Participation in Research
True North is committed to providing the best treatment and service to our clients and their families, and advancing the field of Wilderness Therapy. We have dedicated resources specifically to conducting research, both internally, to evaluate specific aspects of the True North experience, and as part of a broader national study on the efficacy of Wilderness Therapy. All students and their parents or guardians are invited to complete questionnaires upon enrollment, discharge, and at 6 and 12 months after graduation. Gathering this data is vital in the following ways:
- We have a high expectation for our ability to make a difference for our students and their parents. Conducting research allows us to ensure that the program is providing the highest quality service.
- As proud members of a community of wilderness therapy and other residential treatment programs, True North has the opportunity to contribute to large-scale research that is being conducted through the University of New Hampshire. The data has and will continue to generate peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate the value of the work being done in these programs.
- As studies continue to emerge, wilderness therapy may become more accessible to a wider group of young people and their families through greater awareness in the mental health community and increased insurance reimbursement opportunities.