Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

OBH Council Member Since:   2015


Populations Served:  Adolescents (13-18)
Program Offered:  8-10 weeks, nomadic and expedition-based treatment in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains with single-gender adolescent groups
Licensing and Accreditation: AdvancED, Association for Experiential Education

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is a licensed treatment program that uses the wilderness in a clinically focused intervention to teach students accountability, communication skills, and healthy emotional and behavioral habits. The direct experience of pure wilderness and the distraction free environment helps to facilitate extraordinary change and healing in our students.Treatment plans are individualized for each student and include flexible lengths of stay, single gender treatment groups for adolescents, daily group therapy, and individualized therapy sessions with masters or doctorate level therapists.

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness works with students ages 10 to 18 with a range of emotional and behavioral issues including Depression, Anxiety, Learning Differences, Oppositional Defiance, ADHD, Attachment, Grief and Loss, and Substance Abuse Disorders. Many of our students have failed to respond to limits and rules, struggled with entitlement, chosen the wrong friends, underachieved, have experienced low self-esteem and a decline in academic performance, and may be experiencing parent-child conflicts.

Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness is a flexible 8 to 12 week outdoor program designed to create an intensive initial impact to identify coping skills, teach behavioral responsibility, and improve family relationships. Blue Ridge utilizes a strong early clinical assessment conducted by a clinical psychologist. The family program guides parents through an individual and family change process that parallels student’s growth in the program and is integrated with the students experience. Families have weekly calls with their child’s therapist, additional weekly support through a Parent Therapist, weekly telephonic support group, and a parent workshop and field visit.

For more information, please visit our website.






236 File Street
Clayton, GA 30525


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