All Kinds of News for May 08, 2019
Summit Achievement’s leadership continues the legacy of volunteer service to the behavioral health care field that began when Summit first opened in 1996. Summit Achievement was the first wilderness therapy program in the Northeast and began with an open door policy to anyone interested, including competitors, in visiting the program. Summit’s culture of collaboration is reflected in past, present and future service to the field and to volunteer-led organizations including NATSAP, OBH Council, and now, NNEC.
Summit Achievement co-founder Dr. Will White was the first elected board member from the Northeast to the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and served on the board from 2002-2008 and founded and coordinated the first three NATSAP Northeast Regional Conferences. Nichol Ernst, Executive Director and co-owner of Summit Achievement, continues the tradition of volunteering his time and energy to the field after being elected to the NATSAP board in 2018.
Summit Achievement is one of the longest serving member programs of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH Council), joining the organization in 2000 when there were only 6 OBH Council member programs. Summit Achievement has always had an owner at the OBH Council meetings and currently co-owner and Operations Director Anson McNulty volunteers his time to the OBH Council. Summit Achievement was the second program in the nation to voluntarily complete the vigorous process to achieve OBH Accreditation through the Association of Experiential Education.
Will White wrote the book, “Stories from the Field: A History of Wilderness Therapy” (which is slated for a updated edition in 2020), with all proceeds going to research in the field of outdoor behavioral healthcare. Will is also the host of the podcast "Stories from the Field: Demystifing Wilderness Therapy", interviewing different people involved in the wilderness therapy field, past or present, in order to educate listeners to the long history of the field, different paths in regards to employment as well as evolving trends.
Summit Achievement is now excited to be a founding member of the Northern New England Consortium (NNEC), which is a group of programs committed to the advancement of its members through collaborative efforts fostering the delivery of evidenced-based practices, program management, leadership development and collaborative outreach. Summit continues to believe in the value of service and collaboration in an effort to better assist the families they serve.
To learn more about NNEC check out the website at nneconsortium.org.
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.