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Age Group(s): Pre-Teens, Teens, Young Adults

Gender(s): Male, Female, Transgender

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Since 2002, our program has helped young people and their families to thrive. We strive to provide a superior, integrated wilderness experience to help all individuals and families define their values and overcome their struggles.

Our techniques combine the healing wilderness environment with evidence-based therapeutic approaches that teach individuals and families the skills needed to be aware of and act on their values. Removed from the distractions of daily home life, students experience the abundance of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where they live in a community setting with other students and our supportive field staff. Here, teens and young adults rediscover their resilience, unearth ways to align with their values, and explore practices that lead to health.

Located in the North Georgia and Western North Carolina mountains, Blue Ridge’s licensed treatment program provides sophisticated clinical treatment in an outdoor therapeutic program model. Foundational transformation for families occurs through utilizing individualized clinical treatment, together with intensive family-focused support, and whole-body health and wellness. Each therapist individualizes the wilderness therapy experience while Field Instructors integrate clinical recommendations into daily initiatives to establish positive group culture and opportunities for growth.

We offer specialized clinical treatment to emerging adolescents ages 12-14, adolescents ages 13-18, and young adults ages 18-29. Your Admissions Director will help you find the right fit for your family.

Ownership Type
Private Company – Owners On-Site

Name of Parent Company
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

Name of Sister Company
Emerald Arrow: A Bold Path for Young Adults

Type of Land
Public Land

Do your students receive insurance coverage for more than two weeks?
Call for more information

Do you have an insurance utilization person?
N/A

Is the program on any insurance panels?
No

Housing
N/A

Community Service Requirement
N/A

Random Drug Testing
N/A

Transportation Options
N/A

Support Services
N/A

House/Community Meetings
N/A

Are participants required to do chores in the house/community?
N/A

12 Step Meetings on Location
N/A

Type of Students
N/A

Wilderness Therapy Model
Base Camp | Backpacking

Number of Phases or Levels
N/A

If program has phases/levels, are they tied to privileges?
N/A

Percentage of students who complete all phases/levels prior to leaving the program
N/A

Average Length of Stay
8

Religious Affiliation
No

Types of Workshops Offered
Couples | Relationships
Equine
Family | Group
Individualized | Custom
Personalized/Custom Workshop for Family, Couple, or Individual
Other

Accommodations
Call For More Information

Use of Personal Vehicle
N/A

Use of Electronics
N/A

Location of Workshop
N/A

Average Length of Workshop
3 Days

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

State and/or National
State License
AEE Accreditation

Academic Accreditation
AdvancED (formally Northwest Association of Schools)
Other

Is there individual therapy?
Yes, part of the program cost

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on a difficult week?
0

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on typical week?
0

Percentage of licensed therapists?
N/A

Therapist average case load
0

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside a program?
N/A

Does the Clinical Director carry a case load?
N/A

Is there group therapy?
Yes

Average number of hours per week facilitated by licensed therapist
0

Average number of hours per week of group processing? (i.e. run by staff, interns, grad students, etc.)
0

Average number of formal family therapy hours per week (not social calls to teen)
0

Is Skype accessible for family therapy?
N/A

Are there Additional Professionals? (Select all that apply)
Medical Doctor
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Registered Nurse

Are there Medical rule outs
Yes

Possible Medical Rule Outs
Call For more information

Is there a minimum BMI
N/A

Can Program accept insulin-dependent diabetics
N/A

Psychiatrist
On staff

Percentage of students on meds at enrollment
N/A

If psychiatrist is available to students, what percentage of students change meds?
N/A

Types of Therapy Offered
12 Steps Groups
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Animal-Assisted Therapy
Behavior Modification
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills
Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP , type of CBT)
Expressive Art Therapy
Eye Movement & Desensitization and Reprocessing
Family Focused Therapy (FFT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Play Therapy
Psychodynamic Therapy
Psycho educational
Recreation Therapy
Social Thinking model
Other

Does the program have a level/phase system?
N/A

If yes, are phases/levels tied to privileges?
N/A

Does program have a milieu-driven residential model? (Staff are trained in model)
Yes

If yes — select all that apply
Client Centered/Person Centered Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Family Teaching Model
Positive Peer Culture

Integrated Wellness
Art
Breathing Techniques/Breath Work
Meditation
Yoga
Other

Does program use time out rooms?
No

Line staff to student ratio during awake hours
1:3

Does program run background checks on all staff?
Yes

Is there an educational requirement for staff?
Yes

If Yes, what is it?
High School Diploma

Average number of hours staff are trained before their first shift
0

Are night staff awake or asleep
N/A

What percentage of the line staff are full time employees?
> 50%

Grades Served
K-12
Possible Community College/College
Call for more information

Average student to teacher ratio
1:0

Teaching/Classroom
N/A

Is the program able to implement IEP’s
N/A

Can Program handle a student who is more than two grade level’s behind in reading?
N/A

Academic Calendar
N/A

Can program support a student to complete a GED?
N/A

Can program support a student who wants vocational training?
N/A

Does the school have AP Classes or the ability to give or take a student to the AP Test?
N/A

Does the academic program have the ability to provide ACT or SAT Tutoring (on or off site)?
N/A

Does program have transition services for students?
Yes

If Yes, select all options that apply to your program
Additional Therapist To Work With Student Or Family As Transition
Family Or Student Coaching Support For Certain Amount
Other

Are there additional fees that apply to transitional options?
N/A

Percentage of families that participate in various transition programming?
N/A

Scheduled or rolling admissions?
Rolling admissions

Is there an enrollment fee/outfitting fee/payment in advance?
Yes

If applicable, is the last month’s fees due at enrollment?
N/A

Cost per month/workshop/programming (in USD)
N/A

Percentage of clients who return home, or to a more traditional setting (like transitions to college or gap year, boarding school, etc.)
N/A

Does a student have to sign themself into the program?
No

Link to Weekly or Daily Schedule
N/A

For licensed programs, but state or under 18, please select Incidents required to be reported to the state:
N/A

What is the typical amount of time a family should expect before hearing about an major incident?
N/A

What is the average number of clients you see per year?
N/A

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

Payment Type
N/A

Has the program previously been part of an evidence-based study?
Yes

Is the program presently part of an evidence-based study?
Yes

Link to the study that the organization is part of
NATSAP, OBH

Type of Family Therapy/Work Offered
1 hour max call with therapist per week
Family Handbook
Family process facilitated by another therapist
Family Workshops Available
Flexible length of call with therapist per week
Parents Visit as Needed

Family involvement
HIGH: Family Expected on weekly calls (or more) & to attend all family workshops (weekly , monthly or quarterly)

Who completes the psychological evaluation?
Neuropsychologist

Minimum length of stay
N/A

Does the student receive a neuropsychological evaluation?
Yes

Type Of Programming For Students
Academic & life skill Focus
Academic, functional living skills, life skills and social skills focused
Clinically-driven programming (addresses individual life, living, social and academic needs)
Call for more information

Typical Student
ADHD/ADD
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Clinically Complex (possible behavior, genetic, students “who are puzzles”)
Mood Deregulation &/or Anxiety
Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other

Minimum IQ
N/A

Interview Requirements for Applicants
Call for More Information

Additional Therapy
N/A

Therapist Case Load at Peak Season
> 8

Percentage of licensed therapists?
All therapists are licensed by the state of operation

Average number of days/week therapist is in the field
2

Number of Individual Sessions with Therapist
2

Integrated Wellness Support
Art
Breathing Techniques/Breath Work
Meditation
Yoga
Other

Do clinical assistants work with lead therapists?
No

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside of wilderness?
Not Applicable

Do any of the therapists operate more than one group at peak season?
No

What percentage of participants receive psychological evaluations?
N/A

Does program receive a fee for evaluation or referral?
No

Additional levels of care offered by facility
N/A

Types of eating disorder care provided
N/A

Specialized Programming
N/A

Is program focused on full recovery?
N/A

Computer Access
N/A

Cell Phones
N/A

Academic Options
Call for more information

School Name (if applicable)
N/A

School Website (if applicable)
N/A

Ownership Type
Private Company – Owners On-Site

Name of Parent Company
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

Name of Sister Company
Emerald Arrow: A Bold Path for Young Adults

Type of Land
Public Land

Do your students receive insurance coverage for more than two weeks?
Call for more information

Do you have an insurance utilization person?
N/A

Is the program on any insurance panels?
No

Housing
N/A

Community Service Requirement
N/A

Random Drug Testing
N/A

Transportation Options
N/A

Support Services
N/A

House/Community Meetings
N/A

Are participants required to do chores in the house/community?
N/A

12 Step Meetings on Location
N/A

Type of Students
N/A

Wilderness Therapy Model
Base Camp | Adventure Therapy

Number of Phases or Levels
N/A

If program has phases/levels, are they tied to privileges?
N/A

Percentage of students who complete all phases/levels prior to leaving the program
N/A

Average Length of Stay
8

Religious Affiliation
No

Types of Workshops Offered
Couples | Relationships
Equine
Family | Group
Individualized | Custom
Personalized/Custom Workshop for Family, Couple, or Individual
Other

Accommodations
Call For More Information

Use of Personal Vehicle
N/A

Use of Electronics
N/A

Location of Workshop
N/A

Average Length of Workshop
3 Days

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

State and/or National
State License
AEE Accreditation

Academic Accreditation
N/A

Is there individual therapy?
Yes, part of the program cost

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on a difficult week?
0

Number of individual therapy hours student receives on typical week?
0

Percentage of licensed therapists?
All therapists are licensed by the state of operation

Therapist average case load
0

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside a program?
N/A

Does the Clinical Director carry a case load?
N/A

Is there group therapy?
Yes

Average number of hours per week facilitated by licensed therapist
0

Average number of hours per week of group processing? (i.e. run by staff, interns, grad students, etc.)
0

Average number of formal family therapy hours per week (not social calls to teen)
0

Is Skype accessible for family therapy?
N/A

Are there Additional Professionals? (Select all that apply)
Medical Doctor
Psychiatrist
Psychologist
Registered Nurse

Are there Medical rule outs
Yes

Possible Medical Rule Outs
Call For more information

Is there a minimum BMI
N/A

Can Program accept insulin-dependent diabetics
N/A

Psychiatrist
On staff

Percentage of students on meds at enrollment
N/A

If psychiatrist is available to students, what percentage of students change meds?
N/A

Types of Therapy Offered
12 Steps Groups
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Behavior Modification
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills
Exposure Response Prevention Therapy (ERP , type of CBT)
Expressive Art Therapy
Eye Movement & Desensitization and Reprocessing
Family Focused Therapy (FFT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Play Therapy
Psychodynamic Therapy
Psycho educational
Recreation Therapy
Social Thinking model
Other

Does the program have a level/phase system?
N/A

If yes, are phases/levels tied to privileges?
N/A

Does program have a milieu-driven residential model? (Staff are trained in model)
Yes

If yes — select all that apply
Client Centered/Person Centered Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Family Teaching Model
Positive Peer Culture

Integrated Wellness
Art
Breathing Techniques/Breath Work
Meditation
Yoga
Other

Does program use time out rooms?
No

Line staff to student ratio during awake hours
1:3

Does program run background checks on all staff?
Yes

Is there an educational requirement for staff?
Yes

If Yes, what is it?
High School Diploma

Average number of hours staff are trained before their first shift
0

Are night staff awake or asleep
N/A

What percentage of the line staff are full time employees?
> 50%

Grades Served
Call for more information

Average student to teacher ratio
1:0

Teaching/Classroom
N/A

Is the program able to implement IEP’s
N/A

Can Program handle a student who is more than two grade level’s behind in reading?
N/A

Academic Calendar
N/A

Can program support a student to complete a GED?
N/A

Can program support a student who wants vocational training?
N/A

Does the school have AP Classes or the ability to give or take a student to the AP Test?
N/A

Does the academic program have the ability to provide ACT or SAT Tutoring (on or off site)?
N/A

Does program have transition services for students?
Yes

If Yes, select all options that apply to your program
Additional Therapist To Work With Student Or Family As Transition
Family Or Student Coaching Support For Certain Amount
Other

Are there additional fees that apply to transitional options?
N/A

Percentage of families that participate in various transition programming?
N/A

Scheduled or rolling admissions?
Rolling admissions

Is there an enrollment fee/outfitting fee/payment in advance?
Yes

If applicable, is the last month’s fees due at enrollment?
N/A

Cost per month/workshop/programming (in USD)
N/A

Percentage of clients who return home, or to a more traditional setting (like transitions to college or gap year, boarding school, etc.)
N/A

Does a student have to sign themself into the program?
Yes

Link to Weekly or Daily Schedule
N/A

For licensed programs, but state or under 18, please select Incidents required to be reported to the state:
N/A

What is the typical amount of time a family should expect before hearing about an major incident?
N/A

What is the average number of clients you see per year?
N/A

Professional Associations/Affiliations
N/A

Payment Type
N/A

Has the program previously been part of an evidence-based study?
N/A

Is the program presently part of an evidence-based study?
N/A

Link to the study that the organization is part of
N/A

Type of Family Therapy/Work Offered
1 hour max call with therapist per week
Family Handbook
Family process facilitated by another therapist
Family Workshops Available
Flexible length of call with therapist per week
Parents Visit as Needed

Family involvement
HIGH: Family Expected on weekly calls (or more) & to attend all family workshops (weekly , monthly or quarterly)

Who completes the psychological evaluation?
Neuropsychologist

Minimum length of stay
N/A

Does the student receive a neuropsychological evaluation?
Yes

Type Of Programming For Students
Academic & life skill Focus
Academic, functional living skills, life skills and social skills focused
Clinically-driven programming (addresses individual life, living, social and academic needs)
Call for more information

Typical Student
ADHD/ADD
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Clinically Complex (possible behavior, genetic, students “who are puzzles”)
Mood Deregulation &/or Anxiety
Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Other

Minimum IQ
N/A

Interview Requirements for Applicants
Call for More Information

Additional Therapy
N/A

Therapist Case Load at Peak Season
> 8

Percentage of licensed therapists?
All therapists are licensed by the state of operation

Average number of days/week therapist is in the field
2

Number of Individual Sessions with Therapist
2

Integrated Wellness Support
Art
Breathing Techniques/Breath Work
Meditation
Yoga
Other

Do clinical assistants work with lead therapists?
No

Percentage of full time therapists who have a private practice outside of wilderness?
Not Applicable

Do any of the therapists operate more than one group at peak season?
No

What percentage of participants receive psychological evaluations?
N/A

Does program receive a fee for evaluation or referral?
No

Additional levels of care offered by facility
N/A

Types of eating disorder care provided
N/A

Specialized Programming
N/A

Is program focused on full recovery?
N/A

Computer Access
N/A

Cell Phones
N/A

Academic Options
N/A

School Name (if applicable)
N/A

School Website (if applicable)
N/A