There is no growth in comfort zones and no comfort in growing zones.
Pivot Adventure helps students develop the resiliency needed to overcome life's challenges. Students participate in one adventure activity per week for eight weeks with a mixture of mental health professionals and guides. Topics discussed are focused on improving their internal narrative (the story they tell themselves and how they see the world), identifying external conditions that get in the way of positive change and finally seeing the conflicts of interest. Here’s how.
All highly resilient people have one common characteristic. When adversity comes they have the ability to say, "The story I am telling myself is..." When we can reframe adversity and turn it into a learning experience, our quality of life improves.
Our environment controls so much of our daily decision making. If we can change our environment, we can change our behavior. External conditions are too powerful to change on our own. Without guidance, this process can take years of trial-and-error.
Conflicts of Interest
Opposing forces within ourselves and in our environments stand in the way of making deep and meaningful change. Pivot Adventure accelerates this personal transformation by helping students flip the lights on. Once you see, you can’t unsee.
The traditional therapy model is broken
Three major problems teens are facing:
Therapy is not a voluntary experience and the use of deficit-based models
Teens are often forced to meet with a therapist. As a result, they are not enrolled in the process. To make things worst, therapists use what is called a deficit-based model where they are compelled to make a diagnosis for their patients in order to bill insurance.
Pivot Adventure Solution: Enrollment and Strength-based Approach: The key to learning is enrollment. When we are enrolled in the journey, then we are opening the door of the possibility of change. That's is why everyone applies to get in. Pivot Adventure is a voluntary experience. We don't diagnose to make a profit. At Pivot Adventure, we believe every passing moment is a chance for students to turn it around. One bad chapter doesn't mean the story is over. We don't care about your resume or the choices that have lead participants here. What we care about is where you are going.
Therapy is expensive
Insurances do not cover mental health. The typical therapy session runs $100-$200 per 50-minute session. After that, the options available begin to dwindle while prices skyrocket. The typical wilderness therapy or residential treatment program costs over $50,000 (over $500 per day) for 3 months of work. Access is a problem.
Pivot Adventure Solution: Scholarship Based Programming: The majority of our applicants are on scholarships. Pivot Adventure uses a combination of donations and private pay in order to keep costs down.
Not enough time to feel like someone cares
50-minutes per week is simply not enough time to make a deep, everlasting change. Students need time to practice.
Pivot Adventure Solution: Committing towards forward motion: Students on average spend 4.5 hours per week with guides. Guides are a combination of recreation therapists, social workers, outdoor specialists and volunteers. Parents spend an additional hour each week with the guides to get immediate feedback during parent webinars.
Pivot Adventure is a medium for change
It’s an experience for students and their families that want to shift their perspective. Pivot Adventure is also a sprint. Eight weeks with people like us, all moving in the same direction towards change. The notion of a sprint, of leaning in and committing to growth means Pivot Adventure is not for everyone. It’s not for people who want an excuse. It's for families who want to create change.