The Journey at Mount Pleasant is a rare program that unites two proven, yet separated treatment worlds. Their high impact wilderness, transitions seamlessly into the residential treatment facility, The Journey at Mount Pleasant.
The Journey Wilderness and Journey at Mount Pleasant work together as one, providing a cutting edge idea with sound, proven programming. The Journey allows a continuity of care and smooth transition from wilderness to RTC. Students work with the same therapist throughout both programs and once at Mount Pleasant, they revisit the wilderness world every month for 4 to 6 days when they participate in Discovery Treks. This process blends the two programs as one and saves precious time usually take re-engaging the student when they move from one to the other. It can also take away that overwhelming feeling the student has of "starting over" when they transition.
The Journey at Mount Pleasant will be open to take private pay teens as of June 1, 2010. The Journey, LLC is the culmination of years of practical experience in working with troubled teens by Madolyn M. Liebing Ph. D. and Marina Starling Ph. D. who, together began the company in 2003.
Madolyn (Maddy) Liebing has worked with teens for 37 years, first as a high school teacher and counselor, and later as a psychologist. She is one of the co-founders of Aspen Achievement Academy, the cornerstone of the Aspen Education Group. She designed and wrote the therapeutic and educational curriculum for the wilderness program in 1987 and served as a psychologist for several years. Marinal Starling worked in adolescent substance abuse programs in Oregon.
The Journey combines clinical exellence with experiential therapy, outdoor treks and expeditions, ropes course elements, initiative games that teach principles, care and training of animals and the value of a strong work ethic. Combining the wilderness and residential experience has proven to speed the process of treatment for a shorter stay and less financial strain on the family.