The Seasons Program

The Seasons program serves as a vessel for children between the ages of 10-13 to get the care they need for their behavioral issues and/or mental illnesses. We understand the stress that you as parents/guardians might be experiencing with a child who is struggling with issues such as these. Our program utilizes a solid continuum of care to help encourage effective and long-lasting change in your child. Some of the most common issues that we treat at Seasons include:

    • Low self-esteem
    • Lack of self-awareness
    • Poor or non-existent social skills
    • Defiant behavior
    • Difficulty maintaining positive peer relationships
    • Learning differences and challenges
    • Manipulation/entitlement/lying
    • Family conflict

The Seasons program focuses on building successes and strengths of each student with an emphasis on having fun and creativity in therapy. We want each of our students to graduate from this program with an increased sense of self efficacy, healthy coping practices, pragmatic life skills, and a better understanding of themselves in relation to others. We believe that change will be more lasting if it is anchored in an experience that promotes play and excitement paired with challenges and adventure.

In the Seasons program we use an integrated assessment and evidence based clinical model to address the unique needs of each student and make treatment plans accordingly. We use a strengths based approach and place emphasis on healthy development, attachment styles, emotional regulation, mindfulness/awareness, and building internal and external resources to have success in life after our program. Our clinical model involves a careful integration of experiential, relational, and cognitive/behavioral theories all under the umbrella of a greater family systems perspective.

Many of our students come to us primarily as a result of volatile and maladaptive behaviors in the home and/or school. We find that what is underlying these behaviors are issues with insecure attachment, interruptions in healthy development, depression, anxiety,  trauma, adoption, learning disabilities and executive functioning issues, as well as Autism spectrum disorder. Many of the students on the Autism spectrum who come to us are either un-diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Due to the myriad of clinical issues that our students present with we provide very thorough and specific training to our direct care staff and have a higher staff to student ratio to ensure best practices for this unique niche

The Seasons program implements a curriculum that is tailored specifically for this age group so that they can experience the same amount of success as our adolescent programs in the challenging wilderness environment. To supplement the wilderness therapy experience we integrate Equine therapy, Expressive Arts therapy, and high ropes challenge courses including a zip line. Our students have even had the opportunity to build and use a primitive pottery kiln at our base camp facility. Beginning this year we will be implementing Neurofeedback into the curriculum.
All photographs taken at SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort, NC on 01.07.13 for CRC Health. All photographs by Peter TaylorWith your dedication, the focus of your child and the consistent hard work put forth by the Seasons staff, we look forward to helping your child make positive changes in his or her life.

 

To learn more about Seasons and the many ways in which we can help your troubled child, please click on some of the links below to discover what makes our program stand out from the rest:

  • Get a good look at our staff’s qualifications, accreditations and our baseline of care on our program highlights page.
  • Learn more about how your child’s goals will be determined on our levels and objectives page.
  • Gain insight on the day in the life of a typical student by following this link!
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