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SageWalk, The Wilderness School

Wilderness Program

SageWalk, The Wilderness School Program Information

Gender: Single Sex Groups
Ages: 13 through 17
Grades: n/a
Estimated Enrollment: 45
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1996
Accreditations: Affiliations:

SageWalk, The Wilderness School Contact Information

Address:
1116 Obsidian Avenue
Redmond, OR 97756
Phone: (800) 877-1922
Fax: (541) 316-4810
Email: info@sagewalk.com
Website: www.SageWalk.com
School Contact: Sarah Casson
Alternative Contact: Ellen McBride
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Sage Walk, The Wilderness School’s curriculum is built around discovering the basis of past failures, building personal accountability, and creating tools for future growth through an emphasis on experiential involvement and education. Insight oriented therapy and a controlled positive peer culture combined with a DBT approach and supported with traditional ceremonies, create an impactful Rite of Passage experience.



SageWalk offers two dynamic programs, the Assessment Program and the Transition Program, each of which feature minimum lengths of stay and the option of adding additional family services such as the Continuing Care Program (which is described below).

Each program is specifically designed to prepare troubled teens for the next step in their lives. For more information, or for help determining which program will best meet your family’s needs, please call the SageWalk Admissions Department at 800-877-1922.

Assessment Program - This program provides an experience designed for students who need continued structure beyond typical family life. The Assessment Program prepares students for the independence that is necessary to be successful in an environment outside the home.

Student Services:

Up to 30 days of program participation
An assessment to assist families and professionals in their efforts to determine the student’s "next step"
Two sessions per week with a master’s-level therapist
Psychological evaluation when appropriate (this involves an additional fee, and may require up to 14 additional days in the program, which will be billed at the daily rate )
Individual weekly meetings with a registered nurse
Individual and group sessions with chemical dependency counselor (when appropriate)
Individual and group session with licensed master level teacher (SageWalk is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools)
SageWalk Rite-of-Passage workbook, which encompasses both hard (wilderness survival) and soft (therapeutic) skills.
Graduation ceremony and a SageWalk Certificate of Graduation

Family Services

-Weekly phone calls with the student’s therapist
-An assessment to assist families and professionals in their efforts to determine the student’s "next step"
-Updates from the chemical dependency counselor (when appropriate)
-A copy of the student’s academic transcript
-Access to student updates and photographs on the ParentCheckin web site
-Parent packet, brochure, and resource material
Fees

Initial minimum Program fee $13,950.00
Gear and Application fee $2,000.00
Program extensions are billed in seven day increments at the rate of $465.00 per day.

Transition Program - The focus of this track is to ensure that the student's growth and progress are sustained throughout their subsequent program transition home, to a therapeutic boarding school or a residential treatment center, or elsewhere. Specific clinical strategies are developed during the child’s program to ensure that the goals and strengths of the individual student and the family are met.

Student Services:

-Up to 60 days of program participation
-Two sessions per week with a master’s-level therapist
-Psychological evaluation when appropriate (this involves an additional fee, and may require up to 14 additional days in the program, which will be billed at the daily rate )
-Individual weekly meetings with a registered nurse
-Individual and group sessions with chemical dependency counselor (when appropriate)
-Individual and group session with licensed master level teacher (SageWalk is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools)
-Opportunity to earn credit in Language Arts, Physical Education, and elective credits through journaling, hiking, and natural wilderness experience
-SageWalk Rite-of-Passage workbook which encompasses both hard (wilderness survival) and soft (therapeutic) skills.
-Graduation ceremony including a Family Peak Experience and a SageWalk Certificate of Graduation
-Continuing Care Program (see below for description) is included at no additional charge for all students who are enrolled for a minimum of 60 consecutive days

Family Services:

-Weekly phone calls with the student’s therapist
-An assessment to assist families and professionals in their efforts to determine the student’s "next step"
-Updates from the chemical dependency counselor (when appropriate)
-A copy of the student’s academic transcript
-Access to student updates and photographs on the ParentCheckin web site
-Participation in graduation ceremony and peak experience
-Continuing Care Program (see below description) is included at no additional charge for all students who are enrolled for a minimum of 60 consecutive days.
Fees

Initial minimum Program fee $27,900.00
Gear and Application fee $2,000.00

The SageWalk Mission of Family Conflict Resolution and Healing a Troubled Child

Our mission is to develop family conflict resolution capabilities in order to reunite families that have been torn apart by the behavioral problems of a troubled child. We offer committed, professional services that challenge students emotionally, academically, and physically. As they progress through the SageWalk program formerly troubled teens begin to understand the cause of their low self esteem, learn to overcome behavioral problems, and prepare themselves to return home with a goal of fostering respect and cooperation, instead of creating conflict and strife. We use our family conflict theory as the basis of reaching this goal.

Our family conflict theory is based upon a unique philosophy that includes the following components:

Rolling admissions
Open-ended enrollment
Small groups
Experienced staff
Versatile therapeutic teams
Specialty groups
Co-ed and single-sexed groups
Flexible program lengths
Individualized treatment
Six months of post-graduation follow-up
Two year re-admittance policy (within the reunification program)

Our Focus

The focus at SageWalk is to facilitate the success and emotional growth of all students, while helping them to identify and reach their fullest potential. For example, we get at the heart of the cause of low self esteem and work to correct it directly.

Qualities that we strive to teach our students:

-Self-esteem and confidence
-Leadership and self-reliance
-Strong work ethic
-Honesty and awareness
-Responsibility and accountability
-Positive behavior and healthy interactions
-Effective communication skills
-Conflict resolution and problem solving strategies
-Anger management and healthy coping skills
-Appreciation and respect for the wilderness and all forms of life
-The SageWalk Advantage

-Small, intimate size allows more intensive supervision
-Flexibility in working with each student for both academic and educational needs
-Less expensive, with more professional content, than other programs
-NAAS accredited for academics
-Licensed drug and alcohol program administered by CADCII
-Licensed by the state of Oregon
-Professionally managed

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