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True North Wilderness Program

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True North Wilderness Program Program Information

Gender: Coeducational (single-gender groups)
Ages: 14-17
Grades: 6 - 12
Estimated Enrollment: 24
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2005
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True North Wilderness Program Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 857
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: (802) 583-1144
Fax: (802) 583-1104
Email: info@truenorthvt.com
Website: www.truenorthvt.com
School Contact: Madhurii Barefoot
Alternative Contact: Tyler Maves
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

True North Wilderness Program is located in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Our goal is to provide opportunities that inspire and empower our students and their families to reach their full potential. True North students typically present with mild depression, anger, anxiety, oppositional defiance, learning differences, academic difficulty, problems with peer and family relationships, and experimentation with substance abuse. Our single gender groups are carefully structured to be a safe and supportive environment for our students to establish strong foundations for the future.



Our Program

True North provides personalized therapeutic interventions and transition support for 14-17 year old adolescents with an emphasis on assessment and family participation. Our length of stay is flexible and determined on an individual basis. The minimum length of stay is 28 days and although students typically do not stay longer than 8 weeks, we customize our services to provide the best possible outcome for each student.

We believe that inspiring and empowering students to identify positive choices and develop strategies for maintaining healthy relationships sets the cornerstone for a lifetime of success. Our field guides and master’s level therapists are committed to using caring and non-punitive approaches that encourage every student to discover their internal motivation for success. Sophisticated clinical methods are combined with an emphasis on experiential learning and community building.

Adolescents face many pressures that undermine their self-esteem and negatively impact their lives and relationships. Teens that are struggling, un-motivated, or acting-out may be lacking a sense of purpose and the confidence to work toward their goals. Experiencing the natural beauty and simplicity of the wilderness environment allows our students to leave behind the distractions and complications of their lives before True North. Our students are able to focus on themselves and address personal struggles with the guidance and support of our staff.

Living together in small groups requires students to practice relationship and organizational skills and encourages them to take personal responsibility for their daily success. Students are required to take time for self-reflection in order to strengthen their sense of identity, clarify personal goals, and examine the values and beliefs that guide their choices. Daily group processing facilitates open communication and supports healthy relationships within our close-knit community. Our students participate in a variety of skill-building exercises and challenges that promote teamwork and leadership and that enable students to identify specific personal goals.
Students at True North Wilderness Program

• Build confidence

• Accept more responsibility for their choices

• Develop communication skills

• Define personal values

• Establish healthy and positive relationships

• Recognize limiting behaviors and beliefs

• Identify personal strengths

• Build a foundation for success

• Acknowledge their True potential

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