oppositional defiance treatment

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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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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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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Adventure Therapy for Impulsive Teens

Physical activity releases similar amounts of dopamine and endorphins, feel-good neurotransmitters, as engaging in risky behaviors, like substance use, reckless driving, and theft. Impulsive teens tend to be thrill seekers and sensation seekers and look for intense emotional experiences to add a sense of adventure to their lives. When they build a tolerance for the …

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Why Choose Adventure Therapy on the West Coast?

Teens who struggle with mental illnesses that can include but are not limited to addiction, anxiety, depression, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder may need more help than you can give them at home. There are various therapeutic approaches that can be beneficial to teens who need to learn to cope with their struggles or develop healthy …

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ODD Treatment Centers

Outdoor Alternatives to ODD Treatment Centers Encourage Independence and Family Reconciliation

Adolescents romanticize the idea of breaking rules and questioning authority as they test the limits of their independence. In high school, teens begin to form their own opinions and parents give them more freedom to allow them to make more autonomous decisions, but conflict occurs when differences in opinion about positive decisions turns into actively …

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Getting Outside: The Benefits of Being Where the Wild Things Are

We always hear people saying “catch some fresh air” or “get outside” and probably just brush it off. We always hear talk of how good being outdoors is for you, but do we know just HOW good being outdoors is? Researchers have presented the facts and it confirms that there are endless benefits found in …

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