SOURCE: Copper Canyon Academy

October 21, 2008 11:05 ET

Copper Canyon Academy Completes New Training Program to Enhance Care

RIMROCK, AZ--(Marketwire - October 21, 2008) - Copper Canyon Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for girls ages 14-17, announced today their completion of the first round of training of the Residential Child and Youth Care Professional (RCYCP) curriculum. This program, which comes from the National Resource Center for Youth Services at the University of Oklahoma, is the first Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) curriculum for front-line staff working with youth in residential care.

"We are delighted to have accomplished this first round of training," said Paul Taylor, Executive Director of Copper Canyon Academy. "Copper Canyon is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our students, and our staff already undergo a tremendous amount of training when coming into our program. This extra emphasis on youth development philosophies and current best practices helps strengthen our commitment to providing the best care for struggling young women."

Copper Canyon Academy employs approximately 50 residential staff. The goal is to have all staff trained and certified in the RCYCP curriculum by March of 2009. With the first round completed, approximately one-third of the Academy's residential staff are now eligible for certification.

States the National Resource Center's website: "Residential care workers have the most interaction, and therefore, the greatest impact on relationship building with the children and youth in their care."

Staff and students alike have reported the positive benefits of this training, which is 42 hours in length and covers topics such as developing a culture of care, understanding child development, building relationships and teaching discipline.

Copper Canyon's next round of training will begin later this month.

Copper Canyon Academy offers the highest quality residential care, a highly experienced and diverse clinical team, and a fully accredited high school education for girls ages 14-17 who may be struggling with behavioral or academic issues. The program's mission is to provide an experience that redirects and enhances the emotional, physical, mental, spiritual and social skills of young women by helping them build self-esteem, self-confidence, self-awareness, self-reliance and self-management. For more information, visit

Copper Canyon Academy is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation's leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen's services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student's unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For over two decades, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families. For more information, visit

Contact Information

    Josh White
    Program Director
    Copper Canyon Academy
    (928) 567-1322
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