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

Boot Camps for Teens from Richardson, TX

Boot Camps for Teens from Richardson, TX

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is a premier Group therapy program, chosen by parents as an alternative to boot camps for teens from Richardson, TX. With over eighty years of combined experience with wilderness therapy, the WinGate program and staff understand how to properly treat at-risk teenagers. This is achieved by supporting 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.

Group therapy for Troubled Teenagers

Boot camps for teens from Richardson, TX

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 change is the objective.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy is widely acknowledged as a premier therapeutic outdoor 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 camp program, the real impact on your teenager's poor behavior will provide 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" adolescents.

Call our WinGate Wilderness Therapy admissions specialist at (800) 560-1599 to get more information about our therapeutic outdoor program. A intake counselor is standing by to help you today!

Boot Camps For Kids from Richardson, TX

Out of sheer desperation, some parents will turn to teen boot camps in an attempt to protect their adolescent from incarceration or even the possibility of death. However, before sending a teen 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 treatment 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 offers the highest quality services to the teen participants 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 teen boys and girls 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 long-term residential rehab program setting.

The wilderness atmosphere produces for our practitioners, twenty-four hours a day, the epitome of Group therapy blended with Experiential therapy, conducted by our staff of mental health counselors.

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 clients in "wilderness treatment" possess a greater capacity for attention, thus enabling a more focused and thriving process for change. We witness our ~studentteen3~s growing closer to their peers while developing a stronger bond with the clinicians as well.

The peaceful environment of the outdoors enables the teen participants 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 clients 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 delivered "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 teenagers typically do not exist. However, there are state-funded boot camps that can be utilized only if your teenager 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 support for the "emotional issues" and "psychological disorders" that are normally at the root of all behavioral problems in adolescents. These boot camps deliver 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 at-risk adolescent's progress and therapy. Over the years, we have served thousands of boys and girls from Richardson, TX and from all over the country. Our track record has demonstrated to cause results that are life changing.

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

Kids can wear dumb clothes, pierce their noses, act obnoxious and still be decent kids. So, hold off on criticizing something as superficial as their clothes or other fashions. Your teen is so attached to her friends that if you criticize them or their friends over fashion, they take it to heart as if you’re blasting them directly.

Drama! Need I say more? If every little thing seems to set your child off lately, and the more you try to help, the more she cries or shouts and slams the door, just know that part of being a teen is feeling things so intensely, that what may seem like no big deal to you is hugely important to her.