wilderness therapy and social skills

Time Away From Screens in Wilderness Therapy Improves Social Skills

Many parents are on board with the idea that time away from screen media, with increased face-to-face social interaction, will improve their teen’s social skills and social relationships. In one field experiment, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, teenagers who spent time at an outdoor education camp showed significant improvement in social skills, …

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How is Wilderness Therapy Evidence-Based?

Many parents have questions about how outdoor therapeutic programs compare to traditional forms of teen treatment. Wilderness programs, like blueFire Wilderness, ensure the highest quality of care by combining evidence-based wilderness therapy in individual and family therapy sessions with recreation therapies, like adventure activities and equine therapy. Our therapists are all licensed professionals that have …

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Wilderness Therapy For Young Girls: Highlighting Embers Group for Pre-Teen Girls

As adolescents go through significant developmental changes between the ages of 11 and 17, blueFire Wilderness believes it is important to separate groups by age to reflect their differences in emotional maturity and the type of coping mechanisms they engage in. Surrounded by other young girls who have gone through similar issues, girls in our …

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Is Wilderness Therapy Appropriate for Teens with Limited Outdoor Experience?

blueFire Wilderness understands that the idea of wilderness therapy seems way out of one’s comfort zone for city teens. Compared to teenagers who grow up around nature, many city teens have limited outdoor experience and have grown up participating in indoor sports and creative pursuits as hobbies. This can bring up a lot of concerns …

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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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