A wilderness therapy program is only as good as the people who deliver the program content. Our team of teen help clinicians are all masters and doctorate level therapists. They also have spent years working with troubled teens.

More than half of RedCliff field staff are college graduates. This staff typically stays with our company an average of 16 months. Most of our field staff are under contract for periods ranging from 8 to 12 months.


There is a nine day field interview for potential employees. During this time frame, you will be taught the particulars of field management as well as core policies designed to keep teens safe and magnify growth opportunities. Once hired, field staff receive weekly training from our clinical director and therapy staff on the developmental hiatus modality.

RedCliff wilderness therapy staff are randomly drug tested throughout their employment with a comprehensive urine screen. Also, all employees must pass a criminal background check.

RedCliff Ascent trains staff better than any other wilderness therapy program. Furthermore, part of this training includes the language of Ego States. This language is not the basis of RedCliff therapy, it is simply a tool that creates consistency from staff to staff and staff to student.

RedCliff staff realize that to advance in our corporate structure they must understand and incorporate this language. To assist staff in complimenting the treatment modality we offer:

  • Weekly clinical instruction.
  • Study manuals.
  • Student background information which explains the teen’s diagnosis, family dynamics, and history.
  • Treatment plan from the therapist outlining the needs and therapeutic goals for each troubled teen. This documentation is provided by the therapist to field staff for each student in each group.

With this in mind, please explore our website or call an admissions counselor at 801-921-8488 for additional information about how RedCliff Ascent can help your family.