Posted: Dec 20, 2006, 19:00
Craig B Rodabough, LMFT, Director
Tavasi is a group home serving twelve young men ages 13-17. All Tavasi students reside voluntarily and choose to participate in the family style program. At Tavasi the focus is on living an ethical life and problems are resolved through problem solving with life coaches and peers.
Prior to coming to Tavasi residents have successfully completed treatment in a more structured and secure setting. These young men have recognized and addressed significant emotional, mental and behavioral challenges and have learned skills to deal with the many issues that lead a young person to treatment: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, anger, defiance, etc
Life Coaches are the center of services at Tavasi. They meet ten times a week in a group setting and twice individually to guide, support and direct students in their completion of an individual development plan. One individual or family session is provided each week by a mental health therapist. Rather than telling a resident what to do, Life Coaches mentor clients to create new plans that lead to successful living.
The small home environment allows clients to internalize their life changes by living six character values. Daily decision making and the ensuing actions are examined, discussed and evaluated within the framework of Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. The standards of conduct that arise out of those values constitute ethical living.
Academic success is strongly correlated with life long success. Tavasi contracts with Logan River Academy to provide educational services and all clients are required to attend. Each school day consists of eight periods. Students are enrolled in six classes, a study hall and a lunch period. Teachers are employed by Logan River Academy and are licensed by the state of Utah. The Northwest Association of Accredited Schools accredits Logan River Academy. In addition, the Academy is approved by the Utah State Office of Education for grades 7-12, and the California Department of Education as a nonpublic school. Instructors all have Secondary Teaching and/or Special Education Certifications.
[The information in this New Perspective came from a Press Release from Craig Rodabough, Director of Tavasi.]