Our Program

Kaizen Program

Kaizen Academy is located in rural, mountain community approximately 30 miles south of Provo, Utah. The 55-acre property has a beautiful mountainous backdrop and an abundance of clean air, wildlife, and recreational opportunities.

In addition to the rural setting, however, we also have access to all the community resources for dental, medical, and recreational services.

Programmatically, Kaizen Academy is a relationship-based residential facility, providing specialized treatment for non-adjudicated adolescent males with sexual behavior problems. Philosophically, we incorporate attachment theory into our programmatic and clinical elements, and utilize concrete resources developed from the “Good Lives Model” in our treatment methods. We are licensed and monitored by the State of Utah Department of Human Services and is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP).

Basic Living Skills

Developing independent living skills is an important part of life. While at Kaizen Academy, each young man is taught skills that will help him become independent and self-sufficient. Daily instruction and weekly groups include the following topics:

  • Cooking and food handling
  • Educational planning
  • Emergency and safety skills
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Health
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Money management and consumer awareness
  • Personal appearance and hygiene
  • Taking care of the living environment

Recreation

Healthy recreation and experiencing new, positive opportunities are important aspects of life.

At Kaizen Academy, we incorporate a variety of experiential activities to foster self-confidence, problem-solving, physical fitness, and community spirit.

Designed to address the individual’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs, the recreational activities play an integral part of the treatment program at Kaizen.

Exploring and cultivating new interests plays a role in eliminating old, destructive patterns of behavior, and replacing them with new, pro-social strategies.

Our location provides a rich balance of opportunities for healthy activities. Kaizen Academy sits on 55 acres surrounded by federal forest lands, which make hiking and other outdoor activities literally available “in our own backyard.”

Some of the favorite outdoor activities include:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking

Indoor activities include:

  • Board games
  • Cooking
  • Drawing, crafts, painting
  • Foosball
  • Physical workouts
  • Ping-pong

We also have access to the surrounding communities, providing opportunities for team and individual sports:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Other favorite activities include:

  • Attending live theater and cultural events
  • Visiting local malls

This also provides many opportunities to provide community service, including visiting nursing homes and cleaning parks or stretches of highway.

Social Skills Training

Young men at Kaizen Academy attend structured classes and groups designed to develop new perspectives on forming relationships and building social skills. Based on a psycho-educational model, the training stresses the importance of social responsibility and accountability. The following topics are covered in the social skills training:

  • Anger Management
  • Building Self-Esteem
  • Communication Skills
  • Grief Resolution
  • Personal and Social Responsibility
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse Intervention
  • Understanding and Expressing Feelings