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Know where they are, who they are with, and what they are doing.

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Another way to be relational is to be aware of where your teen is, who he/she is with, and what he/she is doing. Get to know your teen’s friends. Monitoring their friends, either directly or indirectly, is also a protective factor against delinquency. If you teen is hanging out with delinquent friends, he/she is more likely to engage in those same risky behaviors.

Don’t be an intrusive parent (because autonomy is important to your child!), but ask questions and be in the loop about their life.

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Get Ahead of the Curve


What a valuable, purposeful and honorable position you are in! Whether you’re a parent, family member, teacher, therapist, or friend, you have the opportunity to change a teen’s life! Perhaps you’re raising a pre-teen that has a wild side. Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to impact the students that spend most of their time with you. You might be a caring relative or family friend who understands the influence of positive relationships. You can change a teen’s future!

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Wilderness Therapy programs for Troubled Teens in Georgia

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The Footsteps Program at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is a licensed, clinically-driven wilderness therapy program designed to meet the specific needs of boys and girls, ages 10 – 14.

The play is the foundation of Wilderness Therapy with preteens and is incorporated in all activities of the Footsteps Program. The staff thoughtfully engage, challenge, and motivate these students to gain stronger physical, mental, social, and emotional resiliency.

The ultimate goal for the Footsteps student is that they:

  • develop social skills and healthy interactions
  • build interpersonal relationships
  • improve emotional regulation
  • increase levels of self-esteem and self-confidence

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Wilderness programs for troubled teens

The Footsteps program at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is a troubled youth program designed for co-ed groups of students.

Pre-teens thrive in safe, predictable and structured surroundings. We have designed our Footsteps program to support tweens and teens in their specific developmental needs. Incorporating solid routines, structure, and concrete experiences. This population requires extra “hand-holding” and additional support to ensure they feel safe. read more

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Try Wilderness Therapy to Learn From Nature

Wilderness therapy uses wilderness expeditions for the purpose of therapeutic intervention.

Wilderness therapy has been continuously evolving over the past fifty years. This evolution became more clinically intensive in the early to mid-90’s when companies similar to Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness in the western US recognized the power of the therapeutic intervention that was occurring without the supervision of a licensed clinical professional. By shifting to pair exceptional clinical services and supervision with the power of the wilderness experience, a new model was born that is more appropriate for the vulnerable and clinically complex clients we serve.

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Would you be surprised if I told you THIS is the food our students are eating?

The traditional backpacker’s diet is known for dried meat, pasta, beans, and grains. Not exactly a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies! At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness our pursuit of the best possible nutrition for our students is constantly evolving. We work alongside a nutritionist to identify the optimal combination of calorie density, nutrients, protein, and carbohydrates to support the activity of backpacking without loading up on sugar and processed foods. This is challenging because we also have the concern of weight as well as traditional foodie favorites of our staff and students. Continue Reading

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