Outback Therapeutic Expeditions
Utah's Outback Therapeutic Expeditions offer help to teenagers ages 13 to 17. Their wilderness programs are geared towards students who may be struggling academically, have low self-esteem, may be abusive toward their parents and siblings or may be experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Others are bright but underachieving.
Outback works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues such as:
- Substance Abuse
- Family Conflict
- Attention Deficit
- Learning Differences
- Low Self-Esteem
- Oppositional Defiance
Wilderness Treatment Program
Every student has unique experiences and trials. At Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, each student is given individual time with their therapist to discuss their progress and opportunities for personal growth. After every individual therapy session, parents receive a phone call from their student's therapist to discuss the student's progress, goals, and future treatment plans. This creates a truly individualized program for each student and family.
A vital component to the Outback Therapeutic Expeditions program is family involvement. Parents are involved in every step of their child's progress. Weekly conference calls with their Outback therapist allow parents to be updated on progress as well as the opportunity to give key insights into specific challenges.
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions' groups are single gender and comprise 6-9 students. Daily group sessions provide a forum for addressing group dynamics, individual character development, and specific topics identified in the treatment plan. A balance of support, structure and peer involvement makes Outback groups an effective part of the treatment. Students also mentor new arrivals - which further aids in the acceptance of personal responsibility and insight.
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, in conjunction with Pine Ridge Academy, has designed a unique academic program that helps students continue their education while receiving intense clinical support, treatment, and development.
This program uses certified teachers and approved educational materials / curriculum in four areas of Utah State Office of Education approved curriculum; Health II, PE, Art, and Life Skills.
Each student has the potential to earn one semester's worth of academic credit in each course during a typical 6 week stay. This is the same credit available during a full quarter in a traditional school setting.
Pine Ridge Academy is accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions works on a continuous flow basis with admissions and discharges happening regularly. This creates a positive peer culture and allows students to become mentors to "new-comers" in the group.
Admissions to Outback may take place any day of the week. Please contact the admissions director if special arrangements need to be made.
Ellwood Crowell Jr. — Regional Director of Admissions
Erik Smith - Program Specialist, Admissions
To speak with an Admissions Counselor call toll-free 877-830-7020
Page last updated Jun 01, 2011