Wilderness Therapy for Sexual Behavior Issues
The first of its kind nationally, STAR Guides offers wilderness therapy uniquely designed for adolescents struggling with sexual behavior issues.
STAR Guides provides navigation for families faced with the challenge of dealing with disruptive sexual behaviors. Sexual compulsivity, pornography, cyber-sex addiction and sexual offending are among the issues that are treated in the program.
The human race has been finding its way by using stars as navigation since the beginning of recorded history. Many of the stars have Arabic names because the ancient people of the desert used the stars for direction. Primitive tribes accomplished amazing feats of pathfinding using only the sky as their guide. They very carefully observed the night sky and used the stars as their guide—they relied on star guides.
Based in beautiful St. George, Utah the program provides teens and young adults with a high impact, life-changing therapeutic wilderness experience in the heart of the majestic red rock of the high desert of Southern Utah. STAR Guides is the ideal intervention for individuals needing to learn to manage problematic sexual behaviors that they have been unable to manage previously.
Finding treatment options for teens that is sexual-specific can be a challenge.
STAR Guides provides a high impact, life-changing therapeutic experience for sexual behavior problems that simply can't be obtained in outpatient or residential programs. Many youth can accomplish more during their time in the wilderness than what takes a year or more in residential or outpatient settings.
The STAR Guides experience involves both the youth and the parents
While the youth spends approximately 60 days on the trail and sleeping under the stars in a remote wilderness location, the parents work closely with the STAR Guides therapist in the development of a comprehensive assessment and plan for what type of on-going treatment will be needed in the future.
Unlike many programs where the focus is soley on the youth, the parent component at STAR Guides is viewed as just as vital as the wilderness experience for the youth. Parents are educated in the trademark Developmental Vacation theory by Dr. Dan Sanderson and come to understand their role in the disruption of the developmental vacation that has contributed to the sexual behavior problems. Parents participate in weekly parent phone therapy sessions with their child's therapist. Parents also travel to Utah and participate in a two-day family expedition in the wilderness together with their child at the conclusion of the program.
Participants leave the program with a strong sense of accomplishment along with a comprehensive assessment and plan for effective management of sexual behaviors for the future.