It has always been a popular idea for outdoor goers to explore and spend quiet time in nature to relax and destress after a long period of continuous work, as being surrounded with fresh air and a calming green environment can always help anyone to be more in touch with one’s senses and feel reenergized again. History from mental facilities from decades ago even show these effects were patients improve noticeably when they spend most of their time outdoors where they are close to nature.
Although the idea was slowly introduced, if at all, in some healthcare facilities, its popularity among advocates of natural healing has grown steadily over the last few decades, giving rise to outdoor related activities aimed at wellness improvement among its participants. It was not until the year 1970 when more specific programs were created by licensed healthcare practitioners to design specific activities for participants who have the same goal of improving their psychological state and more, which formally turned these activities into therapeutic programs that people can engage in either through a group or individually in a one-on-one program.
The programs are typically conducted for four weeks or more, and includes nature activities and games that can challenge its participants to improve their self esteem, interpersonal and communication skills, and fosters a cooperative and trusting attitude between the members of the team to successfully complete tasks. As outdoor activities may also be more difficult, the challenges can help to improve one’s physical health, and help to increase their endurance and adaptive skills while indirectly guiding its participants to develop their interpersonal skills and self awareness as the challenges are made to mimic those that are usually encountered in families and social settings but in an unfamiliar environment.
These outdoor therapy programs often conducts their sessions in age groups, like therapy for young adults and one for teenagers, with varying fees depending on program and duration chosen, but regardless of your choice, always be sure to check that the agency you will enroll in is licensed by the state. To be guaranteed of safety, especially if you are enrolling your child in a young adult wilderness therapy, consult first with experienced professionals that are known in this type of therapeutic program before choosing an activity program, which must be monitored on site by professionals as well.
Wilderness programs for behavioral healthcare is not only a means to health improvement for people with behavioral issues but also for those who have problems with their social skills and self esteem, as these activities facilitated by therapists in outdoor settings with engaging activities also acquaints individuals with nature and its many benefits.