Safety Our Highest Concern
One of the most valuable assets of wilderness as a treatment environment is isolation. However, that is also the greatest liability. Safety is the number one concern of most parents. It’s our first priority as well. Because wilderness therapy programs operate in remote areas they require logistical support in order to meet the individual needs of troubled teens and do it in a safe manner.
Our wilderness therapy staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Field staff are also certified in what is known as PCS – or Positive Control Systems. All Head Instructors are Certified Wilderness First Responders.
All field staff must complete a rigorous one week in-field wilderness therapy training camp and a three week internship prior to their employment. Training includes wilderness living skills. Field interns must complete the same curriculum as our students.
All staff are randomly drug tested throughout their employment and must pass a background check prior to hire A registered nurse or emergency medical technician visits students in the field every 7 days. A medical assessment is completed every 14 days to address any health complaints or concerns. Teens are weighed, blood pressure taken, and a general health assessment is completed.
For more information regarding Catalyst Xtreme or to enroll in our wilderness therapy program please contact our admissions department.