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Utah Therapeutic Boarding Schools Offer Great Recreational Therapy

When you send your child to a therapeutic boarding school, you hope that he will receive lots of therapy. After all, that’s what the school is called, so you expect that it will live up to its name. But you might not realize the different kinds of therapy that are available for your teen at a Utah boarding school.

Various Therapies to Help Your Child

Your child will benefit from several kinds of therapy that can help your struggling teen, including private, group, family and experiential therapy. Each one helps your son in unique ways so that he addresses the issues that brought him to our facility and matures in the process.

Private therapy includes at least 90 minutes of counseling per week, which might be broken up over several sessions or completed at the same time. During group therapy, boys are divided according to their specific needs. They gather in groups that discuss the challenges they face, including:

  1. Grief

  2. Self-esteem

  3. Abandonment

  4. Abuse

  5. Addiction

  6. Anger

  7. Relationships

  8. Trauma

  9. And other issues as needed.

Because of technology, family therapy often includes sessions via Skype or uses other electronic means to connect. When it’s convenient, parents can come to the facility to meet with their child and counselors and work through difficult issues together. The focus is on parents constructively working with their teen to instill solid values that he can carry with him into adulthood.

Experiential therapy includes various service projects every other week at nationally recognized organizations that work with cancer victims, the homeless, the environment and more. Your son will learn to look outside himself and recognize that others in the world are struggling, some with much worse problems than he faces.


Recreation Therapy

The most often overlooked form of therapy is recreation – good, old-fashioned play in the great outdoors. Society as a whole, including teens, have gradually moved indoors and do not spend as much time outside as they did in previous generations. The beautiful Utah landscape provides the perfect scenic backdrop for your son to begin to rediscover nature. While most people recognize the benefits of exercise, you might not realize how much good, clean fun can do for your teen. Our Utah therapeutic boarding school provides the following options in recreation therapy for your teen as he enjoys the beautiful mountains and vistas:

  1. 4-wheeling

  2. River rafting

  3. Camping

  4. Boating

  5. Water or snow skiing

  6. Snowboarding

  7. Hiking or

  8. Rappelling.

These experiences provide children with all kinds of benefits, such as:

  1. Burning energy

  2. Providing a healthy physical outlet

  3. Offering success and his skill level develops

  4. Positive interactions with peers

  5. Problem-solving skills

  6. Improved interpersonal communication

  7. Teamwork

  8. Natural ways to fight obesity, anger and depression

  9. Self-esteem

  10. A sense of pride and accomplishment in their efforts

  11. Organizational skills

  12. Conflict resolution and

  13. More.

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