Earth Names By Scott Schill, Development Director   At RedCliff Ascent, we transform lives. When people show signs of transformation, they earn an Earth Name. The Earth Name represents what we are inside. In addition, it also references what we could potentially become.  Earth Names celebrate the changes that people make in their lives. Also,…

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Welcoming Through Ceremony By Contributor   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 students arrive, staff and other students welcome the newcomers with a ritual called the Spoon Ceremony. The Ceremony During the Welcome Ceremony, RedCliff…

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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 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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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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We received this letter from the mother of one of our alumni recently:  What is The Impact of an Earth Name? “One of the more impactful things our son experienced while at RCA was receiving his earth name.  It was the first thing he shared with us at graduation camp and it continues to influence him…

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  Thursday, November 28, 2013 was a Thanksgivukkah to always cherish and remember. By “Puma”, in the Bobcats Photo credits: All feast photos were taken of the Bobcats, Firehawks, and Cougars groups   Not only was it unique in that this Thanksgiving also marked the first day of Hanukkah, it was also the first Thanksgiving…

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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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Our Shindig celebration happens about once every three months. It’s a chance for students to gather at Outpost with their peers and celebrate their wilderness experience. Here’s a letter we received from one of our current students. We think it shows the respect and concern we have for all of the troubled teens enrolled in our program.…

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Mark wrote this response to our request for grads to share their RedCliff wilderness experiences. We thought you might relate: hi, my name is mark and i was in redcliff 8 years ago now, i still dream of my memories of that place, i find it amazing how we take so many simple things for…

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Autobiographies and Parent Narratives:  A vital Part of the Treatment Process An important aspect of the therapeutic process for students at RedCliff Ascent is the compilation of an autobiography.  Students write a 40 page autobiography while in the program as part of completing the phase work.  This exercise affords students the opportunity to reflect on…

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The month of December can be a treacherous one at Red Cliff Ascent.  It is often the first month of truly wintry weather and the stress of being away from family and friends during the holidays can take its toll on staff and students alike.  While we can’t control the weather we do like to…

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