We find the academic aspect of treatment especially important since, in some form or another, academics often play a significant role in a parent’s decision to pursue treatment in the first place. Outback integrates academics as part of our holistic and individualized approach of offering help for troubled teens. By including academics in these treatment programs, your child gets the help he or she needs and avoids falling behind in school.
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is academically accredited through AdvancED (North Central). Our staff and Academic Coordinator hand out assignment packets on a weekly basis. Our academic program uses approved educational materials and techniques in four areas of the Utah State Office of Education’s approved curriculum:
Each Outback Therapeutic Expeditions student has the potential to earn one semester’s worth of academic credit in each course during a typical six-week wilderness therapy stay. These academic credits, favorable or not, will be recorded on their transcripts.
The transcripts will be sent home to the student’s parents, as well. This creates accountability for teens in crisis as they continue to focus on their personal development in wilderness therapy. Not only does an integrated academic component enhance the student’s overall experience, but it provides additional assessment opportunities and helps us evaluate motivational issues.