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Adventure Based Counseling

An Experiential Avenue to Lasting Change

Adventure Based Counseling is designed to encourage positive risk taking in a supportive, compassionate, and noncompetitive environment. This progressive program encourages youth to step outside of their comfort zones in order to embrace new, transformative experiences. The Adventure Based Counseling program utilizes a therapeutic process that begins with an experience, which then serves as a catalyst for change. This is a different approach than traditional residential treatment models which start with analysis and discussion. A hands on experience may be particularly well suited for the adolescent males whom we serve.

 Behavior Management Through Adventure

The Adventure Based Counseling Center at George Junior Republic offers youth a unique opportunity to receive treatment through an evidenced-based program called Behavior Management Through Adventure (BMTA).  BMTA was specifically designed for use with youth in residential programming.  The program encourages youth to discuss their shared experience, drawing upon skills they used and lessons they learned in helping their team succeed, in a group setting.  With staff assistance, youth step into leadership roles as they facilitate their own group discussions, unpacking the real-world experiences of working with others, managing emotions, and celebrating collaboration.  Youth walk away with a renewed sense of belonging, greater understanding of their impact on others, and lasting memories of a shared experience.

One of the Largest Indoor Climbing Facilities on the East Coast

The Adventure Based Counseling facility has one of the largest indoor climbing courses on the East Coast and boasts:

  • 3 High Air Challenge Courses at 12’, 22’ and 32’ levels
  • Over 55 High Air Elements
  • Multiple Stand Alone Elements
  • Numerous Ground Elements

The Adventure Based Counseling staff is Level 1  and Level 2 certified through the nationally recognized Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). Many of the Adventure Based Counseling staff members are also Wilderness First Responder certified.

Adventure Based Counseling is just one of our programs that distinguishes George Junior Republic from other group homes. Engaging the entire person with these unique programs helps youth grow into responsible adults.