Scott received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Southern Utah State College. While serving in the United States Air Force, Scott received a Master’s Degree in Education from Mississippi State University in Community Counseling. Scott began his career running a group home having 6 behaviorally challenged adolescents living with him and his wife. After starting a family of his own and leaving the group home, Scott and his family moved to Southern Utah. Scott has been involved in the Therapeutic community in Southern Utah for the past twenty plus years in a variety of settings. He has worked as a therapist in Youth Services in a public mental health center, has done private practice, and has been the Clinical Director in several Residential Treatment centers. In his work with adolescents, Scott has specialized in Disruptive Behavior Disorders as well as Addictive Disorders Scott is currently licensed with the State of Utah as a Certified Mental Health Counselor, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Scott enjoys spending time with his family, and spending time outdoors riding his mountain bike.
Ray moved to America from New Zealand in 2008 when he came to play rugby for BYU (National Champions 09,12,13,14,15). While working on his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology Ray took an internship at the Utah County Juvenile Detention center, Slate Canyon. This was the beginning of his professional path towards helping wayward teens. Over the next few years during his time as direct care staff at various programs his rugby coach convinced him to pursue an MSW. Ray loves being active so he uses an experiential client centered, systems approach to therapy. He combines this with CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and mindfulness techniques. Ray and his wife Cara enjoy being outdoors, eating pizza, and seeing new places. They try to get back to Cara’s home state of Alaska as much as possible to visit her family, have outdoor adventures, and FISH! Also because it is cheaper than going all the way to New Zealand.
Dan Afualo – Prior to attending college, Dan lived in American Samoa with his family, for almost 10 years. After earning his Associates Degree , he transferred to Brigham Young University – Provo, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and a Masters of Social Work Degree. After graduate school, he began his career as a therapist at the Utah State Prison, working with inmates in maximum security. After 5 years, he was eligible for parole and moved to St. George to take an “easier” job working with adolescents in residential treatment. After all, he thought to himself, “Working with adolescents should be a lot easier than working with convicted felons!” Boy, was he wrong! Since moving to St. George in 2001, Dan has worked with adolescents in both residential, wilderness, and outpatient settings. He specializes in mood disorders, self esteem, addiction, and anger management issues and is currently licensed as a Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah. When he’s not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 boys, playing the ukulele, eating good food, and working on his tennis game.
Jacob “Jake” Roberts has worked in the psychiatric medical field for the last 12 years. While he earned his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Degree at University of Utah, he worked at the behavioral health unit in the IHC Hospital in St. George Utah and the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City Utah.
He has worked in multiple levels of behavioral health treatment settings including inpatient, outpatient, wilderness and a number of residential programs. He has grown to love treating the adolescent and young adult population and customizes every treatment plan to their situation.
His theory on medication management is to use the least amount of medication possible to stabilize the individual. This in turn allows the patient to develop appropriate coping skills and to not always have to rely on medication to solve the problem at hand.
He is also licensed in the State of Nevada where he serves the under privileged
population in Southern Nevada.
While he’s not treating patients, he spends his time outdoors, either hiking, mountain biking, or boating. He especially enjoys spending time with his young grandchildren.