Boarding Schools in California

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teen sad need therapy from treatment program WinGate Wilderness Therapy is a leading provider of Wilderness programs for struggling teens from California. Unlike traditional Boarding Schools, WinGate takes a more therapeutic approach to healing; we not only allow teens to benefit from substance abuse treatment and recovery, but we also give them the opportunity to learn important life skills as they re-build themselves both mentally and physically in the outdoors.

Additionally, while WinGate Wilderness Therapy may be located outside California, it is highly recommended that teens with any form of addiction or mental health issues are provided treatment away from unsupportive peers and negative influences. For this reason, seeking treatment out of state is ideal, and as a result, Wingate has made it our priority to accept troubled teens from all areas of the country.

Whether addiction is the primary problem or whether there are other behavioral health issues, the programs like those which Wingate provides, have proven time and again to deliver successfully significant long-lasting results. Based on the philosophies of the Arbinger Institute, Wingate’s approach to therapeutic intervention is focused on helping struggling individuals make and sustain, a deeper level of change; the kind of change that is accomplished through Wingate’s Strength-Based/Natural Consequence model.

As a program that encourages cooperation rather than confrontation, WinGate allows struggling teens to build their strengths and achieve more peaceful hearts by using nature to help them work with other teens to achieve common goals. This is most often referred to as adventure therapy when it occurs through wilderness programs.

However, although Wilderness therapy participants are encouraged to find their own path toward internal balance in the outdoors, there are strict rules and consequences for when rules are broken. Thus, students inevitably change their behavior willingly and on their own, receiving positive consequences for positive actions. It takes more than boarding school to produce the kind of change that will give teens the tools they need for permanent sobriety, and California troubled teens desperately need the right kind of help.

Call WinGate Wilderness Therapy now and find out just what kind of dramatic and positive changes struggling teens are capable of. Our consultants are available to answer any questions. Call (800) 560-1599 today!

California Boarding Schools for Boys

Treating extreme substance abuse problems of troubled teen boys often comes down to taking drastic action. However, while parents of struggling teens may find themselves searching for California boarding schools for boys, these schools aren’t necessarily the solution. In fact, they rarely are; because, although they may provide structure and education, they fail to treat the underlying problems that have caused teen boys to exhibit negative behaviors in the first place. When parents need to find help for their struggling teens, it’s wilderness programs like that of WinGate Wilderness Therapy, that garner the most successful and enduring results.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teens happy recovering at therapeutic program for youthAs an affiliated member of National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, WinGate is a truly therapeutic environment which focuses on healing and creating permanent change of the “heart,” rather than the temporary changes results from a short-term change of scenery or daily structure. We take our students and assess them on an individual level, providing them with the type of therapy, interaction, and activities that will build the foundation for optimal success.

In addition, when teens are struggling with addiction or substance abuse, they are introduced to the 12 steps of AA, as well as be given the opportunity to form more positive behaviors and habits and develop the life skills which will ultimately enable a new, sober way of living.

The adventure therapy programs that WinGate provides have changed the lives of many troubled teen boys, even when they didn’t want – or think – they could change. For any parent who believes their troubled teen boy is finally in need of professional help, it’s not California boarding schools that will do it, but a true therapeutic program like WinGate Wilderness Therapy, which will finally facilitate significant change.

Boys Boarding School Alternative

Boarding schools in California aren’t the only choice for parents of struggling teens. In fact, whether the problem stems from ongoing mental health or behavioral issues, or whether substance abuse or addiction has taken over, finding an alternative that can provide a thorough, therapeutic environment is nearly always a better option. Wingate Wildness Therapy is such a place, and as leading boys boarding school alternative, the results we achieve are designed to provide permanent and meaningful change in each of our student’s lives.

Wingate has dedicated our entire existence to helping struggling teens re-build their lives and ways of thinking. Through our wilderness therapy programs and the use of nature and the outdoors, we not only help struggling teens change their behavior, but we strategically implement tasks and team-building behaviors which improve a number of areas in each teen’s life.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teen appreciating therapeutic healing of outdoors at wilderness programThese improvements aren’t just limited to academic performance and moderate behavior modification either, we also include the development of better communication skills, impulse control, self-efficacy, life skills development, and improved self-esteem. There’s no doubt that California boarding schools have their place in society. Yet, when it comes to additional challenges – like those which come through addiction and behavioral or mental health problems – a boarding school just isn’t enough.

Wilderness therapy programs have been widely recognized as successful means of implementing positive change for all types of issues in troubled teens, and whether it’s due to substance abuse, depression, struggles with Add or ADHD, sexual promiscuity, anxiety, defiance, academic failure, or any other problem, WinGate Wilderness is worth considering when parents care about the long-term health of their child.

Wingate Wilderness Therapy is committed to providing our students with permanent, lasting change. Our consultants are available to guide and coach parents of troubled teens and help them determine which kind of help is the right kind of help for their teen.

Call (800) 560-1599, today, and find out how WinGate’s program heals.

National Resources for Parents and Teens:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) - The Role That Parents Play is Key! As kids get older and are introduced to drugs and alcohol, parents are faced with new challenges that require increased attention and focus. Fortunately, parents have a lot of influence over the decisions that their kids make. Simply having an honest conversation about the adverse effects of drugs and alcohol can have a tremendous impact on the lives of their children. In fact, research shows that kids who talk to their parents about the dangers of drug and alcohol use are 50% less likely to use these substances.

California State Resources for Parents:

California Healthline - California Healthline is committed to the important issues influencing health care policy, delivery, and financing. As a free, daily digest of health care news, policy and opinion, California Healthline was designed to meet the information demands of active health care specialists and decision makers.

National Alliance of Mental Illness California (NAMI California) - As a grassroots coalition of individuals and families whose lives have been touched by mental illness, NAMI California advocates for a life of both quality and respect, without discrimination or stigma. For all their constituents, NAMI California provides leadership in advocacy, policy development, legislation, education and support throughout the state of California.

Violence and Teens in America Today

The growing epidemic of troubled teenage violence goes way past just the big cities of America and infiltrates virtually every single community without regard for wealth status (the rich and the poor). Just 30 years ago the rate of 14 to 19 year old arrests went was 5 per 1000 and today is up to 125 per 1000 teens get arrested in that age range. 

Because of the intense and prolific amount of violence in our communities and city streets throught the country, teens are left without guidance and encouragement. This becomes an outlet for crime and especially violent behavior.  One common thread that is prevalent among violent teens is the lack of a father or father/male role model. The absence of a father figure has consequences that are felt throughout the community and the nation. As parents and guardians of our young men and women we must be aware of this issue and recognize that unless we act now, it will only get worse.

We see these alarming numbers at Wingate Wilderness Therapy and we know that we can help many of these teens that are struggling in todays violent environment. For immediate reasons how we can help, please call (800) 560-1599.

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