Wilderness Therapy for the Family

Our therapeutic wilderness program uses every opportunity available to incorporate the entire family system wherever possible. As such, each family will have a host of opportunities to engage with their family member in the program, be it via therapeutically driven letters and phone calls, embedded in the group for one or more overnight visits, or immersed in a 3-day Family Focus. Most of our parents engage in all aspects of family communication and visits, including bringing siblings or other close family members out for the Family Focus.

Parent Visit

The Elements Traverse Parent Visit provides a unique opportunity for families to step into their young adult’s wilderness experience by joining their son or daughter right inside the group, meeting their friends and mentors, and getting a first-hand account of their progress. This experience is integral to the Elements Traverse Family Program, and in order for all families to participate, we include the Parent Visit at no extra cost. It is designed to dovetail with the work the client and family have been doing and to deepen the family’s understanding of their son or daughter’s needs, while developing new communication skills and a new-found connection. Parent Visits are all individually tailored to each family’s needs, and can vary in length from an overnight to a day visit.

Family Focus

The Elements Traverse Family Focus provides families the ideal space to open up and connect on a deeper level. Set within our beautiful wilderness field area, we make the three-day experience comfortable and fun so everyone can be emotionally present for the important therapeutic work at hand. Each Family Focus will be open to all family members as clinically indicated and will work within a curriculum specific to their needs, designed in conjunction with the primary therapist and referring professional. Families will gain insight into their current relationship patterns and learn healthier ways of relating to each other. This experience has a profound lasting effect in helping the family create a new path forward.

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