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New Perspectives - Apr, 2000 Issue #68 

Emily Griffith Center
Larkspur, Colorado
Brenda Wychulis, Director of Admissions

The Emily Griffith Center has been offering services for emotionally troubled boys for the past 70 years, specializing in helping young men with a variety of psychiatric, behavioral, educational and social disabilities. The goal of the Center is to “create successful learning opportunities for those who have not been successful in previous academic settings, preparing students both academically and emotionally to succeed in a less structured learning environment.”

They are now offering a new wilderness-based program that will “target males 14 to 17 years who have received a primary diagnosis of conduct disorder. Adolescents who participate in this program will still be residing on the 100-acre ranch at the Emily Griffith Center. However, they will participate in extensive wilderness experiential programming. This program will be quite intensive in order to maximize treatment gains over a short period of time. It has been our experience that intensive wilderness-based programming greatly facilitates the reintegration of adolescents with conduct disorder into home, school and community. In addition to the wilderness-based component, adolescents will continue to receive academic instruction and group, family and individual psychotherapy on the grounds of the Emily Griffith Center.”

“The Emily Griffith Center believes that when the traditional methods of treatment and education fail, Experiential Programming opens doors. Supported by experienced/trained staff, Wilderness and Ropes Challenge Courses are offered to our students to help meet their needs. The Animal Assisted Education and Therapy is also available to teach children how to rebuild relationships and strengthen self-esteem through educational programming.”

These programs are offered to help The Emily Griffith Center achieve their goals of helping the child to master classroom study, critical thinking and problem solving skills, as well as to help improve core academic grades, attention, interpersonal coping and self discipline skills, and build self esteem. 

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