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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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Special Treats For Special Days

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

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 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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Employee Spotlight: David Cacamis

Employee Spotlight: David Cacamis   Unlike boot camps for troubled teenagers, RedCliff Ascent focuses on healing rather than military discipline. David Cacamis, CSW, is one of the many therapists who help to make Wilderness Therapy a genuinely healing experience. Healing in Wilderness David decided that he wanted to work in wilderness therapy during his final…

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Changing Seasons at RedCliff Ascent

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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RedCliff Ascent Welcomes New Field Director

RedCliff Ascent would like to welcome Stacy Sturtevant as our new Field Director. Stacy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and Youth Leadership. In addition, she has worked outside at several outdoor guiding companies and resorts before coming to work for RedCliff Ascent in early 2013. Stacy has also worked for other young adult…

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Field Staff of Dreams

Field Staff of Dreams If you become a member of the RedCliff Ascent field staff, then you will live alongside students in the wilderness. You will be together for eight days at a time. During your time in the field, you will do everything that the students do, sharing the experiences of camping, hiking, primitive…

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How RedCliff Ascent Can Help Your Teen In School

How RedCliff Ascent Can Help Your Teen In School   Many of the teens who come to RedCliff Ascent (RCA) haven’t had the best experience at school. For a lot of kids, school is associated with failure and rejection. They cope with school by acting out. At some camps for teenage girls and boys, they…

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The Admissions Process

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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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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Holiday Season at RedCliff Ascent

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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