Safety & Risk Management

At BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy, our primary responsibility is to ensure the physical, emotional, and psychological safety of participants.  Research indicates, and we believe, that change can only occur when participants feel safe and secure. As such, BaMidbar strives to provide a challenging and rewarding experience in a supportive and safe environment.

We have developed comprehensive risk management policies to address all aspects of safety for our clients. We select staff that have extensive training and experience in Wilderness Therapy.  Once selected, they are then trained exhaustively and provided with multiple methods of communication so that they can always access support, backup, and emergency services. We have invested in our facility to ensure it will  serve our clients’ needs during the winter months. No expense has been spared to provide each participant with quality clothing and equipment appropriate for the season.

Highlights include:

  • Every client is evaluated by a doctor for physical health upon admission to the program.
    • Students must be medically stable and have completed any withdrawal or detoxification needs before entering the program.  BaMidbar has relationships with local detoxification facilities and will refer clients to alternate placements if their medical condition upon arrival differs from what was communicated to the program in the admissions process.
  • Every client is given a Mental Status Examination by a licensed therapist.
  • All staff are screened, have passed background checks, and meet state standards for working with children or vulnerable adults.
  • All staff receive training in CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and non-violent crisis intervention strategies.  Additionally, each group has at least one Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in the field.
  • We maintain a ratio of 1 field staff for every 4 young adults.
  • In addition to our pre-program training, staff receive weekly instruction on a variety of topics, including  protocols for dealing with all possible medical or behavioral contingencies.
  • Each group has two forms of communication, so if one fails the other is still available. These are used for twice daily check-ins and for instant communication for any immediate concerns.
  • Each group also has dedicated GPS units and staff are extensively trained in land navigation.
  • An Emergency Response Team is on-call 24/7 and is able to get to the groups with a short response time.
  • BaMidbar’s 24/7 On-Call resources include:
    • A medical doctor for any medical concerns
    • A licensed therapist for any emotional/behavioral concerns
    • Backup teams to address any logistical issues
  • Group travel itineraries are based on the ability of group members and the current weather conditions.
  • Each client is equipped with gear that provides for the highest level of safety and comfort for a wilderness setting.

We take safety seriously at BaMidbar and welcome the opportunity to allay any concerns you may have. Please contact our program director at joryh@ramahoutdoors.org if you’d like to learn more about safety and risk management at BaMidbar.