Category Archives: Wilderness Programs

The purpose of wilderness programs is to separate teens from the world as they know it and place them in an environment where they can connect with nature, their inner-self, their higher power, etc. Wilderness programs can incorporate many activities that involve team-building, group dynamics, experiential, hands-on therapeutic interventions in the context of their environment.

Research-Based Model for Coercive Admissions

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IECA Conference Presentation: Alleviating the Perception of Coercion and Eliciting Autonomous Motivation During the Admission Process

On Friday, May 8th, 2015, our founder–Clinton J. Hardy–and Dr. Neal Christensen had the opportunity to present, Alleviating the Perception of Coercion and Eliciting Autonomous Motivation During the Admission Process, at the IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) Conference in Baltimore, MD. We would especially like to express our gratitude to the educational consultants and program representatives who attended […]

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Research Update: Recent Inquiry into Adolescents’ Perception of Negative Admission Pressures in Wilderness Therapy

Recent Inquiry into Adolescents’ Perception of Negative Admission Pressures in Wilderness Therapy In April 2014, I concluded a one-year data collection project of 76 adolescents entering a wilderness therapy program in Utah. In order to increase the access of my findings, I have included the most… Access and read full linkedin article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20140930184403-3557384-recent-inquiry-into-adolescents-perception-of-negative-admission-pressures-in-wilderness-therapy?published=t

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An Adolescent Transport Should Better Prepare the Adolescent/Teen for Treatment

If an Adolescent is transported into a treatment settings, such as a wilderness program, therapeutic boarding school, or residential treatment center, he/she should arrive better prepared than when the transport first commenced.  In essence, even if an adolescent and his/her parents are in conflict regarding treatment, by the time the adolescent arrives at the treatment […]

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Research Awareness Among Adolescent Transport & Youth Treatment Services is Essential

It is essential that any adolescent treatment service, especially an adolescent or youth transport service, to be aware of the research that pertains to the populations of adolescents, teens, and in some cases adults, they are providing therapeutic services. Transport and treatment services should also be familiar with the research as it pertains directly to […]

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2012 Study Suggests An Adolescent’s Readiness to Change When Entering Wilderness Treatment May Not Impact Long-term Outcomes

Bettmann, Russell, & Parry discussed that adolescent treatment coercion can sometimes involve an adolescent literally being escorted by a third-party service (e.g., youth transport service) into treatment via physical force or implied intimidation..

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Negative Pressures and Adolescent Treatment Admission Reactions

A current research study by Clinton Hardy (NST founder) is indicating that certain procedures, particularly those involving negative coercive pressures, significantly relate with adverse affective reactions, or attitudes, at the time of entering a youth/teen treatment program..

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NATWC Staff Training/Counselor Certification

The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping (NATWC) will be holding a two-day intensive training for staff working in therapeutic wilderness or residential settings.  This counselor training will be held October 24th and 25th in Henderson, North Carolina.  The cost of attending ranges from $270-$300 per person and includes room $ board and all training. […]

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The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping (NATWC) Conference

The 2011 National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping (NATWC) Annual Training Conference is scheduled to be held in Nashville, Tennessee September 18-20 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. NATWC is a professional membership organization that includes a variety of therapeutic wilderness and outdoor exploration/adventure programs throughout the United States.  According to the NATWC website, its purpose […]

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Aspen Achievement Academy and Aspen Ranch Closing!

New Start Transports (NST), its founders and employees, were saddened to hear the disappointing news that Aspen Achievement Academy and Aspen Ranch will be closed, along with several other good programs. As many of you know, Clinton and Jacob Hardy, both participated in the Aspen Academy’s wilderness program 15 years ago. Ironically, NST has received […]

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