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

Boot Camps For Teens from Newark, NJ

Wingate Wilderness Therapy - Boots at the boot camp experience for struggling adolescentsWinGate Wilderness Therapy is a premier Outdoor Therapeutic Adventure Program, chosen by parents as an alternative to Boot Camps For Teens from Newark, NJ. With a combined history of over eighty years of wilderness therapy experience, the treatment counselors here at WinGate recognize the complexities of how to properly administer treatment for troubled teens.

Fixed among the magnificent and world famous red mountains of Southern Utah, WinGate is recognized nationally as a model "therapeutic transitional living" wilderness program. Although not a Boot Camp, WinGate is a "parent-preferred" alternative to these programs.

No research-based conclusions have been found that "favor" the boot camp experience. These results are especially true when taking into consideration the boot camps' fundamental purpose of "rehabilitation." When compared to former prison inmates, the "recidivism rates" for boot camp participants (referring to a person's "chance of relapse" back into criminal behavior) are roughly the same.

Most parents don't know that the "boot camp program" began years ago as an adult-only, "shock incarceration" program designed for "first-time" offenders. The purpose of this boot camp experience was to make the "time served" so shocking and abhorrent, the offender would be "scared straight" into model behavior, to avoid another sentence.

Consequently, more mental health specialists are pointing their sharp criticism toward Boot Camps for being "too harsh while not addressing the adolescent's real underlying psychological problems through proper counseling and therapy."

Wilderness adventure programs, such as ours, are considerably more productive when teen "transformation and restoration" is the goal. At WinGate, we teach both independent living skills and individual accountability, which is the framework upon which to construct a life of lasting health and balance.

WinGate's "research-validated" approach to wilderness-based treatment causes our work to WORK! The peaceful, distraction-free atmosphere of our wilderness area benefits even the most "treatment-resistant" and "rebellious" adolescents. You can reach us immediately at (800) 560-1599.

Boot Camps For Kids From Newark, NJ

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, Teenager from Newark, NJ undergoing transformation at WinGate's wilderness program for youthnot 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.

You can feel comfortable and confident that Wingate, as a premier Outdoor 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 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 troubled teens 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 counselors, twenty-four hours a day, the epitome of experiential treatment blended with both individual and group therapy sessions conducted by our staff of therapists.

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."

Adolescent from Newark, NJ undergoing transformation at WinGate's wilderness therapy programWe have come to know that participants in "wilderness treatment" possess a greater capacity for attention, thus enabling a more focused and thriving process for healing. We witness our students growing closer to their peers while developing a stronger bond with the counselors as well.

The peaceful environment of the outdoors enables the 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 students to gain perspective, grow up, and achieve an improved level of maturity all while addressing behavioral obstacles and issues.

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 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 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 guidance for the "emotional issues" and "psychological disorders" that are normally at the root of all behavioral problems in adolescents. 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 struggling teen's progress and therapy. Over the years, we have served thousands of boys and girls from Newark, NJ and from all over the country. Our track record has demonstrated to cause results that are life changing.

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


Mental Health National Institution for Parents of Teens from Newark, NJ

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Learn how SAMHSA helps people access treatments and services. SAMHSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leading public health efforts for the purposes of advancing the behavioral health of the country.

National Council for Behavioral Health: The NCBH is the unifying voice of America's addictions treatment and mental health institutions. With over 750,000 staff members, and their 2,000 plus member organizations, NCBH serves more than 8 million of our country's most vulnerable citizens.

Newark, NJ Area Resources for Parents of Struggling Teens

As one of the best outdoor therapy programs for outdoor therapy and alliance-based therapy in the US, WinGate Wilderness Therapy echoes the philosophy of this leading authority of volunteers and licensed therapists.

Newark Early Intervention Support Services (Crisis Intervention Services)

Short term, mental health services for teens and young adults who are experiencing significant emotional distress and are in need of immediate intervention. Newark Early Intervention Support Services offers crisis intervention and crisis stabilization services in a family setting that is an alternative to hospital-based and/or emergency room treatment. Outreach (non-office based) services are available for Newark residents and of the surrounding townships.

Integrated Case Management Services (ICMS) of Newark

Consumer-centered services provided predominantly off-site in the consumer's natural environment. Personalized, collaborative and flexible outreach services are designed to engage, support and integrate consumers, 18 years of age or older who are severely and persistently mentally ill, into the community of their choice and facilitate access to needed mental health, medical, social, educational, vocational, housing and other services and resources.

Wilderness Therapy Programs for Newark, NJ Youths

Here at WinGate Wilderness Therapy, we recognize that one isolated circumstance doesn't apply to all of our clients. Because of this, our staff is dedicated to the management each teen's needs, and we do this with precision and care. WinGate therapists and field staff never allow judgements, labels, or diagnoses interfere with what we have in common ó our humanity. We help troubled boys and girls from Newark, NJ. 

Call WinGate Wilderness Therapy today at (800) 560-1599. Allow us to give your troubled adolescent the help they need.