Active Participants

Expedition Therapy is a choice. These expeditions are challenging. Students must make an informed decision to commit to the program — to be active participants in the expedition and in their personal growth. To help realize that commitment, instructors and mentors build a framework for open communication and active learning specific to each group. We encourage regular communication with family. We do not dress participants in uniforms or force therapeutic processes. As a result, we are able to cultivate a safe, positive and productive emotional environment.

We offer a goal-oriented, solution-based approach to therapy combined with a curriculum that promotes self-discovery and fosters each individual’s strengths. Working with others to tackle wilderness expeditions within a therapeutic framework stimulates personal growth and a sense of community. Unlike more traditional therapeutic approaches, our program provides hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. This approach has proven effective for all age groups and is at the heart of our program.

The Expedition Therapy program is open to men and women ages 18 to 33. Following one-on-one therapeutic assessments, participants join their expedition with defined objectives and goals. Students learn expedition skills from mentors and teach those skills to peers, increasing their sense of self and individual autonomy. Participants learn differentiation of self even as they connect with their team. They recognize their unique contributions to the expedition and learn productive communication techniques to address power struggles and other ineffective group dynamics.

Benefits of wilderness therapy recognized by therapists and researchers in the field include increased self-esteem and self-efficacy, better problem solving skills and a greater sense of control. It has proven to assist behavioral and cognitive development, decrease depression and improve attitude. Students graduate Expedition Therapy with greater confidence, a more developed sense of self and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. The strength participants realize on their expedition helps to establish a stable foundation for future success.

Expedition Therapy can effectively address:

  • Depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Substance abuse
  • Social anxiety
  • Isolation
  • School failure or withdrawal
  • Computer addiction
  • Attachment and abandonment issues
  • Lack of motivation
  • Family relationship issues
  • Communication struggles
  • An inability to move forward in life

Expedition Therapy is ideal for individuals who:

  • Need a life change or are seeking direction
  • Want outdoor leadership and technical skills with therapeutic support
  • Want to build positive coping mechanisms and support structures
  • Have completed a traditional wilderness therapy program or boarding school

Expedition Therapy is not the appropriate choice for the following:

  • Students prone to self-harm, self-cutting or suicide
  • Repeat violent offenders
  • Sex offenders