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Mount Pleasant, Utah
Chris Allen
Program Director

The Journey, which was founded in 2003 by Madolyn M. Liebing Ph.D. Psychologist, and a co-founder of Aspen Achievement Academy and Marina Starling Ph.D. Psychologist, is a small residential treatment center for young men ages 13-18 who are struggling with mental health issues that may include ADHD/ADD, depression, ODD; addiction issues concerning substance abuse, the internet or pornography; negative family relationships due to divorce, attachment problems, PTSD, bereavement or sexual/physical abuse and negative behavior problems that include anger, entitlement, irresponsibility and laziness or school and legal issues.

Chris Allen is the Program Director of the boys program at The Journey and has prior experience as a wilderness instructor. Jake Smith is the assistant director and has a current certificate as a first responder. The Journey, a sister organization of Cairn Academy is licensed by the State of Utah Department of Human Services Division of Licensing as a residential treatment center and is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Association.

Each student participates in individual, family and daily group therapy, with groups discussing topics such as: anger management, communication skills, problem solving and substance abuse prevention. With The Journey situated on a 55 acre working ranch, the boys are actively involved in the care and training of the ranch animals that include horses, llamas, goats, cows, pigs, chickens and dogs, learning responsibility, care and work ethic. Community service dovetails these lessons, with daily projects and students learn how rewarding it is to give back.

Outdoor activities and experiential's include backpacking trips, mountain biking treks and mountain climbing and pack trips that include utilizing some of the ranch animals (llamas, horses or pack goats.)

[This information came from The Journey website and the 2009 NATSAP Directory.]


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