Validation Techniques

When Your Teen Is Upset, Try This Therapeutic Technique: Validation Most parents of teens have had an experience like this: your teen is angry or upset, and you do not know what to do. Simply validating your teen may be the key. When you validate someone, you show that person that they are being seen…

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Boot Camps Don’t Work. Here’s Why.

Punishment-based programs such as boot camps and Scared Straight programs are not effective in improving troubled teens behavior. Amy Morin, LCSW, succinctly describes the problem with boot camps. “Kids in military-style boot camps learn to do what they’re told when someone is yelling in their face and threatening to make them do push-ups but when…

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Reflective Listening

Reflective Listening If you are a parent having difficulty communicating with your teen, many therapeutic techniques can be useful. One of the simplest and most effective is Reflective Listening. The key points of Reflective Listening are in the name itself. The goal is to sincerely listen and then reflect on what you have heard. At…

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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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Troubled Teen Sees Kindness In a Candy Bar

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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Best Wilderness Experience

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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The Story of My Life: Troubled Teens Write Autobiographies

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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Constantly Improving Wilderness Camp

The leaves are barely beginning to turn colors in Southern Utah but Milton Hatt, warehouse manager for RedCliff Ascent, is already prepared for winter. Part of the preparation means making sure the warehouse is filled with everything students may need to keep warm and dry – especially when it comes to their feet. This year…

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Where Do We Sleep? Wilderness Therapy at Work

To a RedCliff wilderness therapy staff member there are few things more invigorating than waking up in the wilderness. Whether it has rained, dumped snow through the night, or is a perfect fall morning, there is something special to us about waking up in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing more than miles of…

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Wilderness Therapy at RedCliff: Do You Speak Our Language?

There’s a certain lingo used here at RedCliff that can be hard for people outside of our world to understand.  Even when folks understand the language, it can be hard to speak – it’s constantly evolving, changing, being added to.  I visit the student groups in the field at least once a week, and sometimes…

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and…

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Effects of cybersex addiction on the family

Effects of cybersex addiction on the family Survey Results of a survey by Jennifer P. Schneider Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity 7: 31-58, 2000 Abstract A brief survey on the effects of cybersex addiction on the family was completed by 91 women and 3 men, aged 24-57, who had experienced serious adverse consequences of their partner’s…

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