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Rites of Passage Wilderness Programs

4.6 Excellent (13 Reviews) |
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4.6
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142 East Strong Road
Shelton, Washington 98584

Financial & Insurance Details

  • Insurance
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Financing

Services

  • Wilderness

Facility Highlights

Animal Assisted Therapy

Wilderness Treks in the Olympic and Cascade National Parks

Sobriety Ranch on Oceanfront Property

Philosophy

Beyond the Trek This program offers longer-term treatment for young adults coming out of the trek programs, or who need continuing care. Our Ranch program is designed specifically for young adults who want to get clean and healthy. Our structured daily schedule involves ranch chores, volunteering in the local community, attending school, holistic meals and trek expeditions. Increasing the Odds Rites of Passage Ranch is a therapeutic treatment center in Washington. With three- and six-month extended-stay continuing care programs, the Ranch provides students with a safe, stable and supportive environment for recovery. The Ranch is “home base,” and students have a daily routine that clears away distractions and challenges them to confront their issues in a healthy way. An integral component of the therapeutic process is our solid wilderness adventure trek program, which guides students toward self-reliance, self-respect, patience and maturity. In addition to wilderness expeditions, we integrate equine therapy, holistic nutrition and transitional work programs that focus on long-term sobriety and spiritual wellness. Students develop and strengthen the physical, emotional, and social muscles they need to recover and chart a new course for their lives. We believe that we live and work on recovery as a community, and, while ultimately the journey toward sobriety is a personal one, it is best undertaken in the company of friends. The value of support systems cannot be underestimated.

Facility Center Details

  • Residential Treatment
  • Detox Services
  • Behavioral Disorder Treatment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Outpatient Services
  • Intensive Outpatient Services
  • Sober Living Home
  • Day School
  • Private Rooms
  • Pet Friendly
  • Exceptionally LGBT Friendly
  • Men Only
  • Women Only

Accreditation/License

  • CARF
  • JCAHO
  • ADP
  • NAATP

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Meet The Staff

Nathan Welch, MBA
Program Director & Co-Owner

My wife and I created our life-changing wilderness therapy company in 2009 and have had the opportunity to help a growing number of families in the past few years. I received my MBA in 2012 from Grantham University and am currently working towards my PhD. As a Captain serving in the US Army guard since 2004 and working as a pioneer in the Wilderness Therapy industry, I have been blessed with leading people through a variety of challenging and unique experiences. After seeing the suffering in Afghanistan, the second poorest place on earth, I decided to make a difference when I came back home. The experience of serving with soldiers and teaching students in the States has given me a gift and purpose of impacting the lives of others. It is a true blessing to see our ROP students grow and become emotionally mature and self supportive. There is nothing more rewarding than helping people and there is nothing more healing than the wilderness. Our professionals are amazing life changing individuals that I am so proud of. Our wilderness therapy program brings broken families together and implements healthy changes in individuals and in the whole family dynamic. We run both your child’s program and the family program simultaneously and in doing so, we achieve excellent results fast. I could not have created this experience without the help from so many other people over the years. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of this special process with you.

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Kristin Stocks LMHC, CMHS
Therapist, Wilderness Therapist and Lead On-site Ranch Therapist

Kris has been working in the mental health field for 11 years. Her experience ranges from: working with children and adolescents in schools providing individual and group mental health counseling, providing suicide assessments for the local school district, working collaboratively with Children's Protective Services (CPS) as a Family Preservation therapist, providing mental health first aid for natural disasters, doing individual, group and family wilderness therapy for Rites of Passage and most recently, providing mental health assessments in crisis services within the emergency department at St. Peters Providence Hospital, Olympia WA. She has worked with people of all ages, from many walks of life and with many different mental health conditions. Her favorite way to spend free time is with her children and in the outdoors. She would always prefer to be walking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, swimming in lakes or the ocean, kayaking, canoeing, skiing or just sitting outdoors. She has faithfully been an outdoor enthusiast and has practiced yoga for the past 18 years. She is a passionate believer in wilderness therapy because she has seen firsthand its positive impact on people and how it changes lives.

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5.0
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Saved my daughter\'s life
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4.0
Great
Saved my daughter\'s life.
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5.0
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i completely understand where you are coming from sir! being a client of ROP who took off in the middle of the night with a lighter my friend and I found on trail, this program has done me wonders. i went from drinking hand sanitizer because my alcohol addiction was so horrid, and now i love my progress. yes, this type of therapy, DBT, may not work for everyone, but once i accepted it was what i needed, it helped aid in the process of sobriety(:
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5.0
Excellent
I went through this program in October of 2019. Not only did I learn survival skills but I learned that when people work as a team. I did go through 8 days of nothing but rain which was not all that fun but you can't stop nature from doing its thing. I highly recommend this program because it allows kids like me to do things like light fires and have time away from the constant noise that the city life causes. I feel like I have become a better person through this experience.
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Poor where was the staff when my son decided to hike out of olimpic national forest on his own with no food or water ?
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2.0
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It was not helpful. Although my son learned a lot, the staff quality was inconsistent. They pushed every button I had identified instead of addressing the issues in positive or supportive ways. Some of the staff are caring and competent. Disorganized, poor staff orientation so they don�t know important rules to follow, they don�t appear to be familiar with the clients history and issues.
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4.7
Excellent
Genuine caring! In my experience, I didn't see a weakness. My teenage (13yr) daughter was self harming and very depressed. Putting her in the wilderness program guided by these loving, caring, capable people empowered her and was a huge success. She came out feeling like a "bad ass". It was hard and she was not happy at the start but in the end, well worth the challenges. It beats anti depressants or any other "pill". Go be in nature, learn how to survive in the wilderness. Really, who wouldn't benefit!? She was a little overweight and lost that baggage too! Thumbs up from this mom.
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4.3
Great
Alternative way to overcome addiction. Open minded and well trained staff. Well educated owners. This program is so unique and if someone has tried over and over at a typical rehab facility- then it's time to try Rites of Passage. This unique and alternative way to healing works well and with the staffs experience and knowledge. This program is expensive, however, lots of insurance comapanies will cover some of the cost and there are scholarship opportunities as well. And as the program grows, there will be more and more scholarship opportunities.
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5.0
Excellent
Experience, Location, Personal understanding of issues, Carefully selected employees; were all strengths. I reached out to ROP in a state of desperation, and they expertly and yet very generously facilitated me joining the programme. The wild forests, mountains and coasts of Washington formed the stunning backdrop of my subsequent 8 weeks, in which through therapy, nightly discussion, harsh situations and emotional and physical pain, I cam to understand myself and my destructive behaviour a great deal better; I would say the same for every single other troubled person I met during my time at this facility. I would urge anyone to inquire further into ROP, which is run by two of the warmest hearted, and inspirational people I have ever known.
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4.7
Excellent
Genuine caring! My teenage (13yr) daughter was self harming and very depressed. Putting her in the wilderness program guided by these loving, caring, capable people empowered her and was a huge success. It was hard and she was not happy at the start but in the end, well worth the challenges. It beats anti depressants or any other "pill". Go be in nature, learn how to survive in the wilderness. She was a little overweight and lost that baggage too! Thumbs up from this mom.
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5.0
Excellent
The way they connected with our son was a strength. The cost was high. It was a GREAT opportunity for our son to be completely away from his environment and to take a deep look at where he was going in life.
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5.0
Excellent
The owners are totally invested in the success and wellbeing of their clients. The staff they hire is exceptional. They gave my son a second chance at life. I have been fundraising for ROP's scholarship fund for almost a year. They are my heroes for rescuing my soon and setting him on a path to success.
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5.0
Excellent
Communication with parents, understanding of the individuals needs and goals. I found this facility to been very beneficial and helpful for my son's behavioral issues. He came home a new person with a positive self image. He looks forward to spending some additional refresher time there.
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