Leaders in Outdoor Therapy from Caring, Experienced Staff
Spending time in the wilderness provides an ideal setting for reflection, free from the distractions and influences of everyday life. Wilderness therapy is an excellent catalyst for behavioral change.
At Trails, we combine this therapeutic environment with research-based clinical expertise, allowing our staff to meet the unique developmental and psychological needs of each student under their care.
Our approach has several key elements that lead to lasting, positive outcomes:
Trails Team for Better, More Comprehensive Treatment
When your child is enrolled with Trails Carolina, they’ll have a team of professionals working to help them create long-lasting change. This team includes their primary therapist, a family coach, field instructors, certified teachers, and an equine specialist. Combined, these experts will present your child with new opportunities and challenges to create a diverse, integrated experience. At the end of the day, this results in a more comprehensive assessment and allows your child to learn and reinforce positive behaviors across a variety of rewarding activities.
Different Settings and Experiences for Better Skill Development
Many of our students struggle with anxiety, confidence, or transitions. Outdoor activities undoubtedly open a student’s mind towards reflection, self-awareness, and change, but that alone isn’t enough. At Trails Carolina, our wilderness treatment center creates dynamic changes in a structured setting. Our team helps strengthen students’ new skills across the diverse environments of everyday life.
At Trails, we understand that success in a given environment does not guarantee a student’s ability to transition those skills. In order to create lasting change, we need to help your child become adaptable, which is why we purposely incorporate transitional experiences into the program.
Student success is often based on healing strained relationships and developing better communication habits with their family. For this to happen, the entire family needs to undergo a healing process, and learn new skills to support the student’s success.
Applying a family systems approach, we keep your family involved throughout the entire program, utilizing a variety of activities and approaches. These include:
- Weekly calls from your child’s primary therapist to inform you of their progress, challenges, and opportunities
- Weekly letter exchanges with your child
- Weekly collaborative conference calls with a family coach and other families in similar stages
- Bi-weekly connection with a family coach who also provides sibling support
- Parent Workshop a few weeks during your child’s stay to connect and better understand the program
- Family Reunification or “graduation” weekend
- Family Camp, a 5-day extended stay option for the entire family.