Measured Success of Our Wilderness Therapy Programs

Youth Outcome Questionnaire(Y-OQ):

In 2018, after analyzing six years of our outcomes, we found that our students’ average self-reported score upon arrival is 59 and average graduation score is 31. On this instrument (where lower scores equal less mental health distress), a clinically significant drop is only 13 points: Summit students drop nearly 30 points during their stay, and maintain significant change six months and one year after discharge.

Youth Outcome Questionnaire: Parents report significant change observed in their children

Our research has also shown that parents report an average score of 77 for the child at intake, and 38 as the average score at graduation. On this instrument (where lower scores equal less mental health distress), a clinically significant drop is only 13 points: Summit parents observe a drop of 39 points during their child’s  stay, and maintain significant change 6 months and 1 year after treatment.

Students self-report a decrease in depressive symptoms:

The Beck’s Depression inventory is a 21-question multiple choice self-inventory, one of the most widely used instruments for measuring the severity of depression. At Summit students take the Beck’s Depression Inventory at intake and at discharge. According to data collected over the past two years (where lower scores indicate less depressive symptoms), students report an average score of 13.15 at intake and 3.94 at discharge. A score of 0-10 is considered within the “normal” mood range. Students that enroll with moderate to severe depressive scores (20+) see a 71% reduction in symptoms on average.

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Students self-report a decrease in anxious symptoms:

The Sheehan Patient-Rated Anxiety Scale is a 35-question multiple choice self-inventory used to measure the severity of anxious symptoms.   According to data collected over the past two years (where lower scores indicate less anxious symptoms), students report an average score of 28 at intake and 11.5 at discharge.  Students that enroll with mild to severe anxious scores (30+) see a 70% reduction in symptoms at discharge on average.

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