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Jamison Monroe, Jr.

Newport Academy is a residential treatment center for young women ages 12-17 struggling with alcohol and substance abuse in addition to co-occurring disorders. Length of stay for treatment is a minimum duration time of 45 days and an average of 60-90 days. Newport Academy is licensed as a group home by the State of California and is a member of NATSAP, NAATP, SAMHSA and NIDA associations. This small RTC that opened in 2009 accepts only 12 adolescents at any one time.

Co founder and Executive Director of Newport Academy is Scott Sowle who previously was VP of Business and VP of Operations of a healthcare services Management Company. Scott has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Jamison Monroe, Jr., is also a co founder and the CEO of Newport Academy. Barbara Nosal, PhD, MFT is the Clinical Director and holds a Doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Masters Degree in Community Psychology with a specialization in Alcohol and Drug Studies. Dr. Nosal serves on the faculty of National University and Southwestern Community College and is a member of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists.

Because Newport Academy is a gender specific treatment program, residents have the safety to explore their issues, learn healthy boundaries and create strong peer relationships in daily group therapy that covers areas such as sexual issues, healthy body images and nutrition. Residents also participate in individual and family counseling, 12 step meetings and equine therapy.

Residents attend a minimum of three hours of classroom instruction a day allowing them to stay on track with their home school curriculum. Additional courses offered include music and art, Tai Chi, yoga and conditioning. Field trips and outings include cultural and community events, beach trips, hiking and kayaking.

[This information came from the Newport Academy website.]


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