Dr. Scott Bandoroff
psychologist with 35 years of experience
in challenging adolescents and families
consultation and training to schools, mental health
agencies, juvenile justice departments, residential
treatment centers, and wilderness therapy programs.
served as a clinical director, internship director,
clinical supervisor, consultant and trainer.
professor at Naropa University, adjunct professor
at Oregon State University and adjunct faculty mentor
at Prescott College.
Dr. Bandoroff developed
a wilderness family therapy
program in 1990 and has become recognized as an
authority on adventure family therapy through his
publications and presentations in the U.S. and abroad.
He spent many years working in juvenile justice and
developed and directed a wilderness program for
severely delinquent youth.
Dr. Bandoroff personally leads each Family
Adventure. He is an experienced wilderness guide and an
emergency medical technician.
is a customized multi-day family therapy experience capitalizing
on the dynamic healing aspects of a shared wilderness adventure.
a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of diverse
families. The programs serve as a framework, and each adventure
is tailored to the particular needs of the participants. Balancing
your family’s need for both fun and therapy is a primary
may be booked as individual family outings
or multiple family group experiences. Come explore the beauty
of Oregon or we’ll come to you. Completely customized
programs are available and may be arranged throughout the
United States or abroad.
Bringing It Home
is 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.
is designed to provide families with the opportunity to harness
their resources and rediscover their sense of family. A structured
daily program allows families to develop their strengths in
a fun and engaging atmosphere.
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
I liked the fact that we didn’t just sit down and
talk. We did activities that lifted our spirits…I think
is very helpful for all families.”
“The program was well-designed to help our family
to reach out and slowly rebuild... an amazing feat for our
previously dysfunctional family.”
“We have made real progress in our house in implementing
some of the principles for constructive approaches to conflict,
successful negotiation, and expressions of feelings.”
“It helped us to communicate and to have more of
a (sense of) family togetherness.”
the clock treatment by a licensed psychologist specializing
in family therapy
wilderness environment that promotes family healing
activities designed to enhance family communication,
problem-solving, and trust
opportunities for the family to experience success
family time where strengthening relationships is the
number one priority
therapy where family issues can be brought to resolution
standard programs include:
Horizons: This is our basic weekend program
and provides the greatest opportunity for intensive
family work in the shortest period of time. We can backpack
or operate from a basecamp or lodge depending upon the preferences
of the family.
This is our basic program with the addition of a peak climb
to celebrate the success of the family with a dose of high
For families who really want to make a vacation of it, whitewater
rafting provides the ideal opportunity to relax and have fun
while offering exciting challenges that require family cooperation.
can be added to any program and one day rockclimbing adventures
are also available.
Family Adventures is 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 family.
Dr. Bandoroff is licensed as
a psychologist in the state of Oregon. Services are eligible
for reimbursement through many insurance providers.
Give Your Family a