Wilderness Therapy

Wilderness therapy and Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare are subsets of Adventure-based Therapy. OBH at The Farm includes but is not limited to gardening, land maintenance, and hiking. There are four main objectives of wilderness programming:

  1. Recreation
  2. Education/Training
  3. Development
  4. Psychotherapy

The common outcome of OBH is increased respect for one’s self and surroundings, as the activities encourage teamwork as well as building of self-reliance.

“(Outdoor behavioral healthcare is) an eclectic therapeutic model based on a family systems perspective with a cognitive behavioral treatment emphasis. This approach integrates the therapeutic factors of wilderness experience with a nurturing and intense therapeutic process, which helps clients access feelings and emotions suppressed by anger, drugs, alcohol, and depression,”  (Russell 2001, co-founder of OBH).