Student Life

Physical Examination

Once students arrive at Kolob Canyon RTC, they receive a health and physical exam from our Physician Assistant. If a student is being transferred in from another treatment center, we will obtain a copy of the most recent physical received by the student at that location. Any other pertinent medical reports will be requested as necessary.

Medical, Psychiatric and Dental Care

Parents send a copy of their insurance card and any other pertinent information to Kolob Canyon at the time of admission. In the event that a student requires an off-campus doctor visit, your insurance will then be billed. Any medical care that is performed on your teen that is not covered by insurance will be billed for you to pay privately. 

Additionally, our staff nurse will contact parents in order to obtain approval for each medical visit. Excellent medical care is located within minutes of our location. These services are available locally if your student requires orthodontic or other specialist care.  

We utilize a Physician Assistant, Julie Wilcken, for our medication management. Julie has extensive experience working with adolescents and understands their mental health needs. Students meet with Julie monthly or as determined by their needs. She involves parents in each visit with their teen, consulting on observations and medication recommendations. Julie and our program nurse coordinate medication refills and changes. All medication changes are thoroughly discussed with parents before any change is made.

Personal Greatness Program

The Kolob Canyon RTC Personal Greatness Program is a unique, self-paced journey of self-discovery. This program is designed to help each student discover their own unique talents and abilities. 

Using a level system, it introduces certain basic principles of life in a sequential format. This gives us the opportunity to observe and assess each teen, allowing them to receive extra attention from the program and academic and clinical staff. As each student begins to understand and live according to the principles of one level, she earns the right to move to the next level and is therefore exposed to another set of principles and privileges. 

At each level, a student has a list of assignments that they complete in order to progress. These assignments are individually tailored by the therapist and treatment team to meet a student's specific needs. Each assignment helps a student to learn more about themselves and reinforces the specific principles they have been taught on that level. 

Collectively, the program reinforces a student's progress in individual, family, and group therapy. There is no set time period for how long a student should be on a level. A student might spend more time on some levels and less on others. How quickly a student progresses through each level is completely up to them.

The five levels of the Kolob Canyon RTC
Personal Greatness Program are as follows:



Students learn the rules and expectations to settle in at Kolob. They also learn about safety on campus.


Students learn that they have self-worth. They develop insight and understand logical consequences.


Students learn about choice and accountability, proactivity, integrity, goal setting, and planning.

Self-Discipline and Service

Students learn commitment and follow through as they move toward independence.

Compassion and Forgiveness

Students continue to improve their independence through communication and teamwork. They learn to have vision and balance in their lives.

Daily Schedule:

Our daily schedule is busy but highly structured and includes a variety of activities intended to help students grow in different ways. We believe that every student has the potential for greatness, and we are committed to helping them find it.

Students at Kolob Canyon start their day bright and early, at 7:00 AM. The first thing on their to-do list is to complete some chores around the campus. This helps them develop a sense of responsibility and teaches them the importance of working as part of a team. After they've completed their chores, they'll have breakfast and then get ready for a day of school.

School starts at 8:30 AM and lasts until 1:00 PM. During this time, students will receive instruction in core academic subjects like math, English, science, and history. We also emphasize character development and personal growth, so our students will participate in daily lessons on conflict resolution, emotional regulation, and coping skills.

After lunch, students will participate in individual therapy, family therapy, homework, equine therapy, horsemanship classes, horse management, or experiential activities interspersed with an afternoon group therapy session. These activities are designed to help our students process any emotions that they may be feeling and to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

After dinner, students may do homework, have free time, or complete stage work. On Mondays, students participate in a yoga class. On other nights of the week, students participate in an art class. At least once a week in the evenings, students are involved in community activities such as going to the local library, the community recreation center, or the aquatic center. The evening provides time to clean up, read, write in journals and connect with the other students before bed (9:45 PM). Students participate in a goal-setting group each evening before bedtime with their mentor staff.

Weekends allow students to have more free time. Saturdays include leisure and community activities determined by support staff and students. Sundays include more time for personal hygiene, writing family, journaling, and peer interaction. Weekends also include some time for deep cleaning chores and horse management activities.

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