WinGate Wilderness Therapy is located in Kanab, UT, and currently does not have a facility located in Maricopa, AZ. Students from Maricopa, who wish to enroll in our program, will be required to travel and temporarily relocate to Utah.

Boot Camps for Teens from Maricopa, AZ

Boot Camps for Teens from Maricopa, AZ

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is a premier Experiential therapy program, chosen by parents as an alternative to boot camps for teens from Maricopa, AZ. With over eighty years of combined experience with wilderness therapy, the WinGate program and staff understand how to properly treat troubled adolescent boys and girls. This is achieved by guiding them in the learning of a new path and direction for life.

What many parents don't know is that "Boot Camps" began years ago as "shock incarceration" facilities for adults, designed for "first-time" offenders. The intention was to make the time served so abhorrent the offender would be "scared straight" or "shocked" into model behavior, thus avoiding another sentence. In the end, experts agreed that boot camps using military-style discipline, not only didn't work, but often made problems worse.

Experiential therapy for Struggling Teenagers

Boot camps for teens from Maricopa, AZ

It is crucial for all parents who are considering a boot camp for their child, to examine other viable options for rehabilitation. Wilderness adventure programs are much more productive if recovery is the objective.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is widely acknowledged as a premier outdoor therapy program. Here we teach both independent living skills and personal accountability, which leads to an enduring life of health and balance. We are certain that when you choose our wilderness behavioral health program, the real impact on your adolescent's poor behavior will give you and your family the favorable results you desire.

We want you to know that you can anticipate the finest results from our sympathetic and skilled staff, here at WinGate. Our research-validated approach to wilderness-based treatment causes our work to WORK! The serene and distraction-free environment of our wilderness area can benefit even the most "treatment-resistant" and "rebellious" teens.

Call our WinGate Wilderness Therapy admissions director at (800) 560-1599 to get more information about our outdoor therapy program. A family consultant is standing by to counsel you today!

Boot Camps For Kids from Maricopa, AZ

Out of sheer desperation, some parents will turn to teen boot camps in an attempt to protect their teen from incarceration or even the possibility of death. However, before sending a teenager to a boot camp facility, one should do their homework on boot camps vs. wilderness therapy or residential treatment. Like most facilities and programs, not all boot camps are created equal. You should know that there have been numerous incidents of death among the "less than adequate" boot camps. The tragic combination of corporal punishment administered by poorly trained staff, sadly, has led to the deaths of several teens while attending a boot camp.

Teen boot camps

You can feel comfortable and confident that WinGate, as a leading wilderness therapy program, licensed by the State of Utah, is a long-time member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). This accreditation and affiliation is a resource and beacon to both parents and professionals that WinGate provides the highest quality services to the teen students and families we serve.

In essence, our hope and goal is to help shape a "heart of peace," which replaces the "heart of war." Wilderness therapy for struggling teenagers is unique in that there are consistent and continual opportunities for observation and intervention. These moments are uninterrupted by the usual day-to-day disruptions and distractions found at a traditional residential treatment program setting.

The wilderness atmosphere produces for our therapists, twenty-four hours a day, the epitome of Experiential therapy blended with Alliance-based therapy, conducted by our staff of clinicians.

Teen Boot Camps

In "military training camp" fashion, teen boot camps are created to teach both structure and discipline to "wayward" young people. This "instruction" is generally performed through the application of "military-style" control which includes strenuous physical activity. The objective of boot camp staffers is to "challenge the camper" with the "hope" of instilling confidence and self-reliance.

However, it's critical for parents to recognize that boot camps have recently come under severe criticism, by mental health authorities and practitioners, for being "too harsh while not addressing the juvenile's underlying psychological issues via proper counseling and therapy."

We have come to know that our teenage participants in "wilderness treatment" possess a greater capacity for attention, thus enabling a more focused and thriving process for recovery. We witness our ~studentteen3~s growing closer to their peers while developing a stronger bond with the counselors as well.

The peaceful environment of the outdoors enables the teen students to gain more quickly an insight into their previous, unhealthy behaviors, allowing them to make proper and adequate changes. These nurturing, yet challenging conditions, allows our teenage participants to gain perspective, grow up, and achieve an improved level of maturity all while addressing behavioral obstacles and issues.

Juvenile Boot Camps

Juvenile boot camps

In the past, a few private boot camps and military academies have offered "scholarship" or "grant" programs for families in need of financial assistance. However, these "grant" programs usually turn out to be "loans," disguised as "financial aid," to be paid back in monthly installments. What's more, most of these boot camp programs are extinct and are therefore hard to find.

In short, free boot camps for emotionally challenged adolescent boys and girls typically do not exist. However, there are state-funded boot camps that can be utilized only if your adolescent has been or is in the state juvenile system. Although state-funded boot camps may be the only financially viable option for some families, this option causes serious drawbacks worth considering.

Therapeutic healing and counseling are certainly not emphasized at Juvenile Boot Camps. The boot camp staffers are not licensed nor are they trained to administer help for the "emotional issues" and "psychological disorders" that are normally at the root of all behavioral problems in teens. These boot camps offer only discipline and authoritarian control. In the end, boot camps resemble "jails" more than "therapeutic interventions."

At WinGate Wilderness Therapy, we include the parents and family in your troubled teen's progress and therapy. Over the years, we have served thousands of boys and girls from Maricopa, AZ and from all over the country. Our track record has demonstrated to cause results that are life changing.

We know that struggling teenagers can become healthy, independent adults, and can develop as strong people motivated for success. Call WinGate Wilderness Therapy today at (800) 560-1599.

Maricopa, AZ Area Resources for Parents:

National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona - NAMI Southern Arizona is devoted to our mission of enhancing the quality of life for all individuals touched by mental illness. Our influence stretches not only to individuals, but also family members and the community. We achieve this by providing education, advocacy, and high-quality assistance that is recovery-oriented and culturally sympathetic.

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