We know how difficult it can be to find the right program for your child and understanding the processes involved can help you know if True North is right for your child. What we recommend is that you get in contact with us for a discussion about what is currently happening at home and how True North could help. In this entry I've written some highlights of our program that may help you understand more about our expeditions and services.
If your child is accepted on one of our expeditions they are taking a place in a group of 4 to 8 other participants. Our staff ratio is 1:2 and we have found that these small groups have the biggest impacts. While having small groups you can be certain that your child will join other teenagers going through similar life circumstances and challenges. It is during the admissions process that your child will be put into the best group for their experience.
Getting your child to go
Your child does not need to be excited about going on the trip. In our research we are releasing later this year we have asked all our students how they felt about the trip before and after. They report that they felt nervous or angry about attending at first but leave the trip feeling as though it was an important and amazing experience. These feelings are all very normal. We cannot force anyone to attend our programs but we can help you with some techniques that have worked with other parents. If we decide that True North is right for your child, we will be happy to discuss some techniques for getting them there. Note: Two weeks away from school is a good start :)
Boot Camp or Brat Camp or What is it?
Our camps are designed with a clear focus and evidence base. Although our trip is fun and exciting, there is a purpose to everything that we do. We believe in everyone's strengths and treat them how good they should be not changing that depending on the behaviours they demonstrate throughout the trip. There is no force or punishments but instead we use a caring and compassionate approach based on how well we can build genuine relationships with each child. Adolescents respond well to people that are real and genuine with them and these relationships are why our program is so powerful.
Why does it work?
True North Expeditions works on a variety of levels. The adventure experience helps break some of the negative thinking and coping patterns that have caused difficulties at home. In beginning to live with resilience and insight our students start to believe they can overcome more obstacles than before. Each day we work with our students individually. Although they have had time for reflection and have been journalling throughout the experience, we sit with each child to discuss life at home and what goals we can set. These sessions help our students to build insight into their feelings and actions so they can be more aware of their decision making in the future.
We hope that this information paints more of a picture into why we are so passionate about True North. Feel free to contact us at anytime so we can help determine if our programs are right for your teen!
See you on the trail...
Clinical Social Worker
True North Expeditions
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.