Developmental Model

25 years of a Developmental Model

We use a developmental model that is based on 25 years of wilderness therapy experience and clinical success. The therapeutic process begins with an assessment administered by our clinicians. We will perform a complete psychological evaluation based upon need or parental request (as an extra charge). Then we develop a plan for your troubled teen.

Therapists conduct weekly individual and group wilderness therapy sessions for each student. Therapist will also hold a telephone therapy session with you at least once each week. We use this communication keeps parents aware of their troubled teen’s therapeutic progress. As a result, providing an opportunity for important family feedback. Click for more on our Parent Portal…

Your Child is Safe Tonight

We place each student under the care of a specific, highly trained and experienced therapist. However 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. Therefore this allows them to discuss any adjustments to the student’s treatment plan.

We designed a true therapeutic concept to help troubled teens build character and self-esteem. These phases include courage, self-discipline, respect, honesty, work ethic, trust, and compassion.  Nevertheless 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.

We included reading and introspective writing exercises, as well as wilderness therapy hard skills such as bow/drill fire making, trapping, and flint knapping are 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.

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