Wisdom from the Wilderness
Wild Hearts Radio
—Out of the Woods—
With your host, PBJ Board Member, Educational Consultant with Circle of Hope and Wilderness Therapy Program alumnus, Matthew Wood.
Bringing awareness about the wonderful life changing impact Wilderness Therapy can have on those struggling with mental health and substance abuse.
Matt is a long time PBJF board member, Wild Hearts Volunteer, host of our new Wild Hearts Radio, and an all-around beautiful human being.
In this podcast, Matt interviews his mom as they talk about their personal journey of HOPE as they navigate Matt’s teenage years which led to him being sent to a Wilderness Therapy program.
Please join us and check out the first installment of Wild Hearts Radio!
Evoke Wilderness Therapy Programs
PBJ Foundation is proud to partner with Evoke!
Dr. Brad Reedy
Finding Hope in the Wilderness
ALSO...Evoke Therapy Programs offer much more for all of us...
Engage with Evoke!
By accessing hundreds of podcasts and blog posts, reading books by Evoke’s founder, Dr. Brad Reedy, and participating in wilderness and short-term therapy programs, you can gain awareness and healing to empower the rest of your life. Through this journey, the true self is revealed… and that is priceless.
Evoke Therapy staff regularly post blogs relating to wilderness therapy, healthy relationships, family dynamics, self-development, and other topics. Explore Evoke through these insightful posts. Click Here
Whatever you are going through, you are not alone. Evoke support groups connect you to people experiencing similar challenges with therapists who have lead others through this journey. Click Here
Nothing is easier than listening to a podcast to gain awareness and insight. Evoke podcasts provide important information and valued help whenever and wherever you need it. Click Here
Webinars bring the expertise of Evoke therapists into your own home. Connect yourself to people who care about you and know how to help by participating in Evoke webinars. Click Here
WILDERNESS THERAPY PROGRAM
When Families Lose Hope, RedCliff Ascent Helps Them Heal. For more than 25 years, RedCliff Ascent has brought teens and families together. It is the leading Wilderness Therapy Program for Teen Girls and Boys Age 13-17 Located in Utah.
Founded in 1993, RedCliff Ascent has helped thousands of families. Our campus covers an area of approximately 1,000 square miles. It is not a boot camp, adventure camp, wilderness camp, or any other kind of camp.
We lead the way in helping families and troubled/struggling teens when other options have not worked. Nature has a powerful ability to heal. RedCliff Ascent’s licensed clinicians combine therapeutic best practices with a healing environment. RedCliff Ascent's well-trained treatment team focuses on building strong healing relationships with teens. They model caring, adult behavior while teaching teens how to thrive in nature and in their relationships with others.
RedCliff Ascent is a world leader for troubled teen wilderness therapy. RedCliff Ascent began research over 25 years ago and have become a standard that other wilderness programs follow. In fact over 90% of the research data used by other programs comes from RedCliff Ascent.
We are a starting program of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Council and the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (OBHRC). This organization currently sets the standards for research in wilderness therapy.
In addition to our independent research efforts, RedCliff Ascent works with the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), OBHRC, and universities. Our goal is especially relevant to produce research on our treatment effectiveness.
Email: [email protected]
709 East Main Street
Enterprise, UT 84725
Change in Action- Experience what makes Elements different. An experience that’s all about adolescent boys and the families who love them.
We believe raising a teenage boy should be equal parts challenging and rewarding. At Elements, your son is more than a client, more than a number. He is the reason we do what we do.
Your son will have an incredible experience.
We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Wilderness is the purest setting for your son to drop his defenses, find his purpose, and a way back to his family and health. The best way to optimize each minute of the journey is to keep that journey intact. Our expansive and beautiful course area allows us to bring to him the opportunities for incredible adventures like climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, and low-ropes activities.
Family is the most important part of this process. We provide opportunities for families to be involved along every step of the way, and provide an extensive menu of opportunities for families to join their boys in person and forge a new future together. Your family will feel at home with us. We are purposefully small
Wilderness therapy is most effective when run by a small, owner-operated system. We truly love what we do.
We provide intervention, treatment, and assessment. Our job is to interrupt maladaptive and self-destructive behaviors, help our boys develop a new path forward, and provide everyone in the picture a real assessment of his needs so the next steps can be planned accordingly.
Get In Touch
Address: 1190 North Mohrland Road, Huntington, UT 84528
E-Mail: [email protected]
Elements also has a Young Adults (18+) Program!
Visit our partner program for young adults (18+) Elements Traverse
Wilderness Therapy for Adults: We serve adults of all genders who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and more.
“The wilderness is healing, a therapy for the soul”. -Nicholas Kristof
While at Blue Ridge, our clients rediscover the pathways to their strengths and resilience through primitive living in nature while supported by experienced field instructors, skilled licensed therapists, and a healthy peer culture and community. Nestled in the foothills of Northeast Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Blue Ridge approach supports teens to reconnect with the best version of themselves. The simplicity of life in the wilderness creates a gentle pressure and metaphorical mirror for the challenges our clients face at home. Combining traditional, evidence-based therapies with a unique wilderness experience, Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness provides adolescent and their families a powerful setting for hope, change, and healing.
Our program was created to help teens and their families through challenges that can occur when various behavioral, psychological, or developmental issues are present. Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness provides the opportunity for struggling teens to reset in nature utilizing clinical assessment, therapeutic skill, and a supportive peer culture. We prioritize the physical and emotional safety and wellbeing of our clients, while offering the highest level of customer service and clinical expertise available in a wilderness therapy setting. Teen programs offered for ages 13-18. Blue Ridge also has a young adult program. Young adults at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness receive individualized clinical intervention while they experience the simplicity of living in nature. Emerald Arrow combines in-depth clinical insight with creativity and purpose-driven experiences to produce a unique wilderness experience for each student.
For more information on Blue Ridge:
WILDERNESS ADVENTURE THERAPY
Aspiro was founded in 2005 by a group of clinicians, industry leaders, and experts in residential and wilderness treatment programs. Aspiro stepped forward into new territory by designing therapeutic adventure programming, intentionally broadening the scope of wilderness therapy treatment options. Their program is uniquely based on a three-pillar system of Wilderness, Adventure, and Therapy. By facilitating their program in the context of sequenced adventure activities, their students invest quickly in the therapeutic process, experience diverse environments, grow as individuals, and create life-long changes.
Aspiro offers short term, intermediate treatment programs for Teenagers and Young Adults.
Students at Aspiro spend their time exploring the extraordinary and diverse environments of Utah. They are exposed to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world that provide unique opportunities for change. The wilderness is a simplistic environment that minimizes distractions, therefore allowing their adolescents and young adults a more authentic growth experience.
Aspiro chose adventure because it is effective. Adventure therapy is a revolutionary and dynamic way to break through boundaries, build awareness, challenge negative beliefs, and establish healthier behavioral patterns. Students at Aspiro have opportunities to ski, snowshoe, rock climb, mountain bike, canyoneer, backpack and more!
Students at Aspiro receive individualized assessment, treatment, and support, guided by our clinically sophisticated and research-driven model. Aspiro’s clinical approach is founded on strengths, relationships, and family systems. Their therapeutic professionals are passionate about building skills and creating lasting change.
Any questions? Get in touch...
Welcome to True North…
Madhurii Barefoot, LCSW and Ty Maves, LCSW began their careers as field guides for a well-known therapeutic wilderness program almost 20 years ago, and their passion for working with struggling teens in the outdoors was born. Establishing this program was their way of coming home and finding their True North. They are thrilled to be able to introduce their students and their families to the incredible beauty and unique culture of life in the Green Mountains of Vermont. It is their goal to provide an inspiring experience that will be a cornerstone for positive change.
True North Philosophy
- Accepting only students who are appropriate for the program and group
- Providing an environment that is challenging and supportive and never punitive
- Limiting group size (no more than 7) for maximum individual attention
- An average length of stay (10-12 weeks) that allows for deep and lasting change
Adolescent Program: Ages 14-17
Adolescents face many pressures that undermine their self-esteem and negatively impact their lives and relationships. Families choose True North because they want their child to be in a safe and supportive environment where they can address struggles, build confidence, and prepare for a successful future.
Through a combination of focused therapy, daily goal-setting, and powerful outdoor experiences, adolescents are challenged to understand themselves better and work toward positive individualized change.
Young Adult Program: Ages 18 – 25
Young adults face external challenges and internal struggles that can make it difficult to navigate over or around the bumps in the road to independence. Young adults and their families choose True North because they want to learn how to cope with life’s challenges and chart the course for a successful and independent future.
As young adults work together to plan and participate in adventure, service, and therapeutic activities, they build confidence, develop internal motivation, and improve their relationships with themselves and others.
- Trails -
PBJF IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE ITS NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH
TRAILS CAROLINA WILDERNESS THERAPY PROGRAM!!!
We believe that by connecting with nature in a wilderness therapy setting, your child can learn to address their problematic behaviors, gain valuable personal insights, and learn important lessons. Free from the distractions and negative influences of everyday life, they can focus on their own personal growth and healing process.
Our multidisciplinary team of caring, expert staff will be there to guide your child along their unique path to psychological and emotional wellness. This journey can lead to a renewed sense of self and a happier, healthier future brimming with opportunity.
Trails Carolina is a proven leader in wilderness therapy. When your child enters into our care, they’ll be enrolled in a multidimensional therapy program that combines the best of wilderness therapy with a base camp environment that brings academic rigor and mirrors everyday life. Combined with our focus on family involvement, this helps to produce lasting, positive change that restores strained relationships.
Unfortunately, many therapy programs fail to create lasting change in students once they return to the home environment. While a remote environment can be great to disconnect from negative behavior triggers, it’s important that we prepare your child to return home. Specially Designed Groups to Meet Your Child’s Individual Needs. Boys 10-13, Boys 14-17, Girls 10-13, Girls 14-17 and CO-ED 18-25.
500 Winding Gap Road
Lake Toxaway, NC 28747
PBJ Foundation is a proud supporter of the AEE!!
We enrich the experiential education community through regional and annual conferences, defining professional standards, providing accreditation to organizations, and presenting the latest news and research through AEE Newsletters, publications, and the Journal of Experiential Education. We provide a variety of networking and professional development opportunities for members and the greater community.
We believe learning through experience positively transforms people and our world.
What is Experiential Education?
Challenge and experience followed by reflection leading to learning and growth.
Experiential education is a teaching philosophy that informs many methodologies in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities.
Experiential educators include an extensively broad range of professionals such as: teachers, counselors, corporate team builders, therapists, challenge course practitioners, environmental educators, guides, instructors, coaches, mental health professionals and many more.
Many disciplines and settings utilize experiential education methodologies: outdoor and adventure education, non-formal education, place-based education, project-based learning, global education, environmental education, student-centered education, informal education, active learning, service learning, cooperative learning and expeditionary learning.
Learn more! aee.org or 303-440-8844
PBJ Foundation is proud to partner with WinGate!!
With over 80 years of collective experience with wilderness therapy programs, we know how to help troubled teens and struggling young adults find a new direction and purpose in life. WinGate Wilderness is considered a therapeutic transitional living program with Intermediate Behavioral Health Care.
At WinGate, our young students have the opportunity to reconnect with their true self in a challenging and caring environment. As you read and learn more about our breakthrough wilderness therapy programs, you’ll come to understand why WinGate is setting a the standard in wilderness therapy. This standard gives families a profound sense of emotional relief in the context of unconditional help and support through Intermediate Health Care.
Our synergistic approach combines the life-changing elements of a wilderness experience with the best of proven therapeutic practices. There are no words that properly capture or describe the magical transformation that our students experience while addressing their issues in a wilderness setting.
Our goal is to bring forth peace and restore emotional health. Our purpose is to see your struggling boy or girl transition into adulthood. WinGate Wilderness Therapy can make a life-changing difference in your family!
Located in Southern Utah, in the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
PBJ Foundation is proud to partner with blueFire!!
What makes blueFire Wilderness Therapy unique? Our strength is how we combine clinical expertise, adventure experiences, academic assessments and a family systems approach. We utilize highly trained staff, cutting-edge technology and the latest research to create the best environment for change. Unlike other wilderness programs, at blueFire, there is a therapist in the group at least four days each week. Also involved in weekly treatment experiences are: equine specialist, adventure activity guides and daily academic work. Our wilderness adventure therapy for at risk youth helps teens overcome their challenges to become the best versions of themselves.
A core component of blueFire’s success is our beautifully diverse area of southern Idaho, not far from Boise, Idaho. Located in the serene high plains desert at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains in south central Idaho, only a few hours from Boise. This diverse landscape offers hiking, biking, canoeing, adventure, education and exploration all within a short distance.
blueFire Wilderness Therapy
You can email blueFire at [email protected]
Legacy Outdoor Adventures
Legacy Treatment Center
Legacy Outdoor Adventures for Men and Juniper Canyon Recovery Center for Women are premier wilderness therapy programs for adults. Legacy & Juniper Canyon guide adults (men & women) on a journey of self-discovery, healthy recovery, and personal growth. Both programs are gender specific and licensed as Residential Treatment Centers as well as wilderness therapy programs, specializing in outdoor adventure recovery.
The Legacy experience is designed to help each client begin the deliberate journey to becoming an honorable adult.
We specialize in working with young adults 18-35. We work well with clients who:
- Are struggling to complete the transition to adulthood
- Are challenged by emotional and behavioral issues
- Have substance abuse issues
- Lack self-confidence or sense of purpose
- Have a fear of failure
- Have social anxiety
- Struggle with lack of motivation
- Or have a combination of these and other issues
- Legacy is proud to have the most engaged team of clinicians in the field. Our therapists and counselors have years of experience in wilderness therapy, addiction treatment, and mental health counseling.
Our mission is "To provide the most effective residential treatment and wilderness therapy by creating the most engaged team of professionals in the field." Our culture is characterized by the core values of integrity, compassion, personal growth, and having a “Heart at Peace.” Legacy’s small size allows a high degree of responsiveness to client and family needs as well as personal oversight of quality of care and safety.
For more info...
Call 866-436-4458 and/or visit websites
New Vision Wilderness (NVW) programs are innovative wilderness therapy programs for clients who require an immediate intervention and intensive mental health treatment. Our programs specialize in treating struggles associated with adoption, developmental trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
We serve preteens, teens, young adults and their parents in three U.S. locations: the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the majestic Cascade mountain range of Central Oregon and the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Through the wilderness experience in each of these locations, young people and their parents have the opportunity to heal their relationships and foster personal growth in life.
Our Three Treatment Target Zones:
- Neurological Release and Somatic Stabilization. NVW focuses on stabilizing through the nervous system and body, not through words.
- Brainspotting Psychotherapy
- Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga
- Strategic Exercise Model
- Heartmath Stress Reduction Protocols
- Art Expressive Therapy and Mastery
- Growth-Zone Mastery System
- Canine Assisted Therapy
- Attunement Focused Mastery Staff Model
- Relational Pinnacle Experience (Canoeing, Rock Climbing, Dog Sledding, or another adventure therapy experience)
Call us now for more information 855-475-7041
Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center
What is Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare?
- Established in 2015 with the mission to advance the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare field through the development of best practices, effective treatments, and evidenced-based research.
- The OBH Center is an evolution of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative (OBHRC). OBHRC research began in 1999 under the direction of Dr. Keith Russell with a major study of four wilderness therapy programs and over the years grew to include seven active research scientists, over 200 research studies, and collaboration on several studies and publications.
- Under the leadership of its Director, Dr. Michael Gass and Associate Director, Dr. Anita R. Tucker, the OBH Center aims to continue to build upon these efforts through the promotion of research, accreditation and risk management in OBH and adventure therapy programs.
- Ultimately, the OBH Center’s vision is to have affordable, evidenced-based Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare available for clients to the point there is a significant decrease in the overall rate of mental health and substance abuse issues in our society by 2020.
For information about the research mentioned in the video above, please visit this article on ScienceDirect.
The OBH Center publishes bi-annual newsletters that provide an overview of the most recent happenings of the OBH Center, its researchers and the larger field of OBH and Adventure Therapy.
National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs
PBJ Foundation is proud to partner with NATASAP!!
What is NATSAP?
The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) was created in January of 1999 to serve as a national resource for programs and professionals assisting young people beleaguered by emotional and behavioral difficulties. The NATSAP website serves as a resource of information about their organization and the members it serves.
Their members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs working with troubled teens and troubled adolescents. All are working through NATSAP to make sure our industry provides the highest quality services to the young people and families they serve.
The Association is governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the NATSAP membership. NATSAP requires the members of their organization to be licensed by the appropriate state agency authorized to set and oversee standards of therapeutic and/or behavioral healthcare for youth and adolescents or accredited by a nationally recognized behavioral health accreditation agency and to have therapeutic services with oversight by a qualified clinician. NATSAP and its members have been working with their state legislatures to ensure the appropriate licensure and regulation of programs and schools that serve children and adolescents.
“Guiding the Way”
For more info on NATSAP:
NATSAP Newsletter Link: LINK
NATSAP BLOG: https://natsap.wordpress.com
PBJ Foundation is proud to partner with the Anasazi Foundation!!
ANASAZI’s licensed and Joint Commission-accredited, outdoor behavioral healthcare services are ideal for adolescents (13-17) and young adults (18+) struggling with lack of motivation, defiance, mild mood disorders, drug and alcohol experimentation, internet addiction, entitlement issues, and other self-defeating behaviors. We offer 49-day (minimum stay) wilderness-based, residential treatment programs rooted in the belief that all young people—regardless of their struggles or at-risk choices—possess an inherent “seed of greatness.” This idea permeates our philosophy and our evidence-based therapeutic approach, which addresses the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of a child’s life.
“Turning Hearts Homeward”
1424 South Stapley Dr.
Mesa, Arizona 85204
Email: [email protected]
SUWS OF THE CAROLINAS!
PBJ Foundation is proud to partner with SUWS OF THE CAROLINAS!!
Whether your child or adolescent is struggling with an addiction to alcohol or marijuana, is suffering from the debilitating symptoms of a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, or is trying to overcome the challenges associated with autism spectrum disorders, our team of highly qualified professionals is ready to help.
At SUWS of the Carolinas, we are honored to work with parents and other family members whose dedication to their children has led them to our campus, and we are committed to providing you with a premier treatment experience that exceeds your expectations and provides your family with a renewed sense of hope and health.
From your first phone call until the day your child returns home, we will work diligently to ensure that your needs are met, that you have all of the information that you want and need, and that you remain an active, positive presence in your child’s life throughout his or her time in our program.
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PBJ Foundation is proud to partner with Summit Achievement!!!
Adventure experiences take students out of their comfort zone and familiar environments by immersing them in unfamiliar backcountry settings. Through a series of activities that are demanding physically, mentally, and emotionally, students quickly learn that old ways of coping are ineffective when pitted against the challenges and consequences of nature. Through the shared experiences on expedition, students build relationships with staff and fellow students. Working together to overcome obstacles builds trust and provides the emotional safety needed for students to feel comfortable sharing their story and their feelings. This emotional safety also creates an environment in which students are more open to hearing constructive feedback about their behavior, choices, or treatment of others.
The mission of Summit Achievement is “to foster lasting change for students and families using residential treatment, classroom academics, and outdoor adventures in an evidence-based and clinically-driven community.” We try to live and breathe this mission everyday in the work we do with youth and families.
If you or someone you care about are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8255), contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741,
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