Safety and Success
At SUWS, we realize that the youth safety and success are of primary concerns and we take these responsibilities very seriously. Our parent company, Aspen Education Group, has been providing the highest quality care for youth and families for over two decades. Aspen programs have earned outstanding reputations and are solidly committed to evidence-based treatment that will produce positive results.
In addition to implementing Aspen’s proprietary best practices, we abide by a strict set of safety protocols to enhance the care that your child will receive. In addition, you can feel confident that all Aspen programs are appropriately licensed or regulated by state or local agencies and adhere to established standards of care.
We know that the decision to send your child away can be one of the most difficult choices a parent will ever have to make. We understand your feelings of worry, loss of control and uncertainty for the future. Our highly qualified program staff have been trained how to help you through this difficult time. We hope to be of assistance and support to you throughout the therapeutic process. But don’t just take our word for it; read what other parents have to say about SUWS. Or, if you prefer, contact some of them yourself.
After all, we share the common goal of wanting your child to succeed at SUWS, for the sake of your family, your child’s future, and so that you too can become one of our many success stories.
“I credit SUWS with all the success I had with my family and my direction when I finally got there. So thank you. Thank you for helping a daughter be a daughter her parents could be proud of. Thank you for allowing me to take with me an unfaltering sense of strength that has gotten me though my whole life and most recently the untimely death of my father. Thank you MOST of all for making me sure I never wasted a minute with him or my mother ever again. I am 27 now. When I was so lost and angry you and SUWS helped me find me, so that is why 10 years later there is a little bit of appreciation for you in every happy memory I have of my dad. Thank you for that.”
Safety & Standards
SUWS considers your child’s safety to be of primary importance. As a member of the nation’s most comprehensive network of behavioral health programs for youth, Aspen Education Group, we proudly abide by the following safety guidelines:
- Medical exams and a thorough pre-screening process
- Background information, health history and physical exam discussed with a board certified physician
- Limited activity and frequent monitoring during first 48 hours
- 24-hour access to medical personnel
- Hydration requirements – require students to drink roughly one quart of water per 25 pounds of body weight
- Medication management
- Ongoing health checks and physical assessments – staff take the students’ temperatures every day, conduct feet and hand checks multiple times per day, and thoroughly investigate any and all complaints
- Additional precautions in inclement weather – field staff is aware of any changes in weather and adjusts the group’s agenda accordingly; if the temperature reaches 90 degrees in summer, the groups stop hiking; if the temperature dips below 20 degrees in winter, the groups move indoors
- Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing, gear and equipment
- Evacuation plans
- Staff safety training and drills – all head field instructors are Wilderness First Responders which means they have received approximately 80 hours of advanced training in how to respond to emergency situations in wilderness settings
- Well-established, research-backed therapies
- Accessible communication – groups in the field are in regular contact with base via multiple forms of communication, including radio and cell phones