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Island View RTC

Residential Treatment Center

Island View RTC Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 to 17
Grades: 7 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 112
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1994
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Island View RTC Contact Information

Address:
2650 West 2700 South
Syracuse, UT 84075
Phone: (801) 773-0200
Fax: (801) 773-0208
Email: info@ivrtc.com
Website: www.islandview-rtc.com
School Contact: Gay Jackson
Alternative Contact: Don Vardell
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Island View provides an intensive, highly professional, therapeutic program utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Our program includes private schooling, therapeutic recreational activities, and individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

Understandably, parents want the most for their children: the ability to achieve goals, good friends, positive self-esteem, a strong family relationship, physical and emotional health, self-control, joy and satisfaction in life.

However, many parents face disappointment on several fronts by the time their children enter adolescence, despite untiring effort and love.

In some cases, adolescents with perpetually unchanging, self-defeating behavior require a high-impact residential treatment environment, one that can help troubled teens address and overcome the full spectrum of personal obstacles, one that can help them become whole.

Island View is such a place.

At Island View adolescent residential treatment center, we are in the business of shaping young lives. We ask adolescents to build upon their strengths and abandon self-defeating behaviors. In this process, we give a lot of ourselves and expect the very best effort from our residents. We are not merely satisfied with a child that knows how to “jump through” hoops. Remember, WE DEMAND GREATNESS NOT COMPLIANCE.

Much like the human body requires a balanced diet that draws from the basic food groups, so does a troubled adolescent require a carefully selected assortment of services and interventions in order to make desired changes.

In the past, less restrictive approaches may have rendered few or no results for adolescents requiring residentially based care. Often, this is due to the inability to utilize all the necessary treatment elements and apply them in a choreographed manner.

At Island View, we make it our business to use all the critical ingredients, not just a few, to combine the best recipe for success:

-A therapeutic, positive peer environment
-Individual, group and family therapy
-Education
-Activity and Recreation Services
-Other support services

The clinical services provided by in-house professional staff are core elements of treatment for each resident at Island View. A carefully selected group of professionals with masters or doctoral degrees provide individual, group and family therapy. Recognizing that each resident is unique, Island View customizes an individual treatment plan for each youth. These treatment elements help residents develop communication and relationship skills, strengthen personal identity and foster pro-social attitudes and behaviors.

Individual Therapy is a regularly scheduled formalized psychotherapeutic session held at least once per week. Individual psychotherapy focuses on improving the overall level of adaptive functioning in the areas of reality testing, behavior, emotional expression, and interpersonal relationships. In addition, individual therapy takes on significant value in the resolution of issues and concerns that the resident feels ill-prepared to take to the group session or that are of such a private nature that discussion in a group format would be clinically contraindicated.

Group Therapy utilizing a Positive Peer Culture format is a formal psychotherapeutic session held in a small group format two to three times per week, while therapist driven Process and Problem Solving Groups are held weekly. Reasons for increased group therapy over individual therapy are based on the clinical literature that shows that group therapy is often more effective with adolescents than individual therapy. This model assists residents in realizing the goals and objectives set by treatment team members, residents and families. In the group, residents encourage each other’s positive behaviors and confront negative and self-defeating ones. Such peer feedback is often far more powerful than the expert opinion of a professional, well-meaning parent or other well-meaning adult.

Family Therapy is provided by the resident’s primary therapist and is an integral part of the resident’s comprehensive treatment. The road leading to residential placement of a teenager is often paved with pain, disappointment, fear, guilt and feelings of helplessness. For that reason, residential treatment does not only involve the child but his or her family in the process of change. Thus, all residents and their families are involved in weekly family therapy either at the Center, via conference telephone calls, or coordinated by the Center in the resident’s home community. Quarterly Parent Seminars are hosted on the Island View campus with regional Parent Seminars offered on a regular basis in different areas around the country.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

At any given time, about one third of the coed population at Island View are enrolled in a distinct program which has been developed to incorporate DBT principles and practices into the daily routine. DBT has been found to be highly effective in dealing with the emotional chaos experienced by many adolescents. Utilizing formal skill building groups facilitated by nationally trained clinicians in concert with milieu programming, individual therapy, and focused assignments such as ongoing self analysis of behavior and “mindfulness” exercises, residents are equipped with a personalized array of skills by which to become highly effective problems solvers who can transfer these skills into lifelong success.




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