Aired: December  29, 2008 – 11:00 AM PST
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TITLE:  Behavior management and solutions for troubled teens

Special Guests: Rob and Pam Neilson co-founders of Cedar Ridge Academy

Healthy structure and behavior management. Offering a variety of solutions for troubled teens. Listen in on the show as they discuss structure, self esteem and fantastic new solutions for teens

Cedar Ridge Academy is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) and is licensed by the Utah Department of Human Services for youth ages 13-18.  The campus is set at the foothills of the Uintah Mountains on 130 acres of high desert terrain.  Our mission is to produce behavioral change and improve family relationships through the use of skilled therapy, a positive peer culture and a solid education.

Cedar Ridge is a co-educational, family style therapeutic milieu.  We believe that teenagers need to develop healthy other-gender relationship skills before transitioning back into a larger social environment.  These relationship skills are cultivated deliberately when student reach the higher program levels.

Individual Therapy

All students have an individual session weekly with their therapist.  (Once a week students attend a special focus group according to their needs,  i.e. Grief and Loss Issues, Adoption Issues, Relationship Skills, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Identity Development, and Addiction Issues.)

Group Therapy–Three days a week students participate in a process group.

Family Therapy–Students and parents participate in regular phone sessions.  Parents also attend on-site parent workshops four times a year.  Parents can schedule face-to-face sessions in conjunction with other visits and passes.

Cedar Ridge also helps cultivate change through the following:

  • Family workshops
  • Anxiety reduction and stress management training
  • Guided imagery and meditation training
  • Karate training and outdoor recreation
  • Experiential activities
  • Family-style structured living in a rural setting

We believe that students have a higher chance of success if they are surrounded by good role models.  Therefore, Cedar Ridge operates on the basis that all staff should model the behaviors they require of the students.  Staff are also trained to use the least restrictive means necessary to induce positive therapeutic and behavioral change in the students while remaining dedicated to that outcome.

We believe that every human being possesses the ability and internal resources to grow and mature.  Most of the students who attend Cedar Ridge are actually more emotionally sensitive than the average teenager, with a heightened sense of vulnerability.  Our task at Cedar Ridge is to help them develop the courage and self-confidence to be who they really are, instead of attempting to protect themselves with destructive defensive behaviors.

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