The Seasons Program: Adolescent Behavioral & Mental Health Treatment Program

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 10-13. 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