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Troubled Youth Programs

Aspen Education Group offers short-term and long-term therapeutic programs for young people struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.

Aspen’s outdoor behavioral health programs are short-term, high-impact therapeutic interventions that emphasize experiential learning and individualized counseling as a catalyst for positive behavioral change. Designed for troubled teens struggling with a wide range of behavioral issues, our wilderness programs expose young people to natural environments, complete with camping expeditions, hiking, and other adventure activities. In this unique setting, free from modern distractions, campers have the opportunity to discover who they want to be, as our highly trained instructors guide them toward greater respect for themselves and others.

Wilderness therapy is a powerful experience for an adolescent. Teens enrolled in an outdoor program experience the challenges of living and working together outdoors as a means of working through internal conflicts and emotional obstacles that have kept them from succeeding with parents, in school, and in prior treatment. By the end of an outdoor program, teens develop a strong sense of accomplishment and personal growth, and are well-equipped to move on to the next stage of their journey.

Aspen Education Group also offers longer term therapeutic programs for at-risk youth. Aspen’s therapeutic boarding schools help adolescents who are struggling academically, socially, or behaviorally reach new levels of success. Using innovative, individualized treatment that combines comprehensive therapy, education, recreational activities, and alternative therapies, our boarding schools are an attractive alternative to the traditional school setting. With both single-gender and co-ed campuses, each of our residential programs follows an accredited middle school, high school, or college-preparatory curriculum.

Upon admission, our highly trained clinical staff creates a unique educational plan for each student that incorporates group therapy, individual counseling, and specialized therapeutic experiences such as equine therapy, which are designed to build the student’s personal and emotional skills. In a structured and nurturing environment, with a small teacher-to-student ratio, therapeutic boarding schools encourage personal growth and healthy self-expression, inspire academic excellence, and teach individual responsibility and service to others.


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