Diversity and International Clientele at RedCliff Ascent’s Wilderness Therapy Program

Diversity and International Clientele at RedCliff Ascent’s Wilderness Therapy Program

RedCliff Ascent works with clients from various backgrounds and cultures. Because our wilderness therapy program has effectively worked with clients from around the world.  Therefore around 15% of RedCliff’s students come from outside the United States. This 15% represents over 35 different countries!

RedCliff Ascent is authorized under Federal law to enroll International students and is SEVIS I-20 approved.

Wilderness Therapy has international appeal as a treatment approach. Since most cultures have used or continue to use the outdoors/wilderness as a stage for change and personal growth, shifting the approach away from from boot camps and modeling for therapeutic interventions.

We are asked often if the program works for everyone.  Nevertheless according to our ongoing research, the effectiveness of international clients have reported similar treatment improvements. This compares favorably to clients from within the United States.

International-student-improvementThe picture above is an example of our  Patented YOQ Assessment. This tool is widely accepted as a good measuring stick for program effectiveness.

Below are testimonials from actual parents. Notice the similar outcomes in spite of varying cultural backgrounds and geography:

“At last [our daughter] has been able to open up with us” – British mother

“Wilderness brings young man to real life without any illusions” – Russian Father

“The parent narratives really made us think about our family history and how we got into our situation. They also helped us reconnect with our son.” – Kenyon Parents

“I believe this experience has allowed my child to grow and mature” – Bermudian mother

“This place gave me a whole new perspective. I felt safe from outside distractions, and I feel like a very different person” – Persian adolescent

International student and family relationship outcomes

A major part of assisting an adolescent in their change and personal growth. We want to disrupt any dysfunctional family patterns as well as interpersonal patterns that enable an adolescent’s development delay.

RedCliff Ascent uses a Narrative Family therapy approach. Regardless a narrative approach, results in amplifying  family dynamics and  help parents connect with their child in a safe and powerful way.

One specific area of research we focus on is the long-term effects of wilderness therapy. Therefore we want to know the lasting effects for students and families.