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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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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Congratulations to Trevor, Melinda, Gabriella and John! They shared their RedCliff stories and won Kindle e-readers. You should be receiving them today. John – we’re still trying to figure out how to ship yours. Who knew Canada was on the “no ship” list? Watch for each of their posts coming to our blog beginning tomorrow.…

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One of the challenges of my job is my commute. Some people deal with freeway traffic or crowded subways. My challenge is Mother Nature. It’s about an hour drive from my office in Enterprise to the field where I meet with my clients. In the summer the ride is breathtaking. In the winter it can…

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When your family becomes part of ours we feel honored and committed to provide the very best therapy for your child. Recently, we received this email from the parents of one of our grads. With their permission, we’ve changed their names in order to share their feelings with you: John and I wanted to officially thank all the…

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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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As Executive Director, I can find gobs of reasons as to why I need to stay in the office, sit at my desk, talk on the phone and get that growing pile of paperwork done.  The problem is there are always phone calls to be made, paperwork to be done and any number of tasks…

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Field staff at RedCliff Ascent have a difficult occupation and are expected to maintain high standards of operation all year. Occasionally, extreme weather conditions can make their jobs even tougher. Because safety is our #1 priority, RedCliff’s Field Director, Scott Schill, recently held a special winter training seminar for all field staff. Here are some of…

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According to Mark Twain there are…”Lies, damned lies, and statistics“.  I tend to assume that the general population may feel as vulnerable relying on statistical information and research reports as I do relying on a mechanic to tell me what is wrong with my vehicle. Despite the fact that there are untrustworthy mechanics and researchers…

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This is a story by a student who struggled with alcohol abuse. He left our program a few months ago.  I keep in contact with him and he is doing really well still. He gave me permission to reprint this – Roger Nelson, LCSW, RedCliff Ascent Therapist For I was Blind, But Now I Can See…

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“I had a lot of apprehension beforehand,” Andrea Burgess admits. “But it turned out even better than I thought.” Burgess is the Executive Director at RedCliff Ascent, a wilderness therapy program for troubled teens.  On April 7, the program hosted its first ever “class reunion” for wilderness graduates. Graduates had been pleading with the RedCliff…

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This week is our quarterly Snicker tree.  Every quarter we place a bag of Snickers candy bars underneath a tree at zone.  Zone is where all the groups hike to for the end of the week. ( This makes it easier for therapy and logistics on Wed.)  Anyway, back to the Snicker tree.  The staff inform…

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