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Facility on ranch in Birdseye, Utah, helps teens with sexual behavior problems
BIRDSEYE, UTAH, Sept. 19, 2016 – One of the region’s leaders in the treatment of adolescent sexual behavior problems is welcoming a new addition to its leadership team.
Kaizen Academy, a residential treatment program in Birdseye, Utah, has named Clark Aegerter of Springville, Utah, as its new residential director. Aegerter, who has a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation from Utah Valley University, brings to Kaizen a lot of experience working with youth in specialized residential programs. He is moving into a key role at Kaizen that was previously held by Chris Wei.
“We can’t express enough how grateful we are for Chris and all he brought to Kaizen,” said Executive Director Dr. Clark H. Hammond. “We wish him well in his future endeavors and will miss him greatly.”
Aegerter served as a mentor and supervisor at Telos in Orem, Utah, where he developed and implemented an adventure therapy program.
At Discovery Ranch in Mapleton, Utah, he led recreation therapy activities.
“Clark … will bring additional skills and expertise to the position,” Hammond said. “He has a strong outdoor/adventure background, and has done some impressive work in designing and implementing programmatic enhancements to other residential programs.”
Kaizen’s adventure program will benefit from Aegerter’s educational background and experience as an expert outdoorsman. He has led groups in adventure activities such as climbing, rappelling and back-country skiing.
“I’m looking forward to strengthening a program that can help boys have meaningful experiences that can change their lives,” Aegerter said. “Building confidence and self-awareness through challenging their comfort zones will be an important part of their healing.”
Kaizen Academy provides intensive and comprehensive residential treatment for teenage boys who are struggling with inappropriate sexual behaviors.
Kaizen believes that each boy can learn to live a healthier life by strengthening relationships, increasing awareness, becoming fully accountable, learning new skills and developing both socially and emotionally.
Kaizen Academy is located on a 55-acre ranch in a rural, mountain community 30 miles south of Provo, Utah. Each year, the academy and its compassionate staff help approximately 25 adolescent boys and their families.