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Boot Camps In Arizona

Wingate Wilderness Therapy - Troubled girls at a boot camp for teensWinGate Wilderness Therapy is a top-rated Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program, chosen by parents as an alternative to Boot Camps For Troubled Teens in Arizona. Located in beautiful Southern Utah, and with over 80 years of collective experience with wilderness therapy programs, the WinGate program knows how to treat both troubled teens and struggling young adults. We accomplish this by supporting them in the discovery of a new path and direction in life.

The philosophy behind most boot camps is: if you scream and discipline children enough, they will "get in line." The findings are that while enrolled in the intense, overpowering, military-like setting of a boot camp, defiant teenagers may actually "fall in line." But this "rehabilitation" is, unfortunately, only temporary and based out of fear, thus not producing any "lasting" changes in teens.

It is critical for any parent to investigate other viable treatment options. Wilderness adventure programs are far more effective in transforming the lives of troubled teens, while helping them get their lives back on the right track.

Recognized as a premier therapeutic transitional living program, WinGate teaches independent living skills and personal accountability that lead to a lasting healthy and balanced life. We are confident that when you choose our program, as an alternative to boot camps, the positive impact on your teen's poor behavior will give your family the results you desire.

Here at WinGate, you can expect the best results from our compassionate and experienced staff. This research-validated method of wilderness-based treatment makes our work WORK! The serene and distraction-free setting of our wilderness area can help even the most "treatment-resistant" adolescents from Arizona find their way.

Call Wingate Wilderness Therapy today at (800) 560-1599, and allow us to give your troubled teen the help they need.

Wingate Wilderness Therapy - Wilderness campers enjoying views of the therapeutic outdoorsJuvenile Boot Camps Pros and Cons

There are no findings from research that "favor" boot camps, in light of any of the initial intentions for rehabilitation. Recidivism rates of boot camp participants (referring to a person's chance of relapse back into criminal behavior) are roughly the same when compared to former prison inmates.

In fact, Boot Camps have recently come under sharp criticism by mental health practitioners for being "too harsh while not addressing the juvenile's real underlying psychological problems through proper counseling and therapy."

Over the years, we have served literally thousands of boys, girls, and young adults from Arizona and from all over the country. WinGate's track record speaks for itself when it comes to life changing results. Our troubled teen graduates are growing to be mentally healthy adults, and emerging as strong individuals motivated to succeed.

Bringing forth peace and restoring emotional health is our goal. Our desire is to witness the realization of your struggling boy or girl make the transition into a triumphant adulthood and living independently. To us, the way to achieve this recovery is by showing them how to harness their cravings through the power of the wilderness.

Arizona Boot Camps For Kids

Juvenile boot camps (also called "shock" or "intensive" incarceration programs), are typically correctional facilities of the state. Usually, for a teen to be placed in a boot camp, he or she must be sentenced to a camp by a judge. Before entrusting your child or teen to a boot camp program, we urge you to consider that most operate without accreditation or licensure, and there is typically little oversight or accountability.

Wingate Wilderness Therapy - Campers experiencing adventure therapy while in recoveryOur philosophy, here at Wingate, is that while treating troubled kids and adolescents, we create an environment of responsiveness while reducing any resistance they may have to change and toward authority.

At Wingate, we practice "cooperation" rather than "confrontation." Although we follow explicit rules to maintain the safety and overall program effectiveness, we also value and honor each student’s unique path. Because we have respect and positive regard for every student, our therapists strive to gain insights into each individual.

Boot Camps For Troubled Teens

Free boot camps for troubled teens typically do not exist. However, there are state-funded boot camps that can be utilized only if your teen has been or is in the state juvenile system. Although state-funded boot camps may be the only option financially available for some people, this option causes drawbacks worth considering.

In the past, some private boot camps and military academies have offered scholarship and grant programs for families unable to afford the tuition. But these "grant" programs are typically "loans" to be paid back in the form of monthly payments. What's more, most of these programs are extinct and hard to find.

Bringing to pass peace and the restoration of emotional health to students from Arizona and from all over the country is our goal. WinGate's plan is to see your boy or girl make the transition into adulthood while living independently as a mentally healthy person. Feel free to contact WinGate's admissions department regarding enrollment, tuition, and other information.

For testimonials from current and past Wingate families and clients, reach out to our administrator at (800) 560-1599. We have helped many at-risk teens from Arizona in the past.


National Resources for Parents:

NATSAP For Parents (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) - Here you can find "articles" for which have been consolidated as a resource for parents. Also, before making a final placement for your child, you may gain insight with "questions to ask." NATSAP incorporates a mixture of programs and schools offering therapy to families and people across the nation. Although not a referral, advocate or placement agency, NATSAP is a volunteer membership association supporting both programs and professionals for the purpose of helping troubled young people.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - NAMI, our nation’s largest and most comprehensive grassroots mental health community, is devoted to building healthier lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.


Arizona State Resources for Parents:

Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care for Arizona - The synthesis of both physical and behavioral health assistance enables Integrated Behavioral Health the ability to direct all physical health and the behavioral healthcare needs to the people of Arizona. This integration encompasses both the coordination and collaboration of all physical health and behavioral health providers in the area. It is our message to all people of Arizona to not only manage their physical health, but also their behavioral health needs as well.

Arizona Division of Behavioral Health Services - Are you concerned about someone's mental health or substance use, including your own? The Arizona Department of Health Services encourages and preserves the health of Arizona's children and adults. Facilitating Behavioral Health Care throughout Arizona. News, Information, links, FAQs and more.

Getting Help for Troubled Teens in Arizona

Parents from Arizona with a troubled teen know how difficult it can be to deal with all of life's challenges and then to come face to face with the decision to send your teenager to a private program or school.  Often parents will try to fix or deal with their teen’s problems by themselves, and that is when they discover they are not equipped; whereas a professional might be able to better deal with your teen's issues.

Arizona Teens and Parents can Learn from the Right Program

Some parents take their Arizona teens to a local therapist only to find that one-on-one therapy was not the answer. Teens learn and respond better when they work and play with other teens. Wingate Wilderness Therapy will bring like minded teens together and allow them to grow through the help of Wingate coaches who assist, guide and coach students and parents as well.

Call 1-800-560-1599 or email us now to confidentially discuss
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