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Posted: May 18, 2010, 12:59

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Joshua Tree, California
Bellingham, Washington
Sarah J. Brockman
Admissions Director

Odyssey Wilderness Program, which includes two locations, in the southwest-Joshua Tree, CA and in the northwest-Bellingham, WA is a co-ed wilderness program for struggling teens ages 13-18. These struggles may include behavioral issues such as conflict with parents, drug and alcohol use, manipulative and oppositional behaviors. Emotional issues include depression, anger, anxiety, low self esteem, self harm, grief and loss issues or attachment and adoption issues. In addition, Odyssey works with teens struggling with ADD/ADHD, academic issues and/or lack of motivation and direction.

Program director and founder of Odyssey Wilderness is Timothy Brockman, who specializes in working with teens that are oppositional defiant. Dr. Nate Reiss, PhD, is the Field therapist and Sarah Brockman is the Admissions Director. Odyssey's affiliations include the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, NATSAP and the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps.

Odyssey's treatment works on three program phases: Personal and family responsibility which includes a 40 mile backpacking expedition or a longboat sailing expedition and the students focus on communication and relationships; Reflection phase is facilitated by a therapist who assists the student into looking at their intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships and past and current decisions they have made and create goals to reflect these insights. The final phase is Community, which includes another backpacking trip or longboat sail and focuses on gaining self esteem, better communication and acknowledging their personal growth.

[This information came from the Odyssey Wilderness Program website.]


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