FAQ for Liahona Academy
Will insurance pay for treatment at Liahona Academy?
While Liahona is not in network with any insurance companies, we do our best to maximize your benefits through your carrier by billing for the therapeutic portions of the program. Liahona Academy will send an itemized bill to your provider so that you may receive a reimbursement for your payment. Ask our Admissions Director for additional information and for a benefit check to see if you have any coverage.
Does Liahona Academy practice Religion?
Liahona Academy is set up as a non-denominational program with Certified non- denominational pastors from surrounding churches coming in once weekly. Attendance is optional for the students; however, at some point the Spiritual Aspect of Self will need to be developed. This is a process that can be nurtured by the parents as the therapist plays a more supportive role rather than the lead. Our therapists support the direction of the parents wholeheartedly.
Will my child be working towards a High school diploma, or a G.E.D.?
Your son, while at Liahona Academy will be working towards a high school diploma, not a G.E.D. Liahona Academy is nationally accredited through Northwest Accreditation. We have 8 State Licensed Teachers and 4 certified tutors who are ready and willing to help your child succeed academically. We do have the ability to work off existing 504 plans and IEP’s (Individualized Education Plans.) To view our accreditation, please click on the following link:
There is rarely a circumstance that arises where Liahona would condone the pursuit of a G.E.D. over a High School Diploma. Only in extreme cases would this be permitted. Liahona has a strong commitment to traditional educational values and never seeks to take the easier academic road.
Is the Therapy at Liahona Academy done by licensed professionals?
Yes. Our Therapists are LCSW certified or above. Therapy Modalities are as follows: Family, Group, Individual and Experiential.
Family Therapy is done by phone once the level to participate has been achieved and is required during the family visits that take place regularly.
Group Therapy is done daily. Specialty Groups are also assigned and are specifically designed to address individual needs in the group. Group therapy will be broken down into the following categories but additional categories may be added as needed:
- Substance Abuse
- Grief and Loss
- Self Esteem
- Anger management
- Life Skills
- Pornography Addiction
Individual therapy is done once a week but possibly more depending upon the student. This is assessed on an individual basis.
Will my son ever leave campus?
Every Thursday there is an off campus activity. These activities include but are not limited to, hiking, service projects, boating, swimming, movie and pizza time and each activity is usually followed up with a trip to a restaurant in the community. These weekly activities are earned as well as additional opportunities to leave campus for many of the same reasons previously listed.
Is Liahona Academy a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility?
Liahona Academy is a dual diagnosis facility offering help with a variety of issues such as ADD/ADHD or ODD, but we also help with substance abuse recovery because the two generally go hand in hand when a parent is considering such a drastic step. We are not a detox facility but we do understand that some of our students have learned to self medicate using marijuana and other harmful substances. We work with the 12 step program as our module for recovery.
What if my son has not tried drugs and I don’t want him to be around kids who have?
While some of our students may have been introduced to harmful substances, a lot of them have not. We separate the issues by dealing with the substance abuse counseling in a separate group so that no “War” stories are being shared. We do our best to isolate the issues to the students dealing with them. The culture of Liahona is not typical in the sense that the students commonly talk with one another about their past issues with substances. It is not a topic that is allowed to be discussed outside of therapy for this exact purpose. To date, we have not had drug free students enter the program, only to leave with curiosity and willingness to experiment. Quite the opposite occurs. They become much more inclined to deny the peer pressure when the moment arises in the future.