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At YHA, we view each of our residents as a person of infinite worth and this philosophy is reflected in our facilities.

 

 

 

 

While under our care, our adolescents reside in spacious, home-like settings where they can expect individualized clinical services, competitive recreation, and experiential opportunities with supportive and professional staffing.

 

To help ensure the finest personalized care, no YHA facility exceeds more than 16 beds.

 

 

CEDAR VALLEY

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Situated on 40 picturesque country acres, Cedar Valley Residential Treatment Center is a working ranch that includes farm animals, a large pond, a full basketball court, an obstacle course, and a full softball diamond – all of which are regularly put to good use by our residents as they burn calories, gain strength, lower stress levels, develop quicker mental processing speed, and connect with others in a healthy setting.

 

Additionally, Cedar RTC provides the youth in its care with many positive opportunities to interact and exercise in the great outdoors, including supervised, overnight camping trips to Kolob Canyon and hiking in some of the most beautiful places in the country, such as Zions National Park, Bryce Canyon, and Canyon State Park.

 

  • > Learn more about Cedar VALLEY RTC and the youth it serves

    Cedar Residential Treatment Center serves higher-risk males, ages 16-19, who have engaged in a broad range of sexual misconduct and/or offenses. These youths present a significant risk for reoffending sexually and therefore require intervention in a structured and restrictive residential treatment setting.

     

    Youth admitted to Cedar RTC have typically exhibited a propensity to act out with same-aged peers as well as younger victims. These clients also commonly display vulnerabilities and deficits in their abilities to meet their own needs.

     

    Due to the manner of their sexual offenses and the number and variety of risk factors identified, residents of Cedar RTC score in the moderate-to-high and high risk range on acceptable national risk assessment tools. These young men possess risk too great to remain in the community or be placed with less-sophisticated youth in lower levels of care.

     

    Facility includes:

     

    • NOJOS Certified Therapists
    • Ropes Course
    • Sex-Specific Treatment
    • High Recreation Emphasis
    • Holistic/Developmental Approach
    • Sex-Specific Treatment for DDMR, Asperger’s, and Autistic Disorder

     

    Presenting Youth Issues

    Cedar RTC’s youth present in treatment with multiple developmental issues, environmental issues, deficits in executive functioning, cognitive distortions, emotional issues, self-concept deficits, social competency and social relatedness deficits, childhood maltreatment, and awareness deficits including (but not limited to) the following:

     

    • Failure or disruptions in the developmental stages
    • Attachment deficits; Learning disabilities
    • Developmentally delayed and mentally retarded
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Negative family environment
    • Parental of familial separations
    • Negative peer influence
    • Emotional self-regulation problems
    • Limited rules for appropriate social behavior and interaction
    • Poorly-developed or primitive senses of morality
    • Failure to understand consequences of their behavior
    • Limited self control over ADHD, Anger management, Impulsivity
    • Conduct disordered
    • Depression and anger issues
    • Limited emotional expression
    • Deficits in self-esteem, worth, independence and confidence
    • Sexual, physical and psychological abuse
    • Exposure to domestic violence
    • Lack of empathy
    • Little remorse for behaviors
    • Narcissistic qualities

     

     

    Treatment

    Consistent with YHA’s therapeutic philosophy, Cedar RTC endorses the use of a holistic/integrated approach to treating youth who engage in sexual misconduct. Cedar RTC uses a blend of traditional sex-specific treatment – development of full accountability for all offense behaviors, insight into offense dynamics and choice to offend, realistic and effective relapse prevention strategies, development of a family safety plan, development of healthy sexual attitudes and boundaries, and the development and sustainability victim empathy―into a more developmentally-consistent model for working effectively with our residents.

     

    Therapeutic interventions do not focus solely on sexual problems, but also address the youth’s growth and development, health, social skills, resilience, and resolution of their own victimization and co-occurring disorders.

     

    Cedar RTC’s treatment strategies also include sex education and healthy sexuality work, life-skills training, skills development training, independent living skills, and psychiatric/medication management services. In group treatment, we provide a psychosexual educational emphasis that provides our residents with information regarding maturation, human development, healthy sexual functioning, and the current laws regarding sexual conduct. Because many of our youth have experienced multiple, deliberate trauma exposures in their lifetime, trauma-specific treatment interventions are utilized when necessary.

     

    Cedar RTC believes that our youth must have the opportunity to resolve their own childhood victimization with sensory interventions (separate from the focus on their sexual offending) to assist them in resolving trauma, enhancing their emotional coping skills, and developing a healthy sexual identity.

     

     

    Treatment Modalities and Frequency

    Resident activities and movements are controlled or monitored by treatment staff on a twenty-four-hour basis. Strong emphasis is placed on structure, intensive behavior management, and containment that promotes public safety. All schooling is provided on-site. Cedar RTC relies upon behavioral systems and behavioral modification programming to gain compliance from residents.

     

    Individual, family, group and recreational therapies, as well as the therapeutic milieu intervention, provide the basic structure of programming. Additionally, our residents participate in group therapy that focuses on sex-offending issues. Youth admitted to Cedar RTC typically cannot be adequately treated in a non-sex-specific or traditional residential programs. An integral part of our programming and therapeutic intervention is to decrease sexually-abusive behavior problems.

     

    The treatment of youth who engage in sexual misconduct requires specialized training and a unique treatment approach, which Cedar RTC offers each of our residents. All of our clinical professionals are NOJOS certified and have extensive experience working with this particular population.

     

    Cedar RTC provides the following treatment modalities and components:

     

    • Sex-specific group therapy two to three times per week focused on allowing the youth to work on accomplishing the treatment goals and expectations of sex-specific treatment with the support of a peer group
    • Cycle work focusing on the identification and understanding of contributing factors (thoughts, feelings and behaviors) that occur before, during and after a youth’s sexual misconduct, and development of coping strategies specific to each factor to interrupt unhealthy cycles and establish a relapse-prevention/self-regulation plan for such factors
    • Sexual-arousal modification, including use of strategies to help the youth understand their sexual attractions and arousals, differentiate healthy from unhealthy sexual functioning and develop the self-regulation and coping skills to control deviant impulses
    • Sex education and healthy sexuality development in individual therapy, and/or a psychosexual education group setting, to teach the youth about human sexuality and enhance their understanding of developmentally expected, healthy, appropriate adolescent sexual unfolding and expression
    • Life-skills training in a group setting centered on the mastery of life and social skills; individual therapy one to two times weekly addressing both sex-specific and more general psychological issues and needs
    • Family therapy weekly (as determined appropriate by clinician)
    • Highly structured academic programming
    • Psychiatric and medication management

     

     

    Graduation Criteria

    Youth admitted to Cedar RTC have significant abusive-behavior patterns that require long-term treatment intervention. The length of stay is twelve to eighteen months, with six to twelve months of follow-up aftercare services. Due to our experience and advanced level of programming, Cedar RTC is generally able to graduate a youth from the program in twelve months.

     

    The Cedar RTC Clinical Team recommends that our residents undergo a graduation assessment to determine if:

     

    • Family issues and environmental risk factors have been stabilized and/or reduced
    • Co-morbid issues have been addressed/stabilized
    • Level of functioning/skills has improved
    • A stable support system has been developed; Risk has been lowered
    • Etiological and maintenance factors, as well as treatment issues identified in the intake assessment, have been addressed
    • Protective factors, resiliency, internal and external assets have been increased
    • Progress has occurred on sex-specific treatment goals

     

    Service Code: YSF

    Populations Served:

    • Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Misconduct, and Antisocial Behaviors
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
    • Intellectual Impairments (Developmentally Delayed and/or Mentally Impaired; IQ Below 70)

    NOJOS: Level 6/Sex-specific Residential Intensive Treatment

    Agencies Served: Division of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS)

  • > Meet the Cedar VALLEY RTC Staff

    Eric Fielding

    Program Supervisor

     

    With a BS in History, a minor in Sociology, and a Secondary Education License, Eric has been a member of the YHA family since 2005 and has worked with the sex offender population since 1998. Eric is a great role model and uncanny talent for developing an easy rapport with the youth, parents, and staff. Eric can constantly be seen engaging with each child, playing sports, hiking, gardening, and encouraging hard work.

    “I really enjoy seeing the light come on and the transformation as they begin treatment and make the necessary changes to their lives.”

     

    (435) 327-0533

    efielding@yhautah.com

     

     

    Chad Winters, LCSW

    ClinicalSupervisor

     

    With a BS in Criminal Justice and Master of Social Work, Chad has been involved in the mental health and human services since 1998 and a member of the YHA family since 2005. Chad has vast experience with many populations in a variety of settings including; Eagle Quest, Wyoming State Hospital, Utah Boys Ranch, LDS Family Services and Central Utah Mental Health Counseling Services.

     

    “I absolutely love working with these kids and developing relationships that foster healing.”

     

    (435) 590-6993

    cwinters@yhautah.com

    Natalie Haley, CMHC

    Therapist

     

    With a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling, Natalie has worked with a variety of populations in the mental health settings. Natalie is also a mother of four, an avid reader, and a home improvement enthusiast with a true passion for working with youth.

     

    “I love watching youth grow and change as they put their lives on track and begin to reach their potential.”

     

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    To make a referral or speak with someone about Cedar RTC, please contact…

     

    JOHN Garlock

    Marketing Director

    (801) 641-4023

    jgarlock@yhautah.com

     

FACILITIES

 

 

DRAPER

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Situated on an inviting 1.09 acre lot with a barn and horseshoe pit, Draper Residential Treatment Center includes full, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts, which provide youth with opportunities to burn calories, gain strength, lower stress levels, develop quicker mental processing speed, and connect with others in healthy settings,

 

Residents at Draper RTC also enjoy supervised, overnight campouts at the local Environmental Center.

  • > Learn more about DRAPER RTC and the youth it serves

    Draper Residential Treatment Center is a cognitive behavioral, offense-specific residential treatment home that serves male adolescent youths, ages 13-19, presenting as moderate risk as assessed by nationally-recognized risk-assessment tools.

     

    This facility provides offense-specific treatment interventions in a therapeutically rich environment that’s designed to mimic a home-like setting (as opposed to an institutional, punitive environment).

     

    Intensity of therapy, increased opportunity for milieu intervention, and 24-hour supervision ensure the necessary treatment for the residing youth as well as public safety for the surrounding communities.

     

    Facility includes:

     

    • NOJOS Certified Therapists
    • Sex-Specific Treatment
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism
    • Equestrian and Dog Therapy
    • Holistic/Developmental Approach
    • Community-based School
    • Family, Individual, and Group Therapy

     

    Treatment

    As part of the goals for treatment, Draper RTC works to increase the youth’s adaptive levels of functioning behaviorally (emotionally, socially, cognitively and psychologically) while lowering the risk of re-offending.

     

    Additionally, residents of Draper RTC will experience improvements of executive functioning, social competency and relatedness, use of social skills in demonstrating mastery in their environment, and stabilization of behavior in social, school, and home settings.

     

    Draper RTC also provides adjunct mental-health interventions that address pre-existing mental-health issues and psychosocial problems. We accomplish this by providing a structure and therapeutic environment that addresses the youth’s individual issues and need for prosocialization through guided peer and treatment staff interaction.

     

    By helping these youths learn to regulate their behaviors and emotions, control impulses, make healthy choices, learn consequences for unhealthy choices, and increase personal accountability, these youth, in turn, become more socially competent and prepared to successfully reintegrate into the community and establish a healthy support system.

     

    Treatment Modalities and Frequency

    Draper RTC employs targeted, offense-specific programming through individual, family, and group therapies The frequency and intensity of therapeutic programming for each youth varies, based on their specific needs. Additionally, residents are provided with daily competency and skills development, traditional mental health counseling, and medication management services.

     

    Each resident receives at minimum of one individual and two group therapy sessions weekly. Our treatment staff are also trained to provide daily Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services for our residents.

     

    Multi-family parent groups and family therapy occurs on a bi-monthly basis. Family therapy focuses on family dynamics and home environments associated with and responsible for maintaining the youth’s misconduct and/or problematic functioning.

     

    Parents/caregivers are viewed as part of the treatment team and are encouraged and empowered to be active participants in the youth’s treatment.

     

    Key topics of focus in family therapy include appropriate supervision, safety, and how best to assist the youth to manage their risk. Family therapy also concentrates on educating parents/caregivers regarding the youth’s current risk factors, treatment goals, and supervision needs.

     

    Educational programming is also based on the individual education needs of each youth, as well as the youth’s risk to the community. School programming may include Sex-Specific Day Treatment, Youth-In-Custody (YIC) classroom, and public school.

     

    Graduation Criteria

    Transition to outpatient services is appropriate once a youth has met his treatment goals and graduated the program. Prior to each youth’s graduation, it is essential to develop a consensus (between the placement and treatment teams) that the goals of treatment have been met.

     

    Typically, Draper RTC is able to provide effective treatment that allows youth to graduate the program in approximately 10-12 months, with aftercare and outpatient services lasting an additional 6-12 months (depending on the needs of the youth). Lack of treatment progress may result in a recommendation and referral to more intensive treatment and/or supervision, and may also result in increased length of treatment.

     

    Service Code: YSE

    Populations Served:

    • Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Misconduct, and Antisocial Behaviors
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
    • Intellectual Impairments (Developmentally Delayed and/or Mentally Impaired; IQ Below 70)

    NOJOS: Level 5/Sex-specific Group Home

    Agencies Served: Division of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS)

  • > Meet the DRAPER RTC Staff

    AnCel Davis

    Program Supervisor

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mark Tiller, LCSW

    Clinical Supervisor

     

    With bachelors degrees in psychology and philosophy and a Master of social work, Mark has been a part of the YHA family since 2001. He has extensive experience and training as a therapist, including over 10 years experience working with chronically mentally ill adults in a community mental health residential facility. He is both bi-cultural and bilingual in Spanish and routinely conducts family sessions in Spanish (for those parents whose primary language is Spanish).

     

    Mark finds great hope in working with young people and views time spent in a group home as a “gift of therapy,” a view he works to pass on to his clients as they work to better their lives and future.

     

    (801) 913-8388

    mtiller@yhautah.com

     

     

    Nick Browning, CSW

    Therapist

     

    As Nick earned a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Utah with an emphasis in substance abuse, he chose the forensic social work domain of study and developed an interest in working with at risk youth involved in the criminal justice system. Nick finds great joy in helping vulnerable youth take their pain and turn it into wisdom, becoming powerful leaders and productive members of society. Nick likes to run marathons, snowmobile, snow and water ski, and almost anything else outdoors.

     

    “That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but our capacity to do has increased.”

     

    (801) 508-4756

    bnickb@yhautah.com

     

    ____________________________________

     

    To make a referral or speak with someone about Draper RTC, please contact…

     

    JOHN Garlock

    Marketing Director

    (801) 641-4023

    jgarlock@yhautah.com

     

     

 

 

EAGLE ACADEMY

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in a safe and beautiful residential area, the youth at Eagle Residential Treatment Center enjoy regular basketball games and other physical activities, providing opportunities to burn calories, gain strength, lower stress levels, develop quicker mental processing speed, and connect with others in a healthy setting.

 

Eagle RTS is also home to Hercules and Zeus, two giant St. Bernards. These amazing animals benefit our clients by lifting their spirits, lessening their depression, providing comfort, lowering anxiety, increasing socialization, reducing loneliness, and encouraging communication.

 

 

  • > Learn more about EAGLE ACADEMY RTC and the youth it serves

    Eagle Residential Treatment Center serves higher-risk males, ages 16-19, who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a broad range of sexual-offense behaviors. Residents of this facility are often sexually-preoccupied, with serious and significant sexual acting out issues and persistent or fixated patterns of offending.

     

    Youth admitted to Eagle RTC have typically exhibited a propensity to act out with same-aged peers as well as younger victims. These clients also commonly display vulnerabilities and deficits in their abilities to meet their own needs. They present a significant risk for reoffending sexually and therefore require intervention in a structured and restrictive residential treatment setting.

     

    Due to the manner of their sexual offenses and the number and variety of risk factors identified, residents of Eagle RTC score in the moderate-to-high and high risk range on acceptable national risk assessment tools. These young men possess risk too great to remain in the community or be placed with less-sophisticated youth in lower levels of care.

     

    Eagle RTC is a 24-hour (awake) intensive community-based residential treatment program, providing maximum, non-secure supervision and intensive clinical intervention. While not a locked facility, Eagle RTC is treatment staff secure.

     

    As well as providing sex-specific therapy for youth who are not on the Autistic spectrum, Eagle RTC excels at working with youth who present on the Autistic spectrum.


    Facility Includes:

     

    • NOJOS Certified Therapists
    • Sex-Specific Treatment
    • Holistic/Developmental Approach
    • High Recreation Emphasis (8000 sq. ft. indoor gym)
    • Family, Individual and Group Therapies
    • Sex-specific Treatment for DDMR, Aspergers, and Autistic Disorder

     

    Presenting Youth Issues

    Eagle RTC’s youth present in treatment with multiple developmental issues, environmental issues, deficits in executive functioning, cognitive distortions, emotional issues, self-concept deficits, social competency and social relatedness deficits, childhood maltreatment, and awareness deficits including, but not limited to the following:

     

    • Failure or disruptions in the developmental stages
    • Attachment deficits; Learning disabilities
    • Developmentally delayed and mentally retarded
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Negative family environment
    • Parental of familial separations
    • Negative peer influence
    • Emotional self-regulation problems
    • Limited rules for appropriate social behavior and interaction
    • Poorly-developed or primitive senses of morality
    • Failure to understand consequences of their behavior
    • Limited self control over ADHD, Anger management, Impulsivity
    • Conduct disordered
    • Depression and anger issues
    • Limited emotional expression
    • Deficits in self-esteem, worth, independence and confidence
    • Sexual, physical and psychological abuse
    • Exposure to domestic violence
    • Lack of empathy
    • Little remorse for behaviors
    • Narcissistic qualities

     

    Treatment

    Consistent with Youth Health Associates’ therapeutic philosophy, Eagle RTC endorses the use of holistic/integrated approach to treating youth who engage in sexual misconduct. This facility uses a blend of traditional sex-specific treatment―development of full accountability for all offense behaviors, insight into offense dynamics and choice to offend, building realistic and effective relapse prevention strategies, development of a family safety plan, development of healthy sexual attitudes and boundaries, and develop and sustain victim empathy―into a more developmentally-consistent model for working effectively with our residents. Therapeutic interventions do not focus solely on sexual problems, but also address the youth’s growth and development, health, social skills, resilience and resolving the youth’s own victimization and co-occurring disorders.

     

    Eagle RTC’s treatment strategies also include sex education and healthy sexuality work, life-skills training, skills development training, independent –living skills and psychiatric/medication management services. We provide a psychosexual educational emphasis in group treatment to provide our residents with information regarding maturation, human development, healthy sexual functioning and the current laws regarding sexual conduct.

     

    Many of our youth have had multiple, deliberate trauma exposures in their lifetime, and therefore, trauma-specific treatment interventions are utilized when necessary. YHA believes that our youth must have the opportunity to resolve his own childhood victimization with sensory interventions, separate from the focus on his sexual offending to assist him to resolve trauma, enhance his emotional coping skills and develop a healthy sexual identity.

     

    Treatment Modalities and Frequency

    Resident activities and movements are controlled or monitored by treatment staff on a twenty-four-hour basis. We place strong emphasis on structure, intensive behavior management and containment to promote public safety. All schooling is provided on-site. Eagle Academy relies upon behavioral systems and behavioral modification programming to gain compliance from residents.

     

    Individual, family, group and recreational therapies, as well as the therapeutic milieu intervention, provide the basic structure of programming. Additionally, our residents participate in group therapy that focuses on sex-offending issues. Youth admitted to Eagle Academy typically cannot be adequately treated in a non-sex-specific or traditional residential programs. An integral part of our programming and therapeutic intervention is to decrease sexually-abusive behavior problems.

     

    The treatment of youth who engage in sexual misconduct requires specialized training and a unique treatment approach, which Eagle Academy offers each of our residents. All of our clinical professionals are NOJOS certified, and have extensive experience working with this particular population.

     

    Eagle RTC provides the following treatment modalities and components:

     

    • Sex-specific group therapy two to three times per week focused on allowing the youth to work on accomplishing the treatment goals and expectations of sex-specific treatment with the support of a peer group
    • Cycle work focusing on the identification and understanding of contributing factors (thoughts, feelings and behaviors) that occur before, during and after a youth’s sexual misconduct, and development of coping strategies specific to each factor to interrupt unhealthy cycles and establish a relapse-prevention/self-regulation plan for such factors
    • Sexual-arousal modification, including use of strategies to help the youth understand their sexual attractions and arousals, differentiate healthy from unhealthy sexual functioning and develop the self-regulation and coping skills to control deviant impulses
    • Sex education and healthy sexuality development in individual therapy, and/or a psychosexual education group setting, to teach the youth about human sexuality and enhance their understanding of developmentally expected, healthy, appropriate adolescent sexual unfolding and expression
    • Life-skills training in a group setting centered on the mastery of life and social skills; individual therapy one to two times weekly addressing both sex-specific and more general psychological issues and needs
    • Family therapy weekly (as determined appropriate by clinician)
    • Highly structured academic programming
    • Psychiatric and medication management

     

    Graduation Criteria

    Youth admitted to Eagle RTC have significant abusive-behavior patterns that require long-term treatment intervention. The length of stay is 12-18 months, with 6-12 months of follow-up aftercare services. Due to our experience and advanced level of programming, this facility is generally able to graduate a youth from the program in twelve months.

     

    The Eagle RTC Clinical Team recommends that our residents undergo a graduation assessment to determine if:

     

    • Family issues and environmental risk factors have been stabilized and/or reduced
    • Co-morbid issues have been addressed/stabilized
    • Level of functioning/skills has improved
    • A stable support system has been developed; Risk has been lowered
    • Etiological and maintenance factors, as well as treatment issues identified in the intake assessment, have been addressed
    • Protective factors, resiliency, internal and external assets have been increased
    • Progress has occurred on sex-specific treatment goals

     

    Service Code: YSF

    Populations Served:

    • Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Misconduct, and Antisocial Behaviors
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
    • Intellectual Impairments (Developmentally Delayed and/or Mentally Retarded; IQ Below 70)

    NOJOS: Level 6/Sex-specific Residential Intensive Treatment

    Agencies Served: Division of Juvenille Justice Services (DJJS)

  • > Meet the EAGLE ACADEMY RTC Staff

    Matt Clark

    Program Supervisor

     

    Blessed with a special aptitude for dealing with youth and their behaviors, Matt has been a part of the YHA family since 2003 and has worked with at risk youth since 1994. It’s not uncommon to find Matt working with the boys and tools, building projects and beautifying the yard. Matt has a remarkable ability to build rapport with the youth, staff, and parents and finds great joy in helping build self-esteem and teaching appropriate coping and social skills.

     

    “I enjoy helping the boys try new things, snowboarding, sports, hikes and experience all that life has to offer and further watching them grow from boys to young men.”

     

    (801) 814-0664

    mclark@yhautah.com

     

    ____________________________________

     

    To make a referral or speak with someone about

    Eagle Academy RTC, please contact…

     

    JOHN Garlock

    Marketing Director

    (801) 641-4023

    jgarlock@yhautah.com

    Jaime M. Tracy, CSW

    Therapist

     

    Jaime has over fifteen years experience working with at-risk youth in residential treatment and school based systems, backed by a BS in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master’s in Social Work, focusing on Direct Human Services, from Portland State University. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, family issues and unwanted behaviors. Jaime truly believes in the ability to unlock a youth’s potential and empower each individual to be their best self. Along with basic principles of psycho-dynamic therapy, Jaime utilizes Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT and client-centered therapy as means to fully understand and encourage change within the individual and family system.

     

    (503) 443-0289

    jtracyyha@gmail.com

 

 

LAKESIDE

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a fishing pond within a stone’s throw, the aptly named Lakeside Residential Treatment Center provides youth with many opportunities for positive, interactive, outdoor activities, including supervised camping trips at the local Environment Center.

 

Youth also have year-round access to an 8,000 square foot athlete gym, where they can burn calories, gain strength, lower stress levels, develop quicker mental processing speed, and connect with others in a healthy setting.

  • > Learn more about Lakeside RTC and the youth it serves

    Lakeside Residential Treatment Center serves higher-risk males, ages 13-15, who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a broad range of sexual-offense behaviors. Residents of this facility are often sexually-preoccupied, with serious and significant sexual acting out issues and persistent or fixated patterns of offending.

     

    Youth admitted to this facility have typically exhibited a propensity to act out with same-aged peers as well as younger victims. These clients also commonly display vulnerabilities and deficits in their abilities to meet their own needs. Because they present a significant risk for reoffending sexually, these youths require intervention in a structured and restrictive residential treatment setting.

     

    Due to the manner of their sexual offenses and the number and variety of risk factors identified, residents of Lakeside RTC score in the moderate-to-high and high risk range on acceptable national risk assessment tools. These young men possess risk too great to remain in the community or be placed with less-sophisticated youth in lower levels of care.

     

    Lakeside RTC is a 24-hour (awake) intensive community-based residential treatment program, providing maximum, non-secure supervision and intensive clinical intervention. While not a locked facility, this facility is treatment staff secure.

     

    As well as providing sex-specific therapy for youth who are not on the Autistic spectrum, Lakeside RTC excels at working with youth who present on the Autistic spectrum.

     

    Facility Includes:

     

    • NOJOS Certified Therapists
    • Sex-Specific Treatment
    • Holistic/Developmental Approach
    • High Recreation Emphasis (8000 sq. ft. indoor gym)
    • Family, Individual and Group Therapies
    • Sex-specific Treatment for DDMR, Aspergers, and Autistic Disorder

     

    Presenting Youth Issues

    Lakeside RTC’s youth present in treatment with multiple developmental issues, environmental issues, deficits in executive functioning, cognitive distortions, emotional issues, self-concept deficits, social competency and social relatedness deficits, childhood maltreatment, and awareness deficits including, but not limited to the following:

     

    • Failure or disruptions in the developmental stages
    • Attachment deficits; Learning disabilities
    • Developmentally delayed and mentally retarded
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Negative family environment
    • Parental of familial separations
    • Negative peer influence
    • Emotional self-regulation problems
    • Limited rules for appropriate social behavior and interaction
    • Poorly-developed or primitive senses of morality
    • Failure to understand consequences of their behavior
    • Limited self control over ADHD, Anger management, Impulsivity
    • Conduct disordered
    • Depression and anger issues
    • Limited emotional expression
    • Deficits in self-esteem, worth, independence and confidence
    • Sexual, physical and psychological abuse
    • Exposure to domestic violence
    • Lack of empathy
    • Little remorse for behaviors
    • Narcissistic qualities

     

    Treatment

    Consistent with Youth Health Associates’ therapeutic philosophy, Lakeside RTC endorses the use of holistic/integrated approach to treating youth who engage in sexual misconduct. This facility uses a blend of traditional sex-specific treatment―development of full accountability for all offense behaviors, insight into offense dynamics and choice to offend, building realistic and effective relapse prevention strategies, development of a family safety plan, development of healthy sexual attitudes and boundaries, and develop and sustain victim empathy―into a more developmentally-consistent model for working effectively with our residents. Therapeutic interventions do not focus solely on sexual problems, but also address the youth’s growth and development, health, social skills, resilience and resolving the youth’s own victimization and co-occurring disorders.

     

    Lakeside RTC’s treatment strategies also include sex education and healthy sexuality work, life-skills training, skills development training, independent –living skills and psychiatric/medication management services. We provide a psychosexual educational emphasis in group treatment to provide our residents with information regarding maturation, human development, healthy sexual functioning and the current laws regarding sexual conduct.

     

    Many of our youth have had multiple, deliberate trauma exposures in their lifetime, and therefore, trauma-specific treatment interventions are utilized when necessary. Lakeside RTC believes that our youth must have the opportunity to resolve his own childhood victimization with sensory interventions, separate from the focus on his sexual offending to assist him to resolve trauma, enhance his emotional coping skills and develop a healthy sexual identity.

     

    Treatment Modalities and Frequency

    Resident activities and movements are controlled or monitored by treatment staff on a twenty-four-hour basis. We place strong emphasis on structure, intensive behavior management and containment to promote public safety. All schooling is provided on-site. Lakeside RTC relies upon behavioral systems and behavioral modification programming to gain compliance from residents.

     

    Individual, family, group and recreational therapies, as well as the therapeutic milieu intervention, provide the basic structure of programming. Additionally, our residents participate in group therapy that focuses on sex-offending issues. Youth admitted to Lakeside RTC typically cannot be adequately treated in a non-sex-specific or traditional residential programs. An integral part of our programming and therapeutic intervention is to decrease sexually-abusive behavior problems.

     

    The treatment of youth who engage in sexual misconduct requires specialized training and a unique treatment approach, which Lakeside RTC offers each of our residents. All of our clinical professionals are NOJOS certified, and have extensive experience working with this particular population.

     

    Lakeside RTC provides the following treatment modalities and components:

     

    Sex-specific group therapy two to three times per week focused on allowing the youth to work on accomplishing the treatment goals and expectations of sex-specific treatment with the support of a peer group

    Cycle work focusing on the identification and understanding of contributing factors (thoughts, feelings and behaviors) that occur before, during and after a youth’s sexual misconduct, and development of coping strategies specific to each factor to interrupt unhealthy cycles and establish a relapse-prevention/self-regulation plan for such factors

    Sexual-arousal modification, including use of strategies to help the youth understand their sexual attractions and arousals, differentiate healthy from unhealthy sexual functioning and develop the self-regulation and coping skills to control deviant impulses

    Sex education and healthy sexuality development in individual therapy, and/or a psychosexual education group setting, to teach the youth about human sexuality and enhance their understanding of developmentally expected, healthy, appropriate adolescent sexual unfolding and expression

    Life-skills training in a group setting centered on the mastery of life and social skills; individual therapy one to two times weekly addressing both sex-specific and more general psychological issues and needs

    Family therapy weekly (as determined appropriate by clinician)

    Highly structured academic programming

    Psychiatric and medication management

     

    Graduation Criteria

    Youth admitted to Lakeside RTC have significant abusive-behavior patterns that require long-term treatment intervention. The length of stay is 12-18 months, with 6-12 months of follow-up aftercare services. Due to our experience and advanced level of programming, this facility is generally able to graduate a youth from the program in twelve months.

     

    The Lakeside RTC Clinical Team recommends that our residents undergo a graduation assessment to determine if:

     

    Family issues and environmental risk factors have been stabilized and/or reduced

    Co-morbid issues have been addressed/stabilized

    Level of functioning/skills has improved

    A stable support system has been developed; Risk has been lowered

    Etiological and maintenance factors, as well as treatment issues identified in the intake assessment, have been addressed

    Protective factors, resiliency, internal and external assets have been increased

    Progress has occurred on sex-specific treatment goals

     

    Service Code: YSF-Y

    Populations Served:

    • Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Misconduct, and Antisocial Behaviors
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
    • Intellectual Impairments (Developmentally Delayed and/or Mentally Retarded; IQ Below 70)
    • NOJOS: Level 6/Sex-specific Residential Intensive Treatment

    Agencies Served: Division of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS)

     

  • > Meet the LAKESIDE RTC Staff

    ROBERT MULARI

    Program Supervisor

     

    Robert has been working with teens in a Residential treatment setting for over 8 years. He is 5-time certified as a family teacher in the teaching family model. Rob earned his Bachelors degree in 1999 and a Masters degree in 2007.

     

     

    Kirt Wise, LCSW

    Clinical Supervisor

     

    Kirt has a BA in Social Work (2003) and Master of Social Work (2005). Kirt is also a NOJOS (Network of Juveniles Offending Sexually) Clinical Provider. Kirt started with YHA in 2000 as line staff. He enjoyed working with youth so much; he decided to further his education, becoming a therapist. Kirt has many years of practical experience with diverse populations, including sex offenders, pornography addiction, substance abuse, anger management and other psychiatric issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, CD, etc. Each area expanded Kirts knowledge and ability to successfully utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques. Kirt is a valuable member of the YHA clinical team.

     

    (801) 635-5022

    kwise@yhautah.com

    To make a referral or speak with someone about Lakeside RTC, please contact…

     

    JOHN Garlock

    Marketing Director

    (801) 641-4023

    jgarlock@yhautah.com

     

 

 

PROVO

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located in the suburbs of Orem, Utah, Provo RTC youth participate in recreational activities at a local gym (including basketball, volleyball, handball, and weight lifting) which provide youth with opportunities to burn calories, gain strength, lower stress levels, develop quicker mental processing speed, and connect with others in healthy settings.

 

As a Step-Down facility, residents of Provo Residential Treatment Center often benefit from chaperoned, strictly supervised attendance at local junior high and high schools, where they can participate both educationally and socially.

 

  • > Learn more about provo RTC and the youth it serves

    Provo Residential Treatment Center is a cognitive behavioral, offense-specific residential treatment home that serves male adolescent youths, ages 13-19, presenting as moderate risk as assessed by nationally-recognized risk-assessment tools.

     

    This facility provides offense-specific treatment interventions in a therapeutically rich environment that’s designed to mimic a home-like setting (as opposed to an institutional, punitive environment).

     

    Intensity of therapy, increased opportunity for milieu intervention, and 24-hour supervision ensure the necessary treatment for the residing youth as well as public safety for the surrounding communities.

     

    Facility includes:

     

    • NOJOS Certified Therapists

     

    TREATMENT

    As part of the goals for treatment, Provo RTC works to increase the youth’s adaptive levels of functioning behaviorally (emotionally, socially, cognitively and psychologically) while lowering the risk of re-offending.

     

    Additionally, residents of Provo RTC will experience improvements of executive functioning, social competency and relatedness, use of social skills in demonstrating mastery in their environment, and stabilization of behavior in social, school, and home settings.

     

    Provo RTC also provides adjunct mental-health interventions that address pre-existing mental-health issues and psychosocial problems. We accomplish this by providing a structure and therapeutic environment that addresses the youth’s individual issues and need for prosocialization through guided peer and treatment staff interaction.

     

    By helping these youths learn to regulate their behaviors and emotions, control impulses, make healthy choices, learn consequences for unhealthy choices, and increase personal accountability, these youth, in turn, become more socially competent and prepared to successfully reintegrate into the community and establish a healthy support system.

     

    Treatment Modalities and Frequency

    Provo RTC employs targeted, offense-specific programming through individual, family, and group therapies The frequency and intensity of therapeutic programming for each youth varies, based on their specific needs. Additionally, residents are provided with daily competency and skills development, traditional mental health counseling, and medication management services.

     

    Each resident receives at minimum of one individual and two group therapy sessions weekly. Our treatment staff are also trained to provide daily Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services for our residents.

     

    Multi-family parent groups and family therapy occurs on a bi-monthly basis. Family therapy focuses on family dynamics and home environments associated with and responsible for maintaining the youth’s misconduct and/or problematic functioning.

     

    Parents/caregivers are viewed as part of the treatment team and are encouraged and empowered to be active participants in the youth’s treatment.

     

    Key topics of focus in family therapy include appropriate supervision, safety, and how best to assist the youth to manage their risk. Family therapy also concentrates on educating parents/caregivers regarding the youth’s current risk factors, treatment goals, and supervision needs.

     

    Educational programming is also based on the individual education needs of each youth, as well as the youth’s risk to the community. School programming may include Sex-Specific Day Treatment, Youth-In-Custody (YIC) classroom, and public school.

     

    Graduation Criteria

    Transition to outpatient services is appropriate once a youth has met his treatment goals and graduated the program. Prior to each youth’s graduation, it is essential to develop a consensus (between the placement and treatment teams) that the goals of treatment have been met.

     

    Typically, Provo RTC is able to provide effective treatment that allows youth to graduate the program in approximately 10-12 months, with aftercare and outpatient services lasting an additional 6-12 months (depending on the needs of the youth). Lack of treatment progress may result in a recommendation and referral to more intensive treatment and/or supervision, and may also result in increased length of treatment.

     

    Service Code: DSE

    Populations Served:

    • Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Misconduct, and Antisocial Behaviors
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
    • Intellectual Impairments (Developmentally Delayed and/or Mentally Impaired; IQ Below 70)

    Agencies Served: Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS)

     

  • > Meet the PROVO RTC Staff

    Ruth V. Cobb

    Program Supervisor

     

    On top of the experiences of being an incredible mother to six boys, Ruth joined YHA in 2009 with many years of service as direct care staff, tracker, assistant to and Director of Foster care. Over the years, Ruth has taken twelve youth in her own home and has loved every minute of it. For Ruth, working with youth is more than a passion… it’s her life’s calling. She inspires everyone at YHA elevates us with her positive attitude, outgoing personality, and effortless displays of support and love.

     

    (801) 319-6772

    rcobb@yhautah.com

     

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    To make a referral or speak with someone about  Provo RTC, please contact…

     

    JOHN Garlock

    Marketing Director

    (801) 641-4023

    jgarlock@yhautah.com

    TIM FIDLER, CSW

    Therapist

     

    Tim began working at YHA as an intern from the Salt Lake Community College before earning a BS in Social Work from the University of Utah. Tim strives to work with his boys by utilizing a holistic approach, working with them individually and focusing on their specific needs. Tim is an eagle scout, honor student and is furthering his education with the goal of becoming a L.C.S.W. In his free time, he enjoys being with his family, swimming, golfing, fishing and playing racquetball.

     

    “All of our boys are different and unique. Seeing their progress is the most rewarding aspect of my position.”

     

    (801) 910-7344

    tfidler@yhautah.com

 

 

MANTI

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manti Residential Treatment Center sits within a peaceful, full-acre lot, surrounded by miles of beautiful farming country.

 

Along an outdoor basketball court, residents of Manti RTC have access to the athletic facilities at nearby Snow College, which provide opportunities to burn calories, gain strength, lower stress levels, develop quicker mental processing speed, and connect with others in healthy settings. They also enjoy supervised fishing and camping trips.

  • > Learn more about MANTI RTC and the youth it serves

    Manti Residential Treatment Center is a cognitive behavioral, offense-specific residential treatment home that serves male adolescent youths 16-19 years of age who present as moderate risk as assessed by nationally-recognized risk-assessment tools.

     

    This facility provides offense-specific treatment interventions in a therapeutically rich environment that’s designed to mimic a home-like setting (as opposed to an institutional, punitive environment).

     

    Intensity of therapy, increased opportunity for milieu intervention, and 24-hour supervision ensure the necessary treatment for the residing youth as well as public safety for the surrounding communities.

     

    Facility includes:

     

    • NOJOS Certified Therapists
    • Sex-Specific Treatment
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism
    • Equestrian and Dog Therapy
    • Holistic/Developmental Approach
    • Community-based School
    • Family, Individual, and Group Therapy

     

    Treatment

    As part of the goals for treatment, Manti RTC works to increase the youth’s adaptive levels of functioning behaviorally (emotionally, socially, cognitively and psychologically) while lowering the risk of re-offending.

     

    Additionally, residents of Manti RTC will experience improvements of executive functioning, social competency and relatedness, use of social skills in demonstrating mastery in their environment, and stabilization of behavior in social, school, and home settings.

     

    Manti RTC also provides adjunct mental-health interventions that address pre-existing mental-health issues and psychosocial problems. We accomplish this by providing a structure and therapeutic environment that addresses the youth’s individual issues and need for prosocialization through guided peer and treatment staff interaction.

     

    By helping these youths learn to regulate their behaviors and emotions, control impulses, make healthy choices, learn consequences for unhealthy choices, and increase personal accountability, these youth, in turn, become more socially competent and prepared to successfully reintegrate into the community and establish a healthy support system.

     

    Treatment Modalities and Frequency

    Manti RTC employs targeted, offense-specific programming through individual, family, and group therapies. The frequency and intensity of therapeutic programming for each youth varies, based on their specific needs. Additionally, residents are provided with daily competency and skills development, traditional mental health counseling, and medication management services.

     

    Each resident receives at minimum of one individual and two group therapy sessions weekly. Our treatment staff are also trained to provide daily Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services for our residents.

     

    Multi-family parent groups and family therapy occurs on a bi-monthly basis. Family therapy focuses on family dynamics and home environments associated with and responsible for maintaining the youth’s misconduct and/or problematic functioning.

     

    Parents/caregivers are viewed as part of the treatment team and are encouraged and empowered to be active participants in the youth’s treatment.

     

    Key topics of focus in family therapy include appropriate supervision, safety, and how best to assist the youth to manage their risk. Family therapy also concentrates on educating parents/caregivers regarding the youth’s current risk factors, treatment goals, and supervision needs.

     

    Educational programming is also based on the individual education needs of each youth, as well as the youth’s risk to the community. School programming may include Sex-Specific Day Treatment, Youth-In-Custody (YIC) classroom, and public school.

     

    Graduation Criteria

    Transition to outpatient services is appropriate once a youth has met his treatment goals and graduated the program. Prior to each youth’s graduation, it is essential to develop a consensus (between the placement and treatment teams) that the goals of treatment have been met.

     

    Typically, Manti RTC is able to provide effective treatment that allows youth to graduate the program in approximately 10-12 months, with aftercare and outpatient services lasting an additional 6-12 months (depending on the needs of the youth). Lack of treatment progress may result in a recommendation and referral to more intensive treatment and/or supervision, and may also result in increased length of treatment.

     

    Service Code: DSF

    Populations Served:

    • Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Misconduct, and Antisocial Behaviors
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
    • Intellectual Impairments (Developmentally Delayed and/or Mentally Impaired; IQ Below 70)

    NOJOS: Level 5/Sex-specific Group Home

    Agencies Served: Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS)

  • > Meet the MANTI RTC Staff

    Devin Frischknecht

    Home Supervisor

     

    With a BS in Psychology and a minor in Counseling, Devin is worked with the sex offender population since 2012 and is currently furthering his education with the goal of becoming a L.C.S.W. A former NFL athlete, Devin also coaches high school and college football and enjoys utilizing sports programs to help youth succeed in life.

     

    “Every youth deserves a second chance no matter what mistakes they have made in their lives. It is important to teach and guide youth in the right direction, and help them understand the importance of following their dream.”

     

    Mark finds great hope in working with young people and views time spent in a group home as a “gift of therapy,” a view he works to pass on to his clients as they work to better their lives and future.

     

    (435) 851-2729

    devin@yhautah.com

    JARED GREENE

    Therapist

     

     

     

     

     

    ____________________________________

     

    To make a referral or speak with someone about  Manti RTC, please contact…

     

    JOHN Garlock

    Marketing Director

    (801) 641-4023

    jgarlock@yhautah.com

     

 

 

STEPPING STONES

RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The youth at Stepping Stones RTC enjoy access to our 8,000 square foot athletic gymnasium, which provide opportunities to burn calories, gain strength, lower stress levels, develop quicker mental processing speed, and connect with others in healthy settings.

 

They also enjoy supervised camping trips at the Environmental Center as well as fishing at a peaceful, nearby pond.

 

 

  • > Learn more about STEPPING STONES RTC and the youth it serves

    Stepping Stones Residential Treatment Center serves higher-risk males, ages 13-15, who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a broad range of sexual-offense behaviors. Residents of this facility are often sexually-preoccupied, with serious and significant sexual acting out issues and persistent or fixated patterns of offending.

     

    Youth admitted to Stepping Stones RTC have typically exhibited a propensity to act out with same-aged peers as well as younger victims. These clients also commonly display vulnerabilities and deficits in their abilities to meet their own needs. They present a significant risk for reoffending sexually and therefore require intervention in a structured and restrictive residential treatment setting.

     

    Due to the manner of their sexual offenses and the number and variety of risk factors identified, residents of Stepping Stones RTC score in the moderate-to-high and high risk range on acceptable national risk assessment tools. These young men possess risk too great to remain in the community or be placed with less-sophisticated youth in lower levels of care.

     

    Stepping Stones RTC is a 24-hour (awake) intensive community-based residential treatment program, providing maximum, non-secure supervision and intensive clinical intervention. While not a locked facility, Stepping Stones is treatment staff secure.

     

    As well as providing sex-specific therapy for youth who are not on the Autistic spectrum, Stepping Stones RTC excels at working with youth who present on the Autistic spectrum.

     

    Facility Includes:

     

    • NOJOS Certified Therapists
    • Sex-Specific Treatment
    • Holistic/Developmental Approach
    • High Recreation Emphasis (8000 sq. ft. indoor gym)
    • Family, Individual and Group Therapies
    • Sex-specific Treatment for DDMR, Aspergers, and Autistic Disorder

     

    Presenting Youth Issues

    Stepping Stones RTC youth present in treatment with multiple developmental issues, environmental issues, deficits in executive functioning, cognitive distortions, emotional issues, self-concept deficits, social competency and social relatedness deficits, childhood maltreatment, and awareness deficits including, but not limited to the following:

     

    • Failure or disruptions in the developmental stages
    • Attachment deficits; Learning disabilities
    • Developmentally delayed and mentally retarded
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Negative family environment
    • Parental of familial separations
    • Negative peer influence
    • Emotional self-regulation problems
    • Limited rules for appropriate social behavior and interaction
    • Poorly-developed or primitive senses of morality
    • Failure to understand consequences of their behavior
    • Limited self control over ADHD, Anger management, Impulsivity
    • Conduct disordered
    • Depression and anger issues
    • Limited emotional expression
    • Deficits in self-esteem, worth, independence and confidence
    • Sexual, physical and psychological abuse
    • Exposure to domestic violence
    • Lack of empathy
    • Little remorse for behaviors
    • Narcissistic qualities

     

    Treatment

    Consistent with Youth Health Associates’ therapeutic philosophy, Stepping Stones RTC endorses the use of holistic/integrated approach to treating youth who engage in sexual misconduct. This facility uses a blend of traditional sex-specific treatment―development of full accountability for all offense behaviors, insight into offense dynamics and choice to offend, building realistic and effective relapse prevention strategies, development of a family safety plan, development of healthy sexual attitudes and boundaries, and develop and sustain victim empathy―into a more developmentally-consistent model for working effectively with our residents. Therapeutic interventions do not focus solely on sexual problems, but also address the youth’s growth and development, health, social skills, resilience and resolving the youth’s own victimization and co-occurring disorders.

     

    Stepping Stone RTC’s treatment strategies also include sex education and healthy sexuality work, life-skills training, skills development training, independent –living skills and psychiatric/medication management services. We provide a psychosexual educational emphasis in group treatment to provide our residents with information regarding maturation, human development, healthy sexual functioning and the current laws regarding sexual conduct.

     

    Many of our youth have had multiple, deliberate trauma exposures in their lifetime, and therefore, trauma-specific treatment interventions are utilized when necessary. Stepping Stones RTC believes that our youth must have the opportunity to resolve his own childhood victimization with sensory interventions, separate from the focus on his sexual offending to assist him to resolve trauma, enhance his emotional coping skills and develop a healthy sexual identity.

     

    Treatment Modalities and Frequency

    Resident activities and movements are controlled or monitored by treatment staff on a twenty-four-hour basis. We place strong emphasis on structure, intensive behavior management and containment to promote public safety. All schooling is provided on-site. Stepping Stones RTC relies upon behavioral systems and behavioral modification programming to gain compliance from residents.

     

    Individual, family, group and recreational therapies, as well as the therapeutic milieu intervention, provide the basic structure of programming. Additionally, our residents participate in group therapy that focuses on sex-offending issues. Youth admitted to Stepping Stones RTC typically cannot be adequately treated in a non-sex-specific or traditional residential programs. An integral part of our programming and therapeutic intervention is to decrease sexually-abusive behavior problems.

     

    The treatment of youth who engage in sexual misconduct requires specialized training and a unique treatment approach, which Stepping Stones RTC offers each of our residents. All of our clinical professionals are NOJOS certified, and have extensive experience working with this particular population.

     

    Stepping Stones RTC provides the following treatment modalities and components:

     

    • Sex-specific group therapy two to three times per week focused on allowing the youth to work on accomplishing the treatment goals and expectations of sex-specific treatment with the support of a peer group
    • Cycle work focusing on the identification and understanding of contributing factors (thoughts, feelings and behaviors) that occur before, during and after a youth’s sexual misconduct, and development of coping strategies specific to each factor to interrupt unhealthy cycles and establish a relapse-prevention/self-regulation plan for such factors
    • Sexual-arousal modification, including use of strategies to help the youth understand their sexual attractions and arousals, differentiate healthy from unhealthy sexual functioning and develop the self-regulation and coping skills to control deviant impulses
    • Sex education and healthy sexuality development in individual therapy, and/or a psychosexual education group setting, to teach the youth about human sexuality and enhance their understanding of developmentally expected, healthy, appropriate adolescent sexual unfolding and expression
    • Life-skills training in a group setting centered on the mastery of life and social skills; individual therapy one to two times weekly addressing both sex-specific and more general psychological issues and needs
    • Family therapy weekly (as determined appropriate by clinician)
    • Highly structured academic programming
    • Psychiatric and medication management

     

    Graduation Criteria

    Youth admitted to Stepping Stones RTC have significant abusive-behavior patterns that require long-term treatment intervention. The length of stay is 12-18 months, with 6-12 months of follow-up aftercare services. Due to our experience and advanced level of programming, this facility is generally able to graduate a youth from the program in twelve months.

     

    The Stepping Stones RTC Clinical Team recommends that our residents undergo a graduation assessment to determine if:

     

    • Family issues and environmental risk factors have been stabilized and/or reduced
    • Co-morbid issues have been addressed/stabilized
    • Level of functioning/skills has improved
    • A stable support system has been developed; Risk has been lowered
    • Etiological and maintenance factors, as well as treatment issues identified in the intake assessment, have been addressed
    • Protective factors, resiliency, internal and external assets have been increased
    • Progress has occurred on sex-specific treatment goals

     

    Service Code: DSF-Y

    Populations Served:

    • Sexual Behavior Problems, Sexual Misconduct, and Antisocial Behaviors
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Autism, Asperger’s, Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
    • Intellectual Impairments (Developmentally Delayed and/or Mentally IMpaired; IQ Below 70)

    NOJOS: Level 6/Sex-specific Residential Intensive Treatment

    Agencies Served: Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS)

  • > Meet the STEPPING STONES RTC Staff

    JORDAN LEEMASTER

    Program Supervisor

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Christine Gailey, CMHC

    Clinical Supervisor

     

    With a BA in Art History, French and Psychology and a Master of Educational Psychology, Christine has been working with adolescents since 1994 with a variety of populations. She joined the YHA clinical team in 2003 and shares our vision of providing a safe and nurturing environment for youth-at-risk to make positive changes. Christine also utilizes her knowledge in Art Therapy with many of the youth. When not working, Christine enjoys yoga, art and her pets, including two goats, Minnie J, and Myrtle Belle.

     

    (801) 928-1403

    cgailey@yhautah.com

     

     

    To make a referral or speak with someone about   Eagle Academy RTC, please contact…

     

    JOHN Garlock

    Marketing Director

    (801) 641-4023

    jgarlock@yhautah.com

     

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