Adolescents at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
experience an adventure that takes them beyond shifts in behavior to true second order change. We believe it is the depth of work and individualization that matter most, which is why we maintain a simple nomadic model. This allows for the greatest amount of flexibility to meet the needs of each unique teen we work with, as well as the peer group they are integrated within. The constant, gentle pressure of this model speaks volumes to our students. It reminds them of their own self-agency, power, compassion, responsibility, depth, and resilience. At Blue Ridge, we employ a nomadic model ofwilderness therapy
. Our students do not come in to a base camp, transition from point to point in vehicles, participate in adventure sports, or engage in other breaks in the experience. The result is a fine-tuned group experience in which students and staff learn to settle into the quiet nurturing of the wilderness.
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