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

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Narrative Therapy   Can you rewrite your life story? You cannot change the events that happened in your life, but you can change the way that you think about them. The stories that people tell themselves about their lives matter because people use stories to organize and define their lives. Using techniques of narrative therapy…

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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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Changing Seasons at RedCliff Ascent   It is impossible to predict when a teen is going to need help. That is why the RedCliff Ascent program runs year-round. Troubled teens can come to us whenever they are ready, and they can stay until they are prepared to make a transition back home, or to another…

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The Admissions Process   It takes a lot for you to make the initial call. Generally, most parents never expected they would be at a place to consider a wilderness therapy program for their teen. We want to help make the admissions process as easy as possible. By ensuring we are available to answer questions,…

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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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Holiday Season at RedCliff Ascent   Being away from family during the holiday season is hard for troubled teens and their families. RedCliff Ascent (RCA) works hard to make sure that the holiday season is a time of celebration. Thanksgiving On Thanksgiving Day, groups of students receive whole smoked turkeys. Then staff members warm the…

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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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Please know that we think of all of you at RCA often and remain in awe of your work and extremely thankful for what you taught our daughter and all the other teenagers who found themselves in difficult circumstances. You are all remembered in our prayers. — RedCliff Ascent Alumni Family, 2016 When students come…

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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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A Personal Experience with the Spoon Ceremony By Scott Schill, Development Director   In the desert of southern Utah, a very excited young man yelled out to me as I walked into their camp.  “I got spooned!” I laughed and congratulated him. Somehow, that just didn’t sound right in the context of a wilderness therapy…

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