Why we decided to send our son on True North Expeditions and how has he progressed since:
My younger son, Chris, had be been dealing with anger issues for sometime. I remember him furious when he was younger because he struggled in school and could not compete with his older brother. By the time he was a teenager he was punching holes in walls and became verbally abusive. We tried a number of different types of family therapy and psychiatrists, but nothing seemed to help.
Chris got involved in drug taking, became dependent on marijuana and eventually the whole situation became so unmanageable that we could really only communicate in a public place.
Chris was struggling in school and not holding onto his work experiences. We were unsure what to do and we turned to True North Expeditions. We offered Chris the opportunity and he spoke to Will and decided to go. He loved the Flinders Ranges and the outdoor experiences. He did without drugs for 2 weeks and this added to his confidence. But best of all, he was able to relate to Will and the therapeutic team. I am so encouraged that Chris is continuing to see Will on a regular basis as up until now all psychologists and psychiatrists were “bullshit”.
When Chris returned from the expedition he started in a new sales job and is focussing on his return to school. He has been recognised as one of the top sales people in the country for the last month. This work exposes him to constant rejection, which is trying for anybody, let alone a person who has challenges managing anger. With Will’s support, Chris is learning new ways of dealing with anger, participating in goal setting and slowly developing skills towards making his life more manageable.
I have no doubt that the True North expedition has been a significant turning point in Chris life.
True North Expeditions, Inc. provides adventure therapy programs and services for children and teenagers in Australia. Based in Adelaide, the TNE team writes about child and adolescent psychology, family dynamics and how adventure therapy programs can connect with struggling adolescents.