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

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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.
  • 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 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

Meet Our Clinical Staff

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.

Colin Walsh, BFA

SUWS of the Carolinas/Seasons Clinical Support Specialist

Colin has spent over 12 years working with adolescents in a variety of therapeutic settings and programs. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Fine Art, he moved to England and taught art to teens in the British prison system while also helping run a local youth-group. While he was in England, he also owned a small cafe and spent time exploring as much of Europe as he could, on his bike. After moving back to the United States he spent six years working for a wilderness therapy program in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate NY. What he thought would be a six month job turned into a career once he realized the amazing opportunity wilderness provides for youth and their families. Helping young people and their families to transform pain and struggle into strengths, accomplishments, and connections became a passion for him. His career in wilderness therapy has encompassed many roles including: Field Instructor, Field Team Management, and finally shifted fully into the role of Family Program Coordinator.

Colin and his wife moved their family to the Big Island of Hawaii when the opportunity to help run the family component of a Horticultural Therapy program presented itself. Colin has also worked as a primary therapist in an adult addiction rehabilitation facility and had the privilege of launching a therapeutic boarding school for boys with substance abuse and mental health struggles.

Colin is excited to be at SUWS because it provides the opportunity to utilize his passion for teaching and having fun while using the natural world as his classroom. While you used to find him in his workshop making furniture, mountain biking, and climbing the local spots, he now spends his free time with his three sons, wife, and therapy dog “Scout”. He may be found hiking the trails of NC or watching his oldest play soccer! He plans to have his woodworking workshop back in gear soon.

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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.
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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