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Be an actively involved parent.

Take an active interest in your teenager’s life by aiming for the three Ls: love, limits, and latitude.

    • Love. It may be uncomfortable, but show your teen some love. Thankfully, love is personal and can take many forms:
      • Give your child a bear hug after school (avoid early morning hugs, since at that hour most teens are like a bear waking up from hibernation)
      • Share a blanket as you watch a movie together on the couch
      • Buy their favorite treat as a surprise
      • Simply say, “I love you.”

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Preventative Measures to Help Teens Avoid Risky Behaviors

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What a valuable, purposeful and honorable position you are in! Whether you’re a parent, family member, teacher, therapist, or friend, you have the opportunity to change a teen’s life! Perhaps you’re raising a pre-teen that has a wild side. Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to impact the students that spend most of their time with you. You might be a caring relative or family friend who understands the influence of positive relationships. You can change a teen’s future!

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Know where they are, who they are with, and what they are doing.

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Another way to be relational is to be aware of where your teen is, who he/she is with, and what he/she is doing. Get to know your teen’s friends. Monitoring their friends, either directly or indirectly, is also a protective factor against delinquency. If you teen is hanging out with delinquent friends, he/she is more likely to engage in those same risky behaviors.

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Get Ahead of the Curve: Preventative Measures to Help Teens Avoid Risky Behaviors

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What a valuable, purposeful and honorable position you are in! Whether you’re a parent, family member, teacher, therapist, or friend, you have the opportunity to change a teen’s life! Perhaps you’re raising a pre-teen that has a wild side. Maybe you’re a teacher who wants to impact the students that spend most of their time with you. You might be a caring relative or family friend who understands the influence of positive relationships. You can change a teen’s future!

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Wilderness Therapy Progtams at Georgia

18556223_1986316874930712_1491871558449647916_n Adolescents at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness experience an adventure that takes them beyond shifts in behavior to true second order change. We believe it is the depth of work and individualization that matter most, which is why we maintain a simple nomadic model. This allows for the greatest amount of flexibility to meet the needs of each unique teen we work with, as well as the peer group they are integrated within. The constant, gentle pressure of this model speaks volumes to our students. It reminds them of their own self-agency, power, compassion, responsibility, depth, and resilience. At Blue Ridge, we employ a nomadic model ofwilderness therapy. Our students do not come in to a base camp, transition from point to point in vehicles, participate in adventure sports, or engage in other breaks in the experience. The result is a fine-tuned group experience in which students and staff learn to settle into the quiet nurturing of the wilderness.

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Would you be surprised if I told you THIS is the food our students are eating this week?

 

The traditionfood in Blue Ridge wildernessal backpacker’s diet is known for dried meat, pasta, beans, and grains. Not exactly a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies! At Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness our pursuit of the best possible nutrition for our students is constantly evolving. We work alongside a nutritionist to identify the optimal combination of calorie density, nutrients, protein, and carbohydrates to support the activity of backpacking without loading up on sugar and processed foods. This is challenging, because we also have the concern of weight as well as traditional foodie favorites of our staff and students. Read more

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