Does Science Support the ‘Wilderness’ in Wilderness Therapy?

January 31, 2020

(Undark) – The science supporting the addition of a “wilderness” component to adolescent therapy is even thinner, critics say — and what exists is too often tied to trade associations and conducted by researchers with clear conflicts of interest. As it stands, wilderness therapy programs typically cost parents $500 to $600 per day for a period of weeks or months, plus several thousand for the enrollment fee. At the suggestion of staff therapists and other program operators, most adolescents also move on from wilderness therapy to other in-patient, residential treatment programs before transitioning back home.