Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at SUWS of the Carolinas to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Challenges of Modern Parenting

We remain open and are continuing to accept new admissions.

SUWS of the Carolinas remains committed to providing clinically superior services within a safe and supportive environment while taking all appropriate precautions to protect the well-being of our students and staff.

For admissions information, or to learn more about the heightened preventive measures we have put in place, please click the link at the top of this page or call us at (828) 489-3198.

Challenges of Modern Parenting for Troubled Teens

Two adolescent specialists from SUWS of the Carolinas teen wilderness therapy program made a presentation on the challenges of modern parenting to members of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in Philadelphia.

As part of a breakout session titled “LOL, OMG, LMAO: Challenges Facing the Modern Family,” Jesse Quam, LCSW, and Brandon Moffitt, LPC, shared three internal and three external challenges facing families today.

Internal challenges included:

  • Employing an authoritative parenting style rather than a permissive or authoritarian style
  • Nurturing secure attachments between parents and teens
  • Creating healthy family rituals that foster connection and togetherness

External challenges included:

  • Economic and financial challenges
  • Fostering quality family relationships in the Technology Age
  • Social pressures and the need for parents and teens to feel supported

In addition to highlighting common parenting challenges, the speakers offered practical solutions that have helped hundreds of families at SUWS of the Carolinas, such as:

  • Setting and enforcing limits around the use of television, computers, cell phones and other technologies (for both parents and teens)
  • Creating opportunities for undistracted family time, such as family game night, family dinners, and special weekend projects or activities
  • Learning how to identify emotions and communicate with “I feel” statements
  • Approaching teens with a blend of warmth and firmness
  • Providing structure, consistency, follow-through and predictability
  • Remembering to slow down and stay in the present moment in times of stress

“The initial goal for most families is to make a 5 percent change in a healthy direction,” said Quam. “Turning their lives upside down isn’t sustainable or necessary. It’s the gradual shift that makes a lasting impact.”

The presentation concluded with case samples and a collaborative discussion. Attendees, who included educational consultants and clinical professionals, left the conference with new tools to support struggling teens and their families.

“These are challenges all families can relate to,” said Moffitt. “The IECA conference provided an ideal forum to discuss timely parenting issues and offer specific solutions that can benefit both parents and teens.”

SUWS of the Carolinas offers wilderness programs for adolescents who are struggling with various challenges, including mental health concerns, substance use, behavioral issues, and autism spectrum disorder. Our expert staff provides developmentally appropriate care to young people in a safe, therapeutic environment. We accept private pay only, but our staff can help develop a detailed financial plan for your family to ensure your child gets the care they need so that they can successfully return to their school and community.

The wilderness therapy offered at SUWS was the dynamic solution needed to help my son with his behavioral issues. When my son left SUWS, he was completely changed for the better and also created new bonds and unforgettable memories! I can't recommend SUWS enough for anyone in a similar situation!

– Britney A.
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Why does this matter?
  • Cognia
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Forest Service Department of Agriculture
  • National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council
  • Safe Zone
  • Sky's The Limit Fund
  • The Jason Foundation

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