Wilderness Therapy School

Academic Wilderness Therapy

Second Nature is the first wilderness therapy school to have its curriculum approved for credit by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. Second Nature's delivery of an academic curriculum affords staff the ability to observe and address a student's academic challenges, as these challenges are often intertwined with the student's clinical issues. Study skills, anxious reactions, resistance to work and follow-through, and rebellion to parental and academic authority become themes through the use of the academic curriculum. Each child is provided a curriculum packet, which contains a carefully tailored academic curriculum accredited by Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. Science, English, P.E., and Psychology credits are contextually based on the wilderness experience. The lessons are created to continue the child's education and challenge the student to develop skills for academic and classroom success. Second Nature provides the opportunity for students to receive academic credits for completed coursework.

Additionally, the delivery of an academic curriculum provides each student a continuing sense of academic progress while participating in wilderness therapy. The therapist will review academic work as an assessment of the dynamics that may have led to or contributed to mental health struggles. Many of the students admitted to Second Nature began demonstrating difficulties in school as a symptom of their struggles; therefore this academic element of the program becomes a critical aspect of treatment. Transcripts and grades for completed credits are provided at the completion of the program.

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Curriculum

Download the full academic wilderness therapy curriculum here: Introduction to Curriculum PDF

Second Nature's academic program is based on a 90-hour curriculum in the following areas: 

  • English
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Physical Education

Students have the opportunity to earn 2 Utah credits during the course of their enrollment (0.5 credit each). A quarter credit will be awarded for partial completion of subject coursework, as outlined in the course syllabi. All coursework must be completed prior to completing the program. Each subject includes at least one-course assessment, which provides instructors feedback on material learned. The lessons are created to continue the child's education and challenge the student to develop skills for academic and classroom success. Transcripts and grades for completed credits are provided at the completion of the program.

 

 Questions? Call Second Nature today at (877) 701-7600