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Brad C. Matheson, Admissions Director/Partner

Wingate is a wilderness therapy program for young men and women ages 13 to 17 years old with emotional and behavioral issues that may include anger, depression and anxiety, eating disorders and low self esteem, lack of motivation, struggles with academics, learning differences, ADD, OCD, negative peer relationships and substance abuse.

Shayne Gallagher is the Executive Director at Wingate and has been working with adolescents since 1986. Scott Hess, MA, LMFT is the Clinical Director and Clark Hammond, PhD, LMFT is the Primary Therapist.

With an average length of stay of eight weeks, students begin their stay with an in- depth clinical assessment and individualized treatment plan. Therapists are in the field with their students two days a week and conduct individual and group therapies. Family participation is included in their program, with a parent seminar during the first part of their child's stay, weekly phone calls with the primary therapist and a graduation ceremony at completion of the program. Wingate works with the family, student and next program to prepare for transition to the next step, setting the expectations prior to enrollment.

Wingate operates in the western section of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument situated between Lake Powell and Zion National Park, which creates a backdrop for students to learn primitive skills including bow drilling, leatherwork and hand-made musical instruments.

[This information came from the Wingate Wilderness Therapy website.]


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