BlueFire Wilderness Therapy Announces Grand Opening

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Program for struggling teens combines industry veterans, adventure therapy and a family-centered approach

We are, at our core, an adventure therapy program with a family-centered approach, and we are confident that this combination will help reconnect families.

BlueFire Wilderness Therapy has announced that they are actively accepting students and will officially open on Monday, September 8, 2014. Located just outside Boise, BlueFire offers struggling teens ages 13-17 a once-in-a-lifetime experience of self-discovery and recovery.

BlueFire Wilderness Therapy is fully licensed by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and staff are comprised of industry veterans with decades of successful experience working with families. Teenage clients are typically struggling with impulsivity, anger, anxiety, depression, substance use, technology addiction, or other behavioral, academic, emotional or social issues. The program is unique in the amount of therapy provided to teens, with therapists “on the ground” four days per week. They offer individual and group therapy, and utilize the latest technology to offer video journaling and video conferencing of family sessions. They also employ evidence-based measurement tools during the enrollment process to assist in the creation of treatment plans, and track progress at program completion.

“We are so pleased to announce our opening and excited to welcome teens and families to this very special program,” said Reid Treadaway, Admissions Director. “We are, at our core, an adventure therapy program with a family-centered approach, and we are confident that this combination will help reconnect families.”

Adventure therapy is an integral part of BlueFire, allowing exploration of personal growth through a variety of new experiences such as rock climbing, kayaking, cross country skiing and today’s highly popular paddle boarding. In addition, weekly equine therapy helps students develop healthy relationships and communication skills.

“Adventure is taking chances, trying something new, facing fears and exploring life,” said Kathy Rex, Executive Director, when asked about adding adventure activities into the tried and true methods of traditional wilderness therapy.

“These activities help relieve anxiety, help students process success and failure, and develop skills that translate into their everyday lives, building self-worth, self-esteem and a meaningful sense of accomplishment,” added Treadaway.

BlueFire’s family systems model of treatment includes the whole family to ensure that when the child transitions and ultimately returns home, the systems are going to be in place for the child to be successful.

BlueFire has coined the fire-building strategy phrase “gather, build, ignite” to represent what they do, that is, helping teens gather resources to begin their journey of self-discovery, build skills throughout the experience, and ignite confidence and success for real, lasting results.

Interested families can contact BlueFire Wilderness Therapy by calling 844-413-1999, or emailing Treadaway at reid(at)bluefirewilderness(dot)com.

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