-hour intake session with Sarah Sutherland, MA, LPC. This intake is to assure that your child is a good fit for the program and to have an in-depth look at your child’s history, background, struggles they may have/had, and to find out each parent’s goal for their child. Please keep in mind at the discretion of the therapist if a child has a strong history of violence or trouble with the law, they may not be able to participate. It is of vital importance that all individuals in the groups stay safe and therefore the risk of violence needs to be assessed. Once it has been decided that your child is a good fit for the program, your child will be signed up, payment will be made, and the following meeting will be on the trail with your child. Directions to the hiking trail, date and time, and packing instructions will then be sent to each parent. Groups will wait 15 minutes past arrival time and if clients do not show up during this time, the group will depart the trail head. Unfortunately, if you are more than 15 minutes late payment will not be refunded. You will be required to drop your child off at the trail head with the group and return at the time stated to pick them up after the hike has finished.
What Do I Do If I Need To Cancel?
If your child cannot make a trip, in order to receive a refund you must inform me 48 hours ahead of time. Seeing as groups are small in size there needs to be enough time to fill a slot if someone can no longer make it. If you do not inform me your child is not coming within the 48-hour time frame, you will not be refunded your payment.
What Happens After The Hike?
Following the hike, I will send a re-cap to parents describing what occurred during the hike, what was discussed/learned, and goals that were accomplished. Each parent will receive an overview that is specific to their child, which discusses how goals were obtained and how they did on the trail.
Click on the link below to be directed to our contact page. Please feel free to tell me a little about your child/teen so I can help you to decide what program would be the best fit. I will then respond to you within 24 hours to answer any questions you have and to get your teen signed up.