Research driven results
From the beginning, Aspiro has sought out experts to help us improve our program and analyze effectiveness. We are active members of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, organizations that uphold professional best practices and ethical, researched-based standards.
Aspiro also formed a partnership with Dr. Mark Widmer, a tenured professor of therapeutic recreation at Brigham Young University, in 2006. Dr. Widmer has conducted research in the area of Wilderness and Adventure Therapy for 18 years and publishes his findings in multiple peer reviewed journals. He has numerous ongoing research projects with leading therapeutic outdoor programs. Many of these studies were pioneered and funded by Aspiro, a
demonstration of our commitment to program development.
Dr. Widmer and Aspiro’s research partnership is producing some of the most important and interesting results in the field of wilderness and adventure therapy. Research produced by this partnership has been foundational in our deeper understanding of the wilderness adventure therapy model and our ability to effectively implement it in treatment.
Over the last several years, each of our therapists, field guides, and students have been involved in our research efforts. With each new finding, we are able to adjust programming to improve therapeutic interventions and ultimately our outcomes.
So, how do parents rate us?
Say their therapist is HIGHLY COMPETENT
“Our therapist was the best thing that happened to me and my child. He and his team set us on the correct path.”
“Our therapist was amazing! We are so thankful for her insights and time with our son.”
“Our therapist was brilliant and changed our family/child dynamics.”
“My son has always resisted therapists but loved his therapist!”
“Our therapist was kind, compassionate, professional, just wonderful. We have not experienced such understanding in the UK.”
Say the program promoted
POSITIVE EMOTIONAL GROWTH
“This program has given our son a much stronger sense of self accomplishment, and confidence.”
“My son is calmer and more mature as a result of his experience in the wilderness, and his interaction with guides and therapist.”
“Our daughter is in such a better place now.”
“Our son is learning to be more resilient and his belief in himself has grown!”
“Our son made significant and profound personal and emotional growth during his "awakening" at Aspiro.”
Rating for OVERALL SATISFACTION
“We are so thankful for the Aspiro experience, our therapis, and the entire team. Well done.”
“I have recommended it with enthusiasm, without any hesitation or trepidation.”
“When can I go! It was an experience of a lifetime for our child.”
“I'm happy because I definitely see improvements in my son.”
“Our son has started living a full and happy life with Aspiro and has learned to form good relationships.”
My therapist provided
HELPFUL ADVICE for my child's transition.
“Last few sessions with the therapist were helpful to us in navtigating our son's transition to his next location.”
“Our therapist took a great deal of care to ensure that our son had an enjoyable and smooth transition.”
“Very helpful advice!”
“Our therapist did a nice job easing the transition.”
My child has developed stronger
LIFE COPING SKILLS
“Our son is a work in progress, but Aspiro definitely put him on the right path.”
“My child had NO life coping skills before Aspiro, now he has great skills, thanks.”
“Our son understands now what he needs to do.”
“Our child has learned many coping skills.”
& Field Staff
What makes Aspiro a truly unique and special experience is our highly trained and dedicated team.
Meet The Therapists
& Field Staff
Research shows that our students report a 38% increase in self-confidence. When faced with success in their abilities, students begin to believe in themselves again.