What is the OTP?The Outdoor Therapeutic Program is a program specifically for residents who would benefit from being isolated from the activity and stimulation of the Project Patch campus. Residents are taken by Patch staff to a secluded area of the Project Patch property and given the opportunity to have uninterrupted time to think and to process their progress. They also have one-on-one counseling with staff and counselors on a regular basis, and journaling and written counseling assignments are required.
What happens during the OTP?At the outdoor site residents are given shelter and bedding materials, and each sets up a living area. They are outfitted with clothing and camping gear appropriate for the season and taught skills necessary for camp living. During the day residents cook their own breakfast over a camp stove, clean up, and have personal hygiene time. Then they will have a short inspirational time followed by a work project, time for contemplation and/or counseling, and possibly a short hike followed by lunch. The afternoon is generally the same as the morning, followed by dinner, more time for counseling or journaling, another inspirational time, possibly including a general discussion time, and then residents turn in for the night.