Havenwood literally rescued our family when we didn’t have anywhere else to turn. My daughter has been there six months and the results are nothing short of miraculous.
Cedar City, Utah (PRWEB) February 24, 2015
Havenwood Academy is delighted to announce its acquisition of experienced program director and motivational speaker Oscar Fakahua. With 25 years of experience working with youth, Fakahua sees his role most often as being a mediator who helps bring families back together.
“We empower young women and families to learn how to listen to others with an open heart. When kids and their families learn to listen, they can begin to identify their part in a conflict rather than focusing on who did what to whom. Family members step out of themselves and begin to really hear what the other is saying including their emotions and body language,” Fakahua said. Mediation is the primary route of conflict resolution in many island cultures, including Fakahua’s beloved Tonga, and it translates perfectly to working with youth and their families.
Prior to attending Southern Utah University in sociology, Fakahua played football for both Ricks College in Utah and SUU, where he learned the power of teamwork and leadership — skills he also brings to his new position at Havenwood Academy.
This thriving residential treatment center and school is accredited by The Joint Commission in the area of Behavioral Health Care. Girls from all over the nation and beyond are welcome at Havenwood Academy, where they work on an array of issues in long-term treatment. The healing environment is highly experiential, incorporating a positive peer culture where challenges are addressed and successes are celebrated at the individual, group, family and community levels.
Whether a young woman suffers from reactive attachment disorder as the result of disruptions in her early development (such as adoption), substance abuse, an eating disorder, depression or any other form of mental and/or be emotional illness, the administrative, therapeutic and educational experts at Havenwood bring many combined years of experience to treat each girl with an individualized treatment plan. Fakahua and his team use a variety of techniques to help girls learn to have healthy relationships and bright futures by using every minute of every day to learn new skills and behaviors.
Through music and art therapy, outdoor experiences such as ropes courses, hiking, climbing walls, rock climbing and rappelling, along with individual and group therapeutic interactions, girls begin to heal. While in the program, young women learn from peers and staff that they have worth, can realize goals and they build confidence in their ability to succeed in society. Residents also have access to a top-notch school with dedicated educators who work closely with therapeutic staff to support the unique needs of each student.
Andy P. from upstate New York has an adopted daughter currently residing at this program. Here is his take: “Havenwood literally rescued our family when we didn’t have anywhere else to turn. My daughter has been there six months and the results are nothing short of miraculous.”
Therapeutic modalities include both individual and group therapy, along with Eye Movement Desensitization and Processing (EMDR) which is an excellent tool for survivors of trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for girls engaged in self-harming behaviors, family therapy and more, all grounded in the basic actions of experience, and processing these experiences to gain insight and self-knowledge.
For more information on the highly respected Havenwood Academy, please contact Blain Hofeling, Chief Executive Officer.