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Aspiro Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13-17, 18-30
Grades: 7-12
Estimated Enrollment: 40
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2005
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Aspiro Contact Information

3253 W 11975 South
Riverton, UT 84065
Phone: 888-266-5136
Fax: 801-454-3805
School Contact: Josh Watson
Alternative Contact: Brian Church
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Aspiro's solution-oriented, outdoor adventure therapy program works. We blend the best of adventure with effective and proven therapeutic processes.

Your troubled teen experiences the highest standards of safety and therapy in one of the most beautiful and powerful settings for real change.

Aspiro engages students in character development as well as working to resolve family and personal issues and preparing each student for the next best step.

Does your troubled teen need Aspiro? Read our student profile and then give us a call at 888-266-5136.

Aspiro serves young men and women ages 13 to 17 and young adults' ages 18 to 30 years old.

Aspiro operates year-round and application for admission may take place at any time. Acceptance is based on a review of the student's current and past history of behavior, consultation with parents and professionals, and psycho-educational testing when appropriate.

Appropriate candidates are adolescent males and females, ages 13-17, and young adults, ages 18 to 30 years of age, with a history of soft to moderate emotional and behavioral challenges, low self-esteem, academic underachievement, substance abuse and family conflict.

Aspiro is a 7 to 12 week program with an average length of stay of 54 days. It begins with 2 to 5 days at a Transition Camp being taught essential skills before moving to the expedition phase of the program.

Aspiro adventure therapy is designed to foster the beginnings of significant, positive change in a short period of time. The therapeutically-rich nature of our program helps to reduce your child's resistance to treatment and enables them to clearly understand the need for change. Further, it gives them the skills and motivation necessary to make positive choices which lead to future success. Aspiro students participate in an expedition-style adventure where nature has a way of healing. With direction from a dedicated and caring staff, the students are led along a path where hope and healing begin. While continued therapy remains the primary focus of Aspiro, students are also taught many life lesson, character development, and adventure-based activities designed to enhance their quality of life for years to come.

Activities may include whitewater river trips in rafts or canoes, skiing, snowboarding, top-rope rock climbing, caving, mountain-biking, horseback riding, primitive living skills, hiking/backpacking, arts and crafts, etc. Each activity is designed to help students climb to a higher level of self-efficacy, and help them draw the metaphors to real life. The goal is to give them tools for success with their family and friends.


Through a combination of written work, continuous field trips, and experiential education, Aspiro provides students the opportunity to earn high school credits. While a student can earn up to 6.0 credits if their length of stay supports it, most students earn on average 1.75 credits during a 54-day stay.

Students spend time nearly every day, completing written work and reading assignments. Skillfully-trained staff also take the students through a series of field trips and activities where students "experience" learning firsthand.

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