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Springville, Utah
Brent Esplin, LMFT, Admissions Director

Sommerset program, previously the Academy at Canyon Creek, is a residential treatment center for boys and girls ages 10 – 14. It is owned and operated by Provo Canyon School and is a subsidiary of Universal Health Services. This program is designed for adolescents with behavioral, emotional, educational and substance abuse issues, including self injury, poor peer relationships, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, attachment disorders and parent/child conflicts.

Key Management at Sommerset includes, Jeremy Cottle, Ph.D. as the Chief Executive Officer, Brad Gerrard is the Chief Operating Officer and Larry Winn, LMFT is the Clinical Director. The program is licensed by the Utah Department of Human Services and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accredited Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Sommerset is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and the elementary and middle schools are accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).

With an average length of stay of 9-12 months, Sommerset offers separate male and female academics and therapies which include individual, group, family and recreational therapy. Academics are provided Monday through Friday for elementary and middle school students and include four core subject areas, study hall, PE and an elective. The average class size is 10 students to one teacher and Special Education classes and curricula are available.

Recreational activities include swimming, basketball and court sports, fitness training, canoeing, fishing, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and rock climbing. In addition, students participate in winter and spring overnight trips, community service projects and weekly life skills classes.

[This information came from the Sommerset website.]


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