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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This week we had two visitors from the Outdoor Recreation Dept of Southern Utah University.  Each semester we participate in a on-site practicum that allows Outdoor Recreation students to visit our program and observe our Wednesday staff change process.   They begin the day by participating in our morning meetings and then accompany our Backup…

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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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As the warehouse manager for RedCliff Ascent wilderness therapy program, it is my responsibility to make sure that our students are outfitted in the best outdoor products available for the best price.  For that reason, I attend the Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City, Utah twice a year. This show is one of the…

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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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After four days of constant rain the temperature dropped and the rain turned to snow at our wilderness therapy camping spot.  We had been hunkered under a rain tarp erected over our fire for days, with a cold wind blowing rain into our backs.  Staff chose the windward side of the fire, taking the brunt…

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As Intake Coordinator for RedCliff Ascent, I ensure safe transportation of our new troubled teens students to see the pediatrician for their initial physicals as part of the intake process. Last week, while returning to the field after one of these standard visits, we drove past a couple of hawks in the road. Sitting on the…

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This phrase, often written in letters from students to parents, can be alarming: “ Hey mom, I don’t know if my therapist told you, but I got knifed!”   Initially reading a statement of this nature in a letter, many parents first inclination is to call the program to find out if their child is injured.  However…

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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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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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 By Dr. Daniel Sanderson, Clinical Director, RedCliff Ascent One of the most common laments that is voiced by students participating in the program is that “I can’t prove to my parents that I have changed while I am here!” or “I can’t be the person that I need to be as long as I am…

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