Friday, July 8, 2016




My name is Jayde Bertoch.  I was born and raised in Roosevelt, Utah.  I am currently attending Southern Utah University and studying biology and chemistry.  I plan to go to medical school. I love to play sports. I played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track in high school.  My sporting endeavors now include fishing and golf.  Some of my favorite hobbies beside sports are reading, watching movies, and road tripping, and I also love music. I play the violin, guitar, and piano.  I am an extreme fan of 80’s music. I really enjoy working with the kids here at Cedar Ridge Academy.  The have taught me a lot!

Friday, July 1, 2016


Charles Crane, LMFT

Charles received his Bachelor of Science in Family, Consumer, and Human Development from Utah State University-Uintah Basin in 2005. While doing so he worked at Cedar Ridge Academy as in home staff.  He received his Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in 2007.  Charles has always enjoyed working with youth and is happy to be back at Cedar Ridge Academy where he can focus exclusively on helping young people prevail over trauma, addiction, and mental health issues. Charles enjoys gardening, basketball, fishing, and spending time and with his wife of 15 years and their 5 children. While serving an LDS mission between the years of 1998 to 2000 he became fluent in Italian.  

Monday, June 13, 2016


Cedar Ridge Welcomes New Academic Director…

Hi! My name is Sara Richens and I am the new academic director for Cedar Ridge Academy. Cedar Ridge Academy offers a unique environment to work with students in a therapeutic and educational environment. I am excited to begin my journey as the academic director and enhance the learning environment for all students.
I was raised in a small town in Illinois and spent the first 25 years of my life there. During that time, I completed a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education at Eastern Illinois University and began teaching in my hometown school district. At some point in life I decided to follow a dream and head west to the mountains; which landed me in Utah. I taught 5 additional years in the secondary education setting while earning a master’s degree in educational administration from Western Governors University. My family recently relocated to Roosevelt, Utah and gave me the opportunity to work with the staff and students of Cedar Ridge Academy.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cedar Ridge Welcomes New Admissions Director... MILLIE ANDERSON

                 Millie Anderson – Admissions Director

Millie started her career in adolescent treatment with an outdoor behavioral treatment program in 1995 and has found her true passion in helping families in need.  Her experience with adolescent treatment programs, has taken her from client relations and guiding families through the initial transition of becoming a ‘program parent’ to serving as an admissions counselor and admissions director with multiple wilderness programs, and providing transition care resources. 
In 2013 Millie was given the opportunity to make a full transition from working with outdoor behavioral healthcare to residential treatment programs and has spent the last few years working primarily with both co-ed and single gender residential treatment programs as an admissions counselor.  
“My personal goal is to touch the lives of families in need and provide a compassionate, helping hand during that challenging time of choosing the right program for their family member.  I also strive to shed a positive light on the challenges they face and provide support for continued success on a road to healing and recovery.”
Millie grew up in a small central Utah town and learned the value of hard work as well as the security found in healthy family relationships by working side by side with her seven siblings on the family farm.  Family is at the top of her list of “hobbies”.   You will likely find Millie with her husband trying to catch up to their daughter and two married sons, and two adorable grandsons. When she’s not chasing her kids, she loves spending time on the golf course, taking last minute road trips, and enjoying empty-nest life.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Norm was born in Provo and raised between the Navajo and Ute Reservations of Utah and Arizona. He graduated from Roosevelt's Union High School and then went on to attend Utah State University in Logan, Utah.  Upon graduating, he moved to PiƱon, Arizona where he and his family have lived and worked in Arizona schools for the last 10 years, teaching Spanish and English as well as serving as a student council advisor and coaching basketball.  He has joined Cedar Ridge Academy to teach English and Spanish, as well as, coach BASKETBALL!!

Norm and a student during basketball training

We are very happy to have Norm here at Cedar Ridge Academy!!!

Monday, August 24, 2015


Month End Recap

A lot has happened this month!

CRA Finished off the Co-Ed Softball season playing a double elimination game and coming in 4th place overall! WAY TO GO!!! All staff had a blast watching them succeed and enjoying the game!! 
Students have been focusing a lot on the Emotional Freedom Technique (E.F.T) Tapping points!

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is the most popular form of energy psychology and was developed in the 1990s by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering graduate specializing in healing and self-improvement. I routinely used EFT in my practice, and highly recommend it to optimize your emotional health.
The method involves tapping specific points on your head and chest with your fingertips while thinking about your specific problem—be it a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc.—and voicing positive affirmations. This can be done alone or under the supervision of a qualified therapist.
The combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the emotional block from your body's bio-energy system, thus restoring your mind and body's balance.
Clinical trials have shown that EFT is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress. Once the distress is reduced or removed, your body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing.
While some still view energy psychology with suspicion, EFT has actually met the criteria for evidence-based treatments set by the American Psychological Association for a number of conditions, including post-traumatic distress syndrome (PTSD).

Two of our Staff hosted a camp out for some of the boys! As usual, they had lots of fun sitting around the campfire, hiking, eating fire roasted food and getting away to relax!

GOLF GOLF and more GOLF!!!!

In the interest of the really nice weather we have been having, some of the students have had the luxury of either trying out their golf swing or perfecting it.  The higher the level you are here at CRA, the more rewards you receive! Golfing is one of those rewards that students love. 

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