Wilderness therapy programs sometimes referred to as Outdoor Education, have proven themselves to be exceptional catalysts for change in troubled children and teenagers. Because of our reputation for quality, safety and longevity, many of Aspen’s wilderness programs have been highlighted in TV documentaries and written about in the national media. This unique experience can be described as a “rite of passage,” a transformational process that is difficult to find in our fast-paced, modern society. Our therapists and counselors guide teens toward self-reliance and self-respect. The impact of these programs on troubled teens with such behavioral problems as low self-esteem, poor school performance, defiance of authority, depression, and drug or alcohol abuse has been well documented. Parents can feel confident that their children will get the treatment and care they need at Aspen’s Outdoor Therapy Wilderness Programs. For international inquiries, click here.
SUWS Adolescent Program – Southern Idaho
Island View – Syracuse, Utah
Island View believes the recipe for a successful teen intervention contains the following ingredients: a positive peer environment; individual, group, and family therapy; recreational and community-based activities; and a top-notch education. Children 12 to 18 years of age attend Island View’s licensed residential treatment center to overcome maladaptive and self-defeating behaviors and to acquire and practice pro-social behaviors. The college-prep academic program at Island View offers individualized instruction with a small student-teacher ratio, and is fully accredited with the Utah Department of Education, the California Department of Education, and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. Using a holistic approach to healing, Island View has a proven track record of reshaping the lives of troubled youth.
Turn About Ranch – Escalante, Utah
Turn-About Ranch is a co-ed, licensed residential treatment center for teens ages 12 to 18, located on a working cattle ranch in Escalante, Utah. The academic program features a fully functioning middle school and high school, accredited through Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. At the Ranch, teens not only participate in therapy and attend school, but they also put what they learn into action by helping with daily tasks like feeding the chickens, bringing the cows in, and working with the horses. Students learn traditional, Christian-based values like hard work, honesty, respect, accountability, and teamwork in a down-to-earth environment that has successfully turned around the lives of hundreds of teens.
The Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment – Syracuse, Utah
Sometimes, a teenager presents a challenging and often perplexing picture for their parents. Other professionals have been unable to diagnosis their problems and therefore create a treatment plan. Subsequently, their future remains uncertain. The Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment is a unique resource by bringing clarity of diagnosis and optimal intervention options. We conduct all of the assessments necessary to gather and assemble a treatment plan and provide recommendations regarding the best possible follow-up care for adolescents relative to their diagnostic picture.