Practice & Success in Multiple Settings to resemble The Real World

    Within the program, we transition from wilderness therapy to base camp and back again. This mix of environments and staff resembles the real world and is practical. We specifically designed our adventure therapy approach around transitions. Too often in other programs, students “get in a rhythm with a specific environment and with a specific individual. The experience is completely dependent on this one individual and can delay continued progress. At Trails we intentionally move a student into different situations to challenge their skills, assess, and continually build new ones. This leads to better outcomes.

    The transition cycle includes wilderness expeditions working with our Wilderness Team lasting up to three weeks, then returning to base camp for a week to work with our Residential Team. The base camp team includes: our Equine Specialist, who helps students connect with their emotions and become more empowered by working with horses; our Academic Specialist, who will work with your child’s home school to continue their education and develop new skills to improve academic performance; and our Naturalist and Science Specialist, who provides a unique hands on approach to exposing and connecting the students to the natural world around us and the lessons it teaches us.

    These experiences are critical for our students to practice, refine, improve, and ultimately gain confidence that they can succeed at home.

    Transitions also includes “a plan for tomorrow”. Everything we do at Trails Carolina is meant to prepare students and their parents to leave Trails with the confidence they will be able to transition their wilderness experience into daily skills for a bright future. We work with the family to build a plan for tomorrow – success within the family structure, next steps for the student and the resources and information needed for the future.

    Plan moving forward

    After our thorough initial assessments and effective interventions have been completed, we help support your family and your child in making a practical and detailed plan moving forward in their transition. It is not enough for your child to say they are going to do things better—we want to make sure there is an actual plan and that you and your child have the tools to be successful with such a plan.

    Our treatment team of therapists will support you with resources, templates and tools that will allow you as a family to continue to build on the changes that have been made while at Trails Carolina.




    “Staff bend over backwards to help your teen understand the importance of trust, responsibility and accountability while teaching communication skills to both parents and teens.”
    Caleb B., Father