80 East 1000 North, Suite C 
Richfield, UT


Debbie Hansen

Boys and Girls

Call admissions department for current tuition.

6-8 week stay

An Adolescent Wilderness Program based in Central Utah

Pinnacle Foundation has created the "Paths of Peace" to help troubled adolescents use the wilderness to learn to walk forward with the knowledge of past mistakes, lessons of the present, and opportunities for the future.

Our program offers adolescents aged 13-17 years a chance to gain a profound sense of self-worth that can carry them through the challenges that life will certainly bring. When your young PathWalker (your child) comes to realize that they can care for themselves completely, even in the wilderness, it is truly an empowering feeling. It creates power and confidence in your child that will enable them to achieve things they never dreamed possible.

We specialize in treating adolescents struggling with:

Substance Abuse
Anger and Rage
Rejecting Parental Control
Academic Failure
Emotionally Troubled
Behavioral Problems
Defiant and Rebellious
Attachment Disorder
Poor Peer Choices

The Pinnacle Wilderness Program offers participants a unique learning opportunity, allowing them to earn academic credits while addressing their life challenges. By integrating academics with wilderness survival training, our program helps your child see the relevance of academic subjects to "real life," even as they earn academic credits. In addition, the life skills and self-esteem gained through the program set the stage for future academic success.

Through a unique partnership with Blueprint Education, Pinnacle Foundation offers elective credits in various subjects to PathWalkers who complete the program. Thus, participants have the opportunity to further their academic goals through our program, whether the goal is to get ahead in school, catch up to the rest of the student’s class, or simply stay on track for graduation.

Blueprint Education, a private non-profit learning organization, is accredited by North Central Association – Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA-CASI) and the Commission on International and Trans-regional Accreditation (CITA).

For more information on Blueprint Education, visit their website at

While on the trail, students can earn 2.5 accredited education credits by completing the curriculum that incorporates the “Circle of CourageTM” philosophy and strengths with wilderness and survival skills. This allows them to participate in our program during the school year without falling behind in school.

1 Credit: Physical Education
0.5 Credit: Applied English
0.5 Credit: Psychology
0.5 Credit: Art

All participants will also receive first aid education -- including CPR -- and Red Cross certifications.

Master's Level Therapy

Utah Wilderness

Pinnacle Foundation is a non-punishment program. We use the serenity of the wilderness to treat adolescents with substance abuse, behavioral problems, academic failure and depression. Your child learn independence by mastering new skills and behaviors. We respect adolescents in all ways, fostering trust and building self-esteem. By building inner-strength, developing a spiritual and moral compass to succeed in everyday life

Pinnacle Foundation offers partial scholarships designed to help families in financial need who would be well served by our programs and services.

John N. Bagley, Clinical Director
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
With a MSW in Social Work and BS in Psychology from the University of Utah, John Bagley's credentials include working in adolescent group homes and residential treatment facilities. John has over 35 years' experience in substance abuse rehabilitation, which includes directing the Salt Lake Alcohol Recovery Center.

Debbie Hansen, Founder and Executive Director
Debbie Hansen has worked with adolescents for the past 10 years. She also has 25 years' experience in business management and administration. Her list of qualifications include being a trained instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute in non-violent crisis intervention, a certified coach with specific training in coaching parents of struggling teens and young adults, and she has also completed the Response Ability Pathways training for working with young adults.

Jennifer Bastian, Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations
A certified parent coach, Jennifer Bastian has 3 years' experience in Outdoor Behavioral Health as well as over 12 years' in administration. She has also successfully completed Response Ability Pathways training for working with children and adolescents.

Jeff Daniels, Field Director
Jeff Daniels' credentials include: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)- Intermediate, EMT-Cardio-Pulmonary Resucitation Instructor, and Hazardous Materials Technician, with training in Wilderness First Aid, Global Positions Systems, and mapping. He is a volunteer with the local Sevier County Emergency Medical Services. He is currently finishing his college degree.

Kyle Tolman, Senior PathFinder (Field Staff)
Kyle Tolman has participated in the treatment of troubled teens in wilderness settings for the past 10 years. Being a certified Emergency Medical Technician has helped keep everyone safe on the trail. He also volunteers his skills to the local county ambulance service, and is currently a Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America.

James Peoples: PathFinder (Field Staff)
James Peoples joined Pinnacle after working in an intensive Therapeutic Residential Treatment Facility. He has extensive wilderness experience, which was put to the test during his 2004 hike of the Appalachian Trail. He has also taken part in a National Park Service Seasonal Law Enforcement Training Academy, where he attained his Medical First Responder, Firefighter and Park Ranger certifications. He is also CPR and First Aid certified.

Judy Delong: PathFinder (Field Staff)
Judy has earned her bachelor degree from San Jose State University in Psychology as well as Radio, Television, and Film. For the past 10 years, she has been a competitive distance runner, including as team captain and assistant coach at SJSU. She has studied abroad in England, Western Europe, and China, and found it an invaluable experience.

Layne Jacobsen: PathFinder (Field Staff)


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