Turning Point at Granita Park Boarding Schools for Troubled Teenaged Boys

Turning Point at Granita Park

Clinical Services

Clinical Oversight:

Dr. David D. Law, (PhD). David D. Law is the Clinical Director

for Turning Point Residential Treatment Center and an Assistant

Professor for Utah State University (USU)-Uintah Basin. He received

his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from USU, his Master’s Degree

in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from the University of Wisconsin-Stout,

and his Doctorate Degree in MFT from Brigham Young University.

He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Member

and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage

and Family Therapy, and a Certified Family Life Educator for the

National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Law has published in

journal articles and book chapters on topics such as parenting,

family therapy, and health care utilization. Dr. Law has provided

over fourteen thousand hours of individual, family, and marital

therapy in agencies and private practice. As Clinical Director

David provides management and oversight of the treatment program,

ongoing clinical supervision and consultation and training to

all direct care staff.

Mental Health Assessment:

Upon admission to the program each student will receive a comprehensive

Mental Health Evaluation. During the Mental Health Assessment

the therapist will identify the existence, nature, or extent of

Clinical Disorders, Personality Disorders, General Medical Conditions,

Psychosocial and Environmental Problems and a Global Assessment

of Functioning for the purpose of determining the students need

for rehabilitative services and to create an individual Treatment

Plan for the student.

Treatment Plan:

Each student will work with a Licensed or Certified Mental

Health Therapist to jointly create an Individualized Treatment

Plan, which contains targeted treatment themes or goals, which

the student will have to successfully obtain as they move from

phase to phase in the program and eventually graduate. These goals

are individual goals and are designed to meet the specific personal

therapeutic needs of each student.

Individual/Family Therapy:

Individual therapy is offered at least once per week, more as

necessary. This one-on-one time is designated to work on intimate

problems and personal goals that the student is unable to express

in group sessions. Families will be expected to participate in

at least one therapeutic weekend retreat.

Group Sessions:

GGI’s (Guided Group Interactions) These are mandatory daily sessions

lasting 1.5 hours and consist of the residents and the Group Leader.

The GGI meeting is a valuable tool; it helps residents learn to

confront negative behaviors, accept confrontation, give and receive

feedback, read non-verbal signals, recognize sub-groupings, and

leadership struggles, expose and confront hidden agendas, develop

trusting and supporting peer relationships, and give to and receive

help with specific “Challenges”. The GGI is a highly

structured group process that channels peer pressure to eliminate

delinquent behavior.

GGI- The Life Story:

Each resident upon entering the program begins writing a comprehensive

“Life Story”. The “Life Story” is a personal

account of how the student has related to family, peers, school

and community, with an emphasis on past “problems”.

The “Life Story” facilitates peer group development

and helps the group see how the new member views himself. Through

the “Life Story” the group will quickly identify the

new resident’s Thinking Errors, thought distortions, and defense

mechanisms. More importantly, the “Life Story” exercise

is the beginning of the Challenge solving and Proactive Intervention

process. More specifically, the peer group, through the “Life

Story”,will listen to the new resident, helping him to identify

12 challenges of the Challenge List and their root Thinking Errors