FAQs

How does communication work while the students are in the program?

We provide bi-weekly phone updates for families as a courtesy and so we are all on the same page as we progress with the student.

We are available by email in between these update at famcom@northwoodsrr.com

Communication with students’ families and friends is encouraged and done by writing letters. This allows for time to process the information and give thoughtful responses rather than immediate emotion.

Please note: As a general rule we do not provide our personal cell phone numbers or information. It is important that when not doing work we have time to recharge so we are able to continue to provide our students our best selves.

What activities are done during the Winter months?

During the winter months, we participate in activities such as basketball, skiing, snowshoeing, hikes, camping (weather dependent) and ice-fishing.

Along with taking out of state ventures to still canoe, fish, and hike.

How much does the program cost? Do you take insurance?

90 Day Program

Monthly tuition is $7,500

On admission, the 1st and 3rd months’ tuition is due with the remaining 2nd month due 30 days after start date.

30 Day Program

The months tuition is $8,500. This is due on or prior to admission.

Africa Immersion (60 Days)

Monthly tuition is $7500. This does not include flights, visas, or vaccinations and medications.

Tuition is due in full 30 days prior to departure.

Africa Experience

Minimum of $7,500, this varies due to rise and fall of costs throughout the year.

Tuition is in addition to program cost.

Family Counseling

$750 per couple, additional 250 for all others. (2 – 2hr family sessions & 2 – 1hr group sessions

  • Please note:

Insurance is not accepted for our service at Northwoods, we do utilize insurance when available for outside needs such as medication management/counseling.

What is the minimum stay?

90 Day Program

Minimum of 90 days with additional stay as determined appropriate and necessary for Sustainable change.

During this time we assess each student, observe attitudes and behaviors and begin working on the goals they developed during their intake.

Unlike other facilities we know there is not a magic number in terms of student development and progress. Some students may only require 90 days, others more.

Be wary of facilities that require longer or more arbitrary time frames for students’ successful completion; since every student is different, so are their therapeutic needs.

30 Day Program

Minimum 30 days with option to continue on and complete the 90 program.

This service is selective and only for those deemed appropriate and not in need of the more I intensive 90 day programming.

Africa Immersion

Minimum 60 days with suggested 5 to 7 day period at the Maine residential program per and post.

What is your success rate?

Many folks ask us what our success rate is. This we have always found to be a challenge, to give a percentage or attach a number to the success of an individual and their various areas of struggle.

Do we do as many other programs and pick 1 criterion? No.

What is that criteria? Holding employment? Reduced anxiety? Depression? And then from whose perspective do we view this? Parents? Family? The student?

Rather than looking at our students and choosing any singular area to judge their success we look at the overall progress and changes made and assess how long they have sustained those changes.

With this in mind from our start in 2012 to now 2019 we have served approximately 120.

Of that number of students we have found less than 10% do not meet our high standard of sustained change.

This means approximately 90% find themselves in a better position to continue improving their lives.

This is not to say that those students have not had bumps along their progress, more importantly that they have pushed through and continued forward toward their life goals and stability.

There is so much more to factor in with an individual and that is the difference at Northwoods Rand and Retreat.

Our students are not numbers. They are people that we come to care greatly for and are willing to go above and beyond to help.

This is why Northwoods is the best option for young men needing a chance to change and improve their lives.

What is a normal day like?

6:30 am wake-up

6:30 – 7:30 am breakfast

7:30 – 9:00 am gym/physical fitness

9:00 am animal care/house chores

10:00 am project/activities

12:00 pm lunch

1:00 pm project/activities

5:00 pm dinner

7:00 pm evening chores

8:00 pm rest & downtime

10:00 pm lights out.

Each day varies at Northwoods.

Days include agricultural projects, sports activities, group and individual counseling, wilderness outings, and a variety of both physically and mentally beneficial activities.

As a small individualized program we are able to adjust what we do to fit the needs of the students, better targeting the areas of concern and guiding through the process of change.

How many other young men will be in the program with my son?

Northwoods Ranch & Retreat strives to maintain low student to staff ratio.

Max Residential Students = 8.

At times of transition while current students are moving to their next venture and new students come to the program, this number may vary.

As part of our unique program we understand the more personalized attention each student receives the greater opportunity for success.

Can students get a job during the 90 day program?

Students may not obtain a job during the residential stay.

Can students have electronics?

Personal internet accessible devices are not permitted at Northwoods Ranch & Retreat (iPods, iPads, PSP, etc.).

Phones are not permitted at Northwoods Ranch & Retreat during the 90 day preliminary evaluation period.

Students are encouraged to write their families regularly to update them on their progress.

Once students enter the Transitional Program they may have a cell phone, and all electronics. (Limited during initial transition)

The 90 day preliminary evaluation period is a crucial time for us to understand the inner processes, socialization, needs, and development of our students. It is our experience that this is complicated by outside influences and distractions. In order for us to achieve the most comprehensive and thorough assessment possible during this time, complete attention to our curriculum is required.

Do students get to go home for visits?

Hime visits are not permitted during residential programming.

Students continuing into our Transitional Program may be permitted to return home for visits after discussion and determination by the family and Northwoods Counselors.

This depends on job search, work schedule, and health of family dynamic.

Can families visit?

During the residential programming, visits are not permitted

During residential programming at approximately 75 days in, families are invited and encouraged to attend the Family Counseling.

This may be later than 75 days if determined that a student or family is not ready for the necessary work or that it would be detrimental to the students progress.

Are there any disorders or behaviors that will disqualify a student from enrollment?

Yes, due to the unique nature of our program there are disorders and behaviors that are not conducive to the therapeutic environment provided by Northwoods Ranch & Retreat.

We will not accept students who exhibit behavior that has the potential to diminish that environment for other students.

Our Pre-Screen Assessment is one tool we utilize to gather necessary information for admission, and is designed to help us determine if a student will benefit from our program.

If Northwoods Ranch & Retreat is not a fit for your son/family member, we will be happy to recommend a program that may be more appropriately suited for his or her needs.

Can I send a package or letter?

All mail must be sent to: P.O.Box 793 Bangor, Maine 04402. & In Care of Northwoods.

Online you will see our address as 368 Line Road in Corinna, Maine.

This is the address of our retreat where we meet with families during outings and visits. We do not list our main address online to protect the privacy of our students.