Wilderness Therapy

This work arose out of research for Gary’s best-selling work, Shouting at the Sky: Troubled Teens and the Promise of the Wild (St. Martin’s Press). He currently offers a variety of programs based on this work, targeted for graduate and undergraduate classes in education, sociology, and adolescent psychology. Why do fundamentals of family therapy enjoy more long-lasting results when delivered in an experiential setting? Could such programs have major implications for institutionally based mental health? What challenges do teens face in trying to apply the lessons of such programs in their home environments? What is it about the outdoor setting that allows teens to craft healthy coping strategies, when other programs have failed to help them?