Masters of Social Work, University of Utah
Bachelors of Social Work, University of Utah
Associates of Science, Dixie State University
Adam spent the last 6 years as a Medical Social Worker spending time working with Trauma, grief, and loss. Prior to that, he spent 2 years working in Behavioral Health with St. George Regional Hospital both with their inpatient and Emergency Crisis Units. He teaches for the Utah State Courts in their Behavioral education system for teens and adolescents and assists with the Social work instruction at DSU. He has also worked as a private therapist specializing in behavioral and emotional difficulties in teens and adolescents.
Adam was born in Northern Utah and raised with 6 siblings spending a lot of time with family and friends hiking, camping, and playing sports. He moved to Southern Utah in 2004 with his wife and now three children. He has spent most of his career working with teens and adolescents and the difficulties and strain that strained or damaged relationships can have in family life. He enjoys working with his hands and spending time with his family hiking, camping, biking, and doing almost any outdoor activity.
Comments on DRA
Diamond Ranch Academy is a program that teaches youth the skills necessary to be successful in all areas of their lives. I am impressed with the unique and insightful way Diamond Ranch approaches the issues our students are dealing with. I have had experience with youth facilities, and in my opinion, the approach that Diamond Ranch brings is uniquely effective and has an approach that has proven highly effective with the students and their families. They have great respect for the students here and truly care about them. The process takes time, but the relationships that are strengthened and remade are worth the wait.
Master of Science – Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Grand Canyon University.
Bachelor of Behavioral Science – Psychology, Utah Valley University
CMHCI, Life Launch Centers
Youth Mentor, Diamond Ranch Academy
I really love anything outdoors, mainly hiking and kayaking, but don’t mind staying inside for a good book or movie. I love getting to explore new places and I’ve had the opportunity to travel a bit even living in Australia for 6 months.
Comments on DRA
I began working at DRA a few years ago as a youth mentor and the experience was life changing. Getting to work in the wonderful environment that is DRA where everyone is supportive and wants the best for the kids and the guided me into what I’m doing today. Building relationships with the kids and other members of the DRA team was the driving force behind me going back to school to become a therapist and getting to play a bigger role in the growth we get to see in our students.
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California Southern University, MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
University of California, Irvine, BA in Economics
Therapist at Red Rock Canyon School, St. George, UT
Staff at Abundant Life Academy, St, George, UT
Monitor for Supervised Visitations at F.A.C.E.S, Fullerton, CA
Anne has a passion for the arts that she tried to incorporate in her work with adolescents and their families. She has performed in a number of community theater productions throughout Southern Utah and Southern California. She is also a founding member of Improv Dixie, an improv comedy group in St. George. Anne has found that through improv, individuals can develop communication skills, build confidence, and gain deeper insight into their relationships with others in a unique and fun way. When Anne is not working or performing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.
– Purdue University Calumet with a M.S. in MFT
– Texas Tech University Ph.D. in MFT
– Dr. Graff has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level students pursuing careers in the Mental Health field. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, and Clinical Fellow of AAMFT
– He has over 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, adolescents, couples, and families.
– He has worked with youth in residential settings for over 8 years.
Dr. Graff is passionate about empowering youth and their families. Dr. Graff understands the importance of relationships and their impact on adolescents and their families. He enjoys canyoneering, hiking, biking, and spending time with his family.
Bachelors of Social Work, University of Wyoming
Masters of Social Work, University of Wyoming
Staff at a Lava Heights Academy, Toquerville, UT
Vocational Specialist, Cathedral Home for Children, Laramie, WY
Internships at Head Start, Summit Home Health, and University of Wyoming Family Medical Residency Center, Laramie WY
Mentor in an acting troupe for individuals with disabilities, Manhattan, KS
Associate of Art, Dixie State University
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Dixie State University
Master of Social Work, University of Southern California
Therapist, Diamond Ranch Academy
Substance Abuse Therapist MSW Intern, Therapia Addiction Healing Center
I was born and raised in Southern California but have spent time in various parts of the country such as Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, and now Southern Utah. I have live here for 11 years and although the summers are hot I enjoy watching the seasons change. I have 1 daughter who is now 18 and learning that age does not make someone an adult. I raised her as a single parent and have learned a lot of life lessons the hard way. Family connection is something that I hold dear to my heart. Besides my love for animals, I have a deep passion for people and helping those who cannot or do not know how to help themselves. I love that I have the opportunity to be that safe place and voice of reason for those in need.
Comments on DRA
I truly feel blessed to have this wonderful opportunity to work with such amazing people who all share the same passion. Diamond Ranch Academy has a phenomenal program that gets results. Walking around the campus it is evident that those who work here love what they do, the interactions with the students and with each other are genuine. There are firm boundaries where there needs to be, yet there is also compassion and empathy. This is truly a place for positive growth and healing. I look forward to spending many great years here.
MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy also from Brigham Young University
BS degree from Brigham Young University in Human Development
Clinical and research interests have been on working with adolescents and their families. I have worked with adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, sexual addiction, autism, attachment, and parent/child relationship problems. Genuinely enjoys working with teens and is a firm believer that the adolescent years are some of the most essential years to develop and maintain healthy habits that will lead teens to be successful and happy adults. My wife and I live in St. George, UT. and are the happy parents of three rambunctious children.
General Education: LDS Business College, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bachelors of Science in Social Work: Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
Master of Social Work: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
EMDR Certified: EMDR Consulting, St. George, Utah
Therapist, Diamond Ranch Academy.
Development Counselor Intern, Deseret Industries.
Master of Social Work Intern, Wasatch Mental Health.
Social Work Intern, McKay Dee Hospital, Psychiatric Unit.
I’m originally from Cali, Colombia. People from Cali are very well known for their passion for salsa dancing and I’m not the exception to the rule. Dancing to me is a way of expression and the antidote to stress. I also enjoy reading. During the cold winters in Salt Lake, there was nothing more relaxing than to sit by the fireplace and emerge myself in a Paulo Cohelo’s book. Another major interest is my family. Since most of the members of my family still live in Colombia and I don’t get to see them often, I make sure I give them excellent quality time by phone and internet.
Comments on DRA
I recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master’s in Social Work. Through the program, I developed a profound interest for the human development stages and the physical and emotional changes that take place particularly during the adolescent years. Generally speaking, teens experience vulnerability and they tend to protect themselves by acting in a defiant manner that confuses adults. The program at DRA not only assist its students with this unique stage-transition, but with any other challenges that the students might be facing. When I visited DRA for the first time, I couldn’t help noticing the warm and positive interaction between the staff members and the students. Consequently, it was easy for me to conclude that the students have a strong support system in the academy. I can’t wait to be part of DRA’s team and to grow as a professional by helping the students overcome the challenges that are interfering with their ability to succeed in many aspects of their life.