“Every one of us has in him a continent of undiscovered character. Blessed is he who acts the Columbus to his own soul.”
The Journey Wilderness is a clinically rich program built on the foundations of wilderness therapy pioneered by our co-founder, Madolyn M. Liebing, Ph.D.
A treatment plan is constructed by the student’s therapist with the help of the parents and the use of the mental health assessment. It serves as a road map for the remainder of the program and is prescriptively designed to meet the student’s needs while supporting the parents to help continue their teen’s process of growth and learning.
Clinical treatment uses evidence-based, scientifically supported practices combined in the best way to help the teen make the changes necessary. Treatment is infused in everything we do. It is nearly impossible to tell where programming ends and therapy begins.
We take a very holistic approach when guiding youth through the five Passages to Change. This means we engage in many different therapeutic activities. Further, we utilize these methods to address the main areas of a healthy person, which for the Journey Wilderness are represented by Earth (physical health), Air (mental health), Water (emotional health), Fire (social health), and Spirit (spiritual/soulful health).
Some of the goals of a student’s treatment are:
- To assist and invite teens and their families to strengthen their relationships
- To help the teen to have a clearer vision of life’s objective
- To have a healthy lifestyle
- To foster strong and satisfying relationships
- To be a contributing member of the world
- To experience joy in living
- To improve educational outlook
- To increase self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-confidence
- To support sober living
- To experience an invigorating, clean, and healthy lifestyle
- To have respect for self and others
- To increase understanding and to value life’s diversity
- To foster awareness of and responsibility for the environment
This process does not emphasize what’s not working in a teen’s life, but through supporting and enhancing what’s is working, it invites youth and their families to create a new way of being that is a true “change of heart.”