Lone Star Expeditions
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 .
The program is 28 days minimum.
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|
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.
A typical day when hiking consist of:
|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|
|reading or personal time|
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.
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
In January 2007 the program have received a warning for not testning the water quality according to regulations .
- Info: Program homepage
- Survivor group: Group for survivors of wilderness program, who are alive to tell their story, Myspace
- Forum: Aspen Forum on fornits
- Forum: Aspen Education Group Programs - subforum on the message board of Fight Institutional Child Abuse Network (FICAN)
- Forum: Aspen - subforum on the message board of Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth (CAFETY)