Our Commitment to Clinical Excellence

SUWS of the Carolinas is a wilderness treatment center blending the power of nature with traditional therapeutic models such as ACT. We are dedicated to providing the most sophisticated level of care to all of our students; providing them with the tools to lead a healthy, fulfilling life.

Our Treatment Model

SUWS of the Carolinas ensures that all of our services reflect dedication to providing clinically excellent care to individuals & families in need. The clinical principles that drive us to excellence are a client-directed, outcome-informed treatment philosophy, and a data supported belief that the therapeutic alliance is the most important single element of a good treatment outcome.

As a roadmap to clinical excellence, the treatment team at SUWS of the Carolinas implements a treatment model that is based upon a series of patient-focused principles, including the following:

  • Addiction is a treatable, chronic, relapsing brain disease
  • The most important element in treatment is the therapeutic alliance
  • Client-directed, outcome-informed treatment leads to improved outcomes
  • Continuing care support is a primary factor in sustained recovery

Strong Clinical Foundation

  • All of our clinicians bring to SUWS a wealth of clinical knowledge and experience. They strive to keep abreast of current research and evidence based practices
  • SUWS clinicians will share their expertise through monthly peer trainings, webinars, and presentations at regional and national conferences
  • Individualized treatment plans for all students

Ongoing Measurement & Assessment

  • Ongoing measurement and feedback is the basis for outcome informed decision making and treatment
  • SUWS has been focused on measuring treatment outcomes for wilderness therapy programs
  • SUWS is a member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, which is dedicated to facilitating research on the efficacy of wilderness treatment for adolescents, and in promoting the industry
  • We will measure functional outcomes on admission and every three months post discharge
  • Programs within our four core treatment areas (Child and adolescent mental health treatment, addiction, behavioral health disorders, and autism spectrum disorders) have participated (and will continue to participate) in a range of independent and peer-reviewed studies.

By offering research-supported, client-directed treatment that emphasizes the relationship between client and counselor – and by ensuring that our programs and personnel meet or exceed measurable standards for clinical excellence – SUWS of the Carolinas is provider of choice for individuals and families in need.

Learn More Today

To learn more about clinical excellence throughout our network, or for specific questions related to SUWS of the Carolinas, please call (828) 489-3198 or visit our Contact Us page. We look forward to answering all your questions and helping you determine if SUWS of the Carolinas is the perfect place for your child.

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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.