WFIs are ideal for families whose children are graduating from residential
treatment or wilderness therapy programs. We will provide a transition
experience to support emotional reattachment and ensure that the family
is prepared to integrate their “new” child back into the
WFIsare so effective at unifying families that a successful
adventure is not our biggest challenge. The real test is helping families
to transfer the skills back to their home environment. Dr. Bandoroff
is committed to working closely with the family or the family’s
therapist to ensure that the gains are maintained.
A Pioneer in Wilderness Family Therapy
Dr. Bandoroff is considered a pioneer in wilderness family therapy. In 1991, his dissertation research was the first published intervention using the wilderness to treat families (Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1994) . This established him as an authority on the topic, and over the ensuing years, Dr. Bandoroff has lectured around the world on wilderness family therapy, has published articles in numerous publications (APA, Woodbury Reports, AEE) and has consulted with organizations in implementing wilderness family programming.
The program was one of those life-altering experiences...it has been incredibly
helpful on so many levels and continues to affect my life on a daily
basis.Lynn S., 40
I liked the fact that we didn’t just sit down and talk. We did activities
that lifted our spirits… I think this program is very helpful for
all families. Sarah L., 16
program was well-designed to help our family to reach out and slowly
rebuild... an amazing feat for our previously dysfunctional family.
John T., 51
have made real progress in our house in implementing some of the principles
for constructive approaches to conflict, successful negotiation, and
expressions of feelings. Greg F., 47
helped us to communicate and to have more of a [sense of] family togetherness.
Drew R., 15
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