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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Helping Teens with Love & Logic

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.

After completing a three-day training to become a certified Love and Logic™ facilitator, Family Program Manager Dr. Brooke Judkins has begun training parents and staff on using Love and Logic™ techniques with troubled teens.

Old Fort, N.C. (PRWEB) July 6, 2010 – Parenting styles are as varied as parents themselves. Although there’s no one right answer, one parenting method that has been helpful to many parents of troubled teens is the Love and Logic™ approach created by Jim Fay, Charles Fay, PhD, and Foster Cline, MD.Brooke Judkins, PhD, LPC, the Family Program Manager at SUWS of the Carolinas and Phoenix Outdoor, two wilderness therapy programs for teens, recently completed a three-day training to become a certified Love and Logic™ facilitator. She now brings a wealth of knowledge to parents of struggling teens at the programs as well as the staff of field instructors and therapists that works directly with the teens in the field.

The main principle behind the Love and Logic™ theory is that parents should be loving and empathetic while letting teens experience the natural consequences of their choices.

“One of the main premises of this approach is that parents need to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Judkins. “By doing so, they encourage their teens to take responsibility for their own choices rather than rescuing or enabling them. As a result, teens develop their own decision-making and problem-solving skills, and both parents and teens feel respected.”

Based on her Love and Logic™ training, Dr. Judkins also teaches parents and staff the following tools:

  • Giving teens age-appropriate choices, all of which are acceptable to parents, so that teens can exert their free will without parents dictating to them
  • Responding to teens’ frustration and anger with empathy, using comments like “I’m so sorry you’re going through this,” which gives them time to think through their choices
  • Using “enforceable” statements, such as “I’ll drive you to the mall when you’ve finished your chores,” rather than barking an “unenforceable” statement like “Do your chores.” Unenforceable statements put the control in the hands of the teen, who can choose whether or not to obey, while enforceable statements keep the authority where it belongs – with the parent.

Dr. Judkins has incorporated these techniques and others into a two-day family workshop at SUWS of the Carolinas and the weekly parenting seminars at Phoenix Outdoor. Upon admission to SUWS, parents receive the Love and Logic™ CDs, which parents have found extremely helpful and easy to understand and use.

She will also introduce basic Love and Logic™ principles into her half-day trainings with the staff at both wilderness programs. In addition to reading and discussion, the trainings will include role play so that all staff can work with teens and referring professionals more effectively.

“Our wilderness programs help teens who are struggling with substance abuse, attachment issues, depression, anxiety and other issues get to a place where they can be receptive to these parenting techniques,” said Dr. Judkins. “By teaching both parents and teens new skills, we’re able to make the whole family stronger.”

About SUWS of the Carolinas and Phoenix Outdoor

SUWS of the Carolinas is a therapeutic wilderness program for adolescents ages 10-17 with a focus on clinical intervention and assessment. The program uses the outdoors as an alternative to conventional treatment environments, while engaging students using traditional therapeutic methods. Since 1981, SUWS programs have provided guidance and support to thousands of misdirected and at-risk teens experiencing low self-esteem, defiant behavior, attention deficit, depression, substance abuse and other behavioral issues.

Phoenix Outdoor is a therapeutic wilderness program for teens ages 13-17 who are struggling with substance abuse, as well co-occurring behavioral and mental health issues. Located in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Phoenix Outdoor blends clinical assessments, wilderness therapy, the 12 Step model, and traditional therapeutic interventions to help teens realize the extent of their substance abuse problem and commit to the process of change.

SUWS of the Carolinas and Phoenix Outdoor are the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. SUWS of the Carolinas’ services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs.

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.
Marks of Quality Care
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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