Why Liahona Academy?Liahona Academy is a residential treatment center that can help your son through the healing process better than a traditional all-boys boarding school. Through clinical therapy, recreational hands-on therapy, daily challenges and other programs of recovery, your son will be able to gain an understanding of the problems he is facing and how to overcome them. In addition to therapy, your son will also participate in the unsurpassed academics program focused on grade repair and credit recovery. With our licensed and professional staff members leading and guiding the boys toward a healthier state, we can help them go from troubled to triumphant. Another advantage to having your son attend Liahona Academy is that it is located in Utah, near Zion National Park. This change of scenery is especially beneficial so that troubled teen boys can start a new chapter in life, unburdened by old habits, bad friends and tensions at school and home. Even though it is just a short plane ride from Texas, the distance from home means your son will need to be more independent and self-reliant and have a chance to develop and grow on his own.
Why Our Program Tops Boys Boarding Schools in TexasLiahona Academy's residential treatment program is a step above a typical Texas boarding school for troubled boys, and we're eager to show parents from across the country why we are different. We focus on providing real-life, interactive opportunities for troubled boys from Texas to become a part of a community that helps them get the therapeutic, academic and social help they require. At Liahona Academy, teens attend therapy sessions, school classes and recreational activities so they can learn to control their behavior, make good choices and interact respectfully with others. Here's a closer look at what our program is all about:
- Therapy: Licensed and experienced adolescent therapists work with troubled teen boys during individual and group sessions. Most boys behave badly because there is something deeper going on, like mental health issues, trauma, substance abuse or something else. Our caring staff is dedicated to finding the inner strength of each boy and helping him overcome his challenges.
- Academics: Bad behavior usually leads to poor grades, defiance toward teachers and sometimes even suspensions. It can be hard to get back on track academically, but our program puts boys into small classes taught by a licensed teacher. The boys work hard to catch up to grade level and repair credits, and eventually earn a high school diploma.
- Recreational therapy: Southern Utah is an outdoor paradise, and our recreational therapy program gives the boys a chance to enjoy new hobbies and skills, set and achieve goals, build self-esteem and find fun alternatives to bad behavior.
Issues Faced by Teens Who Might Need Boarding Schools in TexasThe teen years can be a difficult time for young boys and when faced with a problem, they often act out and engage in high-risk activities. When troubled boys begin acting out it is usually a sign of a more serious problem. Without professional intervention, teens can end up doing risky things that could have a big impact on themselves and their futures. Here are some statistics surrounding troubled teens and at-risk behaviors:
- Suicide: Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals between 10-24 and Texas ranks 40th in the nation for suicides. (Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, 2014).
- Substance abuse: 27% of Texas teens report drinking alcohol regularly, 12% admit to binge drinking, 34% have used marijuana one or more times, and 4-6% use cocaine and abuse prescription meds. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2017).
- Juvenile crime: In a 2017 report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention, 60 Texas teens were arrested for aggravated assault, 49 were arrested for robbery, 410 were arrested for larceny, 331 were arrested for drug abuse and 28 were arrested for weapons violations. (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2017)
- ADD/ADHD: 9% of Texas children between ages 4 through 17 are diagnosed each year; countless more children and teens go undiagnosed. (CDC: “Trends in the Parent-Report of Health Care Provider-Diagnosed and Medicated ADHD: United States, 2016.)
- High school graduation. Texas has an 89% graduation rate. (U.S. Department of Education, 2014-2015.)