1. Is your program licensed and accredited?
It is critical to understand the oversight and credentials that a program operates under to ensure the quality and consistency of services. Ashcreek Academy operates under the highest clinical standard of the Joint Commission of Accredited Healthcare Organizations – JCAHO, licensed by the Utah State Office of Human services, academically under the national AdvancED accreditation. These organizations provide regular monitoring and standards of excellence. We are also a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs – NATSAP.
2. Can I see the credentials of your therapists and other staff members?
Why this is important: As a parent, you want to make sure that your son is working with qualified therapists and experienced teachers. Ask about the experience of the administrative team and their qualifications. Ashcreek Academy hires the best talent from across the country to serve on our campus. Teachers are highly experienced with Bachelors and Master’s degrees and therapists have PhDs, LMFTs, LCSWs, or MSWs. Meet Our Team.
3. Does your program offer qualified Medical Support?
Why this is important: Your son’s physical well being and safety are priority one. It’s very important to understand what kind of health and wellness services are available on site. Ashcreek Academy offers 24 hour on-call nursing, balanced and nutritional menu planning, easy access to medical facilities and weekly consulting psychiatrist.
4. What is your treatment philosophy?
Why this is important: A program that can’t define it’s mission statement and treatment philosophy is going to have difficulty providing cohesive treatment and support to your son. This lack of focus will also impact its culture. Ashcreek has a focus that is individualized, trauma-informed, relationally based and family oriented. Ashcreek Academy is passionate about teaching young men to become self-aware, accountable for their choices and thoughtful in making decisions. Our staff acts together for a common purpose – To enhance each student’s emotional, social, physical, and academic growth.
5. What types of treatment do you offer?
Why this is important: Adolescent boys who thrive in treatment do so because they receive a high level of individualized and personalized attention. Be wary of programs that offer a “universal” approach or treatment modality. The most successful programs have the ability to highly individualize both academic and clinical approaches.
6. Does your program encourage family involvement?
Why this is important: The importance of family involvement and ongoing support for your son cannot be emphasized enough. A Family Systems approach that examines the role of each family member and how family members can push each other back into old behaviors is critically important. Ashcreek Academy facilitates family involvement through intensive Family Weekends and ongoing Family Therapy during and even after program completion.
7. Does your program provide College Preparatory Academics and what is your college placement rate?
Why this is important: Many therapeutic programs are weighted towards the clinical while academics fall by the wayside. It’s important to understand what the level of rigor, credit, and academic support will be. At Ashcreek Academy we believe that a small individualized academic classroom works best accompanied by specialized Learning Support when needed. Our students benefit from exciting classes and the ability to work ahead or make up for lost credits. We also offer college level courses and AP curriculum. We believe in comprehensive SAT and ACT preparation. Our commitment results in 100% College Acceptance of Ashcreek Academy Seniors. We think that academics are inherently therapeutic and a key part of any treatment plan. See our Academics Page for more information.
8. What types of activities & amenities does your program offer?
Why this is important: To thrive in treatment boys need to be able to have fun and stay VERY active! Ask about the recreational opportunities available. How often do students get off of campus? What type of wellness and sporting opportunities are there? Can they develop musically and artistically? Ashcreek Academy offers competitive sports, and a comprehensive High Adventure program. Students enjoy skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering, and attending local community sporting and recreational activities. Our students also look forward to weekly off-campus trips, Leadership, and Community Service outings.
9. Does your program provide support after you leave treatment?
Why this is important: The data and research are very clear on this, programs that provide comprehensive Aftercare Support to their families have a greater success rate. It’s an important question to ask, what kind of outcome tools are in place to measure results? At Ashcreek Academy we understand how important it is to measure the success over time in our student’s lives and we are committed to creating a unique and individualized treatment plan.
10. How do you support our family after graduation?
Why this is important: Data and research are very clear on this, programs that provide comprehensive Aftercare Support to their families have a greater success rate. It’s an important question to ask, what kind of support can you expect upon completion of your program? It is that important to protect the gains your son and your family have had in treatment.