Recreational Therapy Serving Children & Teens in Utah

For more than 25 years, Youth Care Treatment Center in Utah has been a premier provider of life-changing services for adolescents or teens who are struggling with substance abuse, addiction, and a wide range of mental health issues.

Our residential treatment boarding school programs include an extensive recreational therapy program designed to help students have successful experiences through physical, cultural and social accomplishments. While at Youth Care in Utah, students learn to use their community as a resource. Students build self-esteem as they try new activities in our programs such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or indoor climbing. Recreation therapy programs provide the students with the opportunity to learn problem-solving, teamwork, communication skills, and trust.

Our recreation program also includes service-based activities each week. During these times, students can be seen playing Bingo with the elderly or filling shelves at the food bank. Such community service programs help students develop empathy for and an understanding of others. Additionally, while participating in recreational programs, students work on appropriate social skills, communications skills, coping skills and interpersonal skills as well as develop new talents. In our recreation program, students participate in structured recreational therapy as well as outdoor adventures and cultural experiences.

Our proximity to many and varied sites of historic, recreational and ecological significance, as well as Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and many performing art theaters allow a broad and interesting therapeutic environment. The Recreational Therapy program at Youth Care is overseen by a state and nationally licensed recreational therapist.

I chose to come here myself. Through the level system here, I was able to make it to level 5 (the highest level) by my last day. I’ve been to the behavioral health pavilion of the hospital 6 times, and none of those times were even close to as helpful to me as Youth Care. I’m extremely grateful to have such a place. Thank you for everything.

– Jo M.