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Posted February 19, 2003 

Gateway Academy, LLC
Salt Lake City, Utah
Melissa Hickman – Admissions Director

Gateway Academy is a therapeutic school with an intentionally small capacity for 12 boys ages 15-17 who are struggling with unresolved trauma, ADHD, chemical dependency, academic deficits, social withdrawal, diminished self-esteem, difficulties at home, peer group conflicts, and other comparable difficulties. The boys attending the program are mentored in personal, social, and intellectual development so that they have every advantage necessary to help their transition back to family, relationships and life.

“Four highly credentialed clinicians” run Gateway’s intensive treatment program, creating “dynamic integration” of intense therapy, accredited schooling, and recreational ventures. Specialized clinical groups, part of the treatment process, include: The Phase Group, which teaches how to overcome maladaptive patterns and develop enhanced feelings of self worth and more productive, accountable behaviors; The Personal Development and Trauma Resolution Group, a process-oriented group focusing on resolving trauma and enhancing each young man’s personal growth and development; and, Choices, a task-oriented relapse prevention group that identifies the youth’s personal obstacles and self-defeating patterns while focusing on coping skills and relapse prevention strategies. Also incorporated into the treatment program are three Learning Groups, the Young Adult Learning Group, the Expectations Group, and the RAP Group, a daily peer support group. In addition to its licensed clinician, Gateway’s treatment team also includes a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Registered Nurse who can conduct a psychiatric evaluation and prescribes and monitor medication.

Gateway’s individualized educational program is administered by Woodland Hills School and accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. It’s certified teachers and comprehensive educational curriculum emphasize, “visual, hands-on kinesthetic learning as well as individual thinking and learning styles.” It is based on a clinical therapeutic model that incorporates an active recreational program with off-campus activities each weekend, either in Salt Lake City or out of town.

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