Frequently Asked Questions

Is the program safe for my child?water

While there are inherent risks in everything that we do, research has shown that your child is safer in a wilderness program than at home – see research article in our Clinical Treatment/Wilderness Research Tab, or go to:

What is the cost of the program?

The cost is $475 per day through day 63. The rate will then decrease to $400 per day for any additional days the client stays after the initial 63 days. There is also an enrollment fee of $1800. The cost covers all gear the student will use during the expedition, including clothing, shoes, backpack, shelter, sleeping bag, etc. It also covers the cost of the mental health assessment which each student receives during the intake process.

What is a psychological evaluation?

A psychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment process conducted by a psychologist or resident psychologist to determine strengths and concerns for each teen and identify diagnoses, treatment issues, and recommendations to help the client. This is available (along with additional testing) upon request at an additional cost.

Will my child fall behind in school?mountain

No. The Journey Wilderness has an integrated curriculum that allows your child to receive credit for everything that they do in the wilderness. If your child is in the program for the average 67 days and they complete the curriculum given to them, they can receive up from 4.5 school credits that can be transferred to any school. This is equivalent to over a half a year of regular high school, so in reality, they are earning approximately twice the credit they would earn if they were in a regular high school program. This is helpful if they have fallen behind in credit and need to catch up.

How long will my child be in the program?

We treat every client as an individual and therefore the length of stay will vary depending on their treatment and progress. The minimum length of stay at the program is 9 weeks or 63 days and the average length of stay is about 67 days.

Do you have set dates for intake?

We understand that each family has their own unique time constraints, with some more urgent than others. Therefore, we do not have set dates or days for admission. This will happen whenever your family is ready. We do prefer intake to take place either on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday if possible because those are our base camp days. However whatever day of the week works best for your family will work for us too.

What does my child need to bring with them to the program?

Other than medication, your child will only need to bring the clothes they are wearing on the day of admission. We will provide all the equipment they need, including clothes, shoes, and hygiene supplies. Any personal belongings they bring with them to the program (including clothing) will be sent back to their home within 7 days of arriving in the program.

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