Our therapeutic model is based on 20 years of wilderness therapy experience and clinical success. The therapeutic process begins with a psycho-social assessment administered by our clinicians. A complete psychological evaluation may be performed based upon need or parental request (as an ancillary charge). Then an individualized treatment plan is developed specifically for your troubled teen.

Therapists conduct weekly individual and group wilderness therapy sessions for each student. Your teen’s therapist will also hold a telephone therapy session with you at least once each week and email as needed. This communication keeps parents aware of their troubled teen’s therapeutic progress and provides an opportunity for important family feedback. Click for more on our Parent Portal…

While each student is under the care of a specific, highly trained and experienced therapist, each week the entire therapy team under the guidance of the Clinical Director, reviews each student’s case. This allows each therapist to get and give feedback for every student.

The therapist designs a therapeutic plan and highly trained field staff help implement the plan. Therapists meet weekly with staff as they enter and leave the field to pass along important behavioral observations and discuss any adjustments to the student’s treatment plan.

Our wilderness therapy program is built around seven phases of curriculum designed to help troubled teens build character and self-esteem. These phases include courage, self-discipline, respect, honesty, work ethic, trust, and compassion.  Each of these seven values have been symbolically tied to the seven directions of Native American culture. This  wilderness therapy model stresses a reverence for the environment, positive peer culture, and rites of passage that recognize personal growth.  Each phase provides teen help by exploring a specific value in depth.

Reading and introspective writing exercises, as well as wilderness therapy hard skills such as bow/drill fire making, trapping, and flint knapping are included in the phase work to help troubled teens internalize the cognitive and behavioral aspects of each value.

Please explore our website or call an admissions counselor at 801-921-8488 for additional information about how RedCliff Ascent can help your family.