All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
Summit Achievement has just completed the rigorous re-accreditation process by the Association for Experiential Education for Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Programs (AEE/OBH Accreditation) and has been awarded accreditation for another five years. Accredited Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare programs demonstrate that they operate above industry standards of ethical care, treatment evaluation, and risk management practices. Summit is only one of two programs in the country to have completed this vigorous re-accreditation process.
During the AEE reaccreditation process, a team of outdoor education/adventure therapy professionals spend three days conducting an on-site review of the wilderness therapy program systems and standards. The team reviews policy and procedures as well as interviews staff and inspects facilities. The outstanding team that reviewed Summit Achievement included Jed Williamson, one of the authors of the original set of standards for adventure programs and former President of Sterling College as well as Dr. Michael Gass from the University of New Hampshire and the Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Center and Leah McDonald, Youth Program Director from Rippleffect of Maine.
The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council has 23 members (OBH members) and Summit is only one of 15 that has met the standard of AEE/OBH accreditation. Summit was one of the first programs in the country to become accredited by AEE/OBH. Summit encourages all wilderness/adventure therapy programs to go through this vigorous and insightful process of external review by outside professionals in an effort to raise industry standards.
AEE/OBH accreditation adds to the many credentials Summit Achievement holds, including being a licensed residential treatment center with all licensed clinicians and a licensed non-traditional private school with a certified Special Educator on staff.
About Summit Achievement
Summit Achievement is, and always has been, guided by positive reinforcement and the power of choice. Our outcome-focused program employs effective therapeutic and educational principles. 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.