Teen Treatment Program: Our Mission
Red Mountain Colorado is a leading teen treatment center, built on the shoulders of some of the most experienced and well-respected individuals in the field of behavioral health treatment.
We are a team of experienced and passionate professionals – a creative, hard-working group committed to excellence in treatment, outstanding communication, and superior customer service.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality teen residential treatment center in the world, helping our students to create joyful, productive lives.
Our vision is to be the premier mindfulness-based residential treatment center available worldwide. We help our students learn, heal, and grow in a safe, supportive, structured environment in which they achieve their full potential.
Our Core Values
Imagine a place where you were safe – truly, emotionally and physically safe.
A place where you could develop confidence, and feel true compassion for yourself and others.
A place where you would grow, and where others wanted to grow right along with you.
All of this would take place within a context of mindfulness – learning to notice, savor, and learn from your life, and make wise choices rather than reacting to circumstances. As you may have guessed, such a place exists, and that place is Red Mountain Colorado. We have just described the core values of our program:
Mindfulness, Safety, Confidence, Compassion, and Growth.
Mindfulness is the backbone of our program. Our founders are sanctioned meditation teachers with over 50 years of experience practicing both ancient and cutting-edge mindfulness modalities. Why is mindfulness important? So important, in fact, that we built a whole program based around it?
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From here, we develop compassion for ourselves and others. It’s very hard to have compassion if we don’t first have confidence, but once we are confident, it’s much easier to feel kindness, love, empathy and patience – in other words, compassion – toward ourselves and others.
From a place of compassion, we are able to grow. We grow in new and exciting ways, and sometimes in challenging ways. We now have the mindfulness, safety, confidence and compassion to push ourselves gently, and to guide our own journeys. We don’t stagnate, nor do we overextend.
From this growth, more mindfulness emerges, thus begetting more safety, confidence, compassion, and growth, and the virtuous cycle continues.
These core values inform our choices at Red Mountain, our interview process, our hiring of staff, our students’ progression through the program, and our day to day interactions. They create a truly transformative process, and a program like no other.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the “backbone” of the Red Mountain program. While we engage in many practicalities such as teaching our clients life skills, helping them achieve financial independence, and recovering from emotional issues, all of these activities take place in the space created by mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an ancient practice which achieves cutting-edge results. Through the simple act of noticing – becoming mindful of habitual thoughts and patterns – clients learn to interrupt their self-destructive patterns of thought and behavior, and re-wire the brain to pause before acting and make better choices.
This is achieved through seated meditation; moving meditations such as martial arts, Yoga, hiking and other adventures; and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Our clients often “catch” themselves before engaging in a non-working behavior, and are able to make healthier choices due to the power of mindfulness.
We believe the majority of human suffering is caused by lack of mindfulness. Things happen to us, and we react – usually without thinking. This causes us to stay stuck in patterns of non-working thoughts, feelings, words and actions.
To maximize our potential, we have to learn to notice what’s happening – both within us, and around us. This allows us to become non-reactive, and to create our lives, rather than having them passively happen to us.
At Red Mountain, we incorporate mindfulness into our program through classes, groups, private instruction, and therapy. Our students – and our staff – learn to “mind their minds,” notice and avoid old patterns, and proactively create a new way of being. While a mindful life still inevitably includes suffering, the suffering is greatly reduced, for when we encounter it, we don’t automatically, unthinkingly compound it through our non-working behavior.
This creates a great opportunity to experience true physical and emotional safety. We no longer put ourselves in unsafe situations; tolerate unsafe behavior in others; or upset ourselves unduly. We feel calmer, our nervous system relaxes, and we can enjoy the present moment without stress or strain.
Out of our newfound sense of safety, confidence naturally arises. This is because we’re no longer doing the same old thing and winding up in the same old situations. As we have success handling situations which used to baffle us, confidence naturally becomes a default setting. Additionally, as we develop mindfulness, we naturally develop another kind of confidence – confidence in the process of our lives, and in the unfolding of events in the correct time and way.
Our graduates embody accountability, dignity, open-mindedness, curiosity, serenity, and strength of character. They are strong in their healing from the issues that brought them into treatment, respectful of themselves and others, self-confident, generous, and engaged. They have established goals and are clear on how to reach them, are strong and healthy in mind, body and spirit, have healed their interpersonal relationships, and are engaged in positive activities and choices on a daily basis.
Statement of Inclusion
Red Mountain Colorado is an inclusive community. We seek to create a safe space where every human being can grow to meet their full potential. We are a community founded on the principles of loving tolerance, clear communication, honesty, acceptance, and trust.
We respect our students and staff members regardless of age, gender-identity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability status, or religious preference. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or bullying of any kind in our community.
We seek to understand one another and grow in mutual respect and support, honoring the diversity within our community and within each of us.
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Red Mountain Colorado is a leading teen residential treatment center for young people ages 13-17.