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Parowan, UT
Natalie Townsend
Family Representative

This school closed January 2009. This file remains only as a historical document of what once was a program.

Cedar Breaks Academy is a licensed residential treatment center for troubled girls ages 12-17 who may struggle with behavioral problems that include family conflict or have poor emotional control such as uncontrollable anger or manipulation, sneakiness, substance abuse, fighting and gang involvement or have academic and school problems. In addition, Cedar Breaks Academy accepts students who have been diagnosed with eating disorders, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), ADD/ ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or is a danger to self or others. The average length of stay for students is 9-12 months.

Destry Balch, LPC, NCC, is the Clinical Director. Jamie Bonnett, who has been with Cedar Breaks Academy for four years, is the Program Director. Suzy Staheli is the Director at the academy. Licensed in the State of Utah under the Department of Human Services as a Residential Treatment Center/ Therapeutic Boarding School, Cedar Breaks is accredited through the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) and can accept foreign exchange students. Academics include one on one tutoring, daily study halls and an offering of both college preparatory and general academic curriculum, as well as SAT and ACT college placement testing available. An onsite Special Education teacher is available to work with students with learning disabilities and other issues.

As part of its residential treatment center program, students participate in daily group therapy, weekly individual therapy with an assigned therapist and monthly family therapy. Experiential therapy and recreational therapy includes a ropes challenge course and bi-monthly equine therapy, with Life skills training and community service activities rounding out the curriculum for students.

Because of their location, students at Cedar Breaks Academy participate in recreational activities that include hiking, fishing, camping and biking in nearby Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park or one of many spectacular recreational areas all within two hours from campus.

[This information came from the Cedar Breaks Academy website.]


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