Letter to the Deschutes Wilderness Community

To Our Deschutes Community,  We have made the difficult decision to end our outdoor program operations by April 30th, 2024, and shift our energy toward more accessible options such as residential treatment.  Thank you for your support over the years. We have brought healing to over a thousand families since we opened in 2013. We…

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The Value of Play at Deschutes Wilderness Therapy 

By Annette Pelletier, LCSW

Primary Therapist

When students aren’t deep in their therapeutic work, hiking, working on hard skills, or doing chores around camp, they are often engaged in play. One may wonder, “What is the benefit of play in wilderness therapy, and what do they even play in the woods?” I am here to answer these questions for you.

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Notes from the Field: Empowering Field Guides to Navigate the Challenges of Wilderness Therapy.

By Nick Ho
Living with and doing trauma-informed healing work with adolescents and young adults in the woods of central Oregon is one of those things that you can never be fully prepared for. Some days you’re doing wound care for a student’s self-harm injuries, others you’re singing Taylor Swift songs in chorus. Some days you’re navigating the complexities of disordered eating in the wilderness, others still you’re sitting next to a student who breaks down crying because you’re the first male figure in their life to say you’re proud of them. Even on the simplest of days, you’re practicing calming and controlling your own nervous system when surrounded by dysregulated teenagers threatening to run away in the middle of the night or punch you in the face.

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Shining a Light on Codependency and Narcissism

The conversation around codependent and narcissistic behavior has gained popularity over the last decade. A stereotype is that codependent equals ‘needy.’ However, codependency and narcissism are similar in that they are both driven by need, albeit in different ways. We will discuss their similarities and differences and how they can present in family, partner, and…

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