Santiam Crossing School
Quick Facts
Therapeutic Boarding School

13 to 18


Avg. Duration:
6 to 9 months


Is Individual Psychotherapy Available?
Contact Info

(503) 394-7096


P.O. Box 482
Scio, OR 97374
Program Description

Santiam Crossing School provides families with a treatment option that is less than one year in length, therapeutically intensive, and enables students to catch up academically. The curriculum integrates academics, therapy, wilderness adventure experiences, professional development and service learning.  All aspects of the program are designed to engage students in the process of understanding themselves and appreciating their families.

Appropriate candidates for Santiam Crossing School are adolescents ages 13 to 18 who are exhibiting negative behaviors and struggling with a variety of emotional issues including depression and hopelessness, grief and loss, adoption and attachment issues, attention problems, impulsivity, anxiety, as well as, self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse, academic decline, defiance, lack of motivation, and poor family and peer relationships.  Attendance of a wilderness therapy program is a pre-requisite for enrollment.

Santiam Crossing is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS.) Our academic program is thoroughly individualized with a focus on credit recovery. Students are engaged in the learning process and learn to develop and maintain skills essential to academic success.

A team of master’s level therapists oversees each student’s individualized treatment plan. A variety of therapy approaches are used including individual therapy, group sessions, psycho-educational groups, substance abuse and recovery, EMDR, wilderness therapy and family therapy.

Two to three weekends per month students leave campus and take part in a wilderness based adventure and service-learning trip.  Activities may include rafting, climbing, equine experiences, and mountain biking. In addition, our professional development program is enabling students to earn nationally recognized professional outdoor credentials. Certifications include Wilderness First Aid and CPR, Swift Water Rescue, and Ropes Course Facilitator.

At Santiam Crossing, parents play an instrumental role in their child’s treatment.  Parents visit campus monthly and participate in structured and clinically supported family time. Plus, parents are receiving parent coaching and taking part in family therapy sessions.

Santiam Crossing is operated by Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs, who have been providing high quality adolescent treatment programs since 1988.

Accreditation, Licensure, Approval:
Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Caring Agency
Oregon Department of Education
Northwest Association of Accredited Schools