WinGate Wilderness Treatment for Troubled Teens | The WinGate Model
Here at WinGate, we've created a Strengths Based/Natural Consequence Model that empowers teenagers in constructive ways. It helps them look beyond their negative behaviors and struggles to see who they really are.
They learn to get along with others and cooperate while working toward common goals. Positive natural consequences serve as rewards for positive actions; hence, teenagers become internally motivated to act in constructive ways.
Other programs often establish a set of strict rules, demand adherence to those rules, and then impose negative consequences when the demands aren't met. Basically, it's like boot camp.
WinGate Wilderness Therapy is designed to provide experiences that help students motivate themselves rather than trying to force compliance and adherence to a set of rules. When students experience direct and natural consequences for their choices—positive as well as negative—they begin to act accordingly.
Research Study Treatment Outcomes
Based on an independant study by Keith C. Russell, Ph.D., of the University of Idaho’s Wilderness Research Center. Outdoor behavioral healthcare (OBH) is an emerging treatment that utilizes wilderness therapy to help adolescents struggling with behavioral and emotional problems.
The approach involves immersion in wilderness or comparable lands, group living with wilderness leaders and peers, and individual and group therapy sessions facilitated by licensed therapists in the field. The study was designed to measure treatment effectiveness in outdoor behavioral healthcare using the Youth Outcome Quotient (Y-OQ).
The Y-OQ is an industry accepted outcome instrument designed to measure symptom reduction in psychotherapy.
858 Participants – 589 Males (69%) and 269 Females (31%)
Previous Treatment History:
(Indicating possible treatment resistance)
- 491 (57%) – Prior Outpatient Treatment
- 149 (17%) – Prior Inpatient Treatment
- 115 (13%) – Both Prior Inpatient and Outpatient
The study concluded that participation in outdoor behavioral healthcare resulted in clinically significant reductions in severity of behavioral and emotional symptoms.
- 83% of participants made clinically significant improvement
- *Average score change was a 51.6 point reduction
- Almost half of participants (46%) returned to a NORMAL RANGE
- Parent assessment of 13 year olds was the highest reduction of all age groups
Y-OQ Scores by Age Group
|Age Group||Admission Y-OQ Score||Discharge Y-OQ Score|
12 Month Follow-Up: Participants have not only maintained outcomes, but reported continued improvement.
24 Month Follow-Up: Over 80% of parents and 95% of participants believed that treatment was effective 24 months after the process.
*The Y-OQ defines improvement as clinically significant change when the measure drops by 13 points.
**Recovered, or within the normal range for adolescents, is when the total score is 46 or below.
By empowering teenagers with choice, they gain a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence, and self esteem. They exercise their independence and act autonomously while complying to rules and guidelines at the same time.