Boot Camps For Troubled Teens

Why Are Boot Camps For Teens Ineffective? Many parents looking for help for at-risk kids tend to look first to boot camps, so-called “brat camps,” and scared straight programs. However, from the perspective of research and experience, that is a mistake. As this article will demonstrate, a wilderness camp for troubled teens is both a…

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Ceremonies At RedCliff

RedCliff Ascent believes in ceremony and celebration. From welcomes and goodbyes to celebrations of growth, we work to honor your teens through their process of wilderness therapy. Welcome/Spoon Ceremony When new students arrive at RedCliff Ascent, they are in a vulnerable place. Many students are scared, uncertain, or angry. Within the first two days that…

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Wilderness Therapy in the Winter

Which Model Works Best? Over the past few decades, Wilderness Therapy has grown from a fringe personal growth experience to a nationally recognized treatment modality. In the early days, it was provided by wilderness enthusiasts to develop character and self-esteem in their clientele. Now, licensed clinicians engage the prescriptive use of Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Programs…

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Holidays At RedCliff

Special Ceremonies For Special Days As a wilderness program for at-risk youth, celebration and ceremony are a big part of life at RedCliff Ascent. Staff members have flexibility in how they make sure that special days are kept special. However, over the more than two decades RedCliff Ascent has been helping troubled youth, RedCliff Ascent…

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Separating To Come Together?

Separating to Come to Together It seems counterintuitive. The thing you want most in the world is to bring your family together. Then why on Earth would you send away your troubled teen to the Utah desert? How could being away from your teen for weeks at a time help anything get better? However, sometimes…

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Technology Addiction

Learning to Live in the Real World   Walk into any restaurant, coffee shop, or anywhere that people gather and you will likely see someone bent over a screen. For most people technology can be a distraction. For other people, technology can be an addiction. In particular, for many troubled teens, screen addiction interferes with…

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How Does RedCliff Ascent Reveal Potential?

How Does RedCliff Ascent Reveal Potential? By Kaitlyn Jones   Because you cannot become acquainted with what you cannot discover, revealing potential is important. Revealing potential opens the door to the possibility of change. At RedCliff Ascent, revealing potential allows troubled teens to find the person inside who they were always meant to be. Sometimes…

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How RedCliff Ascent Inspires Families to Put Hope into Action

How RedCliff Ascent Inspires Families to Put Hope into Action “We have to put hope into action,” said Clinical Director Jennifer Hedrick. “Hope is just a thought. So unless we put it into action, we aren’t really going to inspire much of anything.” Many parents of troubled teens who come wilderness attitude come with the…

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Social Media Addiction and Lacrosse – An Opportunity To Disconnect

The Lacrosse Field is a Sacred Space You are about to be impressed. It’s been over an hour since I last checked my phone. It’s ringing, buzzing, alerting, filling with LinkedIn requests, Facebook posts, and disappearing Snapchats. Do you feel anxious, yet? What’s even more impressive is that 22 teenage boys are all in the…

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Wilderness Therapy [youtube]https://youtu.be/OrcXgWTkoUo[/youtube] The video above includes a testimonial from one of our former students with ASD who expressed how Redcliff Ascent’s wilderness program helped him. RedCliff Ascent, an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) program for teens and young adults, serves many different populations and diagnosis. The following article will highlight Autism…

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Pioneers in Research

RedCliff’s Long History By Steven DeMille, LCMHC What can Redcliff Ascent attribute their long history of successful wilderness treatment to? What are the drivers and indicators that have led to constant improvement and better outcomes for troubled teens and their families? Although there are many factors, Steven DeMille shares his story and RedCliff Ascent’s history…

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Celebrating 20 Years of Wilderness Therapy

by Phillis Cooper In October 1993 Redcliff Ascent was born as a therapeutic wilderness program. From those early beginnings its’ mission has been to help troubled teenagers and their families in a wilderness environment away from all the disruptions of daily life. Hundreds of young adolescents and their families have marked the RedCliff wilderness experience…

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