Second Nature (Wilderness Program)

382 W Main St, Duchesne, Utah, 84021

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Second Nature Footsteps is a licensed, clinically driven wilderness intervention designed to meet the needs of younger teens, ages 11-14. The treatment team uses a variety of wilderness and experiential interventions to assist students along their individual path towards personal awareness, responsibility, improved communication healthy relationship skills, and strengthened self-esteem. Footsteps staff further assist each child and family with supportive stabilization and assessment for students whose behavior has reached crisis level.

Facility Highlights

  • Academic Curriculum
  • Adolescent Services
  • Adult Services

Specialization

  • Remote - Free of Distractions
    What you'll realize when you enter the wilderness is that the distractions you've adapted to your lifestyle are not as easily present. The remoteness of the backcountry provides little to hide behind. This will empower you to focus directly on your issues without distraction. Although you may demonstrate high functioning in several areas of your life, the richness of the wilderness environment will evoke the unhealthy patterns of behavior that brought you to this point in your life. Additionally, your group experience facilitates engaging with your peers and field instructors without using familiar escape routes of shutting down, running away, or other responses you may have used to avoid confrontation and accountability. You are provided with a safe and patient environment to confront what you may be avoiding.
  • Empowerment
    Nature is unrelenting; it cannot be negotiated with or manipulated. Parents, teachers and therapists can all be emotionally manipulated. A towering cumulus cloud cannot. There is no negotiating the weather. A mountain will not feel guilty and step aside for a hiker. You will experience the natural lessons that life has to offer by living in the natural environment. Your therapist, Field Instructors and peers will help hold you to appropriate boundaries and create natural and logical consequences that mirror the achievements and challenges in the broader journey of life. Your experience becomes a life lesson of how ineffective past coping strategies were, while equally supporting your insight in adapting your actions into successful and valuable tools.

Facility Settings

  • Wilderness

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Changed my life in a good way. They work for the clients to get the best results possible and don't let struggles get in their way of that goal. I found that the food could have been better.

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Don\'t. Send your kid somewhere local. Don\'t ruin your relationship with them or have them come back with worse problems than they did before you sent them.

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Please do research before considering this as a treatment plan for a loved one.

\"Jay\"

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If you are a troubled teen or young adult find something else besides this. I urge you to do so. This is abuse not therapy. I was sent here after experiencing a traumatic event in my life and it made it worse. So bad I am now homeless and still recovering from the humiliation and shame this place brought me. ... This isn\'t therapy. Save your money and send your loved ones to someone more hands on. This is pathetic. ... Only if it\'s your last resort. I will have scars from this place that will take even more therapy and money to solve. The hardest part of this is not the therapy and stay itself. It\'s assimilating back to society once you\'ve been torn apart by Second Nature.

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This place saved my life. Was it hard? Yes. The staff there care so much about us. I feel very bad for the experiences that other people describe, but there are two sides to stories and different perspectives. I never felt uncared for or neglected by any means. Yes, they did take our shoes and we did have to call our names. It was for our safety and supervision. We always had at least thick wool socks in the summer and down booties in the winter that were never taken away (unless our booties got wet and staff would hike them to the fire to dry and warm them in the middle of the night). Like RB said, take your time and do the research. When my parents were looking at this place, they actually got to talk to former students. Staff always said, wilderness is not for everyone and that is ok. We were NEVER forced to do anything. Just like no one is forced into drugs or prostitution. These are choices, sad ones. It is sad that it did't help these couple people like it did for me, but I know it saved my life and the lives of the other girls in my group all who I have stayed in touch with. Thank you Second Nature.
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