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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When Does My Teen with ODD Need Oppositional Defiance Treatment?

Some level of teens pushing back against their parents is to be expected during adolescence. It means they’re learning boundaries and consequences and trying to exercise greater autonomy. While teen angst is relatively normal, it can be difficult for a parent to discern between regular angst and signs of mental health issues, like oppositional defiant …

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Boredom Leads to Risky Behaviors for Troubled Teens

With the rise of social media, teens are filling more of their leisure time with technology than structured social activities. While they are constantly refreshing their feed for new posts, the process of infinite scrolling can become boring. One risk of boredom is creating a disconnect between acts of relief from boredom they can choose …

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How We Help: Individual Therapy in Wilderness Programs

It can be difficult to engage teenagers in meaningful conversations about change when traditional talk therapy often serves as a barrier in communication. Teens are often resistant to individual therapy as they struggle with expressing their emotions and opening up to authority figures. Therapists in wilderness therapy programs try to use creative strategies in individual …

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How to Approach Early Intervention for Behavior Issues

While adolescence may just be “a phase” of your child’s lifespan, their behaviors during this period influence their coping mechanisms, interests, and relationships throughout their lifetime. In comparison to adulthood, behavior issues during adolescence result in fewer direct consequences. However, when emotional issues underlying behavioral issues are left untreated, consequences tend to compound in adulthood. …

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Teaching Discipline at Boot Camps for Troubled Teens

Teens struggling with depression, learning differences, defiance, and risky behaviors, like substance experimentation, may benefit from more daily structure. However, there is a difference between helping them develop routines that teach them accountability and using discipline to take away unstructured time. Many parents believe tough-love strategies will give their child a reality check, however, it …

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Experiential-Based Education Program Offered in Wilderness Therapy

One of the biggest challenges teens face in school is feeling that the material they learn is applicable to their personal lives and the world around them. While traditional classrooms focus on absorbing new material, wilderness therapy offers opportunities for experiential education. The outdoors provide a unique and hands-on learning environment where students can apply …

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Wilderness Therapy Teaches Teens Core Values

Many wilderness therapy programs are set up like boot camps, where the emphasis is on outdoor survival skills and discipline. While these programs help teens get out of their comfort zone and connect with the natural environment, they focus on compliance rather than deep self-discovery. blueFire Wilderness Therapy stands out from other programs for their …

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