Liahona Academy Student Profile

The typical Liahona Academy student is an average kid from a good family. He has many talents and great potential. However, this good kid is now dealing with depression, anger, and/or anxiety.  He is currently participating in self-destructive behavior: struggling with substance abuse and/or addictions, school failure, and other self-harming acts of rebellion.

This young man is bright, yet unmotivated academically and defying parental authority.  He is skipping class, sneaking out, or isolating himself.  This once well-behaved kid is manipulative, emotionally immature, and continually making bad choices. But there is hope, and with a change (therapeutic intervention) he can rebound and be restored. Student Proflle

Complications such as learning disorders may be influencing your son's poor self-image, leaving him feeling hopeless. Essentially, even though he won't admit it, your son is hurting deeply, and perhaps he can't figure out why. He seeks immediate relief from the pain; living for the moment, self-medicating through negative peers, drugs/alcohol, isolation, and other acts of self-harm.

The boys we serve struggle to make good personal choices and they do not know how to solve their problems. They have no idea how to ask for help, and struggle to connect with those who can provide therapeutic support. In most cases, these boys do not think they have a problem; and essentially, they don't trust authority figures. They claim their parents, teachers, or other authoritative influences are the problem.

Most likely, these struggling boys are spending time with peers that foster a negative environment, creating conflict within the family, struggling at school, and may be getting into trouble with the law. The students that we treat often find themselves socially withdrawn from all good influences, refusing help, and in need of an out-of-home treatment program.

Our students are confused and lost in emotional turmoil, seeking relief in the quickest but most ineffective ways. These teens are in need of immediate therapeutic intervention. We can help. Over the last decade we have helped thousands of struggling boys and their families find relief, hope, and healing.

Liahona Academy enrolls youth who exhibit emotional and/or behavioral problems which prevent them from functioning adequately in their home or community environments. Referrals to our program are initiated by psychiatrists, therapists, or mental health professionals. We also receive referrals from school counselors, substance abuse counselors, clergy, and direct referrals from parents.

Typical Student Issues

  • Emotional and behavioral problems
  • History of running away
  • Poor self-esteem and low self-image
  • Lack of coping skills
  • Poor anger management skills
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Poor impulse control
  • Drug/alcohol abuse and/or addiction
  • History of school problems, such as poor academic performance
  • Mild to moderate learning disabilities
  • Failed attempts in less restrictive treatment