Lone Star Expeditions

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Lone Star Expeditions is a behavior modification program using the concept of wilderness therapy. The target group is teenagers between 13 and 17. The program was founded in 2002 [1].

Program

The program is 28 days minimum.

Phases

They use a level system, where the newly arrived teenager are kept from other the other detained teenagers during the settler phase until they break down and accept their banishment from their family and friends.

The Levels are as following:

Level Program purpose Focus of the detained teenager
Settler Assesment Accept their situation
Pioneer Habits & Patterns Personal responsibility
Explorer Skill development & internalization Relationship skills
Tracker Ownership Ledership

Each week consist of 5 days of hiking and camping. One days is done with ropes courses and finally a day in a cabin where they can wash their clothes and take a shower.

Hiking days

A typical day when hiking consist of:

Morning Noon Afternoon Evening
Wake up Arrive at new campsite Set up camp Camp chores
Personal hygiene Hand washing and lunch preparation Academic work or therapeutic assignments Personal Hygiene.
Breakfast Lunch games and possibly crafts Dinner preparation and clean up.
Pack up equipment and clean up campsite following Leave No Trace principles Lunch clean-up Phase work Letter and journal writing.
Hike Group processing session
Crafts
reading or personal time
Bed


Therapy Days

When the detained teenagers are not hiking they are put through a stict regimen of group therapy session as well as individual sessions with counselors. These therapeutic interventions are typically on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Communication

The detained teenager is restricted from all other means of communication than letters. The parents speak with a therapist over the phone once a week. At the end of the expedition the parents can choose to spend a day or two at the faciliy where they participate in a number of exercises with the teenager before they grace the teenager back into the family.

In the news

A detained teenager - Matthew Meyers died september 19, 2004. The case number at Trinity County District Court is 19631 and it was filed on July 31, 2006 [3] [4].

In January 2007 the program have received a warning for not testning the water quality according to regulations.

References

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