Frequently asked questions

Are your programs offered year-round?

Yes. Youth are able to benefit from our education programs and counseling services all year long. During inclement weather or extreme temperatures, we may spend more time doing activities indoors. Parents and guardians will be alerted to weather related changes as they arise. We encourage youth to dress in layers and be prepared for weather related conditions.

How can I determine if Adventure Works is right for my child?

We'll answer this question with a few questions of our own: 1. Could your youth benefit from building skills for improved problem-solving, confidence, social skills, taking responsibility, and controlling their emotions? 2. Have you tried traditional talk-therapy without getting great results? 3. Has your youth resisted the idea of going to counseling? 4. Could your family benefit from learning to get along and communicate better? 5. Do you think your youth has ADHD, anxiety, depression, or struggle with opposition or other unwanted behaviors? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Adventure Works might be the right choice for you. Please call our office with more questions or to discuss your concerns with one of our therapists.

What if I can't afford to pay for services?

Adventure Works is a community based, non-profit organization. As a 501 c3, Adventure Works receives funding from the DeKalb County Mental Health Board and from foundations, businesses, and individuals to offer services for youth regardless of economic status. Counseling services at Adventure Works are reimbursable by most insurance plans, and if you have State of Illinois insurance (Medicaid/All Kids, etc.) fees are assessed on a sliding fee schedule. Once a fee is assessed, Adventure Works will consult with the family to make sure the assigned fee is not a barrier to receiving services. Prevention and education services are not reimburseable by insurance and are also offered on a sliding fee schedule.

Are you a camp or residential treatment center?

Adventure Works is not a camp or residential treatment center. Adventure Works is a non-profit, community-based outdoor behavioral healthcare organization. We offer on-going education, prevention, and counseling services on an outpatient basis at our counseling center at 1211 Sycamore Rd. DeKalb, IL.

Does Adventure Works serve adults?

Yes. Adventure Works does work with adult clients with accepted insurance plans or on a private pay basis. Due to our non-profit status and funding structure, we are unable to offer financial support to our adult clients.

How is adventure therapy different from traditional therapy?

Do you remember exploring as a young child? Did you have positive group experiences that helped you become the person you are today? We’re committed to making mental health counseling a positive experience, breaking down the stigma of getting help, and building stronger youth. Developmentally, youth are ill-equipped to objectively reflect on their experiences, which is what makes office-based therapy a challenge. In-the-moment intervention brings about awareness and insight, leading to more permanent change. We get kids #rxoffthecouch and moving toward change. Very few nonprofit organizations around the country offer effective, non-traditional therapies that reach youth in quite the way we do. You can learn more about the defintion of adventure therapy here.

Does my child need to be physically-fit or "outdoorsy" to benefit from counseling at Adventure Works.

Adventure Works counselors and therapists can tailor interventions for any child and no specific skills or physical capabilities are required to benefit from adventure-based counseling.