Daily Life at Uinta Academy
When parents visit Uinta Academy they are impressed with the stunning campus and are happy to discover that their child will be living in a home surrounded by warm and caring staff. We know that students are nervous when they start treatment so we work to make the transition as seamless as possible. To lessen the disruption associated with abrupt change and encourage teens to engage in their treatment plan we upkeep a comfortable, accepting, and supportive environment that looks and feels like home.
Our homes are interspersed in a rural community where the students can benefit from the peace and tonic of nature; yet we are only minutes from the resources and activities of Logan, home of Utah State University, and only an hour from Salt Lake City. Group outings offer a nice change of pace for students.
True healing only happens when a student feels cared for, supported, and connected to others, so as soon as a new student steps in the door they are included in all group activities. Trauma-informed staff are always near to explain, listen, and help while providing encouragement and positive role modeling.
Each student has a voice in the decision-making process about family outings, menus, household budgeting, and activities. They learn to contribute to household tasks: shopping, cooking, and laundry. In their free time, they hang out with other students and staff playing games, bonding with their horses, watching movies, making art or music, and reading books or journaling. Though clinically focused, Uinta’s family-style environment can become a healing home-away-from-home.
A focus at Uinta is helping each student develop a healthy self-identity. Before coming to Uinta, most of our students relied on social media as a way to superficially shape their identity and form relationships. It is our goal to help teens and young adults understand and normalize the impact that various forms of media have on their development and identity.
The student and their therapist begin by reflecting on previous postings on social media outlets. Together, they process the messages students are presenting to the world and discover their patterns related to acceptance or rejection. After this real-time practice with a therapist, students have the opportunity to re-engage with social media on their own with structure and monitoring. Over time, this structure and monitoring will be minimized as the student shows they are able to manage social media outlets with awareness of how they are portraying and feeling about themselves.
"Uinta is all about the people you’ve brought together- a very special group. It’s been a privilege to be part of this family- it has felt like a family- loving & supportive at every step."