During our March program we worked with a family and their son who is attending an Adelaide private school. The student made great strides during the expedition and is still working with True North staff to make a grand transition back into school. His deputy principal had this to say about the expedition and services provided by True North Expeditions:
"Our school recognises the great value of working with True North Expeditions. The experience helps some of our most troubled students change their self-defeating thinking to more positive approaches. The True North team really get to know the young people in their care and they form strong and supportive relationships that last well beyond the expedition experience. The follow-up support is exceptional. True North form close partnerships with home and school and have helped forged sensible plans and goals that best support these young people in need."
When I get the chance to be welcomed into the school environment as this family and school has done, I believe we can make even more progress in changing the student's surroundings. This principal has been so accommodating for the needs of the student and family and has been exceptional to work with.
Each child has many supporters: their family, school, peers, and other counselors or therapists. When our students attend our adventure therapy programs we feel that it is essential to haveeveryone on board. Parents often find their own personal growth becomes vital for their home to move forward while the school is happy to learn about how they can better serve their students. School counselors often provide us with an insight into how things are going and where the student's strengths lie educationally. We cherish this information as it helps us provide an experience catered to each child's unique qualities.
When everyone is involved, everyone grows...
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.