Without the help of (our daughter’s therapist) the change and understanding in (our daughter) could never have been accomplished. (Our daughter) has been to five different therapists, in the past three years and none of them could have accomplished what (her Outback Therapist) has. (Her Therapist’s) experience and ways which he is able to reach and understand these trouble adolescents; especially (our daughter) is remarkable She told us that she felt very comfortable with (her therapist) and was able to open up to him. (Her therapist), we feel, is a great asset to (Outback)…my wife and I want to extend our warmest thanks for all you have done in saving (our daughter’s) life.
Vincent, daughter 14
It is actually difficult to express in words my heartfelt gratitude. We were in such a dark place, (my son) and I, and the dynamics of this “family.” Trying to hold it all together for as long as I did by myself came to an incredible decision we all made for sending (my son) to Outback. This summer brought me back to the confirmation of my deep relationship with my son. That alone has brought me a sense of peace. I know that I am forever changed. I feel as though I know something or feel something about parenting and relationships that I did not know prior to this wilderness experience. You helped us all understand the importance of being unified and solid in stance and direction so as to benefit my son. I felt that your directness and openness with each of us was fair and honest. But mostly I felt your sincereness in being invested in the health and wellbeing of (my son), who truly benefits the most. It is now time for a new beginning so that we can gently lean to the right direction and be cautiously optimistic that we are all in a better, healthier place!
Michelle, son 16
I would like to thank all those involved in working with our son during his stay in your program. I would like to send a special thanks to (our son’s therapist). (He) is an outstanding (therapist) with great insight into young men (our son’s) age. (He) was able to work with (our son) and accomplish far more than we thought possible in a short period of time. The young man we saw during our parent visit is dramatically different than the person we brought out 6 weeks ago. Focused, confident, yet humble, he is well on his way to becoming the person we had hoped he could someday be. We know this is just the beginning, but what a great beginning it is! I am filled with optimism and hope for the first time in years. The methods used in you program truly bring results, in a very positive fashion. As a parent with a child who was “struggling” in school, I am pleased to see grades of A’s and B’s from Woodland Hill School. We had concerns about sending our son to your program, as any parent would. Sending a child “away” is never easy under the best of circumstances. When a teen begins down the path to a troubled lifestyle, decisions come a bit easier but never “easy.” The staff really helped to make things as comfortable as possible given the stress of a decision of this nature. The Outback staff are in one word “awesome”. Every person with whom we have had contact has been kind, compassionate and professional. As we tried to assess cost-to-value, we were unsure about “investing’ in your program for our son. I can say now without hesitation, this was money well spent. I would recommend Outback to anyone considering a program of this nature. I cannot say enough about the positive impact Outback has had on our son. It is as if our family has been given a “second chance” at a healthy life together. We intend to make the most of it!
Matthew and Cheryl, son 13
We are deeply grateful to Tracy (and the Outback staff) for all you did for our family during our time of struggle. We have passed our year mark with flying colors!!! We are happy to share that S is having a great year at school! She has made a great diverse/multi-cultural/international group of friends, many with similar experiences. She has been able to be supportive and encouraging with friends without adopting unhealthy behaviors AND has been able to avoid MAJOR drama at school by making healthy, but nonjudgmental, choices. She was hired back at her old job. She works in the kitchen and was asked to be hostess this year. She even played basketball this winter! Her GPA is 3.5 (calculus, physics, chemistry, English, comparative religions, Spanish 3). She has been accepted to several excellent colleges! On the home front, Mom and Dad are thrilled with how she has grown and has handled challenges this year. Dad is still Dad ( the amazing man that he is)… and Mom is, well, renewed :)…thanks so much, Tracy!!! We all have a great relationship and one with equal exchanges and agreeing to disagree, at times, with the ideology of an emerging young adult. S’s experience at Outback is one that she is very proud of…she still beams when she share her experiences and how it led her to where she is today. We, as parents, have also shared with others what an amazing experience it was for our family. We will be forever indebted to you and your staff. It was a life changing experience for all of us. The “view” from here is incredible!
Parents of 17 year old girl