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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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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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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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Staying Safe During the Winter Months in Wilderness Therapy Settings

If you’ve ever been camping, then you are no doubt familiar with the rich and varied therapeutic effects of the outdoors experience. For just a while you disconnect from the universe, unplugging and destressing as you relax and immerse yourself in the many and beautiful wonders of nature. Perhaps it comes as no surprise to …

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Rock Climbing Therapy & Other Activities Improve Depression, Anxiety

If you’ve ever been rock climbing, you know the unbelievably good feeling you get when you conquer that wall and reach the top. Whether it’s on a fake wall or a real rock face, it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and confidence. That’s what rock climbing therapy and other adventure therapy activities are based …

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The Wild Card: Finding a Wilderness Program for Struggling Teenagers

There are many factors to consider when choosing a wilderness program for struggling teenagers. Safety, therapy, and respect are cornerstones of what a wilderness program for struggling teenagers should offer your child. But that’s only the beginning. At its best, the perfect wilderness program for struggling teenagers can provide your child with an individualized experience …

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Camping Out: Tips for Finding the Best Summer Camp for Troubled Youth

Growing up presents its share of challenges. Between puberty and school getting harder, a teen can easily get lost. Unfortunately for parents, a lost teen can often end up lashing out or making poor life choices. In some cases, these negative behaviors correct themselves with age; in others, they can become a serious issue that …

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Therapeutic Recreation: Getting Better While Having Fun

Too often, therapy gets a bad name. Be it out-to-get-you psychologists that bill thirty minutes as an hour or prison-like asylums with evil nurses. That mentality is desperately outdated. Today, therapy is a progressive field of medicine that takes many forms, with therapeutic recreation being one of them. As defined by the American Therapeutic Recreation …

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Out into the Great Outdoors: Eight tips for hiking safety

Going out into the great outdoors is a fantastic way to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Going hiking, for instance, has proven benefits including improved self esteem, strengthened relationships, and a sense of self fulfillment. Hiking, with all its benefits, may also be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to follow strict …

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Wilderness Ventures: Providing Holistic Healing

In our previous blog, we discussed the negative effects of nature deficit disorder and the societal changes that are encouraging them. Outward bound summer programs focus on wilderness ventures and outdoor education, and have been proven to combat the negative effects. By teaching teens the importance of the natural world, allowing them to experience freedom …

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