Impact Ranch

Impact Ranch (boys)
Impact Ranch is a boys program for boys with moderate behavioral problems. It is a 16 bed facility and contracts with DJJS clients, ages 13 to 18 located in Mona Utah. The program is designed to be a 6-8 month program. Clients have daily groups (both PRS and group therapy). The clients meet with a therapist at least once a week and more if needed. The clients go to school on site and are offered credit recovery if needed. All school needs go through the Nebo School District. While in the treatment the clients work their way through the Stages of Change. On the last 3 stages clients have the opportunity to have off site and home visits with their families. The clients get to also have phone calls with their families each week. Each client will be assigned a guide that will help them through their treatment and will be in contact with the family. They participate in service projects and outdoor activities, including treks. The boys are able to work with animals. Learning patience and kindness. The boys learn life skills that will be useful to them in the future.

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Program Director: Alex Atwood 801.851.0935

Assistant Director: Dustin McGowan 801.376.5195

Enrollment: Chelsea Thomas 801.885.7245

Office Phone: 801.375.4240

Program Director

Alex Atwood


Assistant Director

Dustin McGowan


Impact Ranch Therapists

Franz Ted Bell, M.Ed., LCMHC

Ted Ted has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Counseling. He obtained licensure in June 2010 as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Prior to joining The Journey Ted worked for ten years in Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) with youth in outpatient, residential, and secure settings as a Counselor and Case Manager. His clinical experience includes over seven years of conducting individual, family, and group psychotherapy and completing court-ordered psychosocial parenting and mental health assessments. Ted’s experience also includes five years with Alternative Youth Adventures (90-day experiential/ wilderness program for adjudicated youth). He served as a Senior Field Instructor, Field Specialist, Team Leader/Supervisor, and Discharge Director. His specialty is working with at-risk teens (11-18 years) with diagnoses of ADHD, depression, and anxiety as well specific addictions (substance abuse, video game, pornography, etc.), trauma/PTSD, and other behavioral issues. He is passionate about helping teens and their parents understand and navigate challenging times. He is a Scout Master of five years and served his church for two years as a missionary in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is an accomplished whitewater kayaker, rock climber, mountaineer, telemark skier, and world traveler. He looks forward to serving the youth and parents in Salt Lake County.

Jamie Griffin

Jamie GriffinJamie has Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse. Jamie has recently graduated with her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling (ACMHC). Prior to working at the Journey Jamie worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor for adults for the two years. Here she was able to gain an understanding of the struggles and affects that drugs have on people lives. Jamie found her passion for working with youth while working with troubled youth in residential facilities for three years. Jamie enjoys hanging out with her son and daughter and her husband on her free time.


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