Director of Admissions
Danielle Hava
Admissions Phone
Physical Address
236 File Street
Clayton, GA
blueridgewilderness.com
Founded in 2002, Blue Ridge provides the most effective clinically integrated wilderness therapy experience for struggling adolescents, ages 13-18 and young adults, ages 18-30. Located in the North Georgia and Western North Carolina mountains, Blue Ridge’s licensed treatment program provides sophisticated clinical treatment in an immersive nomadic wilderness 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. Family Therapists address the family dynamics and improve communication between parents, siblings, and children throughout the process. A focus on whole-body health incorporates mindfulness practice into daily life, as well as intentional physical exercise, balanced nutrition and a whole foods diet. Highly individualized treatment plans include multidisciplinary assessment provided by licensed clinicians and clinical psychologist, individual and group therapy, and access to a consulting psychiatrist. All students have access to accredited, program integrated academics. Blue Ridge provides teens with a chance to heal and change within the wilderness, while simultaneously providing families with their own resources, growth work, experience, and community, in addition to assessment-driven treatment both in the field and at home.

General Information

Private Company - Owners On-Site
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Public Land
Bureau of Land Management
National Forest Service

Wilderness Therapy Model

Backpacking | Nomadic
4
Yes
> 50%
10 Weeks

Group

10 - 18
No
Co-ed Group(s)
Single Gender Group(s)
Call For More Information

Family Participation

Required by Program
Recommended by Program
Required by Program
Required by Program
Recommended by Program
Required by Program
Recommended by Program
Required by Program
Sibling support is offered, if appropropriate

Family Workshop / Visits

Recommended by Program
Recommended by Program
Required by Program
Required by Program
Recommended by Program
Visits to the student in the field will be clinically driven & approved

Staff Information

Yes
1:3
8 Hours
< 10
> 10
Yes

Clinician Information

> 8
All therapists are licensed by the state of operation
2 Days
Call for more information
Breathing Techniques / Breath Work
Meditation
Call for more information

Medical / Wellness

Contracted psychiatrist as needed
< 50%
Nurse
EMT
Physician / MD
Psychiatrist / MD
Nutritionist
Active Psychosis
Actively Suicidal
Need for Detox?
No Definitive Guardianship
Pregnancy
Call For more information

Psychological Evaluations

> 50%

Academic Offering

Yes
Yes
AdvancED
www.advanc-ed.org

Program Licensing and/or Accreditation

NATSAP, OBH
Yes

Nuts & Bolts

Yes
Call for more information
Call for more information
No
Call for more information
Call for more information
Yes
< 50%
Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport [ATL]
2 Hours

General Information

Private Company - Owners On-Site
Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness
Public Land
Bureau of Land Management
National Forest Service

Wilderness Therapy Model

Backpacking | Nomadic
4
Yes
> 50%
12 Weeks
No

Group

Can be 17 to Enroll
Co-ed Group(s)
Single Gender Group(s)
Call For More Information

Family Participation

-
Required by Program
Required by Program
-
Required by Program
Required by Program
Recommended by Program
Required by Program

Family Workshop / Visits

Recommended by Program
Recommended by Program

Staff Information

Yes
1:4
1:4
10 Hours
< 10
> 10

Clinician Information

> 8
All therapists are licensed by the state of operation
2 Days
1
Meditation
Yoga

Medical / Wellness

Contracted psychiatrist as needed
< 50%
Nurse
EMT
Physician / MD
Psychiatrist / MD
Active Psychosis
Actively Suicidal
Fire Starter
< Min BMI
Need for Detox?
No Definitive Guardianship
Pregnancy
Call For more information
|

Psychological Evaluations

> 50%

Academic Options

No
Yes
AdvancEd Accreditation Commission
www.advanc-ed.org
NATSAP + OBH
Yes

Nuts & Bolts

Yes
Call for more information
Call for more information
No
Call for more information
Private / Self Pay
Call For More Information
< 50%
Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport [ATL]
1.75 Hours
Mission Statement
Blue Ridge’s mission is to provide the most effective clinically integrated wilderness therapy experience, driven by our highly skilled and compassionate treatment team, resulting in foundational transformation for teens and families.