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Odyssey Wilderness Programs

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Odyssey Wilderness Programs Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 14 - 18
Grades: 8 - 12
Estimated Enrollment: 5 per group
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2003
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Odyssey Wilderness Programs Contact Information

1106 Harris Avenue, Suite 201
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 671-4999
Fax: (360) 671-8444
School Contact: Sarah Brockman
Alternative Contact: Tim Brockman
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Odyssey Wilderness Programs is a highly developed and successful wilderness therapy program operating in the pristine backcountry areas of Washington State. The Odyssey mission is to promote positive experiences in wilderness by establishing a community of individuals through a safe, structured curriculum and environmentally sound practice. Odyssey students progress through distinct program phases that serve as metaphors for real life skills: Personal Responsibility, Family Responsibility, and Community.

Odyssey is a dynamic, specialized wilderness program, blending expeditionary learning with a highly effective clinical model of change. The result is a positive, strength-based intervention program that is educationally intensive, socially and emotionally challenging, and highly therapeutic.

Overall, Odyssey is ideal for capable teenagers, both male and female who are not living up to their potential—teens who are misdirected and in need of guidance and structure to learn how to make better choices.

Who does Odyssey help?
Typical Odyssey students are male and female, ages 13–18. Their struggles may include: conflict with parents, depression, anxiety, anger, lying, trouble in school, low self-esteem, self harm, adoption/attachment issues, grief/loss issues, drug/alcohol experimentation, ADD/ADHD, lack of motivation/direction, or manipulative/oppositional behavior problems.

Our Mission
The Odyssey Mission is to promote positive experiences in wilderness by establishing a community of individuals through a safe, structured curriculum and environmentally sound practice.

Our mission defines Odyssey Wilderness Programs. We know that the wilderness in wilderness therapy plays an important role in the level of programming we provide—that is why our wilderness is the beach and the ocean. Our positive experience model shows in the smiles, happiness and feelings of success that our students experience as they interact with these pristine natural environments.

We are a community of individuals within our organization, and we know the importance of modeling the kind of behavior we want to see in our clients. By demonstrating commitment, leadership and teamwork amongst our staff, our goal is to establish communities of young people who take responsibility for their choices and behaviors and play an active role in building relationships within their families.

At the heart of Odyssey’s curriculum is the concept of choice and responsibility. Through environmentally sound practices such as Leave No Trace ethics, students learn to not only recognize the impact their choices have on themselves, but also to take responsibility for the impact their behavior has on the surrounding natural environment and community. Odyssey deeply respects and appreciates the natural world and practices ethics that help to sustain the environments of which we are a part.

Our Philosophy
At the core of the Odyssey clinical model is the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems therapy and experiential education. On the individual level, how we think, how we feel and how we act all work together to form a dynamic system of behavior. Shifting one belief or one thought could change the entire system and therefore can ultimately create new choices and behaviors in our students. On the family level, we take a systems approach to working with our clients. Depending on circumstances, a therapist may point out to the family a set of interaction patterns they might not have noticed or suggest different ways of responding to other family members or situations. These changes in the way of responding can then trigger positive repercussions in the whole system, leading to a more stable and productive systemic family state.

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