SUWS Teen & Adolescent Wilderness Treatment Program

SUWS of the Carolinas is a leading wilderness program that puts its entire focus on treating the many issues that children and teens between the ages of 10-17 might be going through, ranging from behavioral issues to substance abuse problems. We understand that sometimes, extra measures need to be taken to help children and teens, which is why we have developed a therapy program geared towards encouraging consistent and effective care for these young individuals. Some of the most common issues in children and teens that we treat at SUWS of the Carolinas include the following:

    • Low self-esteem
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Substance abuse
    • Emotional regulation
    • Trauma
    • Anger issues
    • Family conflict
    • School failure

At SUWS of the Carolinas, our staff recognizes just how important it is to address these issues in order to help these children and teens to grow into respectful, dedicated and productive adults. Within our wilderness setting, our trained professionals are able to provide the utmost level of care for our students, including the use of individualized treatment plans, flexible lengths of stay, intensive therapy on both an individual and group level, weekly treatment planning sessions and a family program. It is the goal of our licensed master’s and doctorate level trained therapists to provide the care needed in this wilderness setting to help your child or teen overcome the troubles he or she is facing in young adulthood. The SUWS of the Carolinas program is split into two different treatment groups: Bravo for our male students and Luna for our female students.

Bravo Program

All photographs taken at SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort, NC on 01.07.13 for CRC Health. All photographs by Peter Taylor

Adolescence often brings with it turbulence due to emotional fluctuations,  confusion, a distorted self image and peer pressure. While boys may believe they are making the best decisions for themselves, the choices they make about their lives bring consequences that may be self-destructive.

Many students who enter Bravo have experienced a string of failures in significant areas of their lives: family, school, social relationships, and perhaps even previous treatment experiences. By design, Bravo is intended to function as a container for students to experience corrective successes.  The Bravo group is powerful in its ability to create a context for boys to discover and affirm their strengths. Through the use of corrective success, the focus of the Bravo group is to improve awareness of limiting beliefs and maladaptive behaviors in order to shift focus from failure and inadequacy to  self-assurance, competency, and the ability to bring about opportunity. A multi-faceted treatment approach used in the wilderness has been shown statistically to improve response to treatment and improve coping strategies.

Luna Program

For girls, the transition from adolescence to adulthood brings with it physical, social, and psychological changes often stemming from puberty, and shifts in school environment, social  connections, and changes in roles within the family dynamics. This can be overwhelming for some girls given pressure to conform and perform as they attempt to become independent and develop a sense of self. Many girls who enter our Luna Program  have experienced some type of trauma in their lives that often serves as the foundation for their challenges.

The unique effectiveness of the Luna group is that its foundation is built upon the ABC’s:  AUTHENTICITY, BELONGING, COMMUNICATION AND SISTERHOOD. Each of these building blocks supports the empowerment of girls who enter the group having experienced trauma, grief and loss, and failure in their attempts to be accepted and develop secure relationships.

SUWS of the Carolinas is a multi-faceted wilderness program with many different things to offer. To learn more about our comprehensive treatment program for adolescents and teens with behavioral and mental health issues, please follow some of the links below:

  • To get more information on the SUWS of the Carolinas safety protocols, visit our safety and success page to learn more.
  • If you and your family are interested in participating in your child or teen’s treatment, you can visit our family program page to discover more info.
  • Get an insider’s look into what a typical day will be like for your child or teen by following this link.
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