Clinical

Wilderness, a catalyst for change in treatment

By Mike DeLuca, LCSW Since the days of vision quests in the wild by First Nation youth, or much later in the 1960s when the Colorado Outward Bound School first started using wilderness to foster resiliency, character, and compassion in American youth, humans have sought out wild places for catalysts for change and transformation.  Why […]

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Self-Care For Parents: As Important As Caring For Your Teen

By Mike Deluca LCSW, Therapist – Summit Achievement Ever since I entered the “helping profession” I have heard the mantra “You can’t adequately care for others if you haven’t cared for yourself.” I remember learning this mantra when I was 15 years old while training for my first job as a lifeguard.  It made sense […]

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Worried about growing anxiety and depression in your teen?

Anxiety is challenging for young people and their families and Summit Achievement is here to help. We know that many productive, engaged, and happy children can become withdrawn and sullen to the point of not being able to leave their house or their rooms by the time they reach their teens due to anxiety and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Who can come to Summit Achievement by transportation service

 Throughout most of Summit’s history we have required that all students enroll willingly, or at least reluctantly.  This has meant that they arrive with their parents and are willing to get out of the car and participate in the enrollment process, despite maybe not being thrilled about the prospect of 6-8 weeks in a wilderness […]

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