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Targets of Bullying More Likely to Experiment with Substances

New research published by the American Psychological Association suggests that adolescents who are bullied are more likely to experiment with substances than those who are not. This suggests that turning to substances may be a way of coping with negative feelings or finding a new peer group. In this light, many teenagers who choose to …

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Experiential Learning: Academic Curriculum at blueFire Wilderness Therapy

At blueFire, we believe that the best wilderness therapy programs not only offer therapy in a wilderness setting, but they also use the wilderness as a tool for therapy and experiential learning. A similar concept applies to our academic programming: experiential learning is built into every part of our wilderness therapy program, rather than as …

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Working Through Body Memories in Teens with Trauma

In a therapy session, psychologists often notice that teenagers may become visibly upset even if their tone is even and the story they are telling is well-organized. This phenomenon often puzzles psychologists, who struggle to find strategies to help teens with trauma work through these body memories, especially if they are not entirely aware that …

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Benefits of a Wilderness Therapy Program for Teen with ADHD

As children with ADHD enter adolescence, they are more likely to experience behavior problems as they tend to think outside the box. Many parents express concerns about traditional treatment options for ADHD, like medication management, especially if their teen is beginning to experiment with other substances. Wilderness therapy is a powerful option for teens with …

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Wilderness Therapy Helps Build Confidence in Girls with Low Self Esteem

There’s a big difference between saying that you “can’t” do something and acknowledging that you haven’t done it before. Many girls that struggle with low self-esteem have been discouraged by past experiences or are fearful about trying new things because they are scared that they won’t be able to do something the way they want …

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When To Seek Help For Your Teen’s Mental Health

The teenage years are a struggle for both teens and parents. Many standard features of adolescence, like peer pressure, schoolwork, and changing hormones, can get overwhelming. Some degree of rebellion and moodiness is normal for adolescents. This can make it difficult to know when to step in and seek help for your teen’s mental health …

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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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