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Outback Therapeutic Expeditions

Wilderness Program

Outback Therapeutic Expeditions Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 to 17
Grades: n/a
Estimated Enrollment: 8 per group, single gender only
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2001
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Outback Therapeutic Expeditions Contact Information

50 North 200 East
Lehi, UT 84043
Phone: (801) 766-3933
Fax: (801) 766-3932
School Contact: Woody Crowell
Alternative Contact: Rick Meeves, Ph.D.
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Outback is a licensed treatment program that uses the wilderness as an alternative to traditional treatment settings, while employing conventional therapeutic methods. Treatment, not wilderness or survival skills, is the primary focus at Outback.

Are you experiencing family conflict in the home? Has your troubled teen recently changed to a negative peer group? Is he isolating himself or focusing an excessive amount of time on the computer? Is she struggling or failing academically? Are there issues with low self esteem, depression, or anxiety? Is your teen bright but underachieving? Has there been experimentation with drugs and alcohol?

Outback can Help.

Outback's Wilderness Programs blend the best of the "ancient cultural systems" with the most effective and proven therapeutic processes. Your troubled teen will experience the highest standards of safety and therapy in the context of one of the most powerful settings for real change - the wilderness.

At Outback, we believe that is critical for students to continue their education during treatment, rather than taking a break from school altogether. Thus, in conjunction with Pine Ridge Academy, we have designed a unique academic program that helps students continue their education while receiving intense clinical support, therapeutic treatment, and development assistance.

Outback’s program uses certified teachers and approved educational materials and techniques in four areas of the Utah State Office of Education’s approved curriculum:

1. Health II
2. PE
3. Art
4. Life Skills

Each Outback student has the potential to earn one semester's worth of academic credit in each course during a typical six-week stay. This is the same credit that a student can earn during a full quarter in a traditional school setting.

Outback maintains an intense clinical focus while integrating the academic component in ways that enhance the student's overall experience, provide additional assessment opportunities, and address motivational issues as needed. This approach provides a balanced, multi-dimensional solution for parents and their children.
Outback offers the best in therapeutic care, philosophy, staff training, and overall customer care. Our dedication to you and your family is unmatched and our ability to help your child get back on track is exceptional.

Benefits of Outback over other Wilderness Programs:

Highest industry standards of clinical care
Fully Accredited Academic Program (Included in Cost)
Weekly individual, group, and milieu therapy sessions
Weekly Phone calls with Parents and Referring Professionals (Following individual sessions)
Full Day Parent Workshop
Family Therapy Session (In Field)
Small Program (Individualized Treatment for every family)
Financial Assistance

Many parents prefer to finance their child's stay through cost-effective loans. Financing your child's stay with cost-effective loans can allow you to make low monthly payments over a period of time. Loans are an attractive option for parents considering private treatment for their children.

Aspen Education Group is pleased to offer parents assistance with the loan process. Shauna Clark provides personal, hassle-free assistance throughout the loan process. She is often able to secure funding for all your expenses such as escort services, ancillaries, and enrollment fees.

Reasonable interest rates will allow families to finance their child's stay with affordable monthly payments. In some instances payments can be deffered for up to 6 months. Loans have no prepayment penalty or cancellation fees. Shauna has personal experience with struggling teens and understands the additional burden the financial piece can bring.

-Pre-approval often within 24-48 hours
-One point-of-contact to find the best loan for your student
-Loans may cover travel expenses and other ancillary expenses
-Reasonable interest rates
-Affordable monthly payments
-No prepayment or cancellation fees

Your Involvement

This information will help your child's stay here at Outback be a healing and uplifting experience for all of you. There are several things that you as parents can do as we begin the process of working with your child.

Leadership and Self-Deception

Purchase and read the book Leadership and Self Deception by The Arbinger Institute. You can purchase this book online at or check with the nearest Barnes and Noble. This short, easy-to-read book will give you additional tools and skills that reflect how we work and interact with the children during their stay with us. We suggest reading this in the next couple of days, before writing the placement letter.

Placement Letter

Before writing your placement letter, please talk to your Outback Therapist. Please write a two-to-three page typewritten letter to your child explaining your placement decision. Please use the principles of Leadership and Self Deception to guide your words as you list the specific behaviors that led to your decision to place your child at Outback.

This letter should also include your feelings regarding the placement, a paragraph of encouragement for your child, a list of his/her strengths and positive experiences, and your feelings about your child. This letter will be used to guide your child's Outback process.

Parent Manual

The parent manual (which you will receive when your child is admitted to Outback) was prepared to help you find answers to your questions about our program. It also provides information that will help you help us as we strive to provide a meaningful experience for your child. The Parent Manual contains detailed program information and is for parents’ use only. Please talk to your child’s Outback therapist before revealing any information from the manual to your child. It is crucial to your child’s progress through the program that you not share information with your child inappropriately, as this can reduce their ability to focus on their current experience, and can impair their ability to gain the maximum benefit from the program. If you have any questions or need any additional assistance, please feel free to call your Outback therapist or another office staff member.

Weekly Letters

Each week you can send letters to your child (FAX: (801) 766-3932; E-mail: Please send these letters by noon on Fridays. The therapists will then take these letters to your child on therapy days. Any letters your child writes to you will be faxed to you on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Friday mornings. If you have questions or concerns regarding the letter process, please call Jeannine at our office number.

Phone Calls
After your child arrives, our admissions director will call you to confirm your child's arrival and give you the name and contact information of the therapist assigned to your child. Please contact your therapist to set up your Wednesday appointments. You will be asked to call the office at your scheduled time for a 30-minute consultation each week. During this time the therapist will give you updates, gain additional insights from you, involve you in the treatment planning, and start the aftercare process with you.

Parent Workshop

In addition to your weekly phone calls, Outback offers parent workshop seminars twice a month. Parents are asked to attend one workshop (usually around the fourth or fifth week of the child’s placement). This workshop starts with a one-day seminar to explore the underlying concepts, strategies, and philosophies of the Outback program, as well as ideas and skills for working with teenagers. The following morning you will drive out to the field to reunite with your child and participate in a family session. Although it is not required, Outback strongly recommends you attend this workshop. Please discuss the details of the seminar and your visit with your therapist.

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