The Homestead

Helps with— Moderate Behavioral Problems and Mental Health

  • 90-Day short-term, residential program (Less severe behavioral problems)
  • Uses the Strengthening Families Program
  • Located in Mount, Pleasant, Utah
  • Boys ages 13-18


What makes us unique?

  • For youth who need short-term residential level of care
  • Individualized, Family-Focused Intervention
  • In-home Family Coaching
  • Equine PRS Group
  • Raising bunnies to help teach compassion

Services Provided while at the Program:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Intensive Group Therapy

Services Provided for Families in their home area:

  • Family Therapist
  • Family Coach
  • Youth Mentor

Program Outline:

The Homestead HouseWithin the first week the individual Therapist will meet with the client at the program and develop a Treatment Plan. The Family Therapist and Parent Coach will meet with the parents in the home and assess the needs of the client and parents. A Service Plan for the parents will be created that matches the Treatment Plan for the youth, the Service plan will contain specific goals for the family as a whole.

The client will begin home visits as soon as it is deemed safe, hopefully after one week or less at the program. While on the home visit the parent, family members and client will attend the Strengthening Families Class. They will also have a family therapy session. The client will be monitored at least once during the weekend by the assigned Youth Mentor. The Parent Coach will meet with the family on Saturday or Sunday, depending on the length of the visit to work on skills in the home while the client is there and/or to intervene in any crises during the visit.

During the week the Parent Coach will meet with the parents at least once to coach parenting skills and problem-solve, family therapy may also be provided as needed. The client will participate in four Psychosocial Rehabilitation Skills Groups and one Therapy Group in order to learn and practice risk-reducing skills as per their PRA and Treatment Plan. The client will also meet with their Individual Therapist on a weekly basis.

The client will have specific risk reducing skills to work on while in the program, the Journey Team will help them to gain proficiency in each area before they complete the program. Recognition will be given to the client as they achieve proficiency.

When the client has completed the program, and returns home, the Family Therapist will continue the individual therapy in conjunction with the family therapy. The Youth Mentor and Parent Coach will also continue to work with the family. The client will continue to attend one or more groups in their home area as a part of after care.

Enrollment Information:

Enrollment: Chelsea Thomas – 801.885.7245
Program Director: Chris Allen – 801.885.0559
Assistant Director: Elizabeth Allred – 435.851.9801


Chris Allen – Program Director

Chris AllenChris Allen started working with adolescents as a Field Guide for a wilderness program. He became a Head Field Guide before moving to California to work at a program for severely behavior disordered pre-adolescents as the Day Program Director. He has also worked as a counselor in a youth summer camp in the Ukraine (he speaks Russian). Chris has been a Program Director for West Ridge Academy in Salt Lake City, and a Program Director for Turning Winds Academic Institute in Montana. He started working for The Journey as a night staff at Impact Ranch State Supervision Program when the boys were sleeping in a tent in the Vernon pinon forests. He was the Assistant Director of the Rising Phoenix program and helped build and start the Homestead Program in Mt. Pleasant. He is finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management at UVU. He is married and has one little girl and a second one on the way. His hobbies include taking Rovers apart (and sometimes putting them back together) and remodeling his 1800’s home.

Elizabeth Allred – Assistant Director

ElizabethAllredElizabeth Allred is originally from the Chicago area and has lived all over the United States. She currently has a Master’s degree in Psychology and an SSW. Elizabeth has worked for the Division of Child and Family Services as a CPS worker, at Wasatch Academy as a dorm parent and cheerleader coach, and currently as the assistant director at the Homestead. Her passion is working with youth and serving the greater good. She has 5 beautiful and busy children who keep her humble. She currently lives in Spring City.


Jamie Griffin

JamieJamie has Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse. Jamie has recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling (ACMHC). Prior to working at the Journey Jamie worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for adults for the two years. Here she was able to gain an understanding of the struggles and affects that drugs have on people lives. Jamie found her passion for working with youth while working with troubled youth in residential facilities for three years. Jamie enjoys hanging out with her son and daughter and her husband on her free time.

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