Dr. Sealy handles initial evaluation and intake of each child.
Individual therapy is an important component of the Program’s overall design and success. Upon enrollment into the program each student will be assigned a therapist and a group and an individual treatment program will be developed for the student. This therapist will see the student for individual and group therapy sessions each week. In addition the therapist will have scheduled times to provide the parents updates once every two weeks as well as receive information from the parents on the communication they are receiving from their teen. After a few calls with the therapists that are done without the student, the student will join in the phone calls which will take place during the student’s individual sessions. Skype is available for family therapy. The parents will participate in the sessions once very two weeks. The parents are encouraged to take an active role and work with the therapist as the teen progresses through the program.
One of the advantages of group therapy taking place in the residential setting, is that each therapist is located on site. Unlike an outpatient setting, each therapist at Cross Creek is able to have contact with the students daily. The therapists are not limited to what the student tells them once a week for an hour but they are also able to talk to the student more often on an individual basis during group therapy as well as receiving information from the parents during phone calls, written comments from the staff and feedback from the students’ peers in the group.
The therapy sessions will not only address the behaviors, but will work to understand what the payoffs for the student may be for acting out. This information can be used by the therapist to work to stop these behaviors and to help the students get what they want in a healthy and positive way. Both parents and the student will be able to find common ground and work through issues that have led the student to Cross Creek Programs.
Each therapist is licensed with the state of Utah and is in compliance with the requirements for their professional organizations. They have many years of experience working with teens and families and will be able to provide the tools, guidance and support for the child through the program.
Students can attend AA/NA meetings on a weekly basis. The meetings are run by the student body monitored by a therapist. These meetings address students’ addictions as well as create solutions to a healthier life style. Parents of students struggling with addictions are encouraged to attend Al-Anon meetings in their local areas.