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Ascent

Wilderness Program

Ascent Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 to 18
Grades: n/a
Estimated Enrollment: 60
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1992
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Ascent Contact Information

Address:
Box 230
Naples, ID 83847
Phone: (800) 974-1999
Fax: (208) 267-2295
Email: www.ascent4teens.com
Website: www.ascent4teens.com
School Contact: Dan Kemp
Alternative Contact: Chris Ankney
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Ascent is a licensed and accredited wilderness treatment program serving children between the ages of 13- 18 yrs old. The base camp model allows us to provide a safe, deliberate and exhilarating process for stabilizing behavior, assessing physical and psychological health and building a plan for success. The process begins with an assessment interview, physical examination and lab work. The next step is to assure good self-care; healthy eating, daily exercise and adequate sleep.

Experts in Adolescent Treatment and Intervention

The Ascent team can help your child to break destructive behavior patterns, feel greater self-worth, and reconnect with their inner strength and resources. At Ascent, your troubled teen will learn powerful tools, enabling them to make healthy choices that can move a life in a positive new direction.

Located in the beautiful Selkirk Mountain Range of the Idaho Panhandle, we work with young people from 13 yrs to 18 yrs old. Our basecamp facility, nestled in this pristine wilderness setting, enables Ascent to offer a safe, deliberate and exhilarating process for stabilizing behavior, assessing physical and psychological health and building a plan for success. The Ascent program is licensed by the State of Idaho and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

Providing Physical and Therapeutic Safety

The process begins with a thorough physical examination including related labwork. The first few days focus on establishing a consistent routine for your child to assure good self-care; nutritional well balanced meals, dailyexercise and adequate sleep.

Clinically Sophisticated, High-Impact Accredited Outdoor Experience

The quality clinical treatment includes a comprehensive evaluation process, individual sessions with a licensed therapist, group therapy, substance abuse education and experiential learning activities. Ascent utilizes high and low ropes stations located on site. Students progress toward a fourteen day wilderness trek based on the principles of accountability and empowerment. Our inclusive approach involves your child in the process, planning for personal, group and course goals. The program experience is individualized and coordinated by the therapist working with you and your child. The result is a deliberate and coordinated process for “programmed unavoidable success”. The average length of stay is 45 days.

A Life Changing Experience for Troubled Teens and Adolescents

The Ascent team can help your child to break destructive behavior patterns, feel greater self-worth, and reconnect with their inner strength and resources. At Ascent, your troubled teen will learn powerful tools, enabling them to make healthy choices that can move a life in a positive new direction.

You can’t always think your way into better living but you can live your way into better thinking.

Outdoor Wilderness Therapy Treatment Programs
Located in the pristine Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, Ascent's 200 acre campus is an ideal environment for emotional growth, self-awareness, and healing.

Students live in two separate base camps and sleep in large tipis erected on wooden platforms that are heated in winter. The pole-frame dining hall has a permanent roof and canvas walls and is warmed by a wood stove. Nutritious meals are professionally prepared. There is a heated shower room. A 50-foot Alpine Tower and climbing wall are located on-site. A full-service hospital is only seven miles away.

On arrival, each student is outfitted entirely with brand new clothing and mountain gear, everything he or she will need for their experience at Ascent.

Ascent's curriculum is divided into four phases:

I. Orientation: Awareness of Self

Each child begins his or her program in Orientation. In this phase, children work on identifying problem behaviors and their underlying issues. Orientation encourages your child to ask the question, "What do I do and why do I do it?" in reference to their behavior and actions.

Orientation includes:

-Introduction to the program
-Adjustment to the environment
-Clinical assessment and treatment planning
-Assessment of physical and medical issues
-Adherence to Ascent agreements
-Awareness of coping skills, behavior patterns and personal issues
-Start of exercise program


II. Pre-Course: Responsibility for Actions

This phase encourages children to answer the question, "Now that I'm aware. what do I do next?" This will help children understand what it means to take responsibility for their behaviors. Your child will learn to express themselves within their group and complete tasks that prepare them for the backpacking course.

Pre-Course includes:

-Trust-building
-Developing communication skills
-Problem solving
-Exploring of personal issues within a group
-Developing Course goals
-Increasing exercise
-Developing outdoor skills
-Learning to work with others
-Guided communication with family


III. Course: Experimentation with New Behaviors

This phase encourages children to ask the question, "What new tools can I experiment with to achieve better results?" Your child will use the secure environment of their Course group as a mirror to see their own behaviors and will feel comfortable in taking personal risks by experimenting with new tools such as self-reliance. Your child will naturally learn the value of self-reliance as they cook their own food at the campfire and prepare their own shelter.

Course includes:

-Two-week backpacking experience
-Interacting within a small group
-Moving from staff direction to group direction
-Using new skills to solve old problems
-Pushing past self-imposed limits
-Understanding group interdependence
-Achieving and experiencing success
-Climbing the Alpine Tower™


IV. Transition: Transfer of New Skills and Roles

After returning from the Course backpacking experience, children enter the Transition phase. In this phase, your child will work on the question "How do I take what I have learned with me?" Their task is to begin to apply new skills and tools to their lives and prepare for the next step after Ascent. Along with doing a great deal of personal reflection, children in this phase also mentor Orientation and Pre-Course children. They become leaders at base camp and share their experience with their peers.

Transition includes:

-Developing an individual plan for success
-Outlining transition agreements
-Developing a support resources list
-Establishing leadership role with new students
-Participation in a Family Workshop
-Graduation


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