PARKER BOUNDS JOHNSON FOUNDATION

Wilderness4Life
"Bringing Wilderness Home"

Introducing PBJF’s new experiential year round outdoor coaching program offering community-based aftercare that will support resilience and relapse prevention for young people coming home from Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare, wilderness therapy and a wide variety of therapeutic schools and treatment programs.

Wilderness4Life
Outdoor Adventure Coaching, Non-Profit, Aftercare Program
"Bringing Wilderness Home"

Who
  • Teens & young adults ages 12 to 26 are welcome.
  • Alumni of 90+ day Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare, wilderness therapy, long term residential treatment, or therapeutic boarding schools are welcome.
  • Alumni of short term residential treatment programs up to 30 days in concurrent outpatient treatment are welcome.
  • Enrollment of participants under age 18 requires their verbal & written consent. This is separate from parent or guardian agreement.
  • Wilderness4Life is inclusive of all gender, sexual orientation, race, faith, ethnicity & socio-economic status.

Why
  • Participants benefit from community based resilience & relapse prevention. Positive peer interaction provides structure, reinforces learning & growth & creates real connection.
  • Nature based outdoor settings support experiences of wellness & healing.
  • Youth & young adults return to their families & local communities often from highly structured therapeutic settings & often there are limited opportunities for any type of structured support. This poses a long recognized challenge of recidivism & relapse.
  • Involvement with those who have had similar extensive treatment time in therapeutic growth & self reflection encourages safe & supportive relationships.
  • Group members are generally more comfortable in a non-therapy coaching setting.
  • Youth & young adults completing thirty days or fewer residential treatment programs need reinforcement of their experience of stabilization & assessment.
  • Wilderness4Life will be the first non-profit program in the Northwest providing in person, outdoor adventure based aftercare services!

What
  • Wilderness4Life provides coaching, not therapy.
  • Weekly sessions are offered year-round in a 12 week program cycle. Rolling enrollment is not limited to a current cycle.
  • Participants engage in experiential & adventure based activities primarily in the outdoors. Program elements adhere to accepted best safety practices
  • Sessions include adolescent groups for ages 12-17 & young adult groups for ages 18-26 for alumni of 90+ day treatment programs, 3 hours/weekly session.
  • Group size of eight participants are coached by two staff members certified in all aspects of activities offered. Size of groups may be modified depending on activity & participation demand.
  • Separate groups are provided for youth & young adults limited to experience of 30 day or less residential treatment. Enrollment requires concurrent participation in outpatient therapy such as partial hospitalization (day treatment), intensive outpatient, or weekly outpatient therapy.
  • Enrollment by those with 30 to 90 days of residential treatment experience will be placed at discretion of the program director. Concurrent therapy may be required.
  • Family involvement occurs once every four sessions.
  • Families pay for a 12 week commitment. Coaching services do not qualify for reimbursement by insurance. Financial assistance will be available based on need through a grant application process.
  • Additional individual or family coaching services can be provided for a separate fee.
  • Contributions to research & outcome assessments will be ongoing.
When
  • Program launch Summer 2023 funding is acquired & qualified staff members are hired.
  • Timeline:
    • Fundraising begins Fall 2022, Winter 2023
    • Accepting job applications for Program Director now, Hire program director by Spring 2023
    • Accepting job applications for Coaches Fall 2022, Hire coaches by Spring 2023
    • Accept applications for internships Spring 2023, Hire interns Summer 2023
    • Participant enrollment Spring 2023
    • Launch first sessions Summer 2023

Where
  • We are focusing our efforts in communities throughout Oregon & Washington starting in Seattle, Bend, Portland. Additional areas based on participant enrollment & staffing.

How
  • We are asking for donated funds to support & hire a program director to build, oversee, promote & lead Wilderness4Life.
  • We are seeking donations to hire coaches who are experienced field guides, wilderness instructors &/or adventure-based therapists.
  • We are engaging in referrals through programs, families, therapists, educational consultants & more.
Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation is a 501(c)3 Public Charity based in Oregon. Our mission, inspired by Co-founders Liz Bounds' & Dan Johnson's son, Parker, is to serve at-risk young people and their families by supporting hope & healing through "Wilderness" & beyond. In the past four years nearly 90 families have been supported with grants to attend accredited Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare programs. Many of the 100+ families in the PBJF Northwest community participate in the monthly in-person parent support groups.

To support Wilderness4Life contact Liz Bounds: info@pbjwilderness4life.org or 503-810-9100.

Please read “Parker’s Story” to understand the heart behind our mission.

Thank You.

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