Second Nature (Wilderness Program)

Utah (UT) > Rehab Centers in Duchesne, UT
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2.6
(11 Reviews)
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382 W Main St
Duchesne, Utah 84021

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  • Mountains

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Meet The Staff

Leah Halverson
Admissions Director

Leah is a graduate of Sterling College, where her passion for outdoor education and wilderness therapy truly began. She has spent the last fourteen years working in outdoor programming, and started her career at Aspen Achievement Academy in Southern Utah. Leah worked at AAA for five years in varying capacities including Senior Field Instructor and Admissions Counselor prior to being promoted to the position of Admissions Director. In the fall of 2002, Leah accepted the position of Admissions Director at SUWS of the Carolinas, in Western North Carolina where she worked until joining the Second Nature Admissions team in the spring of 2004. At Second Nature, Leah has truly found her home in the industry. She is passionate about working for a company that is exhaustively committed to helping students and families achieve success and well-being. Leah believes strongly in the individualized clinical model at Second Nature, and is thrilled to be surrounded and supported by a team that shares her enthusiasm for serving families with a strong focus on customer service and professionalism. In the spring of 2008, she was promoted to the role of Admissions Director. This progression has allowed her to continue her work with families while also providing support and development opportunities to her team and each of our program locations at an even higher level. While she has lived in many beautiful regions of the country, Leah grew up in Western Massachusetts and still remains a New Englander at heart both in sporting arenas and driving practices. During her free time, Leah enjoys spending time with her friends and dog Fremont. In addition, she loves watching most sports, eating most foods, playing mediocre golf, wakeboarding, snowboarding and racing triathlons.

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Brad Reedy, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.
Founder

Brad began his studies at Brigham Young University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Family Science. Next, he attended Loma Linda University where he received an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. He returned to B.Y.U. and completed his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Brad's clinical experience includes working with sexually abused children, domestically violent offenders, adults/adolescents with substance abuse and children suffering with grief and loss. Research and clinical interests include treatment with sexual abuse victims, family trauma and associated processes, chemical dependence, personality disorders, sexual perpetrators, and developmental psychology. Brad works with a variety of populations that often include students with dual diagnoses and gifted intelligence. In the public sector, Brad worked with young victims of physical and sexual abuse at Loma Linda University Hospital, domestic violence victims and perpetrators at Riverside Family Service Agency, and sexual perpetrators at Center for Family Development. In private practice, Brad has also worked with individuals and families with eating disorders and other addictions. Brad worked as a field therapist and Clinical Director with Aspen Achievement Academy and Aspen Ranch. Born and raised in Orange County, California, the middle of three boys, Brad was raised by his mother. He grew up surfing, listening to Bob Dylan, and causing his mom a great deal of grief. Brad is married and has four children. He enjoys golf, wakeboarding, and is a passionate triathlete. He is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Angels and can be easily engaged in a debate on any sports-related topic.

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Anonymous
4.3
Great
Changed my life in a good way. They work for the clients to get the best results possible and don't let struggles get in their way of that goal. I found that the food could have been better.
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Anonymous
4.0
Great
It was good.
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AA
1.0
Don\'t. Send your kid somewhere local. Don\'t ruin your relationship with them or have them come back with worse problems than they did before you sent them.
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A.A.
2.3
I was a student at SNWP (over a decade ago) and briefly an employee for a few months earlier this year. Unfortunately, although it boasts many merits, I do not recommend this program. As a student in the early 2000s, my experience was about 1/2 positive - being in nature was wonderful for me, as was the physical fitness and the removal of junk food, but the \"therapeutic\" curriculum was militaristic-authoritarian in some aspects, which is the opposite of helpful. Nevertheless, I felt the removal from my toxic environment, the nature setting, a selection of key employees, and my assigned therapist helped me tremendously. I felt tremendous gratitude toward SNWP, and wilderness therapy has notoriously “chilled out” drastically since its inception. I applied to work at SNWP last year and was promptly hired and trained. I WAS happy to see that the over-the-top \"hardass\" approach with these traumatized kids had ceased. I want to affirm openly that that aspect of the program is irrelevant now. Training went great, as did my first few shifts, and I was very excited about this job in the beginning, with overwhelmingly positive feelings toward SNWP. To this day, I have tremendous respect and admiration for the MAJORITY of the humans at SNWP -- so much so that I have hesitated very much to voice my negative experience, but I feel it is necessary. Within weeks, I lost all respect for the program itself. Most of the employees are BEYOND WONDERFUL, effective, compassionate, and awesome, so it’s a completely unfair shame that the \"weak links\" are absolutely inexcusable, because otherwise the program would frankly be a smashing success. I will tell you about one such individual that was a dealbreaker for me personally. One of my superiors (a \"senior\" employee) got out of rehab for a decade-long heroin addiction * less than one year prior * at the time I met her. I personally found it completely inappropriate in every regard that she was hired at all. This is not a jab - I have been a drug addict myself, hence my time as a student at SNWP; that’s how I KNOW that no one is in ANY position of emotional leadership a year after getting clean! Her mental and emotional immaturity, as well as her instability, hypocrisy, and passive-aggression are unparalleled by anyone else I have known. I remember literally pinching myself in the forest because I couldn’t wrap my mind around the reality that any 30-year-old (or thereabouts) would actually behave this way in seriousness. Interacting with her was indistinguishable from interacting with a middle school bully. She would take out her personal frustrations and insecurities on others (including students) in the form of harsh verbal attacks…then come around and be sugary-sweet and apologetic for a bit…before striking again. She behaved like 2 completely different people depending on who was watching. I very sincerely asked myself if she might have split personality disorder; it was that bad. She bullied both employees AND STUDENTS - she even said to me at one point \"I\'m lacking some sort of empathy chip with these kids\" and \"I\'m a pretty passive-aggressive person, honestly\" (verbatim quotes). As the “newbie” hoping to make a good impression, I found these remarks odd and sorta laughed it off, but I wish I had believed her when she told me who she was. She once insulted me until I literally cried (for technical newbie mistakes she hadn’t bothered to tell me I’d been making for several days)….then berated me for crying in front of the students. I also once received unimaginable backlash because I was tending an on-fire stove and was unable to fetch her some salad dressing * from my own personal stash * at the exact nanosecond she first requested it. She was icy, standoffish, and constantly made comments insinuating that I was incompetent as an employee and terrible at time/task management for days after that. She also sat down – literally sat down in a camp chair and participated in nothing whatsoever – for the entirety of a day once, and laughed hysterically about it; this was shortly after becoming weirdly aggressive with me because I took, in her opinion, too long to tend to a skin infection I was combating at the time. These are just 3 examples from hundreds. I thought she was pulling some sort of practical joke at first, until I learned that it is her actual personality. I wish this person well in her personal recovery, but it is completely unacceptable and immoral that she is in a position to be an \"emotional leader\" with traumatized children, and it made me lose all faith in the integrity of the program. I quit promptly after working with this nightmare of an individual; life is simply too short. I have waited several months to write this review to make sure my views didn’t shift in the meantime, and they sure didn’t. All I can say is, I certainly would never send MY hurting children into such wildly incapable hands. She is a glaring oversight among the other absolutely saintlike employees, but unfortunately, that’ simply not good enough when it comes to healing adolescents. It’s not okay that a hurting child “might” fall in with an employee such as this; it\'s not okay that such a situation exists and perseveres at SNWP with zero awareness and so little opportunity for recourse. It\'s also worth noting that I spoke with a handful other new hires who reported similar experiences with this individual – one of whom also quit. I attempted to explain the situation to our boss upon exiting, but it was brushed off rapidly; I just gave up and left. To be 100% fair, I let it go REALLY fast - all I wanted by the end was to exit the situation forever. Had I persisted or insisted, I’m sure he would have listened further. It is my opinion he did not really understand fully what was going on, and I did NOT do everything in my power to inform him. Nevertheless, I felt that the receptivity wasn’t there, as the troublesome employee is already a “fixture,” and I opted to simply wash my hands of it all and be done.
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JK
1.0
Please do research before considering this as a treatment plan for a loved one.
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\"Jay\"
1.0
If you are a troubled teen or young adult find something else besides this. I urge you to do so. This is abuse not therapy. I was sent here after experiencing a traumatic event in my life and it made it worse. So bad I am now homeless and still recovering from the humiliation and shame this place brought me. ... This isn\'t therapy. Save your money and send your loved ones to someone more hands on. This is pathetic. ... Only if it\'s your last resort. I will have scars from this place that will take even more therapy and money to solve. The hardest part of this is not the therapy and stay itself. It\'s assimilating back to society once you\'ve been torn apart by Second Nature.
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DB
5.0
Excellent
This place saved my life. Was it hard? Yes. The staff there care so much about us. I feel very bad for the experiences that other people describe, but there are two sides to stories and different perspectives. I never felt uncared for or neglected by any means. Yes, they did take our shoes and we did have to call our names. It was for our safety and supervision. We always had at least thick wool socks in the summer and down booties in the winter that were never taken away (unless our booties got wet and staff would hike them to the fire to dry and warm them in the middle of the night). Like RB said, take your time and do the research. When my parents were looking at this place, they actually got to talk to former students. Staff always said, wilderness is not for everyone and that is ok. We were NEVER forced to do anything. Just like no one is forced into drugs or prostitution. These are choices, sad ones. It is sad that it did't help these couple people like it did for me, but I know it saved my life and the lives of the other girls in my group all who I have stayed in touch with. Thank you Second Nature.
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RB
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I attended Second Nature Duchesne in 2006-2007. I beg you- if you are a parent reading this, do not make any hasty decisions without first doing intensive research online. ... Second Nature reveals its dark side if you actually do some digging into former campers' experiences... There are other options for your child! I beg you: Do your research, and do not throw buckets of money to programs that lie and take advantage of your vulnerable and frightening position. My prayers are with you and your families.
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Fg
1.0
I'm a survivor of this place. ...Thank god for the amazing people I found that showed me how to live differently and my life is slowly changing. ... Give your child affection and love, and if they need more help there are plenty of amazing programs that can change your child's life for the better. Stay away from wilderness with a three hundred foot pole.
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KJAK
5.0
Excellent
One of the BEST outdoor wilderness programs if you do the work
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JK
1.0
More of a prison than anything else. Despite what a professional may tell you there are other less awful ways to get your child the help they need...
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