Therapeutic Wilderness Programs in Missouri

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New Hope Wilderness Camp:
New Hope Wilderness Camp, located in Ava (38 miles south east of Springfield), South Central Missouri, in the Midwestern United States, is a 21-day co-ed wilderness program, working with troubled teens (ages 11-20) who are experiencing conduct and behavior problems such as: Lack of Respect; Hostility Toward Loved Ones; Defiance Toward Authority; Truancy; Drugs; Violence; Depression and Unpredictable Behavior.

Photo of Therapeutic Wilderness Programs in Missouri21-Day Co-ed Wilderness Program for Troubled Teens (Ages 11-20)
Students are introduced to safety aspects of being around animals during your initial sessions. Attention to safety issues by all involved will be a regular part of each session.

If you are the parent/guardian of a program participant, your interest in the process and activities is important. Please notify the therapist of any significant behavioral/emotional or physical changes, which may impact activities.

Program participants should wear clothing suitable to being in a barn and animal oriented environment. We will assist you to meet this standard in any way we can.

The therapist will discuss the particulars of this with you prior to your first session. A session will not proceed if the participant's clothing is unsuitable.

At New Hope, the values that are important to us include:
- The safety of all participants, human and animal;
- Respect for all;
- The courage to try new things without judging the outcome;
- Cooperation and negotiation with others;
- Personal growth and learning;
- Balancing consistency and flexibility; and
- Responsibility

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Address: Ava, 65608, Douglas County, Missouri , USA
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Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI)
Courses / Programs
Located in northwestern Montana, Turning Winds Academic Institute (TWAI) is an accredited, family-run, therapeutic boarding school for troubled teens (boys and girls) ages 13-18 from Arkansas and across the United States.

In our beautiful, peaceful, and safe location, we combine the benefits of a therapeutic boarding school, a wilderness program, and a residential treatment center (RTC).

TWAI has been serving struggling teens and their families since 2002, with an exceptional degree of success.

We provide an extremely high standard of therapeutic treatment to our students, and offer help for the following presenting issues: poor academic performance, behavioral problems, addictions, low self-worth, spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and attachment disorders among others.

With a passion for helping young people in crisis, our clinical, educational, and operations staff are among the best in the country.

We are a small program (40 students) which means that we are able to provide a truly unique and customized approach for every student.

Typically our on site student to staff ratio is 5:1. The average stay at our residential treatment center is 12 months.

Parent Testimonial:
"We feel reassured that our son Chad is in good hands being guided onto the right track...We are really beginning to get our son back again! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
Therapeutic Boarding School
For troubled teens ages 13-18

- Middle School Program
- High School Program
- Credit Recovery
- Accelerated Learning
- College Preparation/ AP Classes
- SAT/ACT Testing Center
- Anti-Bullying Program

We also provide a GED program, and college courses.

We create a customized program for each student that requires a minimum of 3 months. However, best results for lasting success are realized through 6+ months of treatment.

TWAI graduates average a 3.5 GPA. It is common for a student to complete 1.5 years of course work in 1 year.
Wentworth Military Academy and College
Courses / Programs
Located in Lexington, 40 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri, Wentworth Military Academy is a private, co-educational, full board military high school offering Grades 9-12.

Founded in 1880, we are the oldest military academy west of the Mississippi River. The unique learning environment of our military structure encourages our students to develop the life principles of self-discipline, self-respect, respect for others, integrity, and personal responsibility both inside and outside of the classroom.

In our full board environment, each student is given daily instruction and opportunity to attain these important life skills. Through both our superior academics and teaching principles, our students are able to achieve the pride and confidence that sets them apart as Wentworth cadets.
Co-Educational, Full-board Military High School (Grades 9-12)

- College-preparatory education
- Language Arts
- Math
- Science
- Social Studies
- Preparation for ACT / SAT
- Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
- Community Service
- Dual enrollment (allows students to receive college credit)
Runnymede School for Boys
Courses / Programs
Runnymede School is a Christian year-round boarding school in rural Missouri for boys (ages 9-16) having behavioral, academic and emotional problems.

Runnymede School is located on 31 acres about 30 minutes from Springfield and offers a disciplined, structured and purposeful lifestyle that strives to reform destructive behavior while teaching Godly masculinity. Runnymede focuses on daily biblical counseling and lots of hard work in basic life skills.

With only four students per class, your son will receive invaluable one on one tutoring and counsel that can be given when they sit in the house and when they walk by the way, when they lie down and when they rise up.

Again, with intensified counseling and mentoring your son will be away from home for less time, which means less cost for you.
Year-Long Boarding School Program for Boys Ages 9-16:

- Individualized intruction in all core classes plus many extra classes unique to Runnymede School. Each student receives a personalized curriculum upon admission.

- Electives include physical education, music, church history, latin, agriculture, wood shop, horticulture, biblical economics, small business basics, basic auto, bible.

- Our main focus is on the Godly character of the student as this is paramount to his future.
Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks
Courses / Programs
Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks (CALO), located in Lake Ozark, Missouri, is a specialized adolescent residential treatment setting for boys & girls (ages 12-18). At CALO, we with work a small window of student issues focusing specifically on issues of emotion, attachment and trauma.

At CALO, relationships are the primary change agent. All treatment is connected to and motivated by relationships. Relationships with family, CALO staff, and CALO peers are what drive change.

Transferable Attachment through the care of purebred Golden Retrievers is a key, cutting-edge treatment aspect of our program. Where clinically appropriate, students have the opportunity to “foster and/or adopt” a Golden Retriever. All interactions with this canine are used therapeutically.

CALO is accredited by the Joint Commission through their Behavioral Healthcare Accreditation Program. and licensed by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division as a residential provider.

CALO is an approved private agency through Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Specialized Adolescent Residential Treatment Programs for Boys & Girls (Ages 12-18)

- Recreation Therapy Program
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- Transitional Program
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Shelterwood - Therapeutic Boarding School, Independence
Courses / Programs
Located on 200 acres in Independence (14 miles East of Kansas City), Missouri, Shelterwood is a licensed residential teen treatment facility offering individual, group, and family therapy along with an accredited school and mentorship program.

Our program for teens is a year-long journey which fosters dynamic academic growth through small class sizes, one-to-one mentoring, small group discussions, and qualified teachers.

We treat struggling adolescents that may be spiraling out of control and showing signs of: low self-esteem, depression and suicidal thoughts; abuse, anger, oppositional defiance or anxiety; drug and alcohol abuse, addictions or rebelliousness; academic challenges, learning difficulties and school suspensions; low motivation, manipulation, and poor peer choices; family conflict and substance abuse; Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Shelterwood is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools.
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