All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
Dave Nichols, LCSW has joined the La Europa team as the new Clinical Director. Dave comes with vast experience covering a wide range of substance abuse, mental health and behavioral issues. Dave has been a Clinical Director for the past 4 years, most recently as the Director of Clinical Services at Highland Ridge Hospital. There, he greatly contributed to their success and growth as he expanded adolescent clinical services. As a Clinical Director, Dave has always maintained a clinical caseload taking on the more challenging students. He will continue to do this at La Europa Academy. Dave brings with him knowledge to expand La Europa’s overall vision of clinical services.
La Europa also promoted Amanda Freeman, LCMHC to the role of Assistant Clinical Director. Amanda has been a primary therapist at La Europa Academy for many years providing exceptional and consistent clinical services. She has an excellent reputation because of the therapeutic experience she provides for students and families. Amanda’s clinical journey began as a residential staff at a treatment center. After completing graduate studies, Amada was able to move into a primary therapist role. As the Assistant Clinical Director, Amanda will maintain a small caseload. Amanda has an in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of residential treatment; this knowledge will assist Amanda as she helps the clinical team navigate the day to day individual needs for each of the La Europa students.
Executive Director Robbi O’Kelley expressed, “We are excited to welcome a new clinical director to La Europa. Dave has experience leading a team working in a continuum of care. This knowledge is important in treatment planning for the clients at La Europa, who will be stepping down into other levels of care. Dave has a reputation for strong clinical skills and remaining unflappable in a fast-paced environment. We are also pleased to promote Amanda Freeman to the position of Assistant Clinical Director. Many of our referral partners know Amanda for her excellent clinical skills. Amanda also has extensive experience working with residential staff teams to help maximize residential interventions and help students progress. We look forward to continued growth at La Europa Academy with our new clinical leadership.”
About La Europa Academy and Mosaic House Transition Program
La Europa Academy is a residential treatment center for girls ages 14 -18 who struggle with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, school refusal, disordered eating and substance use. Our program, located in Murray, UT, uses a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and clinical expressive arts to help students learn to manage their emotions effectively. Students at La Europa experience expressive art therapies multiple times per week as well as engaging in creative arts in our fully-accredited high school.
Mosaic House Transition Program provides La Europa students with a step-down experience toward the end of their stay in residential treatment, in order to help transition the student to the next step. Mosaic House is a 15-bed home where students can practice the skills they have learned in a less-structured environment.