Programs for Troubled Teens From California

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teenagers happy recovering at treatment program for youthWinGate Wilderness Therapy is one of the nation's leading Programs for Troubled Teens from California, providing them treatment and recovery with long term results. By incorporating the philosophy of the Arbinger Institute, WinGate embraces a unique approach wherein every adolescent is treated with respect and empathy and focus is placed not so much on their past mistakes, but upon moving past them and on living a healthy, prosperous life.

While numerous "get tough' programs are often suggested for struggling teens in California, such as military style boot camp or "scared straight" programs, leading research has shown that these programs actually serve to increase recidivism rates and boost the odds of offending by 60%-70%. However, different results can be found through WinGate Wilderness Therapy.

Although WinGate may be located outside of California, enrollment is open to at-risk teens from across the country, allowing them to take advantage of real and lasting change and to enter adulthood confident and ready for what life throws at them.

Troubled Teens Programs That Work

Troubled teenagers in California have a high chance of their behavior escalating and of finding themselves caught up in the legal justice system, which is taking a less favorable look at adolescents and frequently trying them as adults. Preventative measures are always the best route, and at WinGate, your child will find themselves in a situation where, supported by their peers and the licensed professional staff, they will address their problems and behaviors and truly want to work through them.

Our supportive environment that encourages self-directed change in troubled adolescents is what brings about lasting change and reduces recidivism rates. Knowledgeable consultants are available to answer any questions about WinGate Wilderness Therapy, how their program differs from other treatment programs for struggling teens, and the scientific evidence that shows the higher success rate with wilderness therapy programs. Call (800) 560-1599 today!

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Teen enjoying therapeutic healing of wilderness at treatment facilityCalifornia Schools for Troubled Teens

With 1.2 million teens ending up in the juvenile courts system every year, at-risk teens from California face tough odds. Society, in general, is becoming more frustrated with this growing problem and, as a result, is favoring harsher punishments. Roughly 160,000 struggling adolescents are referred to residential treatment facilities every year. This includes such facilities as detention centers, group homes, residential treatment centers, and correctional institutions.

However, research shows that these facilities, along with punishment based treatment programs, only serve to exasperate the problem, leading to depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, and increased rates of recidivism in troubled teenagers. But there is hope.

Substance Abuse Treatment Programs For Teens

Where this same research is showing the types of programs and treatment for recovery that do not work for at-risk adolescents in California, this research is also showing what does work. Programs founded upon empathy, that embrace teens and are sympathetic to the very real pain that lays at the heart of their problems, be it alcohol or substance abuse, sexual promiscuity, academic failure, or depression. This helps to create a sense of security that allows struggling teens to feel safe enough to explore their problems, to look for the cause of them, and to choose to work toward recovery.

As a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, WinGate Wilderness Therapy is dedicated to the improvement of our nation's youth, and to providing the highest quality of recovery and treatment care for troubled teenagers from California. By treating adolescents with dignity and respect in a distraction-free environment, at-risk adolescents are encouraged to address their problems at their pace. Qualified therapists are available at all times to offer guidance, constructive praise, and to support teens' commitment to their recovery.

Wilderness Programs for Troubled Teens

WinGate Wilderness Therapy provides a unique approach to treatment and recovery for troubled teens from California where focus is placed upon the future of the teen rather than on their mistakes. This helps to reinforce in the mind of a struggling adolescent that they do indeed have a future and that one mistake does not ruin their life.

Too often, teenagers believe that once they find themselves entrenched in their problems there is no escape. They lose hope and faith in themselves, and that sense of hopelessness and despair is only strengthened by punishment based treatment that focuses on their mistakes.

Camps for Troubled Teens From California

WinGate Wilderness Therapy - Cheerful young adult in recovery after wilderness program for youthThere is an inherent healing quality of being in the wilderness, with natural consequences being taught through every choice and action but in a manner that is empowering, rather than disheartening. Without the distraction of computers, tv, friends who often encourage the perpetuation of problems, cellphones, and video games, at-risk teens from California are able to think clearly and honestly about what they're experiencing and why they are behaving the way they do.

The result is strengthened confidence and belief in their abilities, the creation of hope, and the knowledge that they can have a happy and successful life despite what they have been going through. Yet, at the same time, the wilderness has a humbling effect on troubled adolescents, which encourages them to see their problems objectively and to see how their actions effect and hurt the people closest to them. This objectivity helps struggling teens to see themselves as a part of the greater world and to see their place in the world, too.

Throughout the WinGate Wilderness Therapy program, at-risk teenagers have access to trained and licensed counselors in an environment that supports their recovery and encourages them to actively participate in their treatment. Consultants are available to further explain the benefits and advantages this wilderness therapy program provides troubled adolescents from California, and to coach parents through the admission process for their son or daughter. Call (800) 560-1599 to get started.

National Resources for Parents and Teens

NATSAP For Parents - For parents seeking to help troubled children, NATSAP provides placement resources to help them match the needs of their children to the services offered by appropriate organizations. The agency does this via a network of volunteers who support professionals and programs, and by providing answers to questions, information, and article resources that will help lead to the best possible placement.


Our students experience the changing heart which will lead to a healthy, balanced life. Call us today at (800) 560-1599

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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