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What Makes blueFire Wilderness Therapy Unique?

blueFire Wilderness Therapy offers a unique style of residential treatment for struggling teens. There are a number of treatment options for teens struggling with mental health issues and risky behaviors, but many programs are designed to treat one or the other, rather than the intersection of these issues. According to a recent study, teens who …

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Boys and Girls Appreciate Values Learned From Adventure Activities

We generally assume that there are gender differences that explain why teens appreciate organized sports. Girls seek out activities for the social aspects, while boys chase opportunities for competition, right? According to a new study that analyzed determinants that make outdoor activities fun for teens, teens tend to be drawn to activities that teach them …

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Overlap Between Depression and Anxiety in Troubled Teens

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health struggles that teens experience. There may be some overlap in symptoms, but depression and anxiety in troubled teens are different conditions that commonly occur together. More than 40% of teens who struggle with one disorder struggle with the other. The University of British Columbia offers a …

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Your Teen Is Not Lazy: Depression Affects Physical Activity

When your teen seems to be spending more time in bed or sitting around the house, it can be frustrating that they turn down your suggestions to go outside or get moving. Physical activity has been consistently shown to be associated with improved physical health, life satisfaction, cognitive functioning, and wellbeing. It is often recommended …

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Benefits of Wilderness Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

As temperatures drop and daylight hours shorten in the winter, many people’s moods and energy level tend to be lower as well. While researchers are unsure of what exactly causes Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), some theories suggest it is light affecting the hormone called melatonin. Seasonal affective disorder impacts individuals differently- some experience more mild …

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Wilderness Therapy for Boys on the Autism Spectrum

Boys on the autism spectrum are often hyperaware of their surroundings and sensory input, which can make it feel like they are living in an intense world that they cannot escape. This can lead to emotional meltdowns and retreating from others and their responsibilities.  As social support and healthy recreation activities are often barriers to …

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Equine Therapy Offers Benefits for Struggling Teens

One of the biggest barriers for teens trying to maintain healthy relationships is learning how to communicate emotions effectively. Many teens feel out of touch with their emotions, try to hide how they feel from others, and struggle to recognize nonverbal cues that help them read other people’s emotions. While they may feel isolated from …

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How does blueFire help keep clients warm in the winter months?

During the winter months, parents may be concerned about the safety and warmth of their child during their time with us. However, we put their concerns to rest through the numerous safety measures put in place to keep clients away from any danger during the winter season. Keeping clients safe in the winter Throughout the …

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