SUWS of the Carolinas

Based in Old Fort, NC, SUWS of the Carolinas is an outdoor therapy program for teenagers ages 10 - 17. It uses the majestic wilderness of the Carolinas as an alternative to conventional treatment environments, while providing clinical intervention, assessment, and traditional therapeutic methods.

Program Philosophy

SUWS of the CarolinasSUWS of the Carolinas has proven to be highly effective in helping troubled teenagers identify a distorted self-image, limiting emotional beliefs and destructive behavioral habits in order to improve their decision-making. This newfound awareness enables students to shift their focus from personal entitlement and blaming to mastering personal responsibility and practicing healthy relationship skills.

The wilderness setting is the ideal catalyst to connect with students. SUWS of the Carolinas moves children from their "emotional comfort zone" by shifting them to a new and challenging environment. The demands of mastering their new setting causes students to engage in their automatic behavioral habits, allowing SUWS’ therapists and highly trained counselors to positively engage them using traditional therapeutic methods.

SUWS of the Carolinas specializes in treating teenagers who are experiencing:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Family conflict
  • Defiant behavior
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Drug & Alcohol Abuse
  • Negative peer relationships
  • Learning differences
  • Manipulation or entitlement issues

Program Hightlights

  • Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Flexible Length of Stay, (4 to 9 weeks)
  • Licensed Therapists
  • Individual & Group Therapy
  • Small Groups, Maximum of 7 Students
  • All Clothing, Gear & Equipment Included
  • Therapeutic Ropes Course

Parent Program:

  • On-Line Parenting Resource Guides
  • A Compact Disc Parenting Series
  • Parent Seminar & Trail's End Ceremony

Optional Services:

  • Psychological & Educational testing is available

Certifications

Wilderness CampsSUWS of the Carolinas is licensed in the state of North Carolina.

The SUWS Adolescent Program was established in 1981 and maintains memberships in wilderness program associations, including the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Industry Council (OBHIC), the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps (NATWC) and the Association for Experiential Education.

The Field Supervisors are licensed professional counselors.


Please call our 24-hours helpline for admissions information, now: 877-830-7020

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Page last updated Mar 21, 2014

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