How RedCliff Ascent Inspires Families to Put Hope into Action

How RedCliff Ascent Inspires Families to Put Hope into Action “We have to put hope into action,” said Clinical Director Jennifer Hedrick. “Hope is just a thought. So unless we put it into action, we aren’t really going to inspire much of anything.” Many parents of troubled teens who come wilderness attitude come with the…

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Social Media Addiction and Lacrosse

The Lacrosse Field is a Sacred Space You are about to be impressed. It’s been over an hour since I last checked my phone. It’s ringing, buzzing, alerting, filling with LinkedIn requests, Facebook posts, and disappearing Snapchats. Do you feel anxious, yet? What’s even more impressive is that 22 teenage boys are all in the…

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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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Pioneers in Research

RedCliff’s Long History By Steven DeMille, LCMHC What can Redcliff Ascent attribute their long history of successful wilderness treatment to? What are the drivers and indicators that have led to constant improvement and better outcomes for troubled teens and their families? Although there are many factors, Steven DeMille shares his story and RedCliff Ascent’s history…

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Celebrating 20 Years of Wilderness Therapy

by Phillis Cooper In October 1993 Redcliff Ascent was born as a therapeutic wilderness program. From those early beginnings its’ mission has been to help troubled teenagers and their families in a wilderness environment away from all the disruptions of daily life. Hundreds of young adolescents and their families have marked the RedCliff wilderness experience…

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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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