If your child is engaging in disruptive, defiant, or aggressive behavior, you probably feel desperate to help him or her, all while grappling with profound frustration. At SUWS, we are here to provide solutions to allow you, your child, and your family to heal and regain control of your lives.
It is possible to love your child, while not tolerating the behavior.
Through decades of scientific inquiry, researchers have identified what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to overcoming adolescent behavioral challenges. At SUWS, we operate with a relational approach, because building trust within a therapeutic relationship has been demonstrated as the most beneficial way to illicit lasting change. We accomplish this by:
- Working in partnership with families (i.e. Love and Logic training, weekly phone calls, parent seminars, overnight experiences, and family therapy sessions at graduation)
- Understanding that all behavior has a purpose, and helping children learn to get their needs met in a functional manner
- Reinforcing positive behavior and building upon “what works”
- Providing choices throughout treatment to encourage ownership over the recovery process
- Instilling natural consequences as opposed to contrived punishments
- Offering personalized treatment planning paced to each individual’s needs
Why Our Wilderness Program is a Positive Alternative to Boot Camp
If your child has been acting out, you may fear that a respectful and compassionate approach might be too “soft” to achieve results. But think again. In reality, research tells us that interventions like boot camp are ineffective and often backfire. So what does work?
Finding Hope Through Our Wilderness Treatment
If you are a parent or guardian of an adolescent in crisis, know that you are not alone. The licensed professional staff at SUWS are highly trained in the therapeutic interventions needed to help you and your child on the path to recovery.
Together, we will work to promote emotional learning, self-regulation, healthy communication, teamwork, and accountability. Your child deserves to thrive to potential, and with the help of SUWS, he or she can overcome maladaptive behaviors, and live a healthy, joyful life one again.