When parents visit Uinta Academy they are universally impressed with the stunning surroundings and are happy to discover that their daughter will be living in a lovely home surrounded by warm and caring staff. We know that girls are nervous when they start treatment. We feel that it is important for them to live in an environment that looks and feels like home, and that is accepting, warm, and nurturing. This increases girls’ acceptance of the treatment process and helps them feel like “normal” teenagers. Our homes are interspersed in a rural community where the girls can benefit from the peace and tonic of nature; yet we are only minutes from Logan, home of Utah State University and only an hour from Salt Lake City.
True healing only happens when a girl feels cared for and connected to others, so as soon as a new girl steps in the door she is included in all group activities. A youth mentor takes her by the hand and provides friendship, encouragement and a positive example. Warm and friendly staff are always near to explain, listen, and help. She has a voice in the decicion making process about family outings, menus, household budgeting, and activities. She helps with household chores, shopping, cooking, and laundry. She hangs out with the girls and staff playing games, watching movies, singing around the piano, or just being silly. Soon, Uinta becomes her home-away-from-home. The warm, family-like environment at Uinta fosters the best clinical work and healing.
A focus at Uinta is helping each girl develop a healthy self-identity. When a girl realizes her value, she can foster healthy relationships and set boundaries with others. Before coming to Uinta, most of our girls have relied on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs) as a false way to shape their identity and form relationships. It is our goal to help young women understand and normalize the impact that various forms of media have on their development and identity. As such, girls that have an understanding of their core issues and are beginning to enact various changes have the privilege of entering the world of social media
The young woman and her therapist will begin by evaluating previous postings on social media outlets. This is done to help the young woman process the messages she was presenting to the world and evaluate friendships and patterns related to acceptance and rejection. After this real time practice with her therapist a young woman will have the opportunity to engage in social media on her own with structure and monitoring. Over time, this structure and monitoring will be minimized as she shows she is able to manage social media outlets with a firm understanding of how she is portraying and feeling about herself.