Sundance Canyon Academy is a licensed, residential treatment program that utilizes a highly specialized, therapeutic approach in treating young men, ages 13-17 years old, whose lives are jeopardized by emotional and behavioral issues.
Our therapeutic and educational approach is unique and innovative in addressing common issues that face today’s young men:
Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Executive Functioning, Family Discord, Social Skills, Self-Esteem, and Academic or Developmental Difficulties.
Our holistic model increases students’ recognition and resiliency by identifying and addressing factors that fuel anxiety and poor choices. We provide specific skills, tools and practices for lifestyles that promote opportunity, self-respect and independence.
meet the team
CEO & Financial Director
CEO, COO, & Marketing
Simon Timms, CMHC
care you can trust
Our therapeutic program is administered by licensed professionals and qualified staff. We provide therapeutic intervention in the following three forms: Group, Individual and Family.
We provide a nationally accredited curriculum in partnership with Alta Independent. In addition to our academic offering, we provide an experiential education program that may be used for certification or education credits.
how we are different
Unlike most treatment programs or schools, we DO NOT use a behavioral modification approach. Our goal is not to focus on the behaviors (rewards or consequence), but what causes those behaviors – their feelings or self-concept.
Empathy & Attunement
Empathy and attunement
are the most powerful agents of change. If your son feels that we understand him, and can actually feel what he is going through, then he may believe he is worth the effort we put forth in his behalf. This creates an experience that allows the relationship to be the agent of change.
Acceptance & Teaching
We accept and teach our students
by active listening, reflection, empathy, permission to feel, and giving without return. Unconditional care, attunement, and validation go a long way for the internal development of our students.
Vulnerability can dispel the cultural myth that it is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. When students and families understand this and apply it, it can reduce time in treatment, significantly.
"We are so thankful to Sundance for their work to develop Jordan while he was at the program. We would also like to encourage current and future parents to trust Sundance, have faith and be patient because lasting change does not happen overnight. Previously, [our son] had a very difficult time trying to look ahead and plan things in advance. However, now he is able to look forward and discuss ideas (long-term planning) because he seems to be developing a longer-term outlook on life."
Tom & Jenny P.