Why Pivot Adventure Co.?
Consider the statistics:
Meanwhile, it has left families stunned and wondering,
"What can I do?"
"Where do we go?"
There is now an answer.
Pivot Adventure is an adventure therapy course designed to help adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety and suicide ideation. Pivot Adventure is a medium for change. It’s an experience for students and their families that want to shift their perspective, draw a bigger box and lead.
What is included in the course fee?
We’ll ship everyone course materials before the course begins. Those are included in the enrollment fee. Most of the readings are non-optional, and we trust Pivot Adventure students and parents will keep each other on the hook for doing the work.
In addition, the course fee covers:
What's not included in the course fee?
The program fee does not cover individual therapy sessions. Instead of forcing families to use in-house mental health professional, we allow families to choose someone on the market that is compatible with your insurance. Why?
Of course, not all mental health professionals are created equal. We are happy to assist you to help you find the best path for your specific needs.
What is adventure therapy?
Adventure therapy has been defined as counseling that is undertaken in the outdoors. One aspect of adventure therapy is using real or perceived risk to assist in accomplishing the desired change in the student being counseled.
The American Therapeutic Recreation Association defines therapeutic recreation as: A treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person's level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situation caused by illness or disabling conditions.
Is Pivot Adventure Co. licensed?
Yes, and proud of it. We are licensed through Utah's Department of Human Services as an Outdoor Youth Treatment Program. It is an arduous process to receive a license from the state. Many programs will circumvent licensing by reclassifying themselves as something they are not. Always verify.
What can I expect?
Twelve adventure activities in twelve weeks. Students will meet at least once per week in the evenings. Students spend most of their time in situations of 'perceived risk', meaning students will practice how to respond rather than react in the face of adversity. It is an intense experience that can immediately be put into action.
In addition, students and parents will complete projects throughout the course. Some of these assignments include reading, journaling, team building exercises, service projects and parent workshops. The work involves receiving feedback and providing constructive criticism.
Most of our families have busy schedules. We know there is not enough time. Do it anyway.
We’ve created an intensive timeline that is designed to stretch you and your child. But it will still be manageable given your real-life responsibilities and you’ll be surrounded by a supportive community that is truly passionate about learning and creating meaningful change.
What is the curriculum like?
Together, students learn to act. Act first. Act often. Once we commit to action, it gets easier to see. To see who we are and who it is we want to become, how people listen to stories, how difficult (or easy) it is to make an impact. And then, once we can see, we open the door to real learning.
There’s more information available to more people than ever before in human history. But if you’re not thirsty to learn and you’re not aware of what you need to know, it does you no good at all.
Students and their families who are transformed by this process will discover that there are enormous resources just waiting to be tapped, opportunities that were always there but never noticed before.
What if my teenager already has a therapist?
Great! Pivot Adventure will continue to work with the therapist of your choice. Together, we can create a plan to accelerate the therapy the student is receiving while giving them the tools they need to overcome specific challenges they are facing.
What if my teenager doesn't have a therapist?
Was it worth it?
Pivot Adventure is a sprint. Twelve 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. Pivot Adventure is for families who want to create change.
Who is the ideal student?
The enemy is isolation. Pivot Adventure is focused on combatting that isolation, pulling students away from the shadows and into the light. It is for students and parents who want to stretch and grow together, who are looking to make a giant leap forward and are looking for a place to launch. All the families we work with come from different walks of life.
Most of our students struggle with anxiety, depression and/or suicide ideation.
Some of our students also struggle with:
Who should enroll?
Consider the cost of traditional wilderness therapy programs and residential programs: students are pulled from their families for several months, costs are enormous (up to $60,000). It is highly likely you will then be recommended to a residential treatment program as a follow up (often a sister company).
The results of a typical wilderness therapy programs are mixed. Teenagers are not given the opportunity to practice the skills they learn in the environment they live in. Trust is lost between parents and child. And far too often we hear guides and therapist say, "It's too late for them."
There is now an alternative...
The Pivot Adventure experience is transformative. It exposes students to a new way of thinking. Our goal with Pivot Adventure is to assemble families, to connect them, and amplify their efforts. Without leaving home. Without losing trust. In just twelve weeks of intense effort, we provide a space to learn.
Pivot Adventure doesn’t pretend to make you an expert in parenting or that everything will be okay once you're done. We don’t even try. Instead, we’re organized around action, around change, around vulnerability and learning from it.
Pivot Adventure is not just an adventure therapy course. It's an experience. We don't make promises of waiving a magic wand to make things all better. Instead, we are focused on helping students and their parents see new opportunities for growth, making better decisions, and leveling up in all the areas that matter to you.
If this sounds like it might be part of the change you’d like to see in your life, we hope you’ll apply.
What kind of support do you offer students who are having trouble with the adventure activities?
Everything we’re building revolves around this question.
Most learning is ‘take it or leave it,’ and too often, the answer is ‘leave it.’ In the case of Pivot Adventure, we’ve put a lot of effort into creating an environment where students are supported with guides and one another vigorously.
Pivot Adventure provides access to an encouraging community of peers. People like us do things like this. If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
What are the frustrations some participants have with Pivot Adventure?
We've have found that some participants have difficulty finding the discipline to over deliver when no one is demanding that they do so.
Fortunately, our students and parents usually discover that this is all part of what we're trying to teach, what we're working to create. Pivot Adventure isn't a course with a fixed curriculum. Instead, it's a process, one that gives people the room they need to level up.
It's not for everyone but it might be for you.
What is your attendance policy?
This is a twelve week sprint, and the other participants of the program are counting on you to be fully present. We ask that each student and parent to allocate the time to take this process as seriously as the rest of us. During the twelve weeks, students will participate in at least twelve adventure activities (roughly 2.5 hours in length) and additional time to complete projects. Students can remain in school and extra curricular activities.
What is the usual class size?
Pivot Adventure keeps a 4:1 Student to Guide ratio with up to twelve students per trip. By capping our classes, we're able to pay attention to our students and the experience they create.
How safe are the activities?
Students are placed in situations of perceived risk. For instance, if a student is afraid of heights, hanging in the air 40 feet off the ground will feel dangerous even though they are safely tied to an anchor. The very nature of these activities is what makes it relatable to the challenges students face. Each student is properly trained by a experienced guide on all the equipment we use.
Risk cannot be completely eliminated. Students will be participating in action sports like outdoor rock climbing, mountain biking or cross-country skiing. Due to the nature of these activities, all families must carry health insurance that cover their child.
What items do we need to bring?
Pivot Adventure Co. provides all of the adventure clothing, footwear, hygiene items and gear that is needed for the activities. You don’t need to buy or bring anything unless you want to. If your student requires glasses, retainers or orthotics those items should be brought on your own. Most prescription medications are fine to bring, for the safety of our students please let Admissions know to make special arrangements.
How much does it cost?
$180 Enrollment Fee and $80 per month for a minimum of three months.
It's an investment. And it’s not just the money, it’s the time you’ll be spending as well. Including the decision to overcome your status quo. Every section of Pivot Adventure has an organizer behind it. Our goal isn’t to be big, it’s to be small. Small in size, but huge in our decision to create a difference. We’re investing in people.
Pivot Adventure is the most affordable alternative to residential or wilderness therapy programs. You won't need to sacrifice your retirement to participate.
If this sort of change or investment is too much, we totally get it. Pivot Adventure probably isn’t for you. The good news is that all the content is in the world, free online or in accessible books. There are no secrets.
Does insurance cover any of the cost?
One of the biggest fallacies that has been perpetuated in the wilderness therapy industry is insurance will cover the costs. In our experience, this has never happened. Insurance companies are more inclined to partially cover therapy sessions but not the wilderness activities itself. So, that's is why have built Pivot Adventure the way we have.
We work hand-in-hand with the therapist of your choice that is compatible with your insurance. If you don't have one, we'll connect you. Together, we develop a therapeutic treatment plan specific to the student's needs.
This partnership is what makes Pivot Adventure so unique. Pivot Adventure is the only affordable alternative to wilderness therapy. You won't need to take a second mortgage to participate, you just need to decide.
What is your refund policy?
Pivot Adventure is a mutual commitment. We commit to welcoming you into a small, focused cohort, and doing everything we can to deliver on the promises of the course. In return, we ask you to commit to spending the time, money and passion it takes to level up.
We understand that life can interfere and that plans change, and we’ve tried to create a refund policy that respects you, our students and our mutual commitments.
ENROLLMENT FEE: After the enrollment period, we require a $180 fee to secure your spot in the course. Your enrollment fee is non-refundable. This deposit goes straight into course material, equipment and mental health assessment.
TUITION: $80 per month for as long as you want to go. We understand that not everyone is on the same time table. In order to be effective in the work we do, students must participate for a three month commitment. After that, you are free to cancel anytime before the next month fee occurs. Afterwards, no refunds are possible. We do appreciate notification of withdrawal as soon as possible so that we can attempt to fill your spot with another student who may be on the waitlist.
If you’re unable to participate, we’ll donate half your Enrollment Fee to buildOn, a charity that works with students in Chicago, New York, Malawi and other places that really need a leg up.
WITHDRAWAL: If, in the opinion of our guides, you’re not contributing to the culture and forward motion, we’ll let you know. If you’re still not able to actively participate, we’ll ask you to withdraw from the course. In this situation, no refund is possible, and we’ll donate half your Enrollment Fee to buildOn as above.
Areas serving in Utah
Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, West Valley, Mill Creek, Murray, Kearns, Holladay, West Jordan,Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, Sandy, White City, West Jordan, Riverton, Herriman, Bluffdale, Draper, Daybreak, Utah County, Provo, Orem, Springville, Lindon, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, Saratoga, Eagle Mountain, Spanish Fork, Park City, Summit County