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Sample Schedule

To adequately highlight program features, it is helpful to understand a typical day at Second Nature. Second Nature therapists are in the wilderness two days per week, presenting letters from home, conducting individual sessions, running therapy groups, and creating an updated treatment plan for the week. The Field Instructors run the group on remaining days with a focus on experiential living. Each day brings unpredictable challenges; weather, peer-conflicts, behavioral issues, mood changes, and staff assignments all coalesce to form the curriculum.

8:00 a.m. Wake-up
8:20 a.m. Orientation and setting up morning chores, often peer driven
8:30 a.m. Crush fire pit coals, breakfast
10:00 a.m.* Group therapy
11:00 a.m. Hike
1:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Personal time, letter writing, completion of therapeutic and academic assignments
3:00 p.m. Hike
6:00 p.m. Chores, set-up camp, fire building
6:45 p.m. Dinner prep and eat
8:30 p.m. Evening group therapy
10:00 p.m. Sleep

*individual therapy (clinician days)