The parent - child connection and the integrity of the family system are vital parts of the work we do at Second Nature. We believe that parents deserve to be supported, listened to, and educated throughout their child’s wilderness experience. And the data is clear, when parents receive support and guidance, the child is more engaged in his or her work, so that the whole family system may progress in a healthy direction.

At Second Nature we believe that respectfully addressing the family dynamics and improving communication between parents and children throughout the entire process is paramount. Second Nature was built on family systems principles, and our clinicians work to enhance the family therapy experience.

Second Nature Offers Parents:

  • Alumni Parent Mentors (for newly enrolled families)
  • Parent Journey Packet (parallel curriculum for parents)
  • Weekly written correspondence between parent and child
  • 1-hour, weekly update calls with the child’s therapist
  • Mid-program field visits (includes family therapy sessions)
  • Transition camp visit (includes family therapy sessions)
  • Pre visit, Tuesday Evening Parent Prep Meeting, facilitated by Second Nature therapists (occurring the night before field visit)
  • Regional Monthly Parent Support Groups (facilitated by Second Nature therapists)
  • Monthly Parent Workshop (weekend intensives offered in Salt Lake City, Utah)