Accreditations and Memberships

Trails Carolina has accreditations and honors from some of the leading organizations in our industry. These organizations audit our program, provide best practices and help families feel confident that Trails is providing high-quality care.

Trails Carolina is a NATSAP Member

The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) is not a referral or placement agency, but is an organization supporting professionals and programs in their efforts to help troubled young people. This organization is focused on the support, facilitation, and setting of national standards.

Since our inception, Trails Carolina has evolved to serve the growing needs and numbers of struggling young people. Throughout that time, NATSAP and its members have been working with their state legislatures to ensure the appropriate licensure and regulations exist to serve the needs of children and adolescents.

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Academic Accreditation: A Unique Trails Wilderness Feature

Trails Carolina is unique among wilderness programs in that our academic curriculum is accredited by AdvancEd. This not only ensures that our academics are high quality, but also ensures successful transfer of coursework to a student’s home school. The AdvancEd teams regularly performs on-site reviews to ensure we maintain high instructional standards.

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Trails Carolina safety and standards are high and now CARF accredited

Trails Carolina underwent a rigorous evaluation process with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an independent accrediting agency. This accreditation requires extremely high standards for safety, business practices, and services. Our goal was to help families like yours feel confident that we’re committed to excellence.

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Trails Carolina is an excellent program to help those in need

The Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council is an institution that promotes program standards, ethics, and risk management. OBH also conducts outcome research on the efficacy of wilderness programs. Members of this council are committed to using therapeutic interventions and outdoor activities to assist troubled youth and their families to make positive changes.

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The Better Business Bureau declares Trails Carolina as an accredited business

The Better Business Bureau is a trusted leader that sets standards for marketplace trust and encourages best practices by educating businesses. The BBB’s mission is the create a marketplace of trustworthy establishments.

According to the Better Business Bureau, Trails Carolina is an accredited business with an A+ rating.

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Licensed with the Department of Health and Human Services

Trails Carolina is proud to be licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. By obtaining this license Trails Carolina is registered and accredited within the state to provide services to families.

Working with licensure and accrediting agencies increases the confidence that families place in Trails Carolina. We pride ourselves by adhering to strong operating, hiring, and field practices. The Department of Health and Human services aims to aid businesses such as ours to operate seamlessly by offering their support and services. At Trails, we have created a challenging hiring process that ensures all employees are hand selected and also uphold all of our licensure agreements.

The Health and Human Services department acts with objective eyes to promote positive systems for the students in our care at Trails Carolina.

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Graham Shannonhouse
Executive Director, Founder
Jeniveve Rollins – LCSW
Clinical Director
Jason McKeown
Family Therapist, Clinical Director
Shalene Pierce
Primary Therapist
Ashley Brown
Primary Therapist
Todd Green
Primary Therapist
Derry O’Kane
Primary Therapist
Jeremy Whitworth
Program Director
Steve O’Neil
Ecology Specialist
Anne Westall
Equine Specialist

I’m more accepting of the road ahead of me.
Audrey T., Student