blueFire PulsaR is a Wilderness Therapy Program that is proven effective in treating a variety of complex mental health issues. Studies have shown wilderness therapy is a thriving clinical modality for those who have exhausted traditional forms of treatment.
Young adults attending PulsaR are able to participate in various healthy, safe activities. The new environment gets them out of their stuck routine, helps them begin thinking positively, and offers opportunities to learn more about themselves.
Mental Health Problems that PulsaR Helps with:
(This list is not all-inclusive)
Failure To Launch
We ask all clients and their parents or guardians to complete an evidence-based and internationally used questionnaire called the Outcome Questionnaire (OQ 45.2). This questionnaire measures a client’s level of functioning in:
- Intrapersonal Distress
- Somatic Distress
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Social Problems
- Behavioral Dysfunction
- Related Critical Items
This data is collected from both parents and clients:
- Upon Admission
- Upon Graduation
Decreasing scores indicate improved mental wellness.
Emotional and behavioral wellness is marked by the dashed line indicating Clinical Cutoff.
In accordance with the OQ's Reliable Change Index (RCI):
Scores that decrease by 14 points indicate lasting, positive change
Clients report a
decrease in dysfunction
than what was measured at admission.
PulsaR's OQ Outcomes indicate 2.5x the change needed to show lasting clinical progress.
Studies show that nature itself has therapeutic benefits.
Nature helps blueFire clients:
Reduce Stress Levels
Getting outside naturally helps lower anxiety, depression, blood pressure, and the production of stress hormones.
Outdoor activities spark creative thoughts through visual, physical, or mental inspiration.
Improve Physical Health
Rock climbing, rafting, hiking —all our adventure activities improve our physical and mental health by releasing positive hormones.
Getting sunshine and fresh air promotes the production of serotonin which boosts your mood naturally.
Less electronic stimulation promotes mindfulness, relaxation, and connection, reducing anxiety and stress.
Hear what our clients say about our program:
We were warned that initially, when students leave Bluefire and are returned home, they go through an adjustment period and Steven certainly did. He desperately missed his Bluefire family, the structure, the fellow students, living in the outdoors and initially talked about taking training to become a Bluefire councilor. Little by little he started adjusting to being at home, school, chores, friends etc. We were impressed at how much better he advocated for himself, asked for what he wanted and felt he needed to be happy and unfortunately for us, that meant moving away from home. At first, we were appalled by the idea, he’s only just 18years old! We continued to talk about it and decided that it was probably the best decision for him. He moved out 3 months later and has done very well. He has a roommate, a full-time job and other than solving problems that we all deal with daily; he is living his life. We talk on the phone at least every other day, spend time together as his job allows and he just seems a happier, more content young man. Steven continues to attend therapy classes every other week and still takes antidepressants but, I must say he’s a much more confident, self-aware young man.
I really don’t know what we would have done if we hadn’t found you folks. Thank you, for everything you did for Steven and for our whole family. We have told many friends about you and hope that someday, those recommendations will lead to another successful young man or woman graduating your program.