Pioneers in the field
Aspiro was founded in 2005 by a group of clinicians, industry leaders, and experts in residential and wilderness treatment programs. These pioneers had a hunch that adding adventure to program activities would provide unique assessment and treatment opportunities. Aspirostepped forward into new territory by designing therapeutic adventure programming, intentionally broadening the scope of wilderness therapy treatment options. Our program is uniquely based on a three-pillar system of wilderness, adventure, and therapy. By facilitating our program in the context of sequenced adventure activities, our students invest quickly in the therapeutic process, experience diverse environments, grow as individuals, and create life-long changes.
What makes us special?
Create the best, do the best, and become the best. Research-backed, family-focused, individually tailored to each student’s needs. We are continually evolving and constantly adapting to ever-changing lifestyles, which makes our program unique. Our program is uniquely based on a three-pillar system of wilderness, adventure, and therapy.
While many programs employ wilderness therapy, we knew there had to be more. For years we’ve known direct mentoring, in-the-moment coaching, and repetitive practice are powerful mechanisms for change. In fact, adventure therapy is a well-documented method that has driven amazing results since the 1960s. With strategic planning and intentional research, we added the concept of adventure therapy to wilderness therapy, thereby fully crafting our model of Wilderness Adventure Therapy (WAT).