Frequently Asked Questions


SUWS of the Carolinas is dedicated to making you feel comfortable during your stay.

Where is your program located?
We are located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, which is 45 minutes east of Asheville, two hours west of Charlotte and four hours north of Atlanta.

What types of students does your program serve?
SUWS treats young people between the ages of 10 and 17 who are having troubles with self-esteem, depression, entitlement issues, family conflict and other emotional and behavioral struggles.

Are there disorders that you are not prepared to treat?
We are unable to treat young people who are an extreme suicide risk, have serious eating disorders, participate in extreme self-mutilation, or have medical conditions such as diabetes and/or those requiring blood thinner medications.

How much will treatment cost?
The cost of treatment depends on your child’s length of stay and his or her unique needs. Our admissions advisors are prepared to work with you to develop a detailed financial plan.

Does SUWS accept insurance and/or provide financing options?
Unfortunately, SUWS is unable to bill insurance companies, making it the parents’ responsibility to independently finance their child’s tuition.

Who will be supervising and working with my child?
All members of our staff who work with your child are dedicated and experienced in their fields, many of which have their Master’s or doctoral degrees. For more information about our staff and their qualifications, please click here.

Is your program licensed?
Yes, SUWS is licensed by the State of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services and holds active memberships in the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps (NATWC). We also have clinical accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Does your program have an academic component?
Yes, we are accredited by AdvancED. Students are able to attain a half credit in Physical Education, quarter credit in natural science and a quarter credit in English. These credits can be transferred to their home schools.

What types of therapeutic and clinical support will my child receive?
Students will participate in CBT, DBT, expressive arts therapy, equine assisted psychotherapy, canine therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, individual treatment planning, and optional psycho-educational testing. Click here to learn more about our therapeutic practices and clinical support.

How much involvement will I have in my child’s experience at SUWS?
Because we value family involvement at SUWS, our family component includes a three CD audio series, an online parenting resource, weekly treatment planning sessions and a three-day parenting workshop.

How do you prepare students for life after SUWS?
When students graduate, parents and students participate in a facilitated multi-day experience that helps reunite them with one another and transition into their continuing care plan.

How can I learn more about your program?
You can learn more about our program by calling 888-828-9770 or visiting our Contact page.