This is a list for Provo Canyon School 

(AKA UHS of Provo Canyon)

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

 

File a complaint with Utah Regulators Here (Last listed disciplinary action against Provo Canyon School in 2015): https://hslic.utah.gov/concerns-incidents

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at Provo Canyon School.  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 Provo Canyon School, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Provo Canyon School, 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 don’t place your loved one in Provo Canyon School and rescue them if they are there now. 

 

Name

Unit/Position

Description/Background Info

Brad Gerrard

Admin/CEO/COO in 2007

 

Bill Parkes

Admin/CFO

 

 

Elizabeth Allen

Psych/Ph.D.

 

Lorraine Davis

Nurse/R.N.

 

Nancy Betenson

(with PCS at least since 1991)

Nurse/R.N.

Kerry Bush

Nurse/R.N.

 

Nancy Christensen

Nurse/R.N.

 

Jana Johnson

Nurse/LPN

 

Kathy Manley

Nurse/LPN

 

Jane McKenna

Nurse/RN

 

Sheryl McLean

Nurse/RN

 

Joann Prue

Nurse/RN

 

Isabel Reid

Nurse/LPN

 

Pat Schroeder

Nurse/RN

 

Mary Smith

Nurse/RN

 

Garold/Gary Barton (employed at Provo Canyon since 1977)

Therapy/Dir.

 UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Barton remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2004.

Dave Blackwell

(with Provo Canyon since early 1990s at least)

Therapy

Janette (aka Jeanette) Brown

Therapy

 

Earl Cardon

Therapy

 

Ken Condie

Therapy

 

Sam Hill

Therapy

 

Hal McDanel

Therapy

 

Dianne Nelson

Therapy

 

Ralph Olsen

Therapy

 

Craig Smith (with Provo Canyon since 1970s)

Therapy/ Supervisor

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Smith remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2004.

Alan Springer

Therapy/ Supervisor

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Springer remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2006.

Gary Starr

Therapy/ Supervisor

 

Wendy Turnbow

(with Provo Canyon since at least early 1990s)

Therapy

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Turnbow remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2005.

David Williams

Therapy

 

Larry Winn (with Provo Canyon since 1970s)

Therapy

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Winn remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2009 (possibly still now).

Kelly Corey

Business Development

 

Carolyn Wetzel

Business Development

 

Denise Westman

Business Development

 

Wendy VanDivier

Business Development

 

Jared Weight

Group/Dir.

 

Linda Johnson

Student Svcs.

 

Sue Brady—Group Living renamed “residential coaches/coaching”

Group Living—Sue Brady has been with Provo Canyon since 1991, possibly longer.

 

Leslie Jepson (same person as Leslie Giles)

Group Living

 

Tom Kreth (Has been with Provo Canyon at least since early 1990s.)

Group Living/Residential Coach

 

Ron Wood (Reportedly with PCS as early as early 1990s)

Group Living

 

Steve Nielsen

Admissions/Dir.

 

Janette Benson

Admissions

 

Marlene Kendall

Admissions

 

Clinton Dorny

Admissions

 

Eric Landon

Recreational Therapy

 

Robert H. Crist (retired in 2008)—actually just went to other Crist program, Logan River Academy full-time.—Founded Provo Canyon School in 1971 and again in 1974

Medical Director/Co-Founder

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Crist remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2008.

Delbert Pearson

Medical/ Psychiatrist

 

Catherine Black

Medical/ APRN

 

Nick Pakidko

Ed. Director.

 

Kirk Farmer

Ed. Supervisor

 

Dianne Shields

Ed. Supervisor

 

Diana Anderson

Education

 

Patrick Bagley

Education

 

Wayne Bishop

Education

 

David Black

Education

 

Beth Boldman

(with PCS from at least early 1990s--reportedly abusive)

Education

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Boldman remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2006.

David Campell

Education

 

Carrie Earl

Education

 

Paul Fowkes

Education

 

Bonnie Hate

Education

 

Ofa Ioane

Education

 

Cheryl Lindsey

Education

 

Kinzo Masuda

Education

 

Judy Miller

Education

 

Heidi Preece

Education

 

KathiJo Smith

(started at Provo Canyon in early 1990s)

Education

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Smith remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2006.

Cheryl Stoner

Education

 

Sandy Tennysen

Education

 

Kammy Thompson

Education

 

Dianne Walker

Education

 

Barry Woodward

Admin CEO *Brad Gerrard now Director of Bus. Dev. 2001

 

Amber Davidson

Nurse/LPN

 

Ian Earl

Nurse/RN

 

Katherine Green

Nurse/LPN

 

Sarah Knight

Nurse/RN

 

Jeanette Price

Nurse/LPN

 

Carol Stratton

Nurse/RN

 

John Charles

Therapy

 

Mike Lind

Therapy

 

Tony Mosier

Therapy

 

Diane Nelson

Therapy ***could be same as Dianne Nelson in 2000

 

Jennifer Morgan-Smith

Therapy

 

Ryan Regis

Therapy

 

Greg Rush

Therapy

 

Sherry Sheffield

Therapy

 

Jennifer Wolley

Therapy

 

Lorna Hall

(we have confirmation that Hall has been with Provo Canyon since 1991-1993)

Director (formerly Group Living/Residential Coaches)

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Hall remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2009 (possibly still now).

Leslie Giles

Group Living

 

Dave Perkins

Group Living

 

Bruce Robinson

Group Living

 

Megan Bailey

Education

 

Danielle Cousin

Education

 

Elizabeth Evans

Education

 

Jana King

Education

 

Bonnie Kokowa

Education

 

Nathan Powell

Education

 

Mary Talbot

Education

 

Shelly Windsor

Education

 

Tamara Winterton

Education

 

Bonnie Young

Education

 

Kreg Gillman

CEO

 

Katie Jochum

Director of Bus. Dev.

 

Ken Huey

Therapy (2005 became Director of Bus. Dev.)

 

Carol Strallon

Nurse/RN **** Could be same person as Carol Stratton from 2001

 

Janett Benson

Admissions ***** Could be same person as Janette Benson from 2000-2001

 

Court Hansen

Admissions

 

Tracey Bjarson

CTRS/TRS

 

Melissa Clater

CTRS/TRS

 

Kara Ohlsen

CTRS/TRS

 

Nancy Bowen

CTRS/TRS

 

Jennifer Clifton

Med/APRN

 

Rachelle Frost

Med/APRN

 

Laura Maw

Med/APRN

 

Barry Stone

Med/PAC

 

Sally B. Hill

Admissions

 

Rita Hoyle

Admissions

 

Emily McKnight

Admissions

 

Karen Stevens

Admissions

 

Darlene Adams

Nurse/LPN

 

Royene Aiken

Nurse/RN

 

Tim Bartell

Nurse/RN

 

Susan Byerly

Nurse/LPN

 

Megan Davidson

Nurse/LPN

 

Rebecca Greener

Nurse/LPN

 

Roxann Gull

Nurse/LPN

 

Roger Hiatt

Nurse/RN

 

Laurie Holland

Nurse/RN

 

Travis Hunter

Nurse/RN

 

Sherry Johnson

Nurse/LPN

 

Jessica Todd

Nurse/RN

 

Jude Rudolph

Director of Bus. Dev.

 

Rachel Barth

Education

 

Steve Barton

Education

 

Jerry Carpenter

Education

 

Marshall Christensen

Education

 

Amie Jo Cook

Education

 

Diana Cornaby

Education

 

Kevin Dexter

Education

 

Brett Haderlie

Education

 

Kathleen Hagerty

Education

 

Don Hunter

Education

 

Christian Jensen

Education

 

Donnel Johnson

Education

 

Doug Kotter

Education

 

Eleanor Laflamme

Education

 

Stacy Leak

Education

 

Misty Lindgren

Education

 

Danielle Mills

Education

 

Vivian Mitchell

Education

 

Anna Mortimer

Education

 

Coy Nedesky

Education

 

Mary Norton

Education

 

Shantell Oler

Education

 

Allyson Perkins

Education

 

Kela Shimp

Education

 

Stephen Biddulph

Director of Clinical Svcs.

 

Christine Berry

Rec. Therapy

 

Kara Crofts Fisher

Rec. Therapy

 

Robb Shirley

Rec. Therapy

 

Melissa Sprague

Rec. Therapy

 

Ron Albert

Residential Coaches (new title/div.)

 

Leslie Anderson

Residential Coaches

 

Codi Barnes

Girls Lead Coach

 

Antoine Few

Inventory

 

Matt Flake

Residential Coaches

 

Jason Harrington

Residential Coaches

 

Joe McCloud

Residential Coaches

 

Justin Uale

Residential Coaches

 

Laura Willis

Inventory

 

Moroni Alvarez

Therapy

 

Matthew Bradley

Therapy

 

Aaron Cothran

Therapy

 

Eric Fawson

Therapy

 

Patrick R. Fisk

Therapy

 

Sara Fonnesbeck

Therapy

 

Russell Gaede

Therapy

Gaede reportedly no longer works for Provo Canyon School and would prefer not to be associated with it in any way.  He reportedly disapproves.

Michael Higbee

Therapy

 

Drew Hirsch

Therapy

 

Eric Jenkins

Therapy

 

Jennifer Morrill

Therapy

 

Daniel J. Musto

Therapy

 

Cheryl L. Neville

Therapy

 

Adriana Ottonelli

Therapy

 

Kevin Raff

Therapy

 

Marcie Remington

Therapy

 

Wade Taylor

Therapy

 

Daniel Woodbury

Therapy

 

Kristina Zeidner

Therapy

 

David Melear

Admin/CEO

 

Rebekah Cook

Admissions

 

Jody Levicki (Jodi Lavicky)

(with PCS at least as early as 1991)

Admissions

UHS, Inc acquired Provo Canyon School in June, 2000.  Source: https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ut/4768612-0143 And, Levicki remained on staff after UHS, Inc acquired it reportedly through 2007 (possibly still now).

Kate VandeKraats

Admissions

 

Megan Burgin

Nurse/RN

 

Jan/Janna Hopkins

Nurse/RN

 

Natalie Hurley

Nurse/LPN

 

Sherri Johnson

Nurse/LPN

******May be same person as Sherry Johnson in 2005

 

Wade Roskelly

Nurse/LPN

 

James Murray

Director of Bus. Dev.

 

Tere Snodgrass

Business Dev.

 

Nadean Armstrong

Education

 

Merill Black

Education

 

Ben Francis

Education

 

Kathleen Wilson

Education

 

Carol Stockin

Education

 

Ray Zentz

Education

 

Cheryl Demarco

Rec. Therapy

 

Sadie Perkins

Rec. Therapy

 

Laura Wagstaff

Rec. Therapy

 

Ann Waldrom

Rec. Therapy

 

Brent Esplin

Therapy

 

Chris Gauger

Therapy

 

Jeremy Hilton

Therapy

 

Jennifer James

Therapy

 

Aislinn Kelly

Therapy

 

Kimberly Martin

Therapy

 

Vjollca Martinson

Therapy

 

Susan Peterson

Therapy

 

Ian Smith

Therapy

 

Jenny Taylor

Therapy

 

Emily Wilson

Therapy

 

Jeremy Cottle

CEO

 

Susan Clyde

Nurse/RN

 

Brian Mattews

Nurse/LPN

 

Tina Patterson

Nurse/RN

 

Deirdre Butte

Bus. Dev.

 

Caretia A. Fernandez

Bus. Dev.

 

Ann Bowen

Rec. Therapy

 

Amanda Beal

Therapy

 

Christopher Knox

Therapy

 

Lana Wren

Therapy

 

Al Jessop

Group Living

 

Jo Porter

Education

Worked for PCS in early 1990s. 

Alan Pontius

Education

Worked for PCS in early 1990s. 

 Heather Hammond

Staff 

Worked for PCS in early 1990s. 

Cathy (Kathy?) Hurley Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s.
Phil Westbrook Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s.
Megan L. Hamblin Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s.
Deanna Gerdes Education Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Laura Wiggington Education Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Susie Black Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Chris Holbrook Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Maureen Rowe Investment Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Brenda Walker Investment Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Craig Winters Therapist Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Larry Adams Education Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Kirsten Bastian Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Barbara Young Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Melissa Ricks Recreational Therapist Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Sandee K. Fruhling Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
RusCene Porter Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Eileen Turner Investment Staff Worked for PCS in early 1990s
Brent Facer Staff Worked for PCS in 1970s--Later worked for WWASP
Earl Taylor Staff Worked for PCS in 1970s
Frank Purviss (or Purvis) Staff Worked for PCS in 1970s
Robert Lichfield Staff Worked for PCS in 1970s--Founder of WWASP
Shirley Robb Recreational Staff Worked for PCS from 2005-2007
R. Zentz Education Worked for PCS in 2005
Todd Orchard Resident Artist Worked for PCS in 2001
A. Allred Sandwich Artist Worked for PCS in 2006
C. Demarco Staff/Intern Worked for PCS in 2005
David Campbell Education/Director  
Steve Nielsen Admissions Worked for PCS in 2003--Confirmed
J. Williams Recreational Staff Worked for PCS as Intern in 2007 (related to Jack?)
Laurie Harrop Education Worked for PCS in 2004
Douglas Conrad Winkelman Parent Seminar "Specialist" Worked for PCS in 1986.  Winkelman has been involved in government planning for children and education since 1967.  He is an "Elder" with the Mormon church.  And, he is involved with another cult called Brighter Minds.  He has also worked on a number of "research" projects in US prisons and education on behavior modification.  Click on his name to the left and jump to page 11 (enter 11 in the box where it says page (box) of 43.
Dennis Eugene Thorne (D. Eugene Thorne) Psychologist DEAD.
Kiersten Brostrom Unit Staff  
Chad (Last?) Unit Staff  
Brandon (Last?) Unit Staff  
Clara Bell Unit Staff  
Craig Rodabaugh Therapist (Former) Reportedly worked at Provo Canyon in 1990 and has since went on to work at Kolob Canyon.

 
Link: Lawsuits Against Provo Canyon School
Link: Provo Canyon School Truth Exposed!
Link: The Evidence
Link: 2012-2019 Police Complaint/Call Log on PCS
REPORTING GUIDE FOR VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, & WHISTLEBLOWERS

In Utah, the criminal statutes of limitation are 2 years on misdemeanors, 8 years on many felonies, and no statute of limitations on child sex trafficking or murder.  For civil suits in Utah, the statute of limitations is 4 years. Here are your options:

1.  Report crimes such as assault, battery, labor trafficking, and child abuse to law enforcement in Utah.  You can call the Orem Police at (801) 229-7070 and/or Provo Police at (801) 852-6210  to inquire about filing an official complaint which may provide the probable cause needed to get a warrant for investigation and/or prosecution.  You can also file a complaint with Utah regulators by visiting https://hslic.utah.gov/concerns-incidents and clicking on "Submit A Concern" and completing and submitting that online form.

2.  File a consumer complaint with your home state's attorney general against Provo Canyon School and include your request for compensation for any harm done to you.  You can find the easy online forms for filing such a complaint (which may result in an investigation, prosecution, and/or civil resolution on your case) under your home state's (state where you currently reside) header at https://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  If you live in Utah or would like to file a consumer complaint with the Utah Attorney General as a nonresident, visit: https://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/contact/complaint-form/ 

3.  If you do not wish to file a consumer complaint, you can contact a private personal injury attorney and look into suing in tort/civil court.  However, if you can't afford the retainer, you should expect to settle out of court with a non-disclosure agreement which may bar you from speaking publicly about the incident because you've agreed (even if with a grumbling assent) to the terms of the settlement.  You can find legal resources at https://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm and legal causes of action related to institutionalized abuse claims at https://www.heal-online.org/legalarguments.htm.

4.  If you'd prefer not to file formal complaint with the proper authorities, you may post your statement on our unmoderated message board at http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/show.php?usernum=3407841501&cpv=2 OR send a new e-mail to rev@cope.church with subject "Post My Feedback" and we will post your feedback (e-mail printed to .pdf disclosing your name and e-mail address and any information in your e-mail with that subject) to https://www.cope.church/feedback.htm and add a direct link to those .pdf files to the webpage at https://www.heal-online.org/pcsstaff.htm  .

5. You may also wish to provide a guest sermon.  Guest sermons are posted at https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm , under Progress Reports/Guest Sermons at https://www.heal-online.org where appropriate, and on program info pages when applicable.  So, one provided by you on Provo Canyon School would also be placed on this page.  Guest sermons should be written into the body of an e-mail and sent to rev@cope.church . Your first and last name will be disclosed.  For sermons available on our site see https://www.cope.church/sermons.htm . If you have questions about this option, please contact rev@cope.church. Please see https://www.cope.church/givetoday.pdf to get an idea what your sermon may be worth.
External Link: Aaron Ross sues Provo Canyon for Sex Abuse and Torture, Filed 2021
August 15th, 2021: A #TaoFu Sermon on Provo Canyon School (which declined to comment)

 
 
File a complaint or leave a review at the Better Business Bureau here: https://www.bbb.org/us/ut/provo/profile/youth-organization-center/provo-canyon-school-1166-22293449  
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 "Emancipation Guide".

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.)
ABOUT DR. PHIL MCGRAW....  (This was formerly featured at https://www.heal-online.org/breathless.htm and has been relocated as more appropriate to this page in some ways...)

For those who have been unduly influenced by false advertising, slick salespeople, and promises that all your problems will be solved if you sign an agreement you don't read and pay a lot of money who find that too tempting, even if all lies, due to feeling vulnerable, overworked, and overwhelmed, we're here to help educate you and inform you that anyone offering to solve all or most of your major issues for cash while pressuring you not to question their methods or read the contracts as they manipulate and exploit you for money and free promotion of their bullshit, is not someone with whom you should do business nor trust your private information because such tactics are used by criminals and not those with any legitimate services to offer regardless of what you may hear from those already misled or profiting themselves off of mutual referrals which at this time is now criminal and against federal and many state laws.  So, if someone recommended a cult/scam to you, even a celebrity like Dr. Phil (not licensed to practice) who was sued for it but continues to recommend these places/cults anyway, it is best to think for yourself and not believe the hype.  And, now you should also report any such celebrities or referrers to the FBI for violating federal kickback laws and/or state law enforcement where exchanges in kind are understood to be considered compensation for such referrals and illegal.  So, if you have evidence of it, turn them in immediately and you can sometimes gather all the evidence for probable cause for such an investigation by doing a little research since they brazenly break laws on tv, online, and in your face knowing most people won't take the time to bother with reporting to law enforcement, filing suit, or even filing consumer complaints with Attorney General's office(s).  Such reporting resources can be found at http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  And, the reason these criminals are still operating is as a result of many victims being too intimidated to report in a timely fashion or they feel since they now know and are out of it they prefer to "move on" rather then do anything remotely responsible that requires any time or effort on their part to make sure they get justice and other people don't fall victim to the same or similar crime/criminals.  So, don't blame law enforcement or regulation unless they actually fail to do their jobs after you've effectively done your civic duty.  And, if you've been a victim of undue influence and brainwashing, we have compassion for you and hope even when we may be unpleasant in tone or language that it helps with your deprogramming needs.  We are survivors and consumer advocates, not mental health nor medical professionals.  But, our team is made up of people of good faith, ecumenical, and politically diverse.  Don't blame victims and make sure anyone making recommendations is getting paid and not just an active victim of the cult/scam before jumping to conclusions regarding guilt or innocence.  Dr. Phil* is definitely in on it.

*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON DR. PHIL MCGRAW (SOURCES CITED):

"Dr. Phil McGraw is not a licensed professional.  His license was revoked in TX after he had inappropriate relations with a 19 year old patient in his care.  He refused to take an ethics course or do any of the requirements for his reinstatement.  Source: http://forensicpsychologist.blogspot.com/2008/01/dr-phil-controversy-highlights-public.html

In fall of 2004, Angela Smith of HEAL was notified that Dr. Phil McGraw was recommending Provo Canyon School on his program.  She is a victim of Provo Canyon and was tortured at that facility.  She and other victims of Provo Canyon wrote the show, called the show, and the production company in charge of the show (HARPO Productions, Oprah Winfrey's company) with great concern and alarm.  We received no response. Parents tried posting about their family experiences on Dr. Phil's message board on his own website and none of the posts were ever made public.  Only positive statements about the programs he recommended were allowed or permitted on his message boards.  After getting stone-walled, we contacted the National Enquirer hoping to shame Dr. Phil into stopping his recommendations of abusive facilities, including Provo Canyon.  They ran the story in January, 2005, here is that link: http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/dr-phil-caught-child-abuse-scandal/.

Even after all of that, Dr. Phil continues to recommend Aspen Education Group and other abusive programs through his show.  Oprah owns her own abusive programs and she recommends these facilities as well.  That's Dr. Phil's boss.  We set up action alerts to tell Dr. Phil to stop and all of our efforts were ignored.  But, considering the type of man Dr. Phil is, it isn't surprising.  Deaths at multiple Aspen programs.  Forcing girls to give lap dances at Mount Bachelor Academy (now closed), an Aspen facility in Oregon.  Dr. Phil only cares about money and doesn't give a hoot about ethics, morality, or justice.  Since that time, HEAL has had an ongoing action alert to boycott Dr. Phil. In January of 2013, Jodi Hobbs of SIA and Nick Gaglia appeared on the Dr. Phil Show to discuss institutional abuse.  Source: http://piecesofvictory.com/?page_id=983

We begged them not to do it because it would only become a comparison to say these old now closed programs were awful and not something Dr. Phil would recommend while he continues selling equally abusive programs to his audience, programs that include where Angela Smith and other HEAL coordinators were abused. In January of 2014, parents and victims filed suit against Dr. Phil and programs he had recommended claiming he had exploited their families and sent their children into harm's way.  That case is linked above and one in which we assisted the lawyer and the families. But, it is clear that Nick and Jodi were unable to persuade Dr. Phil in 2013 to stop doing it and stop placing kids.  And, media shaming and lawsuits haven't stopped him either. To this day, February 25th, 2017, Dr. Phil continues to promote Aspen Education Group on his website: http://www.drphil.com/show-pages/laureenshannon/.

The action alert regarding HEAL's ongoing boycott of Dr. Phil is available on our site at www.heal-online.org/teen.htm (Scroll to bottom of action alerts) or see a copy of the alert directly below:

"BOYCOTT DR. PHIL BECAUSE HE CONTINUES TO REFER AND ENROLL "GUESTS" INTO ABUSIVE PROGRAMS!! -- On Monday, September 27th, 2010 (Troubled Teens Update--Episode Title).  In 2003, Dr. Phil was profiling a family with a 12 year old girl with Reactive Attachment Disorder. At the end of the segment, Dr. Phil announced that he was sending the girl to Provo Canyon. In his words Provo Canyon "has a proven track record of helping young people." The parents, of course, were clueless, and agreed to this immediately. We need to flood the Dr. Phil show with letters, faxes and emails. Dr. Phil has repeatedly referred children to abusive programs.  The Dr. Phil website still refers to Copper Canyon Academy (Aspen Education Group) and Provo Canyon School as of December 28th, 2009!  And, as recently as September 27th, 2010 he referred to Academy at Swift River, another Aspen Education Group program.  Send an e-mail by visiting: http://www.drphil.com/email/email_phil_show.jhtml or snail-mail him at: Dr. Phil Show, 5482 Wilshire Boulevard #1902, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  Don't watch or support Dr. Phil and his child-abuse-profiteering."

The alert was created in 2010, but, it is an ongoing boycott because of Dr. Phil's ongoing recommendation of abusive facilities."

The entirety of the body of this added note in quotes above was written February 25th, 2017 but still applies.
For those interested in Rev. Angela Smith's background, stay, and/or attempts to report the issues at PCS to someone in a position of arguable authority (though not really, legislators are not law enforcement nor regulators), see https://www.heal-online.org/pcshistory.pdf .  Rev. Angela Smith was enrolled and interned at PCS in 1989.  #308.  Please support efforts to rescue other children currently being abused in segregated congregate care.  Spread the word and please consider donating to support the church and mission.  For more info, visit https://www.cope.church/mission.htm and https://www.cope.church/support.htm.  Thank you.
Feedback: January 24th, 2022: Ann R. K., Survivor of Provo Canyon School in UT, click here for feedback.

 Last updated:  January 24th, 2022

 

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