Academics as Part of the Treatment for Anxiety: An Integral Part of the Therapeutic rocess

Since 1996 Summit Achievement has incorporated school as an integral part of our program model.  This model was essential to our founders as, at the time, they witnessed students leaving wilderness therapy programs and returning to boarding schools without knowing how to apply what they learned in the wilderness back into the classroom.  Our society […]

Why I left Outpatient Therapy to be a therapist at a Residential Therapeutic Program.

By Mike Deluca, LCSW I am writing to preface this post by saying I was an outpatient therapist for four years and I loved it! I also deeply respect my fellow outpatient therapists and their critical role in the continuum of care for clients. This post is intended to highlight some of the critical differences […]

Eight tips to help find the best Wilderness Therapy Program for your teen or young adult

by Will White, DA, LCSW, MLADC CSW, MLADC       Over 25 years ago, I was part of the team that started Summit Achievement, the country’s first hybrid model wilderness therapy program. Before joining Summit, I practiced as a licensed mental health professional in various organizations, including an outpatient mental health clinic, boarding school, hospital, public […]

Empowering Young Women: The Benefits of Wilderness Therapy for Teen Girls

By Caitlyn Cook, LCPC, ATR-BC, Clinical Director of Summit Achievement                Read the below blog post or watch this new video with Caitlyn talking about the benefits of wilderness therapy for teen girls. When you find your adolescent daughter struggling with anxiety and depression, your first thought might not […]

Summit Achievement and Traverse-The Value of our Continuum OF Care Model

In this video Nichol Ernst, LCSW, Executive Director, Co-Owner of Summit Achievement reviews the value of our model.  Watch the video or scroll below for a summary. We are an owner-operated residential treatment program with a wilderness component that has been continuously operating since 1996.  Here is a link for more about our history. Our community of […]

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 does […]

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 […]