The Perfect Pair: Adventure Therapy and IndependenceJuly 10, 2019
Independence can be a hard skill to grasp when one is constantly in an environment that doesn’t require them to be. Sometimes growing one’s independence requires professional intervention and that’s okay. There are many options out there to consider to get your child the help they need. Adventure therapy and the independence that comes with it, may be just what your child needs. This type of therapy takes an adventure-based approach outdoors that can truly help individuals grow. Wilderness therapy allows young people to reset and recharge in an environment away from their everyday lives. Independence in particular, is a skill that focused on in adventure therapy. Some important elements to becoming independent include:
- Learning emotional regulation
- Communicating with others
- Bouncing back from set-backs
- Overcoming challenges
This is not an extensive list of the small things that contribute to the big picture of being independent but it’s a start. While students are unplugged, the realities of their life are still included in the treatment process.
Bringing the Real World into Wilderness
Adventure therapy programs often offer educational programs for students. The idea is not to lose track of important pieces of one’s everyday life. Instead, this therapy works to teach young people transferrable skills that they can easily apply to their life at home. Other components that adventure therapy addresses includes:
- One-on-one time with therapists. This helps students receive individualized care and focus on creating a plan for self-improvement based off of one’s unique needs.
- Community engagement. In the real world, one cannot skip out on interacting with others. Wilderness therapy recognizes this. Students interact with professionals and peers who may be coping with the same challenges they are.
- Experiential learning. The beauty of adventure therapy is it is full of hands-on activities. One of the best ways to learn is by experiencing. Students will be challenged outside of their comfort zone. This gives them an opportunity to grow and learn to adapt when necessary.
Trails Momentum can help
Trails Momentum is a wilderness therapy program for teens and young adults ages 18-25 to transition to independence and improved self-awareness. The program uses adventure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and a strength-based approach. It is a small and nurturing community that focuses on goals of improved self-regulation and overall functioning for the young adults. Trails Momentum gives students the skills they need to lead healthier, happier lives. We can help your family today!
Contact us at 877-296-8711.