Posted: Jun 8, 2009, 08:57
This unique new program, which opened in April 2009, is a green, residential treatment center for young men ages 12-17 who may grapple with academics, acting out behaviorally, making and keeping positive friendships, making poor choices, using illegal substances or creating conflicts at home. In addition, they may have been unsuccessful in counseling, a wilderness program or a private school setting.
CEO and founder at Daybreak Canyon is Larry McArthur, who has worked with struggling teens as a Unit Manager and as the Director of several residential treatment centers in UT and ID. COO and founder is Dustin Larna who previously worked as the Program Director at Residential Youth Care in AK and as an Operations Manager at a residential treatment center in ID. Jen McArthur is the therapist at Daybreak and has worked with teens and their families for the past seven years in boarding school, wilderness and outpatient therapy settings, including Advisor/Associate Director at Carlbrook School.
Each student receives an individualized treatment plan developed by his primary therapist, who meets weekly for individual counseling and biweekly for group, in addition to the recreational therapist, who will provide two group sessions each week. Using recreational and experiential therapies, students also participate in the 5 Pillars of Daybreak Canyon: Self, Family, Community, World and Spirituality which lead students to explore these different facets of their lives.
All students participate in community service activities that may include working at the Humane Society, nursing homes or Habitat for Humanity. Another distinctive aspect to this program is the component of international service trips, where students travel abroad to provide service to such places as orphanages in Haiti or Mexico or a school for children of lepers in India, Parents and family members are invited to attend these trips.
Recreational activities for students include hiking, camping, climbing, rappelling, backpacking, horse trail rides, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, white water rafting, fishing and golfing. They also offer a variety of creative outlets including music, painting, drawing, sculpting and other arts and crafts activities.
[This information came from the Daybreak Canyon website.]