blueFire is a Wilderness Therapy Program that is proven effective in treating a variety of complex mental health issues. Studies have shown wilderness therapy is a thriving clinical modality for those who have exhausted traditional forms of treatment.

Clients within a Wilderness Treatment model leave behind environments that are often unstable or unsafe, finding space and time to heal in a natural setting.

Mental Health Problems that blueFire Helps with:

( This list is not all-inclusive )

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Executive Functioning

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Dysregulated Moods

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We ask all clients and their parents or guardians to complete an evidence-based and internationally used questionnaire called the Youth Outcome Questionnaire (Y-OQ 2.0). This questionnaire measures a client’s level of functioning in:

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  • Intrapersonal Distress
  • Somatic Distress
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Social Problems
  • Behavioral Dysfunction
  • Related Critical Items

This data is collected from both parents and clients:

  • Upon Admission
  • Upon Graduation
  • 6 Months Post-Graduation
  • 12 Months Post-Graduation

Decreasing scores indicate improved mental wellness.

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In accordance with the Y-OQ's Reliable Change Index (RCI):

Scores that decrease by 18 points indicate lasting, positive change.

blueFire parents report a


decrease in dysfunction
than what was measured at admission.

blueFire clients report a


decrease in dysfunction
than what was measured at admission.

blueFire's Y-OQ Outcomes
indicate 2x the change
needed to show lasting
clinical progress.

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12 Months

Results from surveys taken a year post-graduation show continual improvement.

Clients are able to maintain and build upon the progress they gained at blueFire.

Studies show that nature itself has therapeutic benefits.

Nature helps blueFire clients:

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Reduce Stress Levels

Getting outside naturally helps lower anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and the production of stress hormones.

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Get Creative

Outdoor activities spark creative thoughts through visual, physical, or mental inspiration.

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Improve Physical Health

Rock climbing, rafting, hiking —all our adventure activities improve our physical and mental health by releasing positive hormones.

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Boost Mood

Getting sunshine and fresh air promotes the production of serotonin which boosts your mood naturally.

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Be Present

Less electronic stimulation promotes mindfulness, relaxation, and connection, reducing anxiety and stress.

Research on nature's benefit

We benefit from “high quality” nature spaces (Nature Research Report, 2021)

How spending time in nature benefits mental health

Hear what our clients say about our program:


Jeff, Father

Rated 5.0 out of 5
July 3, 2015

My experience with BlueFire has been great! It seems like everyone there is very passionate about helping kids and working with families. Also, the location is awesome! Couldn’t wish for a better place for a campus.

- Jeff, Father

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