Short-term clinical wilderness therapy and assessment program
based in Mt. Pleasant, Utah
Adolescence and the transition to adulthood can be a difficult time for even the most highly functioning young people. Vantage Point by Aspiro is designed for adolescents (ages 13 – 17) and young adults (ages 18 – 28) who face additional challenges as they grapple with a wide range of emotional, learning, neurodevelopmental, psychological and behavioral difficulties. We offer comprehensive wilderness therapy treatment in a dynamic, experiential setting.
Some of the issues our students struggle with:
A Focus on Positive Change
Many adolescents, especially those with learning or emotional difficulties, have not yet developed the ability to process information verbally and apply it to their lives. They may struggle with connecting cause and effect. These connections are best made through experience. Adventure wilderness therapy offers the opportunity for our students to learn firsthand from their own experiences; this is crucial to healthy adolescent development.
Focused on skill enhancement through a multi-modal approach that integrates comprehensive assessment, individualized treatment, group cohesion, family integration, and adventure-based therapeutic experiences. At all times, whether on an adventure or at our base camp, participants are supervised by a team of experienced professionals who keep them safe in a compassionate, supportive and therapeutic environment. Our students benefit from facing challenges and experiencing success in a high adventure therapy model, leading to an increased level of self-efficacy.
Therapy for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, & Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Among Others
Clinical Treatment in a Wilderness Therapy Setting
Accurate assessment and understanding of the whole child, combined with specific skill-building and self-efficacy, are essential to overcoming learning and neurodevelopmental issues (eg. ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder). Vantage Point by Aspiro provides continuous assessment and customized treatment:
- Comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment on-site and in the community
- Individualized training in social, emotional, behavioral, communication, and academic skills
- Confidence, motivation, and self-efficacy learned through safe and challenging wilderness therapy adventure experiences
- Treatment goals are updated on a weekly basis
- Regular and consistent communication with parents and referring professionals
- Ongoing functional assessment of each student results in integrated recommendations for further treatment
Our wilderness therapy expeditions inspire self-discovery while focusing on building a connection with family and character development through challenge and adventure. Vantage Point students experience remarkable, positive change as they are inspired by nature and the process of personal growth.
The Power of Intrinsic Motivation
While other types of intervention focus on behavioral modification and extrinsic (external force) motivations, our Wilderness Adventure Therapy Program encourages intrinsic (internal decision) motivation through the use of positive psychology and relationship-based therapy techniques. Without the use of coercion, your child will learn how to problem-solve, manage and assess risk, and drive their own motivation as opposed to being forced into actions. We invite, support, and encourage participation from each of our students. Aspiro is a clinically sophisticated research-based program licensed by the State of Utah.
Treatment as Unique as Your Child
Students participate in individual and group sessions facilitated by a Master’s or Ph.D. level therapist who creates a comprehensive assessment of each student and their specific needs. They will gather information from parents, professionals, psychological testing, and therapeutic field observations to create a detailed recommendation for the transition plan and long-term success of your child.
It’s All About the Family
Aspiro is committed to incorporating a family systems approach throughout treatment. Parents and sometimes other family members are expected to participate in weekly phone communication with the primary therapist, various reading and writing assignments, and attendance at our on-site parent seminar midway through the program. At Aspiro we not only work with the individual child, but we also work with the entire family.
& 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.