This is a  staff list for Catalyst Residential Treatment Center in Brigham City, UT

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Catalyst Residential Treatment Center.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Catalyst Residential Treatment Center, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Catalyst Residential Treatment Center, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

PLEASE REPORT ABUSE OR OTHER VIOLATIONS AT THIS FACILITY HERE: https://hslic.utah.gov/concerns-incidents

 

 

Please don’t place your loved one in Catalyst RTC and rescue them if they are there now.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Kreg Edgmon Executive Director/Owner Edgmon is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in UT and has been since 2003.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Seth Geisler Marketing Director/Owner Formerly worked at unnamed residential programs.  Richard Seth Geisler (may be a different person) is a licensed clinical social worker and has been since 2003. Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Adam Poll Clinical Director/Owner Poll is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in UT and has been since 2008.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jordan L. Larsen Admissions/Owner Larsen formerly worked for Academy at Canyon Creek (a.k.a. The confirmedly abusive: Sommerset Program, Provo Canyon School) and Gateway Academy.  Larsen is a licensed clinical social worker and has been since 2002.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Colleen Allie Therapist Formerly worked at unnamed residential programs.  Allie joined Catalyst in 2008.  Allie is a licensed clinical social worker and has been since 2000.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Mike Hylton Mentor Hylton joined Catalyst in 2008.  Hylton is not a licensed mental health professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Kylie Booth Therapist/Mentor Booth reportedly no longer works for this program.  Booth joined Catalyst in 2008.  She formerly worked for several unnamed wilderness and residential programs.  Booth is also a Brigham Young University (BYU) graduate.*  Booth is not a licensed mental health professional in UT.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Nicole Butler  (aka Bulter) Academic Director BYU graduate.  There are two Nicole Butler's licensed by the Utah State Office of Education.  In order to verify whether or not this Nicole Butler is licensed, HEAL requires her date of birth or last four digits of her social security number.  Source: e-mail from Utah State Office of Education.
Matt Gardiner Psychiatrist Gardiner formerly worked for Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.  Matthew James Gardiner is a licensed physician/surgeon in UT and has been since 2000.  This may be a different person.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jared Whipple Mentor Formerly worked for Brigham City Juvenile Justice Services.  Jared Rodger Whipple is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist and has been since February, 2010.  He graduated from Liberty University with a Master's of Arts degree in 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html  
Craig Lamont Board member Lamont no longer appears to be affiliated with this program.  Craig Roy Lamont is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been since 1997.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Tony Mosier Board member Mosier no longer appears to be affiliated with this program.  Anthony Glen Mosier is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been since 2001.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Sam Coates Board member Coates no longer appears to be affiliated with this program.  Sam Joel Coates is a licensed physician/surgeon and has been since 1992.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Anthony Hansen Board member Hansen no longer appears to be affiliated with this program.  Anthony T. Hansen is a licensed professional counselor and has been since 2001.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Greg Rush Board member Rush no longer appears to be affiliated with this program.  Gregory S. Rush is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been since 2002.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Jo Mitchell Admissions Jo Mitchell is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Ammon Fawson Therapist Fawson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since July, 2012.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Lisa Dickman Therapist Lisa Ann Dickman (may be a different person) is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Utah and has been since December, 2004.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Blake Altom Therapist Majored in Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University.  Altom is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since January, 2011.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Cory Eddington Therapist Majored in Family, Consumer, and Human Development at Utah State University.  Eddington is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Utah and has been since January, 2009.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Blake Petrick Medical Director Jared Blake Petrick (may be a different person) is a licensed nurse (APRN) with added license to handle controlled substances.  Source:  https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html 
Brendan Hamhill Recreation Dir. Hamhill is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Preston Kadleck Recreation Dir. Kadleck is not a licensed mental health nor medical professional in Utah.  Source: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html
Fact: Catalyst uses same Positive Control Systems methods as WWASPS and Eagle Ranch Academy.
HEAL has received one survivor report detailing violations and abuses at this program.
THE TRUTH:

All segregated congregate care providers, including those on our watch-list, are welcome to contact us to correct any information or provide additional data that may assist with delivering the whole truth to the public.  We've found in many cases where this offer has been abused or resulted in revealing additional basis for our concerns. For some examples see: http://www.heal-online.org/tcfl.htm http://www.heal-online.org/bolthouse.htm and http://www.heal-online.org/abundant2.htm.  Now, we are willing to look at the facts and may have questions or require documentation backing up any claims.  We do verify licensing, academic backgrounds, and other qualifications when investigating and researching programs on our watch-list to assist consumers seeking additional information on such programs or victims requiring assistance with getting corroborating evidence of their claims.  We do that in order to make sure the information we provide is accurate and verified and cite our sources.  In the event any information we've posted is in error, we're happy to make a correction.  And, for information on how such requests are handled and have been resolved historically, see: http://www.heal-online.org/requests.htm

HEAL does not support segregated congregate care for many reasons which include that many such facilities are abusive, exploitative, fraudulent, and lack effective oversight often as a result of fraudulent misrepresentation coupled with the ignorance of those seeking to enroll loved ones in such facilities, programs, schools, or centers without a valid court order and involuntarily.  In the United States such involuntary placements done without a court order are apparently illegal as they either violate the Americans with Disabilities Act community integration requirement or due process rights of those involuntarily placed.  Now, in regards to parents, in the United States parents have the right to waive their own rights, but, not the rights of their minor children.  See http://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm for more information.  Now, most facilities on our watch list include waivers, indemnity clauses, and sworn statements parents must sign assuring the program that the parents have the right to make the placement involuntarily and without due process in a segregated congregate care environment, however, California and federal prosecutors as well as settled law appears to suggest that is not the case.  In fact, in the David Taylor case found at http://www.heal-online.org/provocases.htm, Taylor sued Provo Canyon School and his mother as co-defendants.  His mother was found liable for 75% of the damages awarded to Taylor as a result of multiple complaints including false imprisonment, while the program was found only 25% liable because the mother owed a duty of due diligence to investigate anyone to which she would entrust care of her child and she failed to do so. 

Now, HEAL opposes segregated congregate care and we find most placements are happening illegally in the USA which if the youth understood their rights would result in unfortunate outcomes for the parents, particularly when they don't exercise good judgment and support the fraud and abuse rather than their own children when they need remedy and justice.  And, HEAL supports all victims of fraud and abuse in seeking remedies at law for any crimes or torts committed against them.  And, that's true whether or not the program or victims are in the USA. 

HEAL has a 5 point argument against segregated congregate care we'd like you to consider:

a.  Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation.  It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment.  For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at  https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A.  Or, see:   http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/  which includes in part:    "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment.  In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."

b.  Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive.  Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights.  Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm.  "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)."  (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)

c.  Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children.  Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family.  Source:   http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html       

d.  Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful.  Best source on this currently is:     https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc

e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression.  Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments.  Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html

Beyond the above arguments against segregated congregate care, we have reports from the NIH, Surgeon General, Yale University Studies, and much more showing the methodologies of behavior modification are damaging, harmful, and ineffective.  You can request these documents via e-mail.  In addition, for such programs offering academic services or claiming to offer diplomas, certifications, or the like, it is important to check to see if it is a diploma mill with no accredited academic services.  Please see article: "Avoiding Scams: What You Need To Know"  for important information on how to avoid education/training scams.

If you'd like to see what HEAL suggests rather than segregated congregate care (i.e. committing a crime or tort against your child if done against their will without a court order), please see articles: "Fix Your Family, Help Your Teen" and "How Would You Handle My Out of Control Teen?".

If you have a complaint against any facility, please file a complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency or your home state's attorney general.  For reporting resources see: http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  (Reporting guide is for USA only at this time.)
 

 *(Catalyst RTC, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)

 Last Updated: November 3rd, 2019

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