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Logan River Academy

Residential Treatment Center

Logan River Academy Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 to 17
Grades: 8 to 12
Estimated Enrollment: 90
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2000
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Logan River Academy Contact Information

P.O. Box 3662
Logan, UT 84323
Phone: (435) 755-8400
Fax: (435) 755-8540
School Contact: Lindy Smith
Alternative Contact: Jeff Smith
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Logan River Academy is a premier adolescent residential treatment center providing services of the highest quality and ethical standards. We are dedicated to improving the lives of youths and families. LRA offers a safe, caring, structured, therapeutic environment, promoting positive change.

Logan River Academy serves 13 to 17 year old girls and boys experiencing behavioral, emotional, educational, and substance abuse problems. Students are admitted under a DSM IV diagnosis and may be experiencing problems such as:

-adoption issues
-post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
-attention deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD)
-borderline personality disorder
-substance abuse
-bipolar disorder
-nonverbal learning disorder (NLD)
-oppositional-defiant disorder (ODD)
-anxiety disorders
-Asperger Syndrome
-learning disabilities (LD)
-parent-child conflict or other emotional-behavioral issues.

Our philosophy includes a variety of treatment modalities utilized to help each student achieve a higher level of functioning, to diminish symptoms, and to help students become productive members of their families and communities. Our approach is to utilize the most appropriate modalities for each student and family given their individual circumstances. Rather than limit our clinical staff to one treatment approach or philosophy, we will utilize the most effective and appropriate treatment strategy to obtain optimal results. Each student will receive quality care addressing their individual and family needs. Modalities utilized include individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and behavior therapy. In addition, medications may be utilized when appropriate to enhance treatment and reduce symptoms. We use a multi-disciplinary team approach which involves therapists, recreational therapists, teachers, residential staff, psychiatrists, and nurses. These professionals work together to coordinate structured treatment programs designed to address the specific needs of each student, including chemical recovery and vocational needs.

Logan River Academy has three major areas that work in concert to provide an effective program for each student. These three are: Clinical Services, Educational Services and Residential Services. Logan River Academy strives to create a balanced approach between these areas to serve the unique and individualized needs of each student.

Clinical Services
As your child enters Logan River Academy, a primary therapist is assigned. This person will be your contact person throughout your child’s stay. Please feel free to contact the therapist at any time if you have questions or concerns. All our therapists have masters or doctorate degrees and are licensed in their clinical areas. Your therapist will provide individual, family and group therapy for your child. Other therapists will also provide group therapy for your son or daughter.

Master Treatment Plan
Based on the individual needs of your son or daughter, a Master Treatment Plan will be developed to guide treatment at Logan River Academy. The Master Treatment Plan is created with input from you, your child, your educational consultant, appropriate mental health professionals working with your child, and the assessments completed at Logan River Academy (psychiatric, psycho-social, medical assessment, recreational assessment, and vocational assessment). The Master Treatment Plan is a dynamic tool which identifies specific treatment areas and lists goals for each of these areas. It will be reviewed with you and your child upon its development.

Types and Frequencies of Therapy
Logan River is committed to meeting the therapeutic needs of each child. The Master Treatment Plan will guide the best combination of therapies for each student. Logan River offers individual therapy, family therapy, substance abuse group therapy, process group therapy, and various theme group therapies. Theme group therapies may include adoption issues, thinking errors, anger management, family issues, relationship issues, meditation etc. Not all of these theme groups are offered at all times. They fluctuate based on need. Experiential and Recreational therapy may be used in all of the above therapies.

Psychiatric Services
Everyone enrolling at Logan River Academy will receive a psychiatric assessment from a licensed psychiatrist. This will include a DSM diagnosis. Based on this assessment and the ongoing observations of the psychiatrist and treatment team, the frequency of appointments with the psychiatrist will be set. This may be every two, four, or six weeks; it may not be at all if your child does not need psychotropic medication. Like all clinical services, this is designed to meet each individual’s needs; not a predetermined schedule.

Visits from family are an important part of the therapeutic process. The clinical needs of the child and the family guide the treatment team’s recommendations for visits. Visits generally progress from on-campus, short off-campus, extended off-campus, local overnight, overnight, and home. Visits should contribute to your child succeeding at treatment goals and not be simply diversionary or recreational. That is not to say you should not have fun. Having fun as a family is very therapeutic. Each visit will have goals that relate to the treatment plan.

Educational services are provided to all students admitted to Logan River Academy. Regular Academy classes are held year-round, Monday through Friday of each week, with the exception of major holidays and inter-session weeks following each semester. Each school day consists of eight periods. Students are enrolled in six classes, a study hall, and a lunch period. The Academy operates on a semester system: January-April, April-August, and September-December. Each semester consists of two, 8-weeks terms.

The Education Director is responsible for the administration of the academic program including overseeing the quality of the classroom instruction, activities, calendaring, class scheduling,personnel supervision, and other duties as delegated by the Administrator. Teachers are employed by the Academy and are licensed by the state of Utah. We provide other student support with qualified study coordinators that act as substitutes and tutors. The Academic Coordinator is in charge of the student's academic records.

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.

Class Assignments
Following admission to Logan River Academy, each student is given a schedule of classes based on, age and prior grade placement as verified by school transcripts, results of academic achievement testing, projected high school graduation requirements yet to be completed and student class preference.

We offer a range of courses that meet middle and senior high school requirements. The Academy follows the Utah state core requirements and offers classes in language arts, science, mathematics, social studies, physical education, foreign languages, health, applied technology, and elective courses. Independent study and electronic high school courses are also available to help students complete their graduation requirements.

Grades are based on a letter system: A, B, C, D, with an F grade indicating failure; NG for non-grade. Every two weeks students receive a progress grade in each class. These are referred to as "level grades." They are not part of a student’s permanent record, but provide feedback to students on how they are progressing in each course and are used to help determine privileges in the residential setting. Level grades provide reinforcement and motivation for academic performance. At the end of each term, students receive term grades for each course. Term grades are applied to each student’s cumulative transcript.

Graduation exercises may be held at the end of a semester provided any student has met the minimum Utah State high school graduation requirements and wishes to participate.

Other Services
SAT and/or ACT exams can be taken while at Logan River Academy, upon request. They are not taken at the school, but students are registered and taken either at Utah State University (ACT) or Weber State University (SAT) for the exams. The GED is also offered at Utah State University for those who may need this service. The PSAT is offered in the fall of each year.

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