All Kinds of News for September 12, 2018
When students come to RedCliff Ascent, their families are in chaos. Almost everyone in the family is angry or hurt or scared. Usually, the family has been in that situation for a long time. Often, parents feel desperate. Parents are desperate because they feel like they are losing their child. Kids are desperate because they feel like they can never do anything right.
RedCliff Ascent shows people a different way. RedCliff interrupts that chaos and disrupts the cycle the family is stuck in. When a kid is brought out to RedCliff, they are introduced to structure. RedCliff also works with them on how to communicate how they feel and what they need.
Nature Heals. When teens come to RedCliff Ascent, the chaos that they have experienced in their lives is replaced by a structure. The structure is not only provided by the program but by nature itself. While out in nature, students find other interests and concerns besides whatever is happening on Snapchat or Instagram. They learn new ways of coping, including practicing mindfulness. During this time, they work through the problems that brought them to RedCliff Ascent with the help of a therapist and mentors. They also exchange letters with their parents and begin rebuilding the family relationships.
RedCliff Ascent also provides support to parents. They have the opportunity to attend weekly online meetings with other parents and a therapist. Even if parents are qualitatively the best parent and with the best intentions, there is always something that parents can learn. Typically, one of the most important lessons that parents learn is that they are not alone. Often parents of troubled teens blame themselves. They believe that they have done something wrong and that no one else is experiencing the same struggles that they are experiencing.
"Two of the most potent words parents hear in this process are 'me too'. We hope by having the parents talk to each other we can eliminate some of the desperation that families feel when they come to us.,” said Darcy. Families find reassurance. Most of the time, parents new to the program meet other parents who are further along. The more experienced parents are often eager to provide guidance, in addition to the direction that the program offers.
About RedCliff Ascent and RedCliff Recovery
RedCliff Ascent is a therapeutic wilderness program, nestled between two mountain ranges in the high desert of Enterprise, UT. They focus on adolescents ages 13-17 who are struggling with various challenges from anxiety and depression, to school abandonment and the need to reconnect with their family. With over 25 years of experience, RedCliff uses a relational model and narrative therapy to drive an outcome and an evidence-based approach. RedCliff Recovery is a women's specific, 12-step adventure based wilderness program. Designed by women, specifically for women.