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

Philosophy at Seasons

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.

At Seasons, our program focuses on providing the best possible clinical care for children between the ages of 10-13. Our therapeutic wilderness program is designed to help shed light on the behavioral and developmental needs and challenges that these students face, and work to provide long-lasting solutions.

Topics in Seasons Program

Some of the most common areas that we at Seasons focus on with our students include:

  • Self-esteem and self-efficacy
  • Emotional regulation and distress tolerance
  • Determination and perseverance
  • Communication skills
  • Personal responsibility and accountability
  • Attention and focus
  • Social skills

Modalities of Care

Not only do we strive to work through deep-seeded and complex issues with our students, but we also maintain the integrity of our philosophy to utilize the Clinical Best Practices that will help our students reach goals both individually and with others. In conjunction with using the wilderness as a therapeutic metaphor, we also incorporate numerous additional modalities of care into the Season program, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Model
  • Family Systems Interventions
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Consistency and predictability
  • Social skills building
  • Utilizing anti-bullying and friendship-building

Seasons Program Level System

Seasons students ascend through a network of levels designed to challenge and encourage emotional and physical growth.  Each level has a specific objective and developmental focus, yet allows for the particular needs for each student. Levels correspond with the Hero’s Journey in the Chronicle of Jumping Mouse, a story read to students when they enter this group.  As students’ progress through the levels they begin to see themselves as the Hero who although faced with obstacles, is brave enough to venture from home, battle adversity, learn about them and use their knowledge when they leave SUWS.


At this level, the objective is Personal Responsibility. The student is typically concerned about his physical needs and safety. The developmental focus is the Awareness of what surrounds him. While learning physical wilderness skills (making fire, setting up camp, rationing food), students experience frustration, impatience, anger and sadness. With the accomplishment of physical skills, self-esteem and self-efficacy   begin to develop.


At this level the objective becomes Respect for others, and the developmental focus is Students begin to ask for help with daily tasks. The events that ensue at SUWS allow students to recognize their ability to cope with struggles; and while challenged many times, they are reminded by staff and peers of their personal achievement.


At this level, the objective is Determination, and the developmental focus is Confidence.  Students’ courage increase as they accomplish more goals (making fire and traps), and they begin to put more effort into the general milieu of being in the wilderness. Hiking is a usual practice at SUWS, and the student, for example, may become more willing to tackle increasingly challenging terrain.  He may have accomplished the ropes course.


The objective at this level is Patience and the developmental focus is Responsibility. Students realize they are part of a community. They are willing to make sacrifices to help other students, perhaps to make a meal, or support another during a ropes course challenge. In so doing, there is less concern for immediate rewards, but rather contentment within.


At this level, the objective is Trust and the developmental focus is Responsibility. Students begin to trust in relationships formed and learn strategies to sustain them. While specifically taught relational skills, trial and error also teaches what works and doesn’t work to get needs met.


Lastly, students reach the level of Eagle in which they demonstrate Leadership in their wilderness family. Students are able to envision long term goals that incorporate all they have learned from each stage and they begin to develop a plan to fulfill them. They begin to motivate others to develop and engage with their own goals.

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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