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New Perspectives - April, 1994 Issue #27 

Orem, Utah
Lisa Von Colln, Admissions Director

"Oasis Academy is a residential treatment center for troubled adolescents 12-17 years old. It is a family-type environment where young people with emotional and behavioral disorders can get the one-on-one professional care and counseling they need to get back on track and reach their full potential." 

"Our clients are young men and women who have been unsuccessful in traditional settings and therapies. Often they are locked into limiting or self- destructive behavior patterns." 

Their program includes "One- on-one professional counseling and personal therapy (Trauma track, substance abuse track, or general psych track): Recreational therapy....: Individualized academic instruction specializing in small classes and private tutoring.: and Group therapy in a family-like community environment." Enrollment is limited to no more than 25 students, and the program can usually be completed in six months. They consider four basic concepts distinguish them from other adolescent treatment facilities: Short stays, A small family-type environment, Outdoor experience, and Family counseling and involvement on an ongoing basis. 

Staff includes Dan Wichman, Administrative Director, former police officer with P.O.S.T. certification and sixteen years' experience in directing youth education and treatment programs: Roman K. Poplawski, Clinical Director, Ph.D in counseling psychology, a former dug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor and school psychologist for behaviorally disordered and learning disabled adolescents: Richard Otvos, Program Director, M.S. in psychology, M.A. in Therapeutic Recreation: Bruce Guernsey, Medical Director, and former senior staff psychiatrist for the 328th Army General Hospital: and George E. Mitchell Jr. M.Ed., Educational Director, formerly with the State of Arkansas Division of Youth Services as a teacher and director of youth education. 

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