The results of our Therapeutic Wilderness Program
It is important to note that the clinicians and staff do not rely on theory alone. When clients graduate the program, parents and clients complete a short survey. This survey measures black-and-white outcomes and allows the V.L.E. and families to see, in a quantifiable way, the changes that occurred.
Initial evaluations reported a 78.5% occurrence of dangerous behavior, while 80% reported appropriate and acceptable behavior upon completion.
78.5% were proud of the achievements they (or their son) reached through the V.L.E.
Growth was maintained by 70% at 6 months after following through with the discharge plan.
Three months after completing the V.L.E., 90% of drug and alcohol-using respondents remained sober.
Of those that did not continue with professional care, 5 out of 10 remained sober for 6 months.
84% of respondents agree or agree strongly that they accomplished things they would not have otherwise accomplished without the V.L.E.
See what people have to say about their experiences
I had seen Rabbi Gluck coming to our shul and our community on several occasions over the years, and always said to myself, you know, “Who is he reaching out to? ... years later, here we are, we find ourselves with a teenager that just fits that kid that I said: “who is h talking about?”.
You know, to see a hug from a kid who, like, the last time made contact with his mother, was with a fist. And they're hugging, and it's a real hug. Some of these changes are just amazing.
Eric Tzvi Tishler LCSW
V.L.E. Clinical Director
When I first heard of this program, I thought it was brilliant. Rabbi Gluck and I have struggled for many years to try to find appropriate programming for some of these children and their families. And we finally had a solution.
Dr. Ronen Hizami, MD
–Psychiatrist and Medical Director of the V.L.E
So, the V.L.E. is a beautiful program. It's therapeutic. ... Whether we're hiking, whether we're cleaning up, whether we're just being accountable to each other. It's intense, it's friendly, it's tough, it's focused, it's all of that mixed into the perfect blend and the effect is tremendous
Rabbi Shmuel Gluck
Director of Areivim