Healing Your Teenager & Your Family

Alternative To Residential Treatment


Your teen is wanting help but doesn’t know what to do and fears being sent away to a treatment facility. Utah Family Therapy Program can help you both.

Your teenager is hurting and you are probably exhausted and don’t know what to do. 

Your concerns drive your stress sky high and you desperately want answers. 

We know that you’re will do anything to help your teen, young adult and family find healing. However, you want to make sure you’re getting the best help.

Healing a Phone Call Away

Please keep reading, the following information may change and/or save your child’s life, your relationship with them, and save you financially. You can call us anytime for a free phone evaluation to find the answers you are looking for.

  1. How do you know how much help your child needs?
  2. Do they need weekly therapy?
  3. Residential or Wilderness Therapy?
  4. What are your options?

See if any of the following apply to you or your teen:

  • Looking into Residential, Long-Term, or Wilderness therapy.
  • Son or daughter has Suicidal ideation and/or suicidal attempt(s).
  • Previously tried therapy or multiple therapists without long-term success.
  • Has overdosed and/or has been hospitalized due to substances.
  • Has an addiction that is more than just occasional experimentation.
  • Compulsive lying.
  • Teenager is defiant:
    • Arguing constantly
    • Withdrawing
    • Refusing to participate in normal life activities or the family system.
  • Sexually abused/raped or has sexually abused others.
  • Failing or defiant in school. (Summer school, suspension, failing grades, expulsion).
  • Experiencing severe issues of anxiety and/or depression.
  • Your young adult does not want to leave home.
    • Failure to Launch: Your child (Over 20 years old) needs to become independent and refuses to make healthy life decisions that lead to leaving home.
    • Or you are struggling to see how they can survive on their own.
  • Your child struggles with Extreme technology addictions to the point where it interferes with education, school, social functioning, etc…
  • Your child has or continues to have Self-harm behaviors like cutting.
  • Your child struggles with Eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia.
  • Your child is Victim of bullying or severe social dysfunctions leading to withdrawn and avoidant behaviors.
  • Your child has had other series of events or behaviors deemed as a CRISIS.

If you answered YES to 1 or more of these, your child likely needs more than weekly or monthly therapy. What are your options?

You have been trained to consider Residential Treatment or Wilderness Therapy as the next step; with a cost averaging $10,000 – $20,000 every 30 days.

Some of the fears you may be experiencing in getting help for your child:

  1. Sending your child away from home.
  2. The financial burden associated.
  3. Is this what they really need?
  4. Will it work and how do you know?

Alternative To Residential Treatment In Utah County


Don’t be sad, there’s another option to residential treatment.

Allow us to introduce you to another option! And it is proven to be just as effective as Residential Treatment.* Click here to see the research.

At Utah Family Therapy, we offer weekly therapy, but only when it is the right fit for your child.

Introducing Utah Family Therapy’s Intensive Outpatient Program (Intensive Outpatient Therapy)

Utah Family Therapy’s Program is about helping you, your child and the entire system … in their current environment. This might include other family members, religious leaders, academic advisors, other counselors, and any individuals of influence in your child’s life.

This treatment is known as Intensive Outpatient – Multisystemic Therapy (MST) or easier Intensive Outpatient Program. (IOP)

It is a MULTI SYSTEM…everyone in the system. Programs that fail often do so due to the fact: They don’t involve the system! Whenever possible, youth should be treated IN THEIR OWN SYSTEM.

Some parents say,

“We have tried over and over and it hasn’t worked” or “Our kid is way too far gone, so no way they can stay here.”

10% of you may be right. 90% likely qualify for The UFT Program.

Utah Family Therapy Uses Proven Systems That Work!

Teens who get treatment away from home may see changes but the majority return to old behaviors within a year.

Teenagers and young adults who go away to residential programs come home and often fail.*; to the tune of over 50% returning to Residential Treatment after 2 years.*

Alternative To Residential Treatment


It’s just simply smart to help your child at home within the system, instead of removing them to the unknown.

The goal of The UFT Program is to keep your child in their natural environment and create the change there, involving the entire system. (SEE THE RESEARCH!)

A team of licensed therapists and trained mentor(s) engages with the system on a daily basis. You can expect approximately 2-6 hours a week of treatment depending on the need.

There are ups and downs in this process, but that’s’ the point; to learn how to build and improve in the natural environment. If your child is sent away for treatment, they will need intensive adjustment therapy upon return. In fact, The UFT Program is often used upon completion of Residential Treatment by families/individuals trying to adjust.

Accountability and Communication

Your child learns to be accountable and communicate within your system. Parents and family members engage and learn to support and lift each other. Other leaders and individuals of influence are involved as needed.

You may say

“Yah, this all sounds nice but my kid is so defiant, there is no way they will agree to a program like this.”

Perhaps …

but after the INITIAL ASSESSMENT, over 80% of qualified clients agree and commit to The UFT Program. Some of these kids were as defiant as can be imagined.

We urge you to come in for an assessment and see our process of connecting with your child. At YES, we are doing the treatment the right way, right now. No sugar coating the issues or treatment to try to win you over. We commit to helping you determine what the best fit for your child is; even if it’s not with YES.

What is Your Core Philosophy in The UFT Program?

Alternative To Residential Treatment


Your child is not a lost cause and may not need residential treatment.

  • Our Motto is No Shame – No Judgment – Just Healing!
  • Every individual is worthy of love and belonging. (Be a BUILDER)
  • Compassion, Empathy, and Connection Create Healing.
  • Long-term success comes by working with the entire system, not just 1 person.
  • Accountability and Ownership are vital to long-term success.
  • While a child or loved one may get lost, we are inherently good. No individual is “too far gone.”

What does The Utah Family Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program (UFTIOP) Accomplish?

Goals of Treatment:

  • Fully identify the core issue(s) and develop a realistic treatment plan.
  • Teach accountability and connection within the family system.
  • Repair damaged relationships.
  • De-escalate shame and promote the love of self through healthy accountability and ownership of the healing process.
  • Acknowledgment and acceptance of issues.
  • Surrender and Humility.
  • Awareness and Mindfulness Training.
  • De-escalation of unhealthy friend groups.
  • Build confidence to make healthy social decisions.
  • Reduce problem behaviors by involving key family members in the treatment process.
  • Assist in identifying and managing triggers, cues, and symptoms of problem behaviors.
  • Get everyone on the same page “language of treatment.”
  • Improve the family’s ability to parent a child with behavioral or emotional problems. We work with you as parents as much as you desire/need.
  • Build a family connection with family therapy from a positive relationship-building approach.
  • Empower Individuals and families – YES stands for “Your Empowering Solutions”.
    Our goal is to empower individuals and families to live connected and successful lives.
  • Use YES Language moving away from “NO” statements and learning to reframe in a positive proactive way.
    We help train the brain to make long-term positive changes, not just putting band-aids on problems.
  • Save money
    Significantly reduced costs of care in the short and long-term when compared to Residential and/or Wilderness Programs. 1/5 the cost of Average Residential and Wilderness.

How Long is The UFTIOP Program?

Alternative To Residential Treatment


You can be happy realizing that we are here to help you and your child based on their needs.

It varies.

The length of treatment is based on need, once we do an assessment. The average client is in the program for 4-6 months and, with more intensive treatment the first 1-2 months to stabilize. We continue to provide care on a month/month basis, as needed, following completion of the Program.

Wilderness or Residential Treatment

We are not suggesting that Wilderness or Residential Treatment should be taken off the list of options. Sometimes, a 1-2 month stint in Wilderness or Short-Term Residential is absolutely vital for the safety of your child.

Often, the family and your child can benefit from a time of reset; especially when an individual continues to:

  • run
  • refuses treatment
  • life is in danger
  • cannot stay safe during The YES Program.

The UFTIOP Program will work with and prepare the family if your child is in short-term Residential or Wilderness Treatment. Then we continue working with your child upon their return.

Utah Family Therapy works with you.

Research shows that the success MST like our Program can be more effective than Residential Treatment.

“In the 28 years I have been entrusted with caring for other people’s children, some of whom come from dire circumstances; I have learned firsthand there is no substitute for a child’s birth family. I used to think we could do a better job of raising these children. We know better now. The best way to help a child is to help his or her family. …” – Patrick Lawler

Contact us today to learn more about The Utah Family Therapy Program in Utah County.
801-901-0279 or Contact us via our website.


Lets face it, who likes to talk about their crap with other people? 

If you’re like most clients, you’re used to being judged despite hearing so many people talk about non judgment and when you do open up, it seems like the more you share, the less likely you are to get compassion. 

We’ve worked our butts off to create a clinic where the unfiltered, real you, can show up and heal, so dammit give therapy a chance

We love the unfiltered real you, let’s heal together. – Utah Family Therapy Team