Our clinical services include a variety of treatment modalities utilized to help each student achieve an improved level of functioning, diminish symptoms, and become productive members of their families and communities. We use evidence-based therapy models and techniques to help our students reach their potential. Much of what we do therapeutically comes from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) perspective. We use individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and experiential therapy. In addition, medication may be recommended when appropriate to enhance treatment and reduce symptoms.
As your son enters Logan River Academy, he is assigned a primary therapist. This therapist will provide individual, family, and group therapy. Other therapists on the clinical team also provide group therapy for your son. All of our therapists have a master’s degree or higher and are licensed in their clinical areas.
Individual Treatment Plan
Based on the individual needs of your son, an Individual Treatment Plan will be developed to guide the treatment process at Logan River Academy. This is created with input from you, your child, your educational consultant (if you are working with one), previous mental health care providers, and the assessments completed at Logan River Academy. The Individual Treatment Plan is a dynamic tool that identifies specific treatment areas and lists goals for each of these areas. We will review this document with you and your child when it is completed. We expect Individual Treatment Plans to be one source to help us measure student’s progress and readiness to discharge.
Students receive individual therapy, consisting of one-on-one sessions with their primary therapist. Each student has one individual therapy session per week. Occasionally a student may receive more than one session per week. This is based on need, situation, and/or being new in the program.
Family therapy is an essential component to your son’s success and will occur once weekly. We use a Family Systems approach to family therapy. The majority of families with a son attending Logan River Academy reside outside of Utah. The geographic separation necessitates that telephone conference calls or video conferencing calls be used for family therapy sessions. When parents come for visits, our therapists expect to have face-to-face family therapy sessions. These sessions are part of the overall therapeutic program and contribute to your child’s success with his treatment goals.
Students participate in at least two group therapy sessions weekly. Group topics may include substance use recovery, adoption issues, anger management, stress management, sand tray, DBT, or family issues. Every student has a dorm group each week that is led by a therapist. This group focuses on issues and needs pertaining to each dorm. We also offer a once per week NA group that is held on campus but led by members of our community.
Each student enrolled at Logan River Academy will receive a psychiatric assessment from a licensed psychiatric nurse practitioner. This will include a DSM diagnosis. Based on this assessment and the ongoing observations of the psychiatric nurse practitioner and the treatment team, the frequency of appointments will be determined. Each student will see the psychiatric nurse practitioner at least monthly. Like all clinical services, this is designed to meet each individual’s needs, not a predetermined schedule.
Visits with 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, off campus, local overnight, out of the area overnight, and home. We value visits and view them as essential clinical interventions where students and parents practice skills they are learning.