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Research at RedCliff Ascent

“To provide the highest quality wilderness therapy treatment.”


Does Wilderness Therapy Work?

Outcome Research

Outcomes research is a significant part of providing quality wilderness treatment for our students and families. For over a decade, RedCliff Ascent has gathered outcomes research on each and every student in our program. This research has not only shown the effectiveness of our program but that the improvements last long after a student leaves the program. Does Wilderness Therapy Work? continued…

Is Wilderness Therapy Safe?

Client Safety and Risk Management Research

RedCliff is honored at the trust parents, consultants and other professionals place in us. In addition to providing an effective and impactful wilderness experience, Redcliff is committed to providing a safe environment for students. RedCliff has conducted for over 10 years client safety and risk management research. This research has been pivotal in allowing RedCliff to provide a safe environment for its students to grow and change. Is Wilderness Therapy Safe? continued…

What about the health of my child?

Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Research

Living in the wilderness is a very foreign experience for most of our students. This includes a significant change in physical activity and diet. RedCliff prides itself on its clinical sophistication; however, we are also aware of the importance of physical activity and diet in an adolescent’s growth. RedCliff Ascent gathers and monitors body composition and body mass index (BMI) data on all its students to ensure each client is receiving the appropriate diet and level of physical activity based on their individual physical needs. RedCliff has been gathering and monitoring this data for over 10 years on all its students. What about the health of my child while in a wilderness program? continued…

Constantly Improving Our Wilderness Program…

Program Development Research

Wilderness therapy is a dynamic treatment approach with various contributing factors. Each day and over the week a student and family interface with various individuals as part of the whole wilderness experience. Because of RedCliff’s operational maturity it is aware of the value of all the factors that contribute to a satisfying wilderness experience. Not only do we want our students and families to reach their treatment goals but we want them to have an overall positive and satisfying wilderness experience. To do this RedCliff studies each component of its program to look for areas it can improve. Some of these areas we study include: daily camp activities, staff, food, gear, support staff, administrative staff, admissions, intake procedures, graduation ceremony, student safety, therapist, and many other components that affect the overall wilderness experience. Constantly Improving our wilderness program – Current research. continued…

Watch the latest presentation by Steve DeMille talking about how wilderness programs can effectively help your child, when based upon effective research…

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