Transitional Living Program

Learn more about our Transitional Living Program.

The Transitional Living Program at Waterfall Canyon Academy is designed to give young adults who are still in need of structure an opportunity to learn and apply skills and abilities with increased interactions within the “real life” community. With support and guidance, students are encouraged to establish and develop a weekly calendar, make daily life choices, and face the results in a supportive and focused atmosphere. We have found this experience is very helpful for students prior to returning to their home, or moving on to a less structured environment.


The Transitional Living Program at Waterfall Canyon Academy has four phases:

  • Planning: Students put together their “Plan for Success,” an outline guiding students to establish goals, develop action plans, and progress through skills sets and objectives.
  • Preparation: Preparation is key to success! With support and guidance, students prepare for social interactions, daily living expectations, community connections, employment, and to self govern their time.
  • Implementation: Students take action. This is a phase of courage and discovery! Real life scenarios offer opportunities for learning and growth. With support, students learn a lot about themselves; what they are capable of, excel at, need assistance with, and that they can be a contrubuting member of the community.
  • Transition: Students fine tune and set progress in stone. They establish consistency to demonstrate they are prepared and ready for their next step.

  • Upon Arrival

    Upon arrival, a student and their support team will form a “Plan for Success.” This onging process is comprised of goals and objectives based on individual strengths and abilities.

  • Advancement

    Students advance through each phase by completing objectives, program requirements, and therapeutice goals. As part of this process, they present their progress in an organized group setting; a safe setting where students and staff process the phase purpose, requirements, and progress of the student presenting. Regardless of the outcome, students receive very valuable feedback, encouragement, and guidance. Once a student advances, they cannot be returned to a lower phase. If negative behaviors and attitudes occur, students process the issues with trained staff and their therapist to correct them, but continue moving forward.

  • Skills Training

    Skills training classes are held five nights a week at the Transition Program. Skills Streaming and Moral Reasoning are still utilized (see description under Residential), but are designed for more mature students and situations more applicable to navigation challenges and relationships in the community. “In the moment coaching” is heavily relied upon to help the students master applying these skills in real life situations. Trips to the mall, going out to eat, and participation in community-sponsored recreation (just to name a few) are excellent opportunities for our staff to model/teach appropriate skills to our students.

  • Therapeutic Support

    Students participate in individual, family, and group therapy.

Setting & Support

The Transitional Living Program is located in a home near downtown Ogden, Utah. With the 24 hour support of highly trained staff, students have the opportunity to apply learned skills within their community. Feedback from those experiences in the community provide information fundamental to the onging assessment of each student’s strengths, weaknesses, abilities, interests, etc.

Every student at Waterfall Canyon Academy’s Transitional Living Program will have a support team. In addition to parent(s)/family members and existing supporting relationships, each student will have a Primary Therapist, a Program Coordinator, a Community Advisor, a Residential Advisor, and a Medication Management Provider (when appropriate). As a young adult, it is important for the student to be invested, recognizing themselves as the key player of the support team.

Productive Planning

Students in the Transition Program evaluate their strengths, abilities and personal interests as they develop a productive long term, weekly, and daily plan. Their daily schedule includes appropriate use of “free time,” program participation, and required productive time.  Students are made aware of the amount of time they spend on the computer, cell phone, sleeping etc. and learn to manage this time more responsibly. Productive planning and self-accountability will help each student become more independent and self-reliant.


Students participate in service based activities such as Bike Rodeo’s, the Ogden City Rodeo, and Habitat for Humanity. They also enjoy recreational and experiential activities such as eating out, attending movies, boating, skiing, and hiking. These activities provide an opportunity for students to learn and experience new things, practice and apply learned skills, and enjoy the community in which they live.

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