IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Research supports the efficacy of wilderness and residential interventions. Out of home therapeutic placements should be reserved for youth who haven't responded to less comprehensive interventions.
Academic Success and Family Functioning Significantly Improved for Youth after Residential Treatment
A database of over 1,000 youth attending therapeutic programs tracked both academic performance and family functioning before, during, and one year after residential treatment. Significant improvement in both domains were maintained well beyond treatment.
Study Explores Youth Perception of Change Process While in Residential Treatment
A study explored how 27 youth in residential treatment perceive their change process. The five major themes revealed were:
Better family functioning
Stronger sense of self
Improved emotional balance
Insightful, future-oriented thinking