“I will always do what is best for the group, leaving no one left out including myself.”
From the inception of our pilot programs in 2006, assumptions and guesswork has never been an option. Continuing to leverage research based outcomes for our wilderness treatment, centers us on a foundation of measurable impact.
A proper assessment is the hallmark of planning and progression. Without knowing where your child starts, we cannot plan where they should be going. For this reason, we only partner with nationally recognized, industry leading testers.
Therapeutic Field Guides
Like our therapists, our therapeutic field guides are so much more than an impressive resume. From our thorough and extensive application and hiring process, to the ongoing training and one-on-one’s with our therapists, our therapeutic field guides bring more than just a warm body to our program. After extensive research, we have developed a “persona” that clearly defines what type of person — personality, skill set, passions, and drive — will work best in being part of our treatment team and aid in life-long success for our students. In fact, it is not uncommon for our therapeutic field guides to become clinical assistants, aiding our therapists in the fields, or even to become licensed therapists and maintain their own cases.
There is a reason that our parent’s testimonies mention how happy they are with our therapists. While therapy is based in science, it is most effective when paired with heart, compassion, and empathy. Yes, our team is comprised of some of the smartest in their field, but they are also masters of compassion and relationship building. They truly care about everyone they interact with, and once you meet them, there will be no question they desire to help and better the lives of their students and families. To summarize, here is a direct testimony from one of our parents (click here for more): “During this difficult time in trying to help my son, I never felt that anyone ‘got it’ until I met [our therapist] and his staff. They truly have a genuine caring for their students and [their] success.”
The reason we constantly gather research, take such care in choosing our staff, and push ourselves to be the best in everything we do is simple: we didn’t want success to be a relative term, rather, success is defined by life-long positive change. How can life-long change and success be measured? Research and years of expertise have answered: intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy.
Intrinsic motivation, one quality we use to measure success, is the idea that behavior is driven by internal reward; there is no carrot at the completion of an obstacle other than knowing the obstacle has been conquered. While some programs will rely on “phases” or “levels” in attempt to bring about change, research shows if life long success and change is the goal, the desire to change must come from within.
While intrinsic motivation is the desire to change, self efficacy is both the belief in the ability to affect change along with the perseverance to move beyond obstacles until success is reached. Albert Bandura, the creator of self-efficacy as we know it, defines it as “the belief in one’s capabilities to organize and execute the courses of action required to manage prospective situations.” In other words, it is one’s belief in their own abilities to achieve the goals they desire and to overcome the obstacles they are faced with. We know, and research shows, with both the intrinsic motivation to change coupled with the self-efficacy to follow through, the reality of life long change is possible.