“Barry is a warm and self-revealing person with whom both our son, and us are able to easily relate. His flexibility in the treatment process allows Barry to re-evaluate therapeutic approaches in order to identify and use those that will work best with our son. However, he has also not been afraid to push our son, and us out of our ‘comfort zones’. Through his insightfulness, Barry never misses an opportunity to teach ‘life lessons’ to our son regardless of where they happen to be at the time. Our son has consequently been able to progress at Telos, and advance towards the achievement of his goals that were outlined for him within the first month of his admission.” – parent
As a veteran in the mental health industry more than 20 years, his story began with his Masters in Social Work from University of Utah. Currently the Executive Director, Mentor and Visionary, he runs one of the most vibrant, caring programs in the industry. His passion for Telos is evident in his belief that everyone deserves a chance at becoming their best or as Telos says “Ultimate Potential”.
Barry has taken the Center Street Campus to new heights as students and families come to experience the hope that Telos offers teen boys and has offered to over 900 families. Each family comes with specific individual needs and hopes. In a methodical and clinically-sophisticated manner walk through the individual needs to remove the hurdles the student and family face as barriers to success. Barry maintains a mind-boggling team of experts all assembled to do one thing…support the student and his family to help them accomplish some of the most rewarding months of their lives.
Education:University of Utah, Master of Social Work
Experience:Active therapist, 20 years
Passion:Advocate for teen boys and helping them find themselves
“Nathan is warm and friendly. He helped us to stay on track during sessions and is there for us if we need him. Our sessions always had an agenda and we always knew what to expect for the following week. I believe Nathan has helped me learn how to be a better listener and communicator with our son (and all those I am surrounded by daily). I have become a better parent to my two girls at home. I see Telos and Nathan as being a life changing force for both our son and our entire family.” -parent
Nathan has been with Telos for more than a decade. His passion is working with young people and helping them find peace, direction, and meaning in their lives. Academically Nathan graduated from Brigham Young University with both a Psychology undergrad and Masters in Social Work. He approaches therapy with genuine mindset that feeling cared for is required before someone is motivated to change. Willingness to change comes differently to everyone, yet when ready, it takes experience to softly find the path that works best individually. Nathan employs a relational, straight forward and logical approach to the work he does. Modalities include CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, DBT, and ERP. Primarily, the focus is to uncover what approach is going to work best for each student given their personality and presenting challenges. The clinical team that Nathan directs are all equally motivated and skilled to succeed. What sets the Telos Academy – Clinical Team apart is a universal desire and goal to build relationships first and really see the person, the real person who needs support, love and time to heal.
Nathan leads by example with kindness, healthy habits and active lifestyle and encourages his team and students to do the same. At least twice per year, he competes in triathlons, side-by-side with Telos students.
Education:Psychology, Brigham Young University, Masters Social Work, Brigham Young University
Specialty:Passionate about helping young people find answers and peace
Clinical Expertise:CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems, DBT, and ERP
“As the Admissions Director, I saw Kristin as the face of Telos. Now that my son has been at Telos, I see that her love and commitment to excellence is truly representative of Telos as a whole.” – parent
Kristin Williams is a board member and packed with enthusiasm for our students. Not a day goes by that Kristin is not laughing with or “high-fiving” students on campus. Her attention to detail is what puts every mom’s heart at peace, knowing that Kristin is watching out for their child. Kristin joined Telos from the public school system of 15 years which includes being the principal at Mound Fort Middle School / Junior High. She is the former director of the Family Community Resource Center at Central Middle School, and has also worked as a counselor at Lewis Elementary School. Her passion for the mountains of Utah and being fit is a big part of Telos’ recreation therapy. Kristin believes strongly in the individualized treatment model of Telos and brings her “A-Game” everyday so that each student can feel the love of concerned friends. Her academics include Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and an Educational Administration License from Utah State University.
Education:Educational Administration License - Utah State University
Passion:Advocate for youth to find sustainable wellness and tools for success
“Tony teaches us that no one is too important to serve. When I see him watering the plants, mowing the grass, and attending to more menial tasks, I am reminded that Telos is more about service than position.” -staff
Education:Masters, Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC, M.Ed)
Passion:Healthy living, nature and positive lifestyle
“Tony has the unique ability to see past surface complexities to the heart of an issue. With professionalism, kindness, expertise, and great wisdom he approaches all aspects of his work at Telos. He saved my son’s life, and the organization he helps lead has saved hundreds of others.” -parent
Tony loves working with youth. By helping them reach their personal best, he reaches his. Achieving his undergraduate at Brigham Young University and a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University Tony immediately felt he had something to give back. Telos became a reality in 2004 because of Tony’s (and partners) vision to build a program that would be a place that heals and re-builds families by offering a clinically-advanced approach to solving mental health needs. Tony has invested his entire career of 20 years working with youth and young adults of all ages and needs. In addition, Tony oversees the operations on all campuses and all services Telos offers. This is no small task, as the program demands individualized treatment. As a practicing therapist he has built and continues to build a therapeutic rigor that is second-to-none.
When not with his students he can be found developing system programming, overseeing quality improvement, or building innovative solutions. In addition Tony has accepted the nomination to serve as the NATSAP President (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) for the next 2 years.
Education:BYU Undergraduate, USU Masters Graduate
Passion:Helping youth and young adults
Affiliations:President of NATSAP
“At the last Family Days triathlon my son was the last racer out of the water. I was standing on the dock and could see him slowly swimming in. As he got closer I could see someone swimming alongside him. To my surprise, Craig LaMont was in the water with Dan encouraging and coaching him along. It struck me–this is an amazing place filled with amazing people. The CEO of the company is in a wetsuit, in a lake, personally attending to my boy. Nowhere but Telos.” -parent
Craig is passionate about life. He shares that passion with his family, friends, students and staff. Often Craig is heard in the halls of Telos humming a tune and at times singing out for all to hear. Craig loves Telos. As a co-founder, there is nothing he won’t do to help make a student’s stay the very best experience possible. In addition his full-throttle approach to life also includes other interests like coaching youth athletics, board service, church service, community service, and outdoor sports. Craig has founded, owned and operated a number of residential treatment centers and is known in the industry as a premier authority in consulting circles. Craig is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has worked in and studied the mental health practices since 1990. Graduate degree is a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Brigham Young University. Craig is passionate about serving teens and families and has dedicated his professional and volunteer time to that end.
Education:Masters, Marriage and Family Therapy
Passion:A dedicated passion to build a premium option for youth that really works
“Chris brings the perfect mixture of humanity and professionalism to Telos.” -staff
A native of Oxford, England and enthusiastic about family. As a result, Chris sees the value in having a program that families can trust their children to. He is a fervent advocate of training and legal excellence. His second love besides his family is law and has built a thriving career around it. He has served with the esteemed law firm, Hepworth Murray & Associates, his practice included wholesale finance, securities, investment banking, and mortgage banking industries. Christopher is also credentialed and certified in Governance, Risk Management and Compliance to name a few.
Christopher has a softer side as well. He directs a large HR department caring for 300+ employees. He thrives on helping kids. Telos has opened opportunities that has expanded him both professionally and personally.
Academically accomplished with Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and a BS in Business Management from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management.
Education:BS Business Management - Brigham Young University, Juris Doctor - University of Denver
Passion:Driven for business excellence and compliance for best family experience
Dr James Palmer, DO
“My son came to Telos having tried nearly every therapy and medication known to man. We had tried so many interventions, the waters were muddied as to what was effective and what wasn’t. Dr. Palmer took a careful and conservative approach to understanding my son’s psychiatric needs. He worked closely with the other professionals at Telos to simplify and streamline the medicines until we had a clear picture of what was needed.” – parent
Dr James Palmer brings a substantial background in mental health for teens and young adults that Telos thrives on. His passion for helping kids is evident in his attention to detail and outcomes. Each student brings a unique blend of hopes, fears and needs and Dr Palmer spends the needed time with each student to help stabilize and support each need.The Telos vision asserts that “diagnostic precision” is a key objective in each student’s treatment. Dr. Palmer takes a conservative stance regarding diagnoses and patiently works toward a deep and comprehensive understanding of what each student is dealing with.
Education:Medical School - Des Moines University, DO / General Psychiatry Residency - Maricopa Integrated Health System / Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship - Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
Passion:Clinical excellence, diagnostic precision and understanding each student’s needs
Certifications:American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified
“Your job is so cool! I want to be in marketing when I graduate.” -student
Servant leader, Strategist and Marketing Geek –
With over 20 years experience, Daniel wears many “business hats” with style. Marketing, strategy and branding are his skills, but his passion for helping kids came while working in the hospitalized children’s healthcare industry (development and fundraising), for most of the children’s hospitals in the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada. Daniel oversees the Telos media presence in the mental health industry and a growing worldwide community who love Telos. Mentoring Telos to new levels of awareness and growth and spreading the message of hope that Telos offers to thousands of individuals and families. Understanding what Telos does is the first step to loving what Telos does. Meeting families whose lives have been changed forever, is a joy Daniel thrives on. Telos is the “real-deal”, he added, and he loves seeing happy, thriving teens and young adults, graduating, who 1-year earlier didn’t see much hope. What a difference a year can make!
Education:BS Marketing, MBA
Passion:Helping kids succeed in slow and steady ways.
“Thank you so much for all of the kindness you’ve shown to our son and family. We will miss you. You are what makes Telos special. Thank you for everything! -parent”
The nursing team has one goal, to keep track of all the boys, make sure they are healthy, meds on time, sunscreen and safety first! Whew, you might say they “think like moms”, and in Sarah’s case she is a mom. Her two teen sons are autistic and if there was ever anyone who “gets it”, it would be Sarah. With over 20 years as a nurse she has seen it all, in so many ways. She has served in family practice, orthopedics, asthma and allergy clinic, corrections and now, her favorite, Telos. Keeping students safe and well cared for is vital, as parents place a great deal of trust in the nursing staff and we don’t take that lightly. Sarah runs the nursing department with precision. She is amazingly organized and task oriented.
Passion:Keeping students safe
Noteworthy:Over 20 years in nursing
“John Hall far exceeds our expectations and stands head and shoulders above the many in his profession that we have worked with. John quickly gained our son’s respect, which was in itself, amazing. John’s ability to relate to our son has been one of the major keys to our son’s success.” – parent
Being great at treating teens and young adults is only part of the equation. Seeing a trend in success and capturing results is the other. John’s “all-in” approach to work is readily seen in his data and stats that help mold Telos into who we are. As the Chief Quality Officer and Director of Research he can show the trends and data that matter most, making our best practices even better. As a practicing therapist, John sees first hand the opportunities that come from using good data to drive decisions and outcomes.
A substantial contribution to the culture and excellence of Telos, comes from the Arbinger Group, best known for their publication, Anatomy of Peace. John is not only an expert and mentor with Arbinger principles but lives them personally, providing a deep well of expertise when relating to teens and young adults.
Education:Psychology - Brigham Young University, Marriage and Family Therapy - Abilene Christian University, Certificates: Mental Research Institute, Service: NATSAP and JTSP
Clinical Expertise:Family systems, Arbinger Institute Certified
Expertise:All in when it comes to helping teens and young adults succeed
Dalin is a focused leader maintaining a strong emotionally safe platform for students to stand on while learning to transition home. As students join the Anthem House they learn skills and tools that propel their success rates by nearly 80%! Dalin and his team are focused on helping students maintain a strong sense of value; a heart of peace and resilience, all mixed together with some good old-fashioned Telos grit. Dalin maintains an engaged team all dedicated to build, mentor and support students from high structure to low oversight in a healthy sustainable way.
Education:Bachelors Psychology- Brigham Young University, Masters Healthcare Administration - Bellevue University
Experience:A six year veteran at Telos
Passion:Paving the way for students to maintain a sustainable healthy lifestyle
“Jessica was a perfect match for my rebellious teenager. Her warmth, compassion and love of my child was evident. We are eternally grateful for her involvement in our family’s life.” -parent
Jessica is an expert at grief and loss, crisis management. Her open, direct approach to therapy is both positive and healing. With 12 years in the industry her authentic style is a boost to her students who feel safe and supported by her almost immediately. Jessica’s end-goal and passion is to get students living productive healthy lives and who are engaged with family and surrounding community.
Clinical Expertise:Grief and Loss Specialities
Education:Bachelors Social Work - ISU, Masters Social Work - Eastern Washington University
A veteran of Telos for 5 years and serving students now as a Primary Therapist. A key to the ongoing success is his passion around connecting. This includes a less traditional, social connection with activities and even athletics like a triathlon now and then. Biking and running with students is a fun connection for Brady. Success in Brady’s mind is empowering students with a strong sense of worth and self-determination. This means students leave Telos with the ability and tools to be sustainable and love the path they are working for. Brady is patient, caring and willing to work with students on their level and always aiming to give that extra push to help students succeed. Modalities are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic.
Clinical Expertise:ACT, CBT, Psychodynamic
Education:Bachelors Behavioral Science, Master Social Work - University of Utah
“Rachel has been my favorite teacher at Telos. She has an amazing view on life and takes the time to teach so much more than art. Before coming to Telos I didn’t consider myself as creative. Rachel helped me discover a new talent. She is truly the best.” -student
Rachel Parrish is an England native. From a very young age she has been passionate about beauty, art and imagery. Scholastically Rachel graduated in Math Education at Manchester University, England and a BA Art Education at BYU.
Rachel is unrivaled in art and art therapy. She takes students on a journey of therapeutic exploration through art, expression and imagery. Students are taught how to share in pictures and colors what they can’t do in words. The art room is a safe place where frustrations, joy, love and a myriad of feelings are explored in 2D, 3D and textures. Whether an accomplished artist or a beginner, students are welcomed, loved and taught the basic art skills necessary to express their thoughts visually. Art is more about finding a way or medium that students can use to express themselves like sculpture, drawing, painting, film, photography, music and other mixed media. Rachel’s warmth and loving heart for students comes from knowing, first hand, what a troubled childhood feels like and is always willing to help make a student’s day a little brighter.
Education:Bachelors, Art Education-Brigham Young University
Specialty:Passionate about beauty, art and sharing with teens
“Larry Smith is caring, thoughtful and creative. He has made a huge impact on Ryan. Beyond our son, the entire family has grown from Larry’s willingness to offer a tremendous amount of time with each member. He is consistent and steadfast in his values. Ryan sees this and has started to adopt those same principles of happiness into his own life. We are deeply indebted to Larry.” -parent
Larry is described by many as the “Dad of Telos.” This honorary title fits well because years ago as a volunteer leader and counselor, Larry worked with youth and families for decades to strengthen relationships, improve communications, and overcome problems like depression, anxiety, substance use and addiction. These skills and wisdom are invaluable, even “dad like” for our students today. Larry has a strong desire to help kids succeed at life’s challenges and through Telos achieve their ultimate potential. As a couples communications instructor and family life educator, Larry continues to provide training and instruction to families and students through the Telos Aftercare Services (TAS). Larry and his team are a vital connection to Telos after discharge, providing the foundation and training essentials to maintain a successful transition to home or school. Larry’s team receives high-praise for their tireless commitment to our students. TAS is offered to students through the Academy program.
Education:CMHC, NCC, CCI
Passion:100% Committed to helping teens and young adults succeed
“Kevin, I want to thank you for shining a bright light on how to not only hear my own voice, but to speak my truth. You have been wonderful to me as a therapist.” – Client
A former student and passionate about helping his boys succeed. Student-to-therapist is a powerful story of success and it gives perspective few have. Kevin is paving the way for Telos students in a way that endears the boys to him. Hailing from Virginia Kevin joined Telos in 2015 as a new therapist. Prior to this he worked in community mental health, assisting families, couples and individuals find a healing path. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Kevin primarily uses differentiation as a means of looking at family and individual issues. Embracing change takes courage and Kevin goes the extra mile (literally) to help students succeed. He often takes his therapy to the road to integrate athletics with therapy. He found that athletics significantly helps anxiety and depression and is willing to take the first step (and many more) with his students to start the path of success. Kevin’s objective for each boy is to help them reach their ultimate potential.
Education:Masters, Marriage Family Therapy-Appalachian State
Expertise:Passion about DBT combining with athletics
Clinical Expertise:DBT, Differentiation, Family Systems, Anxiety /Depression
“Kevin has a vision of academic excellence for the high school that surpasses what we have seen anywhere else. He has created a special setting of perfectly balanced support and challenge. My son is the happiest and hardest working he has ever been.” -parent
A Seattle, Washington native with a zest for life and family. It doesn’t take long being with Kevin before you realize he believes in what he does and brings a spice that students gravitate to. He instills confidence in Telos because he has seen first hand the successes that come to family and students. Kevin endorses the treatment plan in all the schooling aspects which is what makes the therapeutic integration with the high school experience, so successful. Kevin is passionate about the Titans. He can always be found in the school hallways laughing and mentoring students. With over 20 years in the public school system and now with Telos, the Titans have experienced structure, recognition, championships and the 1A school classification under Kevin’s leadership. Telos maintains 10 varsity sports and the students thrive because of it. He loves working with families and has not only done so at Telos but also as a former junior high principal and hearing officer. Academically accomplished, BS in Spanish Teaching, Minor in Coaching. Masters, Educational Administration, University of Utah. He is living the dream!
Education:BS Spanish Teaching, Masters, Educational Administration - University of Utah
Passion:Loves opening educational doors for students
Licenses /Endorsements :Special Education, Coaching and ESL
“From the perspective of loving parents, sending your son far away from home for an extended period of time indicates two things; our perceived need for the most effective help for our son and trust in the people who provide it. We feel blessed to have found Telos and specifically Josh. Of all of the therapists that we have dealt with along our journey, Josh is definitely the most effective, skilled, concerned, connected and invested professional we have met. Josh and Telos, thank you for your skills, your efforts and your results!” -Parent
Caring for your student is evident in many forms. Josh is a therapist who leads by example. His drive to be his personal best is second-to-none and this infectious attitude creates a thriving culture for students! Since beginning with Telos he has finished 9 Ironman competitions (Full and Half) and over 20 triathlons. He knows first hand about Telos “grit”. As a therapist Josh puts this same hard work into his students. His commitment is day or night as needed and is often seen assisting around the floor (dorm) in the evenings after a long day at the office. Josh’s main goal for his students are helping them see, through self awareness, their maladaptive coping mechanisms which allow for substantial growth and healthy decision making.
Education:Bachelors, Psychology, Masters, Social Work
Clinical Expertise:CBT, DBT over 7 years
“On the first day I brought my son to Telos, Jaren put his arm around me and told me that he would take care of my son. It gave me great comfort to know he was in good hands. On the day of my son’s graduation from Telos, I was able to thank Jaren and all the people at Telos for keeping their word.” – Parent
Jaren joined Team Telos in 2007 and has been a “force for good”, in every sense of the word. While working in several departments over the years, he is most happy when working directly with families and the boys. As the director of the residential team Jaren ensured the highest levels of customer service for the boys on a day-to-day basis. Now as an Admissions Officer his drive for excellence includes those special relationships that will last a lifetime with families directly. Jaren works closely with Education Consultants, families and therapists to ensure that each boy is represented individually for the best possible outcomes. Families put a great deal of trust with their most prized possessions into the hands of Jaren and Team Telos and they work hard giving their very best so parents can rest easier.
Education:Student of Marriage and Family Studies - Brigham Young University-Idaho
Passion:Dedicated to an outstanding family experience
“Drew has been a lifeline, a guide, and a support throughout my son’s time at Telos, and while always professional, has felt like a friend celebrating successes and supporting and encouraging me through challenges. Drew is skillful at combining his knowledge and intuition to know exactly how much to encourage and how much to push my son at any given time and in any given situation. He is incredibly responsive and always listened to and considered any concerns, questions, or suggestions that I had, and as a parent, whose child is away from home, knowing that you are being fully heard and listened to is invaluable. His guidance has helped my son to make incredible progress and growth, develop essential skills, and become more aware of his own strengths and challenges, and it has also helped me grow into a better person and parent. Thank you for everything!” -Parent
As a “dyed-in-the-wool” Buckeye drew loves his roots from Ohio. His fun-loving approach to life builds deep bonds that his students thrive on. As an accomplished pianist and singer, music is one of his passions and it surfaces in his approach to life, therapy and counseling. Years ago as a brand new intern earning a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Weber State University, Drew embarked on a therapeutic adventure with Telos that continues to this day. Soon after, earning his Masters Degree in Social Work from Brigham Young University, he was ready to perform what he had practiced for so many years. Using his extensive background with youth and family treatment in residential care, outpatient treatment, public education and numerous volunteer youth organizations he was ready and passionate about helping teens find hope. With expertise in treating depression, anxiety, learning differences, processing differences and attachment disorders, as well as, EMDR certified, Drew has a deep well of experience to draw from.
Education:Masters, Social Work - Brigham Young University
Passion:Loves music and enjoys sharing with students
“When our son was 17 years old, we made the most difficult decision of our lives and sent him to a wilderness program and then Telos. Despite having him in an outpatient program at home, he was like a runaway train without brakes and needed an intensive inpatient program. What a difference a year makes. We’ve had the privilege of working with Daniel and he helped our son, as well as, our entire family navigate the choppy waters of addiction. He has an amazing gift for connecting with youth. Daniel weaves humor, warmth and gentleness into his therapy, yet he never hesitates to ‘tell it like it is’ and challenge our son. His knowledge about substance abuse is unsurpassed and his therapy is individualized and research based. Our family is now empowered with concrete tools to support our son in his recovery. Most importantly, our son adores Daniel and has gained incredible insight into himself, the core issues that drove his substance abuse, and coping mechanisms to maintain his sobriety.”- Parents
As an avid student of mental health and wellness, Daniel strives to reach above and beyond his schooling by pursuing the craft in traditional and experiential learning around mental health. His interests includes counseling, addiction and successfully treating them in a clinical setting. His conventional and unconventional approach is spot on.
In 2009 as a mentor to adolescents in a state adjudicated program, Daniel found his passion for helping youth and young adults. This passion stems from his experiences working closely with adolescents, emerging adults, and adults in substance use treatment. Most recently, at Telos (since 2014) as the Substance Use Recovery Specialist. Daniel’s strength is his understanding that the path of recovery is unique to each person and approaches each case with that highly successful mentality and even compassion. Using various modalities to address the specific needs of the individual, students and families leave with a sense of empowerment and awareness necessary to more effectively navigate life in recovery. Daniel’s personal experience with years of recovery from substance use addiction has facilitated an empathic set of skills which has successfully helped students and their families. In short, he gets it because he’s been there.
Education:B.S. Behavioral Science: Psychology -Utah Valley University, BS Behavioral Science: Psychology SUDC (substance use disorder counselor)
Expertise:Passionate about helping clients find a life clean of substance use
“Cameron Armstrong was nothing short of a miracle to our family. When our son first met Cameron, he was an angry, depressed young man who had very low self-esteem. Our son had rejected every therapist he’d worked with over the years. Through calm and consistent patience and a careful, non-confrontational manner, Cameron slowly began to connect with our son and build a trusting relationship with him. Cameron’s strength lay in his great subtlety and his ability to gently guide our son into realizing for himself what he could do differently and more positively.
Today, Trey is a happy, successful varsity football player with a 3.6 average who is a productive member of the family and who is looking forward to college. Are we astonished? Yes. Are we grateful? Yes. Cameron made it all possible and there are not words enough to express our appreciation. Quite simply, he worked a miracle.” -Parent
An original at Telos and passionate about helping kids. Cameron was the fourth employee ever hired. After working several years as a residential supervisor, he went back to school to advance his clinical expertise. The original Telos milieu what built by those original leaders. Cameron’s unique perspective with students as a primary therapist allows him the ability to dive deep. He specializes in helping young men overcome depression, anxiety, oppositional-defiance, and other behavioral health issues with incredible and consistent outcomes. A core belief he holds is that a therapeutic alliance of trust is at the base of all healing. He ascribes to the beliefs promoted in the book Leadership and Self-Deception–that seeing and validating a student’s humanity invites them to step toward a higher level of functioning. Promoting a positive space for growth.
Education:LCSW, M.S. Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Brigham Young University
Expertise: Passionate advocate for young adults who need to be heard
“I could immediately connect with Brenda’s incredible sense of passion and her deep well of empathy. She always came to recreation therapy groups prepared to make me think and create, but she also came with the attitude to make me feel connected and understood.” -Student
Brilliant at her job, Brenda’s enthusiasm for life is contagious. Her full-throttle approach to outdoors is a breath of fresh air for our students. She loves “her boys” and works hard to give them experiences that can only be had by a passionate outdoor enthusiast who provides Rec Therapy. With a Bachelors in Recreation Therapy and Youth Leadership (minor in Psychology) from Brigham Young University Brenda had a great start. She continued her credentials to become a nationally certified Recreational Therapist and has an impressive range of experience in the field. Her clientele include elderly, children with mental and physical disabilities, and adolescents. Brenda’s greatest passion is helping people see and reach their ultimate potential through recreational modalities. Working with youth with severe psychological and emotional trauma, specifically in her internships at the Center for Change and the Utah State Mental Hospital, both a powerful beginning for her career. She takes those skills to help Telos students with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and other needs, to see a brighter future. Her talents help students reduce medication and increase a healthy lifestyle.
Education:Bachelors, Rec Therapy / Youth Leadership
Expertise:Passionate about helping teens see their ultimate potential
Phil is the first to say “I’m quirky and I know it” which makes being with him even more fun. His passion is unmatched at Telos when it comes to helping students. All hours of the day and night, Phil’s team is prompt to respond to the needs of those needing transportation to the airport, doctor’s office or recreation. Phil has been with Telos for over 3 years and works hard to connect with students. His ability to help them see the positive, despite hard challenges is a talent he shares to build students. Phil always has a smile on his face and looks forward to serving anyway he is needed. He is passionate about life and making a difference in kids.
Education:BS Behavioral Science/Psychology
Passion:Loves life and sharing that passion with students
“Aaron was quickly able to navigate the challenges of connecting with a 17 year old. He was able to inspire and lead our son through the life changing decisions and corrective actions that helped move him forward into young adulthood. Aaron was also very quick to develop therapeutic relationships with myself & husband in order to direct our attention to making the positive changes necessary within ourselves to best reconnect our family.” – Parent
When it comes to commitment, Aaron is all in for teens. His career has been focused on helping families navigate difficult paths. With a Masters of Social Work and emphasis in the practice of narrative therapy from Portland State University, Aaron has built a career of caring and it shows in his student’s outcomes. Connections come easily for him including deep, life-long bonds with families. Aaron’s kind demeanor helps start the relationship and his love for struggling teens, influences them even after leaving Telos. Working with teens in residential treatment programs and ensuring child safety and family growth, with the state of Utah, began his path and career decisions. Experience helping teens with sexual behavioral problems through therapeutic wilderness treatment helped shape his primary areas of interest, including families of adoption and process addictions (pornography, video games and gambling). Aaron believes in a student’s ability to succeed and find real answers and is a powerful advocate for troubled teens.
Education:CSW, MSW - Portland State University
Specialty:Passionate around families of adoption, process addictions such as gambling, pornography and video games