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Alpine Academy

Residential Treatment Center

Alpine Academy Program Information

Gender: Girls Only
Ages: 12 to 17
Grades: 7 to 12, PG
Estimated Enrollment: 50
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2001
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Alpine Academy Contact Information

Address:
1280 Whispering Horse Drive
Erda, UT 84074
Phone: (800) 244-1113
Fax: 435) 843-5416
Email: cegan@youthvillage.org
Website: www.alpineacademy.org
School Contact: Christian Egan
Alternative Contact: Janet Mulitalo
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

At first glance, you'll know Alpine Academy is different. Our campus is located in a rural farming community at the base of a spectacular mountain range with views of the Great Salt Lake. We believe our peaceful location is part of what makes our healing process work - the open spaces, clean air, and beautiful mountains help create a calm and safe environment where change can occur.

Although Alpine Academy is a private school, it doesn't look like one. It doesn't look like a treatment facility either, although it is one. What Alpine Academy looks like is a community of homes. Research shows that children learn best in a family-like environment. They eat meals together in the dining room, work together on daily chores, and are expected to participate in group activities, much as they would in everyday life.

We don't label our girls according to the problems they bring in the door. To us, they are all unique individuals. We know our students have learned to survive to this point. Our hope is to focus their strengths and talents in new ways to help them live successfully in many settings - at home, in school, with friends, as a part of their community.

Our programs utilize a cognitive-behavioral approach, including the following elements: LIFE (Learning in a Family Environment) skills teaching, individual, group, and family therapy, psychiatric services, and therapeutic family weekends. We are able to make remarkable changes in troubled children because we've been doing it for over 37 years...

Director: Janet Mulitalo

Clinical Director: Nikki Preece, LCSW

Admissions Director: Christian Egan

Academic Director: Angie Alvey

Average Length of Stay: 10-12 Months

Optimum Occupancy per Home: 8 to 10 Girls

Staff to Youth Ratio: 1:4

Populations Served: Females only, ages 12-17

Alpine Academy requires a current (not more than one year old) Psychological Evaluation report (including I.Q. scores, personality assessment, and a DSM IV diagnosis).

We require a current list of medications from the prescribing physician.

If the youth has been classified with special education needs, a current IEP (Individualized Education Plan) must also be submitted.

Please note, Alpine Academy does not accept girls with a primary substance abuse diagnosis, girls who are actively suicidal, girls who are a physical risk to others, or girls with a full scale I.Q. less than 80.

The youth's appropriateness for the program is assessed by the administrative team within 48 hours of receipt of complete referral information.

Upon referral acceptance, a completed intake packet and initial payment is required prior to admission. Initial payment includes the first month's tuition plus a 10-day deposit. The 10-day deposit is non-refundable; it will be applied to the last month's tuition costs or refunded at the end of treatment.

Alpine Academy is designed to provide treatment for girls experiencing behavioral problems or psychological problems including, but not limited to the following:

Adoption & attachment issues
PTSD
Abuse issues
Out of control behaviors at home, in school, or in the community
Oppositional defiance towards authority figures
General or acute anxiety
Truancy
Minor delinquencies (non-adjudicated)
Experimentation/misuse of drugs or alcohol
Lack of motivation or interest in family life, school, or activities
Eating disorders not requiring hospitalization
Lack of self esteem
ADHD/ADD
Non-psychotic teenage depression
Medically controlled schizophrenia
Adjustment disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Personality disorders

Alpine Academy believes intervention within the family is the key to long-term growth and change.

Parents are required to participate in weekly family therapy sessions; these sessions occur via the telephone.

Parents receive e-mail updates from the home treatment team at least weekly to update their daughter's progress.

Parents are encouraged to have phone contact several times each week with their daughter; calls received from parents or calls home from their daughter will occur twice a week, on average.

Regular on-site visits by parents are encouraged. (Typically, these visits occur every 6-8 weeks in the first quarter of treatment.) These visits include time for face-to-face family therapy sessions, observation in the milieu, meetings with the family teachers, meetings with the academic staff, other therapeutic activities, and occasional educational seminars.

The entire family will participate in a Therapeutic Family Weekend visit. The primary therapist travels to the family's home for this extended weekend visit (typically Thursday to Sunday). This visit is designed to provide intensive training with each member of the family in their home. Typically, this therapeutic service will occur at least once during the course of treatment.

Alpine Academy strives to meet the educational goals of each girl and her family. Alpine Academy is accredited as a Special Purpose School and is also a certified non-public school in the state of California.

Alpine Academy offers core curriculum with appropriate age/grade level classes for each youth. Each class is taught by an experienced teacher and is individualized to meet the youth's needs. The emphasis of schooling at Alpine Academy is directed toward students who are not motivated academically, those who have self-defeating behavioral deficiencies, chronic absenteeism, and truancy problems. The program provides students with the opportunity to receive a high school diploma while working on therapeutic concerns and issues.

"Our goal is that our students leave our program empowered with the skills they need to live happily and productively within their own families. We prepare both the student and the family for a stable transition from our structured treatment setting to their home environment- equipped with skills that will help them do well at home, in school, at work, and as a contributing member of their community."




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