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A Better Way, Co., Ltd

Rodney Rice
9101 West Sahara Ave, Ste 105
Las Vegas, NV 89117-5772

Therapeutic Boarding School

"Guiding Troubled Youth Through Turbulent Times." Our philosophy and treatment approach has come about through many years of experience working with adolescents struggling to deal with the challenge of growing up responsibly.

Academy At Cedar

Tom Fuller
97 West 400 South
Cedar City, UT 84720

Boarding School

The Academy offers a unique, structured boarding school for high school boys and girls.
We accept student who are academic underachievers looking to "catch up" or "spring ahead".
We also accept students who are transitioning from a previous specialty program experience back into mainstream education and society.

Academy at Swift River

Brian Ray
151 South Street
Cummington, MA 01026

Boarding School

Compassionate Educational Community which fosters personal growth & healthy elf-expression, inspires academic excellence & teaches individual responsibility & service to others.

Adolescent Guidance Service

Will Lopez
1307 N. Carolan Ave.
Burlingame, CA 94010

Transport Agency

A diverse team of men & women with the goal of meeting the individual need of each child. Trained in non-violent crisis intervention, transporting for 20 years.

Adolescent Health Center

Dr. George Bright
13821 Village Mill Drive
Midlothian, VA 23113

Parent Services
Treatment Program

The primary focus of the Adolescent Health Center is to provide quality rehabilitative services to individuals with chemical dependencies. Psychological services, educational assessments, and vocational consultation.

Adolescent Services

Narvin Litchfield
151 W. Brigham Road
St. George, UT 84790

A Directory of Resources

"Helping to Navigate the Troubled Waters of Adolescence." A Directory for parents, providers and health care professionals to help find the right situation for the special needs of teen in crisis.

AimHouse (Co-ed)

Daniel Conroy
PO Box 3492
Boulder, CO 80307

Residential Transition Program

An individualized mentoring program for young adults ages 18 and older, providing a supportive, positively structured living environment. We strive to help cultivate individual awareness through group and individual therapy, wilderness experiences, and one-on-one coaching with experienced, committed staff.

Anasazi Foundation

Jenny Dixon
Denise Lecheminane
Admissions Coordinator
1424 South Stapley
Mesa, AZ 85204

Wilderness Expedition

"Healing a Troubled Heart." A licensed wilderness treatment program for youth 12-17 years old with substance abuse and behavioral problems.

Ascent (Co-ed)

Box 230
Naples, ID 83847

Therapeutic Wilderness Program

For adolescents ages 13-17 who are experiencing moderate and emotional behavioral difficulties. Our goal is to interrupt the child's negative behavior patterns, enhance feelings of self-worth, foster introspection and improve family relationships.

Aspen Achievement

David Hansen
Director of Admission
PO Box 400
Loa, UT 84747

Wilderness Program

"Experience the Best. . ." Offers troubled teens a once in a lifetime opportunity to change disruptive behavior patterns such as: school failure, substance abuse, family conflict, and low self esteem!

Aspen Ranch (Co-ed)

David Hansen
Director of Admission
PO Box 400
Loa, UT 84747

Working Ranch

A nurturing yet powerful residential program teaching values, work ethic, self reliance and healthy living on a working ranch in Utah. Excellent therapy program. Accelerated academics.

Benchmark Young Adult

Jayne Longnecker
2094 W. Redlands Bl. PMB#K-286
Redlands, CA 92373-6267
Email Admissions

Residential Transition Program

"Behavioral & Educational Services." Individualized emotional-behavioral transitional Residential Program for 18-25 year olds.

Blackwater Outdoor

Dr. George Bright
13821 Village Mill Dr. Ste B
Midlothian, VA 23113
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Wilderness (Therapeutic)

Designed to aid adolescents and young adults 10-26 in their efforts to initiate positive growth and change within family, peer, and school relationships in a variety of outdoor wilderness experiences.

Blue Hills Academy (Boys)

Sonja Fullwood
10598 Oxbow Drive
Dewey, AZ 86327

Residential School

"Changing Lives by Doing what works"
A highly structured residential school for intervention and treatment for oppositional and defiant teenage boys ages 12-17.

Bridges Academy (Co-ed)

Darrel McOmber, EdM, Ex. Dir.
PO Box 5354
Bend, OR 97701

Structured Boarding School

"A small residential, high school which helps temperamentally difficult students, boys ages 13-17, overcome behavioral problems at home and at school."

Carol Maxym Consulting

Carol Maxym
3932 Caminito Del Mar Surf
San Diego, CA 92130-2524

Certified Educational Planner

"The kids I work with are good kids like yours, more or less lost in a morass of depression, anger, failure, drugs, alcohol, risk-taking peer pressure, rationalization, and intimidation. They have lost track of their love for their families, their hope, their futures, and most of all, themselves. My first task, then, is to help parents and teens exchange desperation for hope and action."

Catherine Freer (Co-ed)

Admissions Director
PO Box 1064
Albany, OR 97321

Wilderness Therapy & Whitewater Camp

Structured wilderness programs providing adolescents ages 13-17 years old with good, high-energy fun and outdoor and social skill in Western outdoor setting.

Cedar Ridge (Co-ed)

Pam Nielson
RR 1, Box 1477
Roosevelt, UT 84066

Family Style
Residential Treatment

" A Unique Program for Positive Change." A holistic blend of lifestyle, discipline, and structure. Includes ropes course, household responsibilities, outdoor activities, and potentially Karate.

CEDU Family of Services

800-884-2338 or
S. California & N. Idaho

Residential School

"We Never give Up on a Child!" We have seven schools and programs in Southern California & Northern Idaho to bring the right services. . .to the right child. . . at the right time.

Center for Safe Youth

2900 Chamblee Tucker Rd.
Building 1
Atlanta, GA 30341


Transport Services

Our services include the transportation of adolescents and the location of runaways. Experienced in dealing with at-risk youths, whether they are cooperative, mildly oppositional, or violently resistant, Our goal is to provide a physically safe and emotionally healthy transitional environment. In crisis situations, where a child is in need of supervision while awaiting placement, we can provide up to ten days of temporary residential supervision.

Cinnamon Hills Youth
Crisis Center

Arden Smith
770 E. St. George Blvd.
St. George, UT 84770

Residential Treatment Program

Cinnamon Hills is a residential treatment program for boys and girls ages 12 through 18 who are falling short of their potential. At Cinnamon Hills, young people learn to take responsibility for their actions and gain a positive vision of their future. They develop the specific skills necessary to set and achieve meaningful goals and develop a feeling of self worth.

Copper Canyon Academy

Darren Prince
3090 Coronado Trail
Lake Montezuma, AZ 86342

Residential School

"A Trailhead to Success." For some the journey to change must begin somewhere. For young women ages 12-16 the journey starts here.

Cross Creek Manor (Co-ed)

Marie Peart
105 South State #2
LaVerkin, UT 84745-5615

Behavioral Modification
for Girls

Effective program for girls who are struggling in their home, school or community.

The Discovery Academy

Alan Barrett
105 North, 500 West
Provo, UT 84601

Residential Treatment/Education Center

We provide bright but failing teens with a wholesome, caring environment for personal growth and development. Students come to Discovery at a time that is most critical to their future development. For many of these students, personal and academic growth is less than their potential. We help them get back on the road to success by following the philosophy and goals of the Academy.

Echo Springs(Co-ed)

Rhea Verbanic
Route 4, Box 5640
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805

Transition Study Center

A unique program to young men and women, ages 18 to 24, who would benefit from guidance while acquiring the skills necessary towards becoming effective and independent adults.

Eckerd Family Youth

PO Box 7450
Clearwater, FL 33758

Wilderness Camps

Utilizes the wilderness setting "to provide a positive environment for emotionally troubled youth to learn responsibility & establish values." 17 year-round camps in 7 Eastern States.

Excel Academy (Co-ed)

12244 Serenity Rose Drive
Conroe, TX 77304

Boarding School

A highly structured boarding school for teens struggling academically or behaviorally. Family-style living with strong 12-step philosophy. Staff serves as role models. Positive peer pressure emphasizing personal responsibility and strong work ethic.

Family Foundation School

Chris Stine
RR 1, Box 224-A
Hancock, NY 13783

Residential Boarding School

We provide guidance to students who have suffered from any form of arrested development during adolescence. Our purpose is to bring young people through the difficulties of their teenage years and guide them toward responsible adulthood.

Grace Christian Home & Academy (Girls)

Joe Akins
PO Box 44171
Shreveport, LA 71134

Christian Home For Girls

Nine month residential program for girls, ages 13-17, operated by Teen Challenge.

Guiding Hands

Joey Dusina
1090 3rd Ave Ste 1-2B
Chula Vista, CA 91911-2047

Transport Agency

"A company that really cares about the children and families." We provide safe, positive, and efficient transportation to any desired location.

Heartlight Ministries

Mark Gregston
PO Box 286
Hallsville, TX 75650

Residential Counseling Program

A residential counseling opportunity dedicated to helping young people and their families deal with and work through difficult situations.

Hidden Lake Academy

Rte. 8, Box 1760
Wahsega Rd.
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Residential School

"Open The Door To The Future At Hidden Lake Academy." The five-part, 18 month program teaches students ages 13-17 how to examine all the options before making life decisions.

Idaho Youth Ranch (Co-ed)

PO Box 8538
Boise, ID 83707

Working Ranch

"Where youth with problems, become adults with promise." A 56 bed, working farm and ranch with an accredited school, gym, chapel, indoor riding arena and comfortable lodges for boys 8-18, & girls 14-18. Also have Nampa Boys Home, Emancipation Home, and Anchor House.

Kiatou (Co-ed)

Gilles Latremouille
3 Inook Chelsea
Quebec, Canada J9B 2J7

Wilderness Therapy

Kiatou offers a highly effective six-week program, consisting primarily of a unique blend of zootherapy and wilderness therapy for teens and young adults aged 14 - 20 years old. Our program is specially tailored for teens and young adults aged 14 to 20 years old who are on a downward spiral.

Jubilee Youth Ranch (Boys)

Jill Griffin
100 Jubilee Lane
Prescott, WA 99348

School Community

Jubilee Youth Ranch is a non-profit, non-denominational ministry committed to providing a self-contained work and education setting for boys ages 13 - 19.

Judy Martin
Troubled Teens

Judi Martin
675 14th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118

Author & Therapist

WAKE UP CALL: A Mother's Fight To Save Her Troubled Teen. Whether or not you're a parent, if you've struggled with the limits of your own power, you will recognize yourself in WAKE UP CALL

As a trained therapist I help people find joy and meaning, EVEN amidst the white water rapids of life.

Life Designs

Randy Russell
10302 N. LeClerc Rd
Cusick, WA. 99119

Residential Program

LIFE-DESIGNS is a small private residential program dedicated to assisting families transition their young people, 18--26 years of age, into responsible adulthood. Our philosophy at Life-Designs is that "every moment is a teaching moment". We use work, nature, re-creation, community, and creativity to provide a healing and learning environment

Loveland Farms (Co-ed)
Aurora House

Larry Culp
PO Box 99
Noxon, MT 59853

Students Over 18

A life-style based on an educative model affording individuals the opportunity to realize emotions and behaviors that have disrupted the family structure. We feel strongly that what happens through this intervention enhances opening communication, attaining a sense of honesty, gaining direction for the future and getting in touch with those feelings that support family unity.

Mt. Bachelor Academy

Sarah Persha
Admissions Director
33051 NE Ochoco Hwy.
Prineville, OR 97754

Structured Residential School

"Mt. Bachelor Academy is a certified, private therapeutic boarding school dedicated to students who may be struggling in a traditional educational setting."

New Haven (Girls)

PO Box 50238
Provo, UT 50238

Treatment Center

Founded on Family Systems Theory, this small, private program offers a more personalized therapeutic experience for girls who are facing challenges in their home, school, or other relationships.

Oakley School (Co-ed)

Dan Kemp
PO Box 357/367
Oakley, UT 84055

Boarding School

Our mission is to engage in diverse educational experiences, both in and out of the classroom, self-esteem is strengthened and life skills are promoted. A place for children to excel in academics, acquire positive emotional communication and responsibility, and discover new strengths in physical adventures and community service.

Odyssey Wilderness Programs (Co-ed)

Admissions Director
1106 Harris Ave, #201
Bellingham, WA 98225 (USA)
email: info@odysseynw.com

Wilderness Therapy Program

Odyssey is a 21-day therapeutic wilderness experience for struggling teens age 13-18 (co-ed).

While backpacking and sailing aboard the schooner Sirena, in beautiful Washington State, students learn personal responsibility; self-reflection; community; and self confidence. Courses have an instructor to student ratio of 2:5

Outdoor Behavioral Care Council

Mike Merchant
1424 South Stapley
Mesa, AZ 85204

Association of Wilderness Programs

OBHIC is an organization of behavioral health providers who are committed to the utilization of outdoor modalities to assist young people and their families to make positive change. OBHIC's mission is to unite its members and to promote the common good of our programs standards and our industry at large.

Parent Help
Available 24/7
Free Consultation & Quote

Crisis Intervention

Parent Help has safely transported over a thousand teens to destinations all over the U.S. and other countries. Transport teams are trained in non-violent crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques as well as C.P.R & First Aid. Experienced in dealing with mild to extreme temperament youth. References available upon request. Available twenty-four hours, seven days per week.

The Pathway School

Louise Frederick, M.Ed.
162 Egypt Road
Norristown, PA 19403-3090

Therapeutic Treatment

"Helping special needs children and the families who love them." Pathway's day and residential programs, for students ages 5-21, are designed to help every child achieve his or her unique potential. Treat Learning Disabilities, Neurological Impairments, Attention Deficit Disorders, and Mild or Moderate Social and Behavioral Disorders.

Positive Impact (Boys)

John Anderson
(877) 236-1114
106 South Jones Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107

Residential Program

A small, highly structured, residential therapeutic program located on the Sea of Cortez in Sonora, Mexico. Bahia De Kino provides life coaching through cultural awareness for boys, ages 12-17. The ideal candidate has leadership qualities, a sense of adventure, and a preference for experiential learning. He sabotages himself through poor peer choices, defiance, and a sense of entitlement. He needs direction, focus, boundaries, and a realistic sense of self.

PrepGATE Educational

Barry Heneghan
30 Little Harbor
Marblehead, MA 01945

Loans & Financial Aid

Quality Education is expensive. Our mission is to allow parents and students to make knowledgeable and affordable decisions about their education investment.

Provo Canyon School

1350 East 750 North
Orem, UT 84059

Residential Treatment School

Provo Canyon School specializes in treating adolescent boys and girls, ages eleven to eighteen who have the capacity for normal functioning but are manifesting emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties and have been unresponsive to out-patient counseling or previous in-patient psychiatric or substance abuse programs.

Rancho Valmora (Co-ed)

John McKay
Box 1
Valmora, NM 87750

Residential Treatment Center

We provide structured group living for boys and girls experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. Rancho Valmora provides a complete educational program and recreational activities which will develop the mind, physical fitness and confidence of each Student.

Red Rock Canyon School

Todd Hockenberry
747 E. St. George Blvd
St. George, UT 84770

Residential Treatment School (RTC)

A state-licensed treatment facility for adolescents, ages twelve (12) to seventeen (17), with behavioral and/or emotional problems who require a level of structure and treatment beyond that which is available in traditional outpatient clinics, but who do not require inpatient psychiatric care.

Red Rock Springs (Co-ed)

Kevin Hansen
Admissions Director
151 W. Brigham Rd #3A
St. George, UT 84790

Transition Assessment Facility

This short term program focuses on 1) Immediate enrollment for the teen in crisis; 2) Professional academic and psychological evaluations; 3) Help finding the right long term placement; 4) Impact; and 5) a safe place for children waiting for an opening.

Redcliff Ascent (Co-ed)

1250 West Sunset Blvd. B-2
St. George, UT 84770

Wilderness Program

Defiant Teenagers? A Powerful, Impacting, Therapeutic Treatment Program for Out of Control Teens. 30-60 days wilderness experience.

Red top Meadows (Boys)

Bruce Burkland
PO Box 290
Wilson, WY. 83014

Residential/Wilderness Program

Red top Meadows Treatment Center (RTM) is a small, 14-bed, Residential Treatment Program and Therapeutic Wilderness Program for adolescent boys ages 12-17. RTM has been in operation providing therapeutic services since 1980.

Remuda Ranch (Girls)

Drema Stroud
1 East Apache Street
Wickenburg, AZ 85390

Residential Treatment

A specialized treatment system designed exclusively for women and adolescent girls who struggle with anorexia, bulimia and related issues.

Rite Of Passage (Boys)

Sean Doak
1561 Hwy 395
Minden, NV 89423


Residential Treatment

Services for juvenile delinquents ranging from highly structured, staff-secure programs to group homes. We are dedicated to providing the best level of care and the most effective treatment process for today's youths who would otherwise be denied the opportunity for rehabilitation.

Shamrock Educational

Tom or Cathy Carter
Newman Lake, WA 99025

Family Style Home

Founded by Brian & Betty O'Donnell almost 30 years ago, it offers boys ages 12-18 a structured, homelike atmosphere and promotes responsibility to self, family and community.

SLS Health (Co-ed)

Al Bergman
914-279-5994 x 113
Dept 279
2503 Carmel Ave
Brewster, NY 10509

Residential Treatment Program

Residential Treatment for young adults ages 17 to 26. Help with depression, drug abuse, psychosis, personality disorders, inability to work, and rage. Inpatient Treatment for Adults. Outpatient Treatment. Online Therapy. Long Term Residential Care.

SOAR (Co-ed)

Karen Morgan
PO Box 388
Balsam, NC 28707

Outdoor Program

A success-oriented, high adventure programs for LD and ADD preteens, teens and adults. Emphasis is placed on developing self-confidence, social skills, problem-solving techniques, a willingness to attempt new challenges and the motivation that comes through successful goal orientation.

Soltreks, Inc. (Co-ed)

Lorri Hanna
6815 E. Superior St.
Duluth, MN 55804

Wilderness Program

Dedicated to creating valuable and impactful adventure experiences for youth and their families. We foster personal growth and development by creating a safe environment for making new choices while living simple and quietly in nature.

Spring Ridge Academy (Girls)

13690 South Burton Rd
Spring Valley, AZ 86333

Residential School

"A choice for change." A program that creates confidence and competence for young women 13-17 who need to redirect their lives. The program places a balanced emphasis on five core areas: emotional, physical, academic, community, and spiritual.

Stone Mountain School (Boys)

Mark Lammens
601 Camp Elliott
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Boarding School

Stone Mountain School at Camp Elliott is licensed to provide long-term residential care in an outdoor environment. We serve boys ages 10 through 17 who may exhibit learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, and emotional or behavioral problems.

Summit Achievement

Chris Mayes
Deer Hill Road, Box 500
Fryeburg, ME 04037

Outdoor Treatment Program

A fully licensed outdoor program with a innovative residential and academic component providing treatment to adolescents aged 13-17. This model allows better reintegration into a more traditional setting.

Sunhawk Academy

Stacey Bradley
948 North 1300 West
St. George, UT 84770

Therapeutic Treatment Program

SunHawk Academy is a comprehensive treatment program for troubled youth between 13 and 17 years of age. Our mission is to be the best program for improving and developing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of troubled teens and their families.

SUWS Adolescent Program

342 Main Street #3
Gooding, ID 83330

Outdoor Intervention

"A Fresh Start."A 21-day intervention program. Departs weekly, year-round, for boys & girls 13-18. This program is successful for students who refuse to participate, runs or is expelled as well as a jump start for the student with marginal motivation.

Temagami Youth Challenge Program

G. Colin Rayner
Ste 210-3600 Billings Court
Burlington, Ontario L7N 3N6

Wilderness Program

A life skills program for distressed youth and those at risk, focusing on outdoor adventure and the wilderness environment. The program utilized the Temagami District which is comprised of 10,500 square kilometers of wilderness with more than 5,000 kilometers of canoe waterways.

Teton Peaks (Co-ed)

Jay Bawden
PO Box 2077
Idaho Falls, ID 83403-2077

Residential Treatment Center

A center for troubled youth, both male and female, between the ages of 12 and 18. The center is designed for adolescents who do not require an acute-care facility, but who are mentally, emotionally, or behaviorally impaired to the degree that they require help in a secure environment. Residents learn to function and thrive in school, family, peer, and community settings.

Three Springs (Co-ed)

Huntsville, AL 35801

Outdoor Residential Treatment

"Helping Troubled Children Discover Lasting Solutions." Our facilities are in North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, Tennessee, and Georgia. Separate campuses for girls & boys.

Turnaround Ranch (Boys)

Danice Ware
P.O.Box 2092
Thomspon Falls, MT. 
U.S.A. 59873

Therapeutic Residential Program

We offer help for male teens, ages from 13 to 17 years, who are on a path of dysfunctional behaviours and emotions. This program is based upon the fundamentals of a 12-step program for low self-esteem. We offer communication courses; process groups; counseling; and wilderness activities. We work with the teen and his family to help the student break down the barriers interrupting a healthy lifestyle. Activities may include backpacking, canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, river rafting, softball, volleyball, movies, and horseback riding.

Tyler Ranch (Boys)

Jon Tyler, Owner
4921 West Rosewood
Spokane, WA 99208

Therapeutic Home-Based Program

The focus at Tyler Ranch for boys ages 6-18 is on individual responsibility, accountability and developing constructive goals.

VisionQuest (Co-ed)

PO Box 12906
Tucson, AZ 85750

Residential Treatment

VisionQuest Residential Programs are designed to work with youth who have failed in their home communities - despite the best efforts that their families and community agencies and programs could provide. These youth come to us with little experience of success, except sometimes in illegal or destructive activities.

Walkabout Treatment Program (Boys)

Admissions: Brad Matheson
Walkabout Treatment Program
50 North 200 East
Lehi, UT 84043
(800) 817-1899
Email: info@walkabout-treatment.com

Walkabout's Wilderness Program blends the best of the "ancient cultural systems" with the most effective and proven therapeutic processes. Your child will experience the highest standards of safety and therapy in the context of one of the most powerful settings for real change - the wilderness.

West Shield Adolescent

5500 Bolsa Avenue, Ste. 200
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Transport Agency

Adolescent Transport and Runaway Location. West Shield has been in business for over 16 years and is the proven leader in transporting adolescents and locating runaways.

Wilderness Quest (Co-ed)

Anngela Ritter
Monticello, UT 84535

12-Step Wilderness Program

Wilderness living experience challenge students physically, emotionally and spiritually to instill in them confidence and esteem.

Wilderness Treatment

Kay Holmes
200 Hubbard Dam Road
Marion, MT 59925

Wilderness CD Treatment

We were the first program to successfully blend traditional therapy with a challenging wilderness experience. Out inpatient center is located on a working cattle ranch in the rugged mountains of northwest Montana.

World Wide Association of
Specialty Programs

Headquarters in
St. George, UT

Structured Behavioral Modification

Emphasized emotional growth. Includes Cross Creek Manor in La Verkin, Utah, Tranquility bay in Jamaica, Paradise Cove in Western Samoa, and Spring Creek Lodge in Montana.

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