All Kinds of News for February 14, 2018
Summit Achievement, with its unique hybrid wilderness and residential model, has been conducting and involved in outcome research since the year 2000 and has been recognized for its long term investment in research. The organization has worked diligently with the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBHC) and the University of New Hampshire over the years to compile evidence-based data to help people understand the quality of the program and to help the organization make any necessary adjustments to the treatment it provides families. Summit’s commitment to research has been recognized by the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) by being named a research designated program. Summit Achievement is one of the few NATSAP programs to be awarded this designation.
Many of the students enrolled at Summit are referred for depression. On intake and discharge all students take a series of inventories, and the Beck’s Depression Inventory (BDI) is one of the inventories that focuses specifically on depression. The BDI is a 21-question multiple choice self-inventory, one of the most widely used instruments for measuring the severity of depression.
Students take the BDI at intake and at discharge. In the most recent review of data which focused on the past two years (where lower scores indicate less depressive symptoms), students report an average score of 13.15 at intake and 3.94 at discharge. A score of 0 -10 is considered within the "normal" mood range. Even more significant, students who enroll with moderate to severe depressive scores report an average score 28.58 at intake and 7.7 at discharge.
About Summit Achievement
Summit Achievement founded in 1996, is, and always has been, guided by positive reinforcement and the power of choice. Our outcome-focused treatment program employs effective therapeutic and educational principals. Through the process of engaging therapy, classroom academics and exciting wilderness expeditions, students experience the therapeutic benefits of outdoor adventure-based activities while learning to manage the demands of a more traditional environment. As an intentionally small, owner-operated wilderness therapy program, we serve adolescent boys and girls, ages 13-20, from around the world.