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Boot Camps In Utah

Image of troubled teenager from Utah receiving disciplineWinGate Wilderness Therapy is a top-rated Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program, chosen by parents as an alternative to Boot Camps For Troubled Teens in Utah. 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 Therapy Program is far more effective in transforming the lives of troubled teens, while helping them get their lives back on the right track.

Outdoor Education For Troubled Teens

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 Utah find their way.

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

Juvenile 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."

~cappersonteen3~ girl from Utah experiencing restoration at WinGate's wilderness therapy programOver the years, we have served literally thousands of boys, girls, and young adults from Utah 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.

Utah 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.

Our 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 Teen boy from Utah experiencing restoration at WinGate's wilderness therapy program for troubled adolescentsoption 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 Utah 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 Utah in the past.


National Organization for Parents of Troubled Youth from Utah

MentalHealth.gov: Location and local Utah environments can have a significant impact on mental health, particularly amongst teens and young adults. Community Conversations is a national initiative with the intention of collecting opinions and information from Utah communities; to inform region-based action plans. The aim of the programs is to guide service providers and therapeutic program locations in Utah to offer the most effective, relevant outcomes for the area that they serve; especially for disadvantaged neighborhoods where crime and anti-social behavior may be linked to mentally ill health. Their plans are to concentrate thier help in Utah, where it’s needed most.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive grassroots mental health community. It is committed to building healthier lives for Utah residents, and the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. A mental illness is a mental health condition that impacts an individual’s thought processes, emotions, and depression. It may also affect the person’s ability to relate to others, as well as function on a daily basis. NAMI strives to shape the national public policy landscape for struggling teens, young adults, and families in Utah; affected by mental illness. NAMI also provides grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to protect the mental health of individuals in Utah, and all over the nation.

Boot Camps for Troubled Teens From Utah

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is an alternative to Boot Camps For Troubled Teens and Juveniles. We are a highly rated Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program with over 80 years experience in wilderness therapy programs. Located in beautiful Southern Utah, the WinGate program provides healing and proper treatment for troubled teens. We support troubled teens with a wide range of problems, helping them discover a new path and direction in life.

Boot camps for troubled teens are based on the philosophy of screaming and disciplining troubled teens for any little infraction or deviance by the teen. This intense, overpowering, military-like setting of a boot camp is supposed to help defiant teenagers actually become compliant and acquire an acceptable lifestyle.

Do Troubled Teens From Utah Need Boot Camps?

No research-based studies have been found that favor boot camps, especially when comparing actual results with the boot camps' initial predictions for rehabilitation. After attending a boot camp, the chance of a troubled teen relapsing back into unascceptable behavior is about the same as former prison inmates returning to crime.

An article in the Nando Times, July 6, 2001 says the following about boot camps.

"Boot camps use military discipline to try to turn rebellious youngsters' lives around. But over the past decade, as the popularity of such camps has grown, so have abuse allegations, lawsuits and deaths." Nando Times, July 6,2001 

An article in the highly respected Scientific American magazine by Scott O. Lilienfeld and Hal Arkowitz on November 1, 2014 stated the following.

"...studies indicate that highly confrontational therapeutic approaches are rarely effective in the long term."  


It's important for parents to know that 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.

This type of rehabilitation is temporary and based out of fear or having someone telling them what to do. In actuality, this type of program is not capable of producing any lasting changes in teens.

An Alternative Program for Teens From Utah

Wilderness therapy programs are proven to be far more effective in transforming the lives of troubled teens while helping them get their lives back on the right track. At WinGate Wilderness Therapy, your troubled teen will experience our compassionate and experienced staff. This research-proven system of wilderness-based treatment WORKS! The ruggedly beautiful and distraction-free setting of our wilderness area can help even the most treatment-resistant adolescents start the exciting path of restoration and relationship healing.

At WinGate Wilderness Therapy, we understand the difficult issues teenagers face every day. Our proven program of wilderness therapy will help your troubled teen deal with their social-related or internal problems in a healthy and productive way. Our powerful alliance-based therapeutic program uses human connection, trust, and respect to inspire change that is internally-motivated rather than imposed by the boot camp mentaliry.

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

 

Mental Health Resources for Parents in Utah:

Utah Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health (DSAMH) - The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) was instituted as the State of Utah’s mental health and substance abuse authority. The mission of DSAMH is simple: to cultivate health, hope and healing while overseeing the publicly subsidized treatment and prevention policies. If you, a friend, or a family member is struggling with a mental health problem, or an issue with alcohol, tobacco or substance abuse, there is assistant available to you.

Utah Recovery Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) - USARA's mission is simple: to support, advocate, celebrate, and educate our citizens on behalf of alcohol and drug addiction recovery. As Utah's established addiction recovery community organization, USARA centers on the reality of long-term recovery from addiction and other substances for the both the abuser and their families. As a recovery community organization, USARA's goal is to increase the quality and capacity of support available to all those seeking long-term addiction recovery.

Daily Advice For Parents:

Does you feel your young person might have ODD? There are some simple techniques to encourage him to behave in more socially acceptable ways. You can give him praise and positive reinforcement whenever he shows cooperation. Don’t have too many rules, but focus on a few important ones, especially the ones that involve safety.

People use a variety of both conscious and unconscious processes to deal with their angry feelings. The three main ways to handle it are expressing, suppressing, and calming. Teaching your kids to express their angry feelings in an assertive, non aggressive, manner is the healthiest way to express it. Now, this doesn't mean being pushy or demanding, it means being respectful.

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