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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.

Kelly Dunbar, M.A.

Director of Business Development

With over 30 years of professional experience in assisting families and students in residential settings, Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge, both administratively and clinically to the SUWS family.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Human Behavior and was a founding member of Carlbrook School where she served as the Dean of Admissions for many years.  Before joining the Admissions team her experience included direct work with families through counseling, advising students, group facilitation, and facilitating parent workshops. In 2013, she joined an educational consulting firm as a lead consultant specializing in educational and therapeutic placements. In 2014, Kelly returned to Virginia after her first grandchild was born and had the privilege of working for an outdoor therapy program in Georgia.

Kelly is excited about the opportunity of spreading the word about SUWS as the Director of Business Development.  Her relationship with SUWS really began is 2002 when Carlbook opened it’s doors and their first six students arrived from SUWS of the Carolinas.  She holds SUWS in high esteem and feels grateful to be a part of such a long-standing program.

In her spare time, Kelly reads, walks her dogs (Max and Aladdin), spends time with friends and most importantly spoils her three grandsons Sawyer, Levi, and Logan.

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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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