All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
Over the years, SUWS has evolved their model of providing care. It’s widely accepted that each client and family is different, and deserves individualized care. SUWS takes it a step further by having specialized groups, where students are supported by focused programming and staff knowledgeable of their specific therapeutic needs. This system allows for a strong group culture among peers that share common struggles, specialized clinical and practical training for field staff, and clinicians with expertise in assessing and treating specific client populations. With nearly two decades of experience, SUWS has found that small niche groups, limited to eight clients, is crucial for safe and individualized treatment.
To help explain the various groups at SUWS, here are the basics:
Bravo & Luna: Clients are males (Bravo) and females (Luna) ages 14-17 who are often struggling with symptoms related to trauma, attachment, and conflicted family systems. Clients may exhibit signs of depression, anxiety, mood dysregulation, body image issues, suicidal ideation and defiance. Although these groups may have clinical complexities, there is simplicity in the SUWS approach of offering adolescents a chance to overcome struggles and find genuine success.
Phoenix: Clients are 14-17 years and diagnosed with co-occurring substance use issues with anxiety, depression, learning differences, history of trauma, etc. Many Phoenix clients are treatment-savvy, oppositional, manipulative and committed to avoiding life’s suffering. Both Kevin Waller and K. Alice Cennamo, clinicians in Phoenix, believe in utilizing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a way to give clients the power to make value-based decisions that will ultimately lead to healthier ways of handling the ups and downs of life. Rounding out the treatment team and deepening the impact for clients and families are Tommy Cook and Cameron Allen. Tommy provides 12-step knowledge and recovery support while Cameron infuses brain scans and neuro-based group and individual processing.
Seasons: Clients are boys and girls 10-14 years. The group can be co-ed or single gender depending on group needs. Seasons clients often have a history of school refusal, defiance, ADHD, and trauma. SUWS provides Seasons students with a chance to be young and energetic, while learning how to connect their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Elizabeth “Liz” Lucarelli is the primary therapist and Colin Walsh provides group support through games, initiatives, and in-the-moment coaching for clients and staff. The Seasons group also benefits from brain scans and neurodevelopmental programming with Cameron Allen.
Approach: Clients are 14-17 year old males often diagnosed with neuro-developmental disorders, learning differences, and significant social struggles. In addition to typical wilderness skills, Approach clients are coached on adaptive strategies for life skills and social interactions, while benefiting from a truly supportive peer group. Taisir El-Souessi is the primary therapist for Approach and Colin Walsh serves as a support with additional group initiatives, social skills training, and meaningful processing.
For more information on our niche groups, please call Kelly Dunbar, Director of Business Development at (210) 540-8437.
SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed, CARF International-accredited mental health facility, committed to helping families rediscover their strengths and fostering growth for young people. Operating in the Pisgah National Forest outside of Asheville, SUWS delivers wilderness based therapeutic interventions for 10-17 year old boys and girls with compassion and excellence.