Wilderness Therapy, or a wilderness program is based around the concept that using survival abilities and natural skills can encourage growth and self confidence within teens to develop as they hone these skills in the participation in outdoor activities and survival situations. This can help a teenager grow their life abilities and skills such as decision-making, character building, thinking and analytical skills, team-playing and so forth. While these programs support many teens in developing important skills and characteristics they’re better suited for teens that struggle with self-confidence and shyness as opposed to violence, or rebellion.
Wilderness programs are great options for parents that are struggling to motivate their teen are are unsure as to who they can support and encourage them. They’re also very useful for teens that struggle with making friends or interacting with others. One of the strengths of the wilderness programs is that it allows teens to develop their personalities in an environment that’s largely neutral of influences. The teen is out in nature, connecting with his new friends and his counselors, and learning about himself in a positive way and all of this is happening away from any dangerous influences that might be incorporated into their development.
Wilderness programs are also a great way of bringing teens back to a state of neutrality. Nothing can help a teen get a new perspective like a new environment so with new people around him and counselors to help him feel comfortable he has an opportunity to regain a sense of balance and relate to his world in a brand new way.
It’s also very helpful to have counselors there that your teen can rely on as they go through their wilderness therapy experience. These counselors are trained to connect with your teen, provide insight and advice, and can often be a great resource for a troubled teenager. However because the wilderness models are often not based directly off any conventional methods of therapy your teens are more likely to get hands on advice and experiences than have a sit-down session where they talk about their problems. In many ways this can be very helpful for teens in so much that they are able to learn to handle their own problems and conflicts outside of the wilderness therapy setting. It can be difficult for teens that need more support though if the counselors aren’t very open to discussing the problems that teen is having and for that reason alone it’s a good idea to couple wilderness therapy with some at-home counseling as well just to be sure that you’re teen is getting all the help they deserve.
Overall wilderness therapy or programs can be a great resource for parents and teens that are struggling with a wide variety of problems or difficulties in their life and can often make a big difference in how at teen develops their character and their problem-solving skills. Take some time to do some research and find a wilderness program that works the best for you and your teen.