Sorensons Tonga

PO Box 440116 
Koosharem, UT, UT 84744
AF


435-638-7596

Andrew Douglas

Separate boys and girls facilities

Call admissions department for current tuition.

average 8 mos to a year


Many young people that are in need of an intervention for their substance abuse also have another co-occurring mental health diagnosis. It has been our experience that a problem such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, is often a precipitating factor for substance abuse. Without specifically addressing both issues, the treatment will be significantly less effective.

The clinical department at Sorenson's uniquely includes both mental health therapists and specially trained substance abuse counselors. Substance abuse issues are addressed in group and individual settings, as part of the overall treatment plan. This well-rounded approach to assessment and intervention provides our students with cutting edge services

Monetary policy for Sorensons Tonga

The Admission Fees of $2,000.00 and first month's Tuition of $3,500.00 make a total due upon entry of $4,500.00.
Along with tuition, you will be billed monthly for personal expenses such as co-payments on doctor's visits or prescriptions. If clothing is purchased for your child or any other miscellaneous items you will be billed for those items on your monthly statement.
Sorensons Tonga must receive a thirty day notice prior to the date you intend to withdraw your child from the program. If this notice is not given, a penalty of an early-pull (which is an extra month's tuition) will be charged to your account.
Sorensons Tonga does not bill insurance companies. It is the responsibility of the parents to pay. If parents would like to get insurance coverage we can provide some treatment information.
Payment due before the 10th of the month.
If tuition becomes more than 30 days in arrears, student may be sent home at parent's expense.
It is suggested that parents do not give or send any money to the student personally. Part of our level system is to have students earn their spending money.

Monthly Tuition Cost: $3,500
Admission Fees: $1,000

substance abuse

Packet learning American schools and BYU Independent study

Kayacking
Whale Watching
Snorkeling
Deep Sea Fishing
Hula Dance Lessons
Gardening
Surfing
Body Boarding
Volleyball
Tennis
Swimming
Rugby
Sight Seeing
Tongan Language Classes
Much More!

Sorensons Tonga employs full time therapists licenced in the state of Utah to provide help for substance abuse and other mental health diagnosis. Students meet with their therapists weekly for individual counseling. Additionally our program offers weekly group therapy. Some of the specialty groups available are : Drug prevention/intervention, peer, life skills training, adoption, anger, grief/support, and more.

Many young people that are in need of an intervention for their substance abuse also have another co-occurring mental health diagnosis. It has been our experience that a problem such as depression, anxiety, or PTSD, is often a precipitating factor for substance abuse. Without specifically addressing both issues, the treatment will be significantly less effective.

The clinical department at Sorenson's uniquely includes both mental health therapists and specially trained substance abuse counselors. Substance abuse issues are addressed in group and individual settings, as part of the overall treatment plan. This well-rounded approach to assessment and intervention provides our students with cutting edge services

The program consists of a strong behavioral component coupled with a multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical element. Using a point-and-level system the client learns through basic cause and effect principles. Additionally the client earns both positive and negative consequences immediately based on observed behaviors. We have the around the clock staff to provide the supervision and positive role modeling to help individuals make changes. The level assignment is made by point accumulation and a recommendation of the multi-disciplinary team. Each level has attendant privileges.

The structure of our program is carefully designed to provide close enough parameters that the client cannot continue to seriously hurt himself/herself with self-destructive behaviors, yet he/she has enough freedom to make choices within these parameters. It is this opportunity for decisions and choices that allows the student to experience the results of his/her behavior, both positive and negative. In this way he/she is able to develop an internal value system, rather than seeing rules and regulations as coming from external sources that can be resented.

Each client is evaluated to assess the most appropriate interventions and program emphasis. Therapy is vital to help the client to change and resolve issues blocking his/her highest functioning. Clients participate in individual and group therapy. Psycho-educational, community, alcohol and drug, recreational, and topic groups provide timely interventions for the individual client. Treatment plans are written to specifically address the clients unique problems. Recreational therapy is provided through our wide range of activities.

Each client is assigned a personal caseworker who has 3-5 clients in his or her charge. The personal caseworker comes to know each client as his or her own, acting as a personal advocate as well as a mentor. The personal caseworker heads the client's treatment team, integrating treatment plans with other professionals and acting as a contact person with parents or placement agencies.

The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the most beautiful, untouched by modern society places in the world. A Polynesian country, it lies south-east of Fiji, near the international date line, and consists of four main island groups with a total land area of 700 square kilometers. Here one can escape to deserted beaches where, between snorkeling in untouched coral gardens and sipping coconut juice, the island breeze itself is therapeutic.

This ancient Polynesian kingdom is one of the world's few remaining constitutional monarchies, renowned for its friendliness and gentle pace of life. Ruled by King Taufa'ahau IV, only 37 of Tonga's idyllic islands are inhabited. The main island is Tongatapu in the south, home to the capital of Nuku'alofa and the Royal Palace. To the north lies the Ha'apai group, a chain of atolls surrounded by turquoise wasters, and further north is the Vava'u group with its lush tropical landscape and limestone caves.

Tonga is a traditional Polynesian society which preserves many ancient traditions alongside modern economic policies. Within the extended family, all wealth, belongings and work is shared. Tongan people are devoutly religious and Sunday is a day of rest devoted to church activities and relaxation. Culture remains strong in tonga and the people are used to the simple life. .

Tonga is an island nation in the South Pacific, northeast of New Zealand. It has 170 islands spread out over hundreds of miles, and the biggest island is Tongatabu in the south, where the capital city of Nuku Alofa is located. These islands were never fully colonized by a European country, and the people are proud to have maintained their culture over the years.

Most Tongans live a stereotypical South Pacific island lifestyle, living in small houses in small villages, and growing their own coconuts, cassavas, and passionfruit, going fishing in their boats on the warm tropical seas, and attending church faithfully (most are Free Wesleyan, Catholic, or Mormon). Because things are so laid back in Tonga, there aren't any major environmental problems.

Tourists go to Tonga for the beaches and the water sports, but they haven't had any significant negative effects on the situation. Many Tongans leave the islands to get out of their subsistence agriculture lifestyle and make some decent money in New Zealand.

Tonga has a very similar climate to Hawaii. Tonga is far enough away from the equator to enjoy a more comfortable climate than the Samoas or the Solomons, and winter (July to September) temperatures are pleasantly cool at 17 C to 22 C (62 F to 71 F), although rainstorms and strong southerlies can cause decidedly wintry weather. From December to April, the southern summer, temperatures rise to 25 C to 33 C (77 F to 91 F), although nights can still be cool. A light breeze often tempers the humidity, and the islands receive most of their annual rainfall late in the season.

Tongan food is delightful, and consists mostly of root vegetables such as taro and sweet potato, coconut products, fresh fruit, roasted suckling pig, chicken, corned beef, fish and shellfish. The delicious dishes made from these ingredients are an excuse in themselves to visit the islands. The traditional Tongan feast gets cooked in an underground oven, umu, common throughout Polynesia. The most refreshing drink available is coconut juice.

Tonga's warm, sheltered waters provide an ideal winter habitat for humpback whales migrating from their summer feeding grounds in Antarctica. Each year these whales travel thousands of kilometres to mate, give birth to and nurse their young in Tongan waters. Other species of whales live in Tonga year around. Dolphins are often spotted around the islands.


Family involvment is required, a web cam will be set up so that students can see their family.

Behavior modification

24 hours supervision, Therapist on sight,

Tongal cuture is incorporated in the steps of the program. Need to have a copy of the birth certificate is needed for admission.

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