Woodbury Reports Archives


Educational Consultants helping parents and professionals since 1989.

Archives Contents

Archives Home
Contents by Year
      1989 - Present
Contents by Topic
      Industry News
      Schools & Visits
      Opinions & Essays

Archives Search

The easiest way to find information is by using our search function. Just type in the words you would like to search for and you'll get a list of articles related to your topic.

Site Index

Schools & Programs
Online Discussion
Online Store
Contact Us

New Perspectives - September, 2001 Issue #85 

American Fork, Utah
Rick Meeves, Ph.D., LMFT,
Executive Director

Walkabout, a licensed treatment program, employs conventional therapeutic methods while using the wilderness as an alternative treatment setting, thus removing material and technological distractions, to move students outside their “emotional comfort zone.”

Adolescents 13 to 17 years of age with a range of emotional and behavioral issues that may include Oppositional Defiance, Attention Deficit, Learning Differences, Low Self Esteem, Depression, Substance Abuse and Family Conflict are appropriate for this program. Adolescents with “major mental health disorders, serious histories of violence or running away, or who are demonstrating a willingness to hurt themselves, are not appropriate. They will accept students on medication if stabilized prior to admission, though they do not recommend using this setting to adjust medications.

Walkabout offers individualized treatment, flexible lengths of stay, single-gender groups, and Clinical Psychologists to provide academic and psychological evaluations. Their therapy format is designed to increase the frequency of therapy and involve families both in therapy and aftercare planning.

The academic program engages students in learning skills such as reading, writing, reasoning, problem solving, and collaboration. Structured academic sessions help with skills while enabling therapists to assess learning styles, identify negative behavior in regards to learning, and allow intervention through rewards and consequences. Since it is a “licensed treatment program and not an academic school, it cannot issue official transcripts; nor are do they treat learning disorders.”

Both Walkabout Treatment Program partners, Rick Meeves and Tim Thayne, hold Ph.D.s and are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Rick has been a primary therapist at Second Nature Wilderness Program for the last two years. Prior to that he was Clinical Director at Aspen Ranch. Tim will initially draw upon his business and therapeutic experience to build Walkabout and later will be a full-time therapist. Pamela McCollam, who has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, training in Diagnosis and Psychometrics, and extensive experience with adolescents, women’s issues and abuse, will work with students as a therapist.

PO Box 1671 | Bonners Ferry, ID 83805 | 208-267-5550
Copyright © 1995-2017 by Strugglingteens,LLC. All rights reserved.    Privacy Policy