Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at SUWS of the Carolinas.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning at SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort, NC

The wilderness activities offered at SUWS of the Carolinas provides an opportunity for our students to confront fears and personal issues, allowing him or her to move past them. If our students can learn to cope with the challenges they encounter in the wilderness, it is likely they will be able to cope with the challenges of everyday life.

Experiential learning is a unique process where students gain knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences with the outside world. When faced with the unfamiliar setting of the wilderness, far from the comforts of home, it forces an individual to confront and take responsibility for the issues that brought them there.

From learning first aid to developing basic orienteering and primitive living skills, SUWS students are personally challenged on a daily basis. We allow our students to discover their inner value and strengths by becoming essential, functioning members of a team. SUWS of the Carolina’s treatment program maintains a focus on clinical intervention and assessment. The wilderness setting facilitates the opportunity for experiential learning, or learning by doing, in which the individual learning process is emphasized. Furthermore, the wilderness provides continuous opportunities for students to learn and master age appropriate developmental goals. Guidance through a level system, that uses a Search and Rescue metaphor, promotes character development, assists in identifying core values and guiding principles. Each level has its own set of demands that correspond with developmental benchmarks. Completion of each phase is celebrated with a rite of passage, or ceremony, signifying transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.

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.