We Help at blueFire Wilderness

At blueFire Wilderness Therapy program, we are well aware that we serve the entire family system, not just the child who is acting out. We’ll never tell you that we can “fix” your child’s negative behaviors and return them to the very same home and school environment where the behavior started. Our multidisciplinary treatment team will work with you and your child to develop improved behavior and communication skills, as well as provide your family with a comprehensive and highly individualized treatment plan.

We refer to the children placed with us as “clients” as we view our role is to provide them with a specific and comprehensive service. The client’s participation in setting treatment goals is critical to their true understanding of and taking responsibility for achieving goals. We are here for them, and for their family systems.

 

The client’s participation in setting treatment goals is critical to their true understanding of and taking responsibility for achieving goals. We are here for them, and for their family systems.

At blueFire, we serve two distinct age ranges of clients: teens ages 11-17 plus a separate young adult program for ages 18-28. For more specifics about the client profile and unique programming for our young adult population, visit blueFire PulsaR.

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Who We Help at blueFire Wilderness Therapy Program

Does your child:

  • Struggle in school?
  • Refuse to go to or skip school?
  • Make poor choices?
  • Struggle with emotional outbursts?
  • Seem sad or depressed?
  • Constantly play video games?
  • Isolate from friends?
  • Experiment with alcohol or drugs?
  • Create chaos in your home?
  • Lie to you?
  • Not come home on time? Or not come home at all?
  • Experiment sexually?
  • Manipulate?

These are different ways that your child is telling you that there is a problem. Every child is different and will communicate their troubles to you in different ways.

Is your child?

  • Struggling in, skipping, or refusing to go to school?
  • Making dangerous or unhealthy choices?
  • Struggling with emotional outbursts?
  • Depressed?
  • Constantly playing video games or using their phone?
  • Isolating from friends?
  • Dangerously experimenting with alcohol or drugs?
  • Creating chaos in your home?
  • Lying to you?
  • Staying out, or not coming home?
  • Engaging in risky sexual behavior?
  • Manipulating you or others?

Behaviors

Who We Help at blueFire Wilderness Therapy Program

Does your child: 

  • Struggle in school? Skip or refuse to go to school?
  • Make dangerous or unhealthy choices?
  • Struggle with emotional outbursts?
  • Seem depressed?
  • Constantly play video games? Or on their phone
  • Isolate from friends?
  • Dangerously experiment with alcohol or drugs?
  • Create chaos in your home?
  • Lie to you?
  • Experiment sexually?
  • Manipulate you or others?

These are different ways that your child is telling you that there is a problem. Every child is different and will communicate their troubles to you in different ways.

Diagnosis

Is your child: 

  • Struggling in, skipping, or refusing to go to school?
  • Making dangerous or unhealthy choices?
  • Struggling with emotional outbursts?
  • Depressed?
  • Constantly playing video games or using their phone?
  • Isolating from friends?
  • Dangerously experimenting with alcohol or drugs?
  • Creating chaos in your home?
  • Lying to you?
  • Staying out, or not coming home?
  • Engaging in risky sexual behavior?
  • Manipulating you or others?

How does Wilderness Therapy work?

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Clients are separated into small groups depending on gender and maturity levels. Groups are intentionally small with a client to staff ratio of 4:1. 

Working collaboratively with parents and treatment professionals, the multidisciplinary team at blueFire incorporates many proven and effective treatment approaches. These systemic approaches include: solution focus-brief therapy model (Intrinsic Motivation), family systems approach, CBT, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, transition planning, individual therapy, group therapy and family therapy.

The benefits of a short-term wilderness therapy programs are many. Struggling teens are transitioned into this stabilization, assessment and treatment model which emphasizes safety, insight oriented therapies and family involvement. blueFire aims to unravel the specific core causation of negative behaviors to help change the course to that of positive outcomes and emotions. Long-term sustainability of this change is the ultimate goal.

Who is Not a Good Fit for blueFire Wilderness Therapy Program

We are not a suitable solution for adolescents who are or have:

  • Actively suicidal or homicidal
  • Psychotic
  • Violent and/or aggressive outside of the home
  • Insulin dependent diabetics
  • Medically unable to participate in the program
  • Significant history of running away from treatment centers

Testimonials

Rated 5 out of 5
January 3, 2023

I admire all the staff. It’s obvious that they are not here for the money. Rather they are here because of their desire to help us. I also look up to the way they are able to handle stressful situations without deviating from a regulated mood. I have come light years in self-regulation. I can stay calm and remain assertive even when others are visibly anxious. I have also learned how to be a better leader, as my assertiveness has improved. This place has set me up to find my own success.

Anonymously, Client
Rated 5 out of 5
December 11, 2022

Our child was really struggling and involved in very dangerous activities. BlueFire saved his life. The whole community helped him look at himself and face the choices he’d been making, allowing him to change course. I can’t say enough about how helpful they were.

- Sarah, Mother
Verified
Rated 5 out of 5
November 16, 2022

blueFire is an amazing program and I highly recommend it. The staff are experts in their field. They are professional yet caring. blueFire was a transformative experience for my son and our family.

Anonymous, Parent
Verified
Rated 5 out of 5
November 3, 2022

Trusting others with the care of your child in need of help is one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make. Bluefire and all of the administrative staff, field guides, and therapists were instrumental in giving our child the help, respect and space needed to start their journey toward the right path in a way that we were not able to at home. All the while, we were kept informed with family sessions, letters and photos of that growth. Bluefire is heavily invested in the family relationship and we could not have asked for a better experience or outcome for our child.

Fred, Father
Verified
Rated 5 out of 5
November 2, 2022

Everyone at Bluefire was helpful and understood that our family is in a difficult and confusing situation. Our therapist was Charles. In 8 years of therapy, he was the only that reached my son in a way that will change his life for the better. My son came out with a greater understanding of what he needs to work on, and of others. He now knows that he can be a leader, and he doesn’t have to feel bad about himself.

We think he’s on the right path, and Bluefire was the right place for him.

Anonymous, Parent
Verified