The Summit Blog

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 […]

Summit Achievement works with students on the Autism Spectrum

For many years, Summit Achievement has been known by professionals as a great placement for clients who struggle with high-functioning autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Level 1. While individuals with this diagnosis are unique more than they are similar, some typical characteristics include:         Impairment in social functioning         Difficulty with reading and managing both verbal […]

Why I moved to New England for Summit Achievement

I work for a program located in Maine, but I am not from New England. I’m a southerner, born and raised in North Carolina.  In the summer of 2014, I packed up my things (and family) and moved from North Carolina to the White Mountains of New England for the very purpose of working for […]

Student reflection: Four years ago today

I hope all is well.  Today is a very special day for me.  I’m not sure where I was five years ago right now.  I’m also not sure where I was three years ago right now.  I do know two things though, where I was four years ago, and where I am today.  Four years […]

Student reflection: After 3 months at home

Now, after three months of being home, I want to write and tell everybody how I am doing.  I talked to Nichol earlier today, and I decided to write all of this so I could send it to everyone at Summit.  Actually I talked to Nichol yesterday because it is 1:00 AM.  I was laying in bed […]

How school works in our hybrid wilderness therapy program

Most of us imagine wilderness therapy to be weeks in the woods. Often, if “academic courses” are offered, they are facilitated in an environment that is far from the formal school and classroom experience and often do not align with a student’s course and credit needs. Journaling around a campfire, exploring flora and fauna along […]

Summit Achievement during the Holidays

For 21 years Summit Achievement, a hybrid wilderness therapy and residential treatment program located in Maine, has operated during the holidays.  Those outside of the field may think it is a difficult time to be enrolled or working at a treatment program, but that is not the case, as we have honed our model through […]

Wilderness Therapy in the Winter

Okay, let’s be honest with ourselves, it can be scary making the choice to send your child to wilderness therapy.  Now add in the fact that you may need to make this decision during the winter months and you can get overwhelmed. Yet there are tremendous benefits and opportunities that your child can gain from […]