Into the Wild – Wilderness Therapy for troubled teens

Into the wild

Into the wild

The wilderness has long been known to hold power for personal transformation, growth and positive change.

The Scottish Highlands are wild, isolated and rugged – the perfect place to transform the lives of young people struggling with emotions and life-circumstances.

Venture Mor has launched an intensive wilderness therapy programme aimed at young adults from across the UK, struggling with challenges of transition to adulthood. The issues they face could be anything from parental break-up, bereavement, trauma, anxiety and depression, disengagement from education or many other responses to difficult experiences during the tricky transition between adolescence and adulthood.

It is the UK’s leading wilderness therapy programme for young people (aged between 14-18).

leap of faith

Leap of faith

The three week programme consists of intensive and immersive psychological support and experiential learning opportunities through wild-country expeditions over some of the UK’s most remote and challenging terrain. This blend of resources, programme design and environment form a compelling base for self-reflection, strategy building and commitment to positive change.

Our programme and approach is unique within the UK, but this model of treatment has decades of success in the USA.

The process is focused on the therapeutic task. We don’t do activities for reward, but we do engage in them for a reason; the activities we undertake are essential, experiential opportunities for reflection and challenge. We might hike to camp up on mountain ridges and high peaks; we might canoe down river rapids and across expansive lochs flowing out to a coastal beach; we might slow the pace in a woodland and sleep in hammocks around a campfire to focus differently during our time outside.

The end of the day

Whatever form it takes, the trail will be led by our team of outdoor guides and facilitators who have unrivalled experience delivering developmental and therapeutic programmes in the most remote and wildest parts of Scotland.

Venture Mor’s first Wilderness Therapy programme in March and the journey for both the young people and the organisation was a success. The participants worked through themes of attachment, resilience, dealing with challenge, preparing for transitions and independence. They had space and time to tend to their painful psychological wounds, grow in self-awareness, and develop effective strategies to transfer home.

After the successful launch of the inaugural journey, another group of teens is now out in the wilderness working with professional therapists and guides. Future programmes are already attracting interest from parents and family members of young adults who have tried traditional therapeutic support (counselling, psychotherapy, CBT, CAMHS, medication options etc.) but have not been able to make the changes they were hoping for.

The next programme is scheduled for 24 March – 14 April 2018. Talk to us about what  Wilderness Therapy can do for your family.

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