Challenge Course Goals and Safety Guidelines
Our goal is for every patient to visit the challenge course at least twice during her stay, provided she is deemed medically capable. She may go as part of a group, or in an individual session with her therapist. Patients must wear a helmet, safety harness, and remain attached to a safety line while engaging in these activities.
All activities are designed to address specific therapeutic issues. Often these are areas patients are currently exploring in individual or group therapy. These include group communication, problem-solving, trust, planning, teamwork, facing fear, cooperation, understanding self, and self-esteem.
Safety is our primary concern, which is why patients are always surrounded by trained staff. We do recognize that safety is a broader issue than just physical safety. No one is ever forced to participate. We believe in “Challenge by Choice.”
A high level of communication is encouraged throughout the activity and during the process session following the experience. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, insights, and feelings, as they apply to themselves or one another. By taking part in this experiential and discussion, patients gain valuable insight about themselves, others, and life.