Second Nature's therapeutic philosophy rests on the notion that the most effective treatment for adolescents requires clinical integration. This means that all aspects of the treatment process are seamlessly interwoven rather than fragmented or compartmentalized.
So often in therapeutic programs, there is a disconnect between the therapy sessions (conducted by the therapist) and the daily milieu (directed by program staff). At Second Nature, we believe the integration of these two components is critical. This is what transforms a student's experience from what would otherwise be outpatient therapy + adventure camp into a truly therapeutic experience and makes Second Nature the best wilderness therapy program for your child.
Second Nature clinicians are among the most experienced and well-respected in the field. When students are first enrolled, they are matched with the therapist and group which best fits their unique therapeutic issues. As such, Second Nature is equipped to serve a wide range of issues without concern that students will be improperly placed with peers whose focus is too dissimilar.
Therapists conduct weekly individual therapy sessions with their students. Therapists also facilitate group therapy sessions during field days.
Therapists are trained in a variety of empirically supported models, incorporating a variety of effective interventions from Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, DBT, Family Systems, Client-Centered, Relationship Oriented, & Developmental theoretical models.
Second Nature's culture supports a highly integrated relationship between the therapist and the Field Instructors. Field Instructors are provided ongoing training and supervision under the direction of the therapist, and are key in implementing treatment plan objectives as outlined by the therapist. The therapists regularly invite the Field Instructor assigned to the student into individual therapy sessions. This allows for the Field Instructors to incorporate the issues identified in the session throughout the rest of the week, & to identify patterns & dynamics in the moment, as they emerge.
Admissions Contact Name: Chad Balagna