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Second Nature

Wilderness Program

Second Nature 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: 1998
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Second Nature Contact Information

P.O. Box 318
382 West Main Street
Duchesne, UT 84021
Phone: 801-453-0042
Fax: 801-906-6631
School Contact: Leah Halverson
Alternative Contact: Dr. Brad Reedy, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Second Nature is a licensed treatment program that uses the wilderness setting in a clinically focused intervention to teach students accountability, communication skills, and healthy emotional and behavioral habits. Treatment plans are individualized for each student and include flexible lengths of stay, single gender treatment groups, daily group therapy, and individualized therapy sessions with doctorate level therapists twice weekly.

Welcome to Second Nature - the industry's most sophisticated wilderness therapy treatment program. At Second Nature we provide insight, direction and hope to troubled teens and their families. As the therapists and other staff members help your teen discover the reasons behind his/her actions, your teen becomes a student of self. She/he can then make healthy choices concerning the future.
We understand that many parents are not sure where they can go for teen help. We have an entire staff of qualified individuals who will provide solutions to your questions about your troubled teen, his/her needs, and your own needs.

We congratulate you on taking the first step to help your teen. By seeking out information about a therapy program, you could literally change your child’s life as well as your own. Second Nature offers a variety of troubled teen programs. Now that you have already begun the process of getting help, we can assist you in the next step, which is to enroll your child in a recovery program.

- Substance Abuse
- Hyperactivity
- Anger
- Oppositional Behavior
- Attachment Issues
- Identity Issues
- Teen Depression
- Manipulation Fueled by High IQ
- Sexually Acting Out
- Attention
- Deficit Disorder Impulsivity
- Learning Challenges

Our trained staff will work closely with your teen to ensure his/her success. Please look throughout our site, and contact us with any questions you might have. We look forward to giving your teen the help he/she deserves.

Our Program
Second Nature begins the treatment process by helping parents gain basic control of their adolescent child. Often students come to teen wilderness programs with high levels of acting out (anger towards parents, substance abuse, and breaking of family and school rules) or withdrawal (teen depression, academic failure, and poor social skills). Wilderness therapy begins with the end in mind: teaching your child to be and feel responsible for his/her actions, words, thoughts, and feelings while showing them accountability for those choices.

The wilderness environment, combined with clear boundaries from the family and treatment team, serve to contain acting out behavior and engage students who have been withdrawn. Early on, the focus of treatment is simple accountability and acceptance of the need for time away from family and usual environments. After accepting the structure of the wilderness environment and peer group, your child will focus on accountability and personal engagement in the program; we work with your teen’s strengths to confront his/her frailties, not the other way around.

At Second Nature, your child stops looking for someone to blame for his/her unhappiness because the impulse to avoid fault drops away. When your son or daughter learns accountability and engages in personal growth, she or he can then develop boldness and mastery with tasks and relationships. This transformative experience develops a deep and reassuring confidence that continues to empower the student in wilderness therapy as well as to you at home.

Educational Consultants
Second Nature is a licensed adolescent treatment program that utilizes the experiential opportunities of a wilderness setting in a clinically focused intervention. Second Nature’s use of sophisticated professional therapy and the intensity of outdoor residential care combine to produce powerful effects in the lives of adolescents and their families. This combined approach provides the opportunity to efficiently change problem behaviors and ineffective levels of functioning. Second Nature recommends families work with independent educational consultants, who work with your family, offering assurance of treatment quality and integration for aftercare planning.

Admission Process
Second Nature Programs operate year-round and application for admission may take place at any time. Acceptance into the program is based on a thorough review of the completed application. The approval process includes a review of your child’s current and past behavior, emotional, psychological, and educational evaluations, as well as a review of your child’s medical history. Review for admission also includes a consultation with parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s), and with appropriate professionals as needed.

Appropriate candidates are adolescent males and females, ages 13-17, (18 and older in the Entrada Program) with a history of moderate to severe emotional and behavioral problems, low self-esteem, academic underachievement, substance abuse, and family conflict.

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