When people think about becoming parents, they imagine what their children will look like and have dreams of the people their children will become. Parents also worry about the challenges their children will face, but it’s impossible to know how you and your children will deal with those challenges. In some cases, getting professional help is the only solution that will help your troubled young adult and your whole family heal. Some teens find that attending wilderness therapy programs can make the difference between struggling through life and learning how to be their best selves. The right wilderness therapy program can help the whole family get back on track to achieving their dreams.
What is Wilderness Therapy?
If your teen or young adult is struggling and you don’t know what to do, you’re not alone. Programs such as Pacific Quest help teens, young adults and their families learn positive skills to cope with a variety of challenges such as anxiety, substance abuse, video game addiction, school issues and identity issues. Read more about the signs of a troubled teen.
Wilderness therapy programs focus on the restorative power of nature to help adolescents learn how to overcome behavioral and mental health issues. While outdoor education programs have been around since the 1960s and 1970s, this form of self-discovery evolved over time into its current form. Located on Hawaii’s Big Island, Pacific Quest incorporates a neurodevelopmental approach to treatment with horticultural therapy to help teens and young adults learn how to manage their struggles. Wilderness therapy programs like the one at Pacific Quest may mimic some of the challenges a teen faces at home or within their peer group to teach them how to productively deal with these challenges. Teens often need to be away from a familiar environment to break negative patterns of behavior and learn positive ones. Learn more about wilderness therapy programs.
The Pacific Quest Difference
At Pacific Quest, each student has an individualized treatment plan that includes both group and individual therapy. A typical day for a Pacific Quest student includes academic coursework as well as a variety of activities such as community service, exercise, self-care, personal reflection, meal preparation and exercise. Students will also learn life skills such as how to get and stay organized, how to manage their time and how to live in a community in a positive, productive way. The team at Pacific Quest teaches lessons that can stay with our students for a lifetime.
Among wilderness therapy programs, Pacific Quest distinguishes itself in myriad ways. First, we incorporate horticulture therapy, which combines the art and science of growing flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables with current practices in human behavior, neuroscience and counseling psychology. Through this form of therapy, students develop a sense of purpose and can see the tangible results of their efforts. Second, we’re the only wilderness therapy program with a full-time staff that’s on duty 24/7 and every day of the year. Third, Pacific Quest is the only program with a full-service hospital just 20 minutes away. Next, our Medical Director, Clinical Director, Program Director and Admissions Director collaboratively review all potential candidates prior to admission. Finally, Pacific Quest is the only wilderness therapy program with a consulting MD, a psychiatrist on-staff and two full-time naturopathic doctors as well as three medical coordinators and two wellness assistants to round out our team. Pacific Quest has distinguished itself in the field of wilderness therapy programs since the early 1990s and has helped countless teens and young adults. Contact Pacific Quest today to learn how we can help your family achieve your lifelong dreams.