SafePassage News

SafePassage: 17 Is Not Old Enough

Late yesterday I received a panic phone call from a therapeutic boarding school. They said that one of their students was on a family visit at a mall when the student bolted. The parents, of course, chased in pursuit of their own child and when they caught up to her they put hands on her....

National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping – NATWC

The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camping was established with the purpose to under gird the direct care wilderness staff with opportunities for certification and continuing education. NATWC also works to educate the public and promote the existence of wilderness therapy for at-risk adolescents. The NATWC Board of Directors is comprised of industry professionals who...

SafePassage: Age of Majority

Deciding between a short term wilderness program or academic therapeutic boarding school can be a daunting task for a parent with an at-risk adolescent. Not only are there hundreds of therapeutic schools and programs parents have to sift through, for older teens the taste for independence, freedom in making their own decisions when they turn...

SafePassage: Dr. Elizabeth Kohlstaedt to Speak

I posted an announcement on the NATWC blog yesterday alerting everyone to the fact that Dr. Elizabeth Kohlstaedt will present at the annual NATWC Conference in September 2009. For those of you who do not know Dr. Kohlstaedt I must encourage you to come and hear her speak. Her message is one that should not...

Runaways

Tis the season for teenagers to runaway. Oh, you didn’t know there was a season? Well actually there are two seasons: spring and fall and fall is definitely in the air. Believe me when I tell you that teenagers all over the world are getting ready to run. There is no scientific study that I...