The Buckeye Ranch’s Adventure Therapy Program provides group therapy services in an innovative way using the principles of learning through experience. This group is focused on enhancing a client’s ability to build natural supports, maintain positive and healthy relationships, and develop social skills. Program objectives include:
- Exploring relationships, community connection and trust
- Reinforcing the ability to work through challenges and positive coping strategies
- Developing effective interpersonal and communication skills
- Building understanding of friendship, social experiences, and working with others
- Discovering strengths, abilities and accomplishments
- Clients are asked to commit to 10-12 weeks of group.
- Clients must be concurrently linked with Buckeye Ranch services.
- Group is rolling admission format, so clients can be referred at any time.
- Clients with current aggression or AWOL tendencies are not appropriate for this group.
- Dinner and transportation are provided.
Program components include:
- Adventure-Based Interventions: activities designed to match treatment objectives such as Initiatives, Zipline, Climbing Wall, Hiking, Camping, Outdoor Cooking, or Rock Climbing.
- Choice and Responsibility: All activities are by choice only so clients can be responsible for the positive and negative outcomes of their choices.
- Goal Setting: clients are asked to select goals related to the program purpose. Stones are awarded to clients from staff based on progress toward their goal.
- Relationship Curriculum: clients engage in psychoeducation related to developing positive and healthy relationships. Components include introductions, making friends, interacting with others who are not your friends, managing conflicts, developing trust, boundaries, and saying goodbye.