All Kinds of News for November 06, 2019
Elements Wilderness Program has long sought a way to offer academic credit while recognizing that most “academics” offered to 13-17 year olds in a short-term program can be a distraction from the true work at hand. In efforts to build the most clinically robust program possible within an 8-10 week timeframe, Elements has always chosen to focus on clients’ most immediate needs: identifying their maladaptive coping mechanisms, and equipping them with adaptive skills to confront life’s hardships. As such, the 7 Challenges and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy hold the most crucial spots in a student’s day in the field.
“Offering academic credit to our students is certainly valuable to us, but in order to invest in academic credit, the academics would have to support those two pillars of our clinical program instead of distract from them. That is why we are so happy to partner with an AdvancED accredited program that can see the value in the work our clients already do, and help us offer credit to our clients for all their hard work out here,” says Dr. Neal Christensen, Clinical Director and co-owner.
Elements now offers a two-term credit in Physical Education, and a one-term credit in Psychology, Character Education, Life Skills, and Health. Each student who earns at least partial credit will receive a transcript upon completion of the program.
About Elements Wilderness
Since 2008, Elements Wilderness has been providing a specialized therapeutic intervention for adolescent boys aged 13-17. We at Elements envision a world in which everyone has the skills and support necessary to live a full and healthy life. Through innovative therapeutic interventions, a comprehensive outdoor living experience complete with expeditionary backpacking and adventure programming, a robust family program involving the family at every step, and evidence-based substance abuse treatment, we provide every client and family with excellence in assessment and treatment. Elements is licensed and supervised by the State of Utah Department of Human Services, and accredited through the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council and the Association for Experiential Education.