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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

The Seasons Program: Adolescent Behavioral & Mental Health Treatment Program

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.

The Seasons program serves as a vessel for children between the ages of 10-13 to get the care they need for their behavioral issues and/or mental illnesses.

Common Issues Treated

Learn More About the Common Issues We Treat

We understand the stress that you as parents/guardians might be experiencing with a child who is struggling with issues such as these. Our outdoor program utilizes a solid continuum of care to help encourage effective and long-lasting change in your child. Some of the most common issues that we treat at Seasons include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Poor or non-existent social skills
  • Defiant behavior
  • Difficulty maintaining positive peer relationships
  • Learning differences and challenges
  • Manipulation/entitlement/lying
  • Family conflict
What to Expect

What to Expect in our Treatment Program

The Seasons wilderness program for behavioral & mental health issues focuses on building successes and strengths of each student with an emphasis on having fun and creativity in therapy. We want each of our students to graduate from this program with an increased sense of self efficacy, healthy coping practices, pragmatic life skills, and a better understanding of themselves in relation to others. We believe that change will be more lasting if it is anchored in an experience that promotes play and excitement paired with challenges and adventure.

In the Seasons wilderness program we use an integrated assessment and evidence based clinical model to address the unique needs of each student and make treatment plans accordingly. We use a strengths based approach and place emphasis on healthy development, attachment styles, emotional regulation, mindfulness/awareness, and building internal and external resources to have success in life after our program. Our clinical model involves a careful integration of experiential, relational, and cognitive/behavioral theories all under the umbrella of a greater family systems perspective.

Many of our students come to us primarily as a result of volatile and maladaptive behaviors in the home and/or school. We find that what is underlying these behaviors are issues with insecure attachment, interruptions in healthy development, depression, anxiety,  trauma, adoption, learning disabilities and executive functioning issues, as well as Autism spectrum disorder. Many of the students on the Autism spectrum who come to us are either un-diagnosed or misdiagnosed. Due to the myriad of clinical issues that our students present with we provide very thorough and specific training to our direct care staff and have a higher staff to student ratio to ensure best practices for this unique niche.

Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum in Seasons

Our Seasons program focuses on the unique development of our youngest students, ages 10-14. Students in this age range need a solid foundation so that they can learn the building blocks of adolescence. Our clinical team provides a therapeutic wilderness milieu while delivering specific interventions that have a strong neurodevelopmental basis. Our students will have the chance to engage in dynamic treatment activities such as a ropes course, Theraplay, expressive arts, mind-body therapies, and experiential interventions. At our expansive campus located within the beautiful Pisgah National Forest, students will be part of a close-knit milieu where they can build developmental skills and form vital relationships. We also offer a family program that assists the parents and relatives of our students during their journeys toward personal and family change.

Why Choose Us

Why Choose our Wilderness Programming

With your dedication, the focus of your child and the consistent hard work put forth by the Seasons staff, we look forward to helping your child make positive changes in his or her life.

To learn more about our Seasons program for adolescents struggling with behavioral and mental health disorders and the many ways in which we can help your troubled child, please click on some of the links below to discover what makes our program stand out from the rest:

  • Get a good look at our staff’s qualifications, accreditations and our baseline of care on our program highlights page.
  • Learn more about how your child’s goals will be determined on our levels and objectivespage.
  • Gain insight on the day in the life of a typical student by following this link!

I went into this program scared out of my mind. At SUWS, I learned the tools I needed to work through my issues and I'm forever grateful.

– Anonymous Patient
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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