Youth who participate in Wilderness and Adventure-based Therapeutic Outdoor Services expand individual capabilities, develop self-confidence and insight, ameliorate symptoms, and improve interpersonal skills and relationships.
individual, family, and/or group psychotherapy by qualified mental health professionals when indicated in the service plan and as appropriate to the youth’s needs, length of stay, and accessibility to clinical personnel; and
educational services, when applicable.
The organization tailors activities to the abilities of youth by:
planning, adjusting, and graduating experiences to a level of difficulty appropriate for the skill level and capacities of youth;
teaching needed skills and techniques progressively;
providing appropriate support and supervision for less-skilled youth; and
pacing group activities according to the capabilities of the least able or fit member of the team.
The organization prohibits:
the use of coercion or force to induce youth to engage in a specific adventure-based activity; and
deliberately limiting reasonable options or alternatives to participation.
Organizations are not required to obtain pro-formal verbal agreements for each activity and sub-activity, but must take any strong objections from youth seriously, and examine all implications, such as illness or skill level, and offer encouragement to participate, when needed.
Organizations that make use of “escort services” to transport youth to any of their programs, sites, and facilities must provide: a complete description of the breadth and scope of such services; referral procedures; how the services are certified, licensed, or regulated by governmental authority or overseen by other mechanisms; and how the organization maintains compliance with this standard. The organization must use only services that are appropriately insured.
Personnel help youth to learn from their experiences and integrate acquired skills into practice by engaging youth in daily debriefing sessions and formal and informal discussions.
Discussions focused on evaluating individual client needs should be recorded in the case record. Discussions regarding group dynamics and environmental concerns should be recorded in a guide or therapist log.
The program accommodates the religious and spiritual observances of youth to the greatest extent possible given the service setting.
NAServices are not provided in a residential setting.