Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Celebrates Accreditation Anniversary

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Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs has been recognized for its ability to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value for troubled teens by the Joint Commission of Accredited Health Care Organizations.

Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs, an outdoor-expedition based adolescent treatment program, celebrates 11 years of accreditation from the Joint Commission of Accredited Health Care Organizations.

The company recently passed a performance review from the accreditation agency and will maintain their JCAHO endorsement until 2013, at which time they will go through another comprehensive site review.

JCAHO accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting specific performance standards. Their mission is to improve health care for the public by evaluating and inspiring health care organizations to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

“We’ve been taking troubled teens on wilderness therapy expeditions for 24 years. It has always been our mission to provide the best and most therapeutically rich adolescent treatment program available. We’re proud of our JCAHO accreditation and of our level of state licensing. We are especially boastful of the fact that we are the only wilderness therapy program in the country whose adolescent participants benefit from having a therapist in the field with them 24/7,” explained Rob Koning, executive director of the wilderness therapy program.

About Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs

Catherine Freer is an adolescent treatment program specializing in wilderness therapy. Troubled teens take part in a backpacking and adventure expedition that combines outdoor living, physical activity and extensive psychotherapy. A master’s level therapist with substance abuse counseling experience is a member of the staff team that resides in the field with the adolescents. Opportunities for “in the moment” therapy and individual and group therapy led by a therapist are abundant. Outcome research indicates that 83 percent of teens report they are “doing better” after their wilderness therapy experience.

Founded in 1988, Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs is a West Coast based therapeutic wilderness program that is employee owned and operated. The company is licensed by the State of Oregon as a substance abuse treatment program and an outdoor youthprogram. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHCO) accredits the program.

For more information, please visit the web site at or call (800) 390-3983.


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