The Summit Blog

How do you make troubled teens change at Summit Achievement?

Summit Achievement finds the Stages of Change Model as a beneficial way to look at the change process for troubled teens and young adults.   The Stages of Change Model, technically referred to as the Transtheoretical Model of Change, was first developed in 1977 by Dr. James Prochoska at the University of Rhode Island.  The premise […]

Does Summit Achievement work with troubled teens by using a “scared straight” model of intervention?

Summit Achievement has achieved being one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious accredited programs for struggling teens by providing our students and their families with high quality treatment, challenging academics and outdoor experiences. At times we are asked if we “scare straight troubled teens.”  We use the term “struggling teens“ versus “troubled teens” as […]

Why We Recommend Hiring A Therapeutic Educational Consultant

What Are Therapeutic Educational Consultants? Therapeutic Educational Consultants are professionals who assist parents. They assist in finding the right therapeutic and/or academic setting for their adolescent or young adults before, and after, Summit Achievement. We recommend parents hire a consultant. We want parents to have access to the most up-to-date information about schools and programs […]

Is Summit Achievement Like Outward Bound?

On a regular bases the Summit admissions team is asked, “Are you like Outward Bound?” Our response is “Yes and no”. How Summit Achievement And Outward Bound Are Similar We respond “Yes” as Outward Bound and Summit Achievement combine experiential education and outdoor education programs to help young people create change in their lives. Both organizations […]

How To Receive Insurance Reimbursement For Summit Achievement Services

We receive insurance type questions quite often at Summit Achievement. While Summit does not have direct contracts with any insurance companies, some parents have been able to get reimbursed for part, or all of their child’s stay in the program. It is best to call your insurance company first before enrolling into the program if […]

Summit Achievement Re-Accredited As An Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Program

Summit Achievement is proud to be one of only two wilderness therapy programs in the country to have completed this vigorous re-accreditation process. We, at Summit Achievement, have just completed the vigorous re-accreditation process by the Association for Experiential Education for Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Programs. By completing this process, Summit Achievement has been awarded accreditation […]

Mindfulness at Summit Achievement

Summit Achievement incorporates mindfulness, as well as mindfulness meditation, in different segments of the program. Every day there are periods of time of silent reflection with the most notable being before each meal when the community stands in a circle in silence for a period of time. Spending Thursday through Sunday out in nature without […]

Outcome Research and Outdoor Behavioral Health

Summit Achievement has been a member of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council (OBH) since 2000 (to go to the OBH website, click here).  We have participated in ongoing research to promote the field and prove the efficacy of our work.  Below is a video recently published by OBH about this work.   To see outcome research […]