Every troubled teen enrolled in the RedCliff Ascent wilderness therapy program brings a unique set of circumstances and problems. The one commonality they typically share is the avoidance of the “business of life,” or the developmental vacation. They expect everyone around them to compensate for their own lack of responsibility.
Each struggling teen differs in his or her system of avoiding responsibility. Consequently, they require an individualized intervention that will help them understand that their previous way of life is no longer beneficial. For this reason, RedCliff emphasizes individual treatment above a predetermined length of stay.
Length of stay is not about when a student finishes a pre-determined amount of work he must do for us. A student finishes the program when he has completed the work he must do for himself.
Because they are clinically complicated, each teen progresses at a different rate. It’s important for students to understand their graduation is dependent upon their therapeutic achievements, not simply “waiting out” a pre-determined program length of stay.
Since the program is achievement based, length of stay will vary from student to student. Our goal is to help teens advance to their next developmental level as soon as it is therapeutically wise to do so. We focus on building positive relationships with students that open the door to therapy. Clinicians and field staff serve as guides and observers, not drill sergeants.
This unconventional approach is based on the quest for therapeutic excellence, not what is convenient. What is best for the student, not what is happening in the marketplace, is at the heart of our open enrollment policy.
Please explore our website or call an admissions counselor at 1.800.898.1244 for additional information about how RedCliff Ascent can help your family.