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At Outback Wilderness therapy, we treat a wide variety of common teen problems. If your child (ages 13-17) is suffering from behavioral problems, we’ll perform an assessment to determine if a wilderness therapy program would be the most effective treatment. We provide a more comprehensive opportunity for assessment and treatment than most wilderness programs for troubled teens.

Our programs place an emphasis on healthy relationships, increased self-efficacy, and an improved sense of autonomy through skill enhancement. If your child is struggling with any of the following problems, call or email us for an assessment to see if you or your loved one may benefit from our program.

  • Depression – Diminished interest in regular activities, significant weight loss/gain, sleep disturbances, fatigue, feelings of worthlessness, decreased ability to think, recurrent thoughts of death
  • Anxiety – Excessive worry, difficulty concentrating, irritability, sleep disturbances, impairment in social functioning
  • Learning disabilities – Difficulties in acquiring reading, writing, mathematics or language skills in a normal developmental period
  • Social isolation – Impaired ability to develop close relationships, prefers being alone most of the time, limited interaction within social settings

  • Identity development – A sudden or continuous change in physical appearance, behaviors, attitudes, or friendships
  • Academic issues – GPA is incongruent with intelligence, sudden decline in grades
  • Dangerous/risky behaviors – Sexual promiscuity, unrestrained substance abuse, reckless driving
  • Peer dependence – Difficulty making decisions without reassurance from others, difficulty expressing disagreement with peers for fear of rejection, feels uncomfortable when alone

  • Defiance Often argues with authority, defies rules, blames others, verbally aggressive, damages property
  • Emotional outbursts Easily angered, annoyed, resentful, highly exaggerated emotions that are incongruent with the situation
  • Electronics addiction – A preoccupation with electronics, severe irritability and/or sadness if electronics are removed or limited, electronics are used to escape or relieve negative mood, loss of interest in other hobbies or social interactions, majority of friends are made through electronic mediums, deceives others in order to maintain or increase electronic use

  • Substance abuse – Strong craving/desire for substance use, continued use despite social problems, recurrent use in physically hazardous situations, failure to fulfill obligations due to substance use
  • Traumatic events – History of abuse, the loss of a loved one, difficult parental divorce, etc…
  • Bullying – Physically or emotionally bullied on a regular basis, difficulty making friends, socially awkward
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