New Perspectives - December, 2001 Issue #88
Pam Court – Admissions Officer
Turning Point, a residential treatment center for boys, ages 12-18,
recently opened a new facility at Granita Park. It is a highly structured emotional growth program designed to enhance positive change
and character growth for the boys who demonstrate and suffer from behavioral disorders, learning disorders, depression, anxiety, conduct
disorder, and environmental traumas. Other behaviors appropriate for Turning Point include substance abuse, poor social/family systems,
low self-esteem/self-worth, anger, codependency, ADD/ADHD, and certain personality disorders.
Under direction of the staff, the boys learn solution-focused life skills and learn to serve and develop compassion for others. Turning
Point creates specially designed activities to exercise the boys’ new found skills and promote life-long healthy habits. Boys learn
to value pro-social behavior as a result of appropriate reinforcement, individual and group counseling, guided group interactions,
positive peer cultures, S.T.E.P.S. to Achievement, service roles/projects, community living meetings, corrective action procedures,
educational/vocational opportunities, leadership opportunities and recreational activities. They also build leadership skills through
high country backpacking, river rafting, mountain biking, ropes courses, survival skills and obstacle courses.
Various professional staff members are on the premise at all times, maintaining a 1:4 staff to student ratio. Staff includes: a licensed
and certified therapist, teachers, the director, counselors, medical staff, and direct care staff, all who work as positive role models
and life coaches. The academic program is provided by American Schools, a triple accredited school, which provides directed studies
that are supervised and coordinated by the certified teachers. Students have the opportunity to catch up on missing credits and/or
advance towards early graduation.
Turning Point at Granita Park offers a year-round open enrollment and will admit up to eight clients per month, each staying an average
of 12 months. The facility is located approximately 2.5 hours South East of Salt Lake City, and offers a comfortable living environment
for the boys in a Resort like atmosphere. The facility sits on 6,500 acres with 26 lakes and ponds, which invite recreation and fishing.