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Families enrolling their teen at Kolob Canyon sacrifice significant time, emotions, and finances in the healing journey. Occasionally we are asked, “How do you know it works?”  This is a great question. Success is measured differently by different families. For some, symptom reduction is success. Still others see increased participation in academics as success. 

La Europa Academy recognizes the need and responsibility to conduct appropriate research to ensure that our students are receiving the best possible treatment.  La Europa is proud to be designated research based programs through NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs). Currently we are actively participating in the NATSAP Outcome Research Project.  

Our main outcome measure is the Youth Outcome QuestionNaire (Y-OQ).  The Y-OQ® SR 2.0 is a bi-product of one of the most researched outcome measures for youth in the world, and has been the subject of many studies worldwide. The Y-OQ uses a series of questions to measure the effectiveness of therapeutic treatment. It is designed to reflect the total amount of distress a teen is experiencing. Questions include information about a teen's decision making skills, interpersonal relationships, clinical issues, emotional regulation and mental health history.  A higher score indicates more emotional and behavioral distress.  A score at or below 46 is withing the healthy range.

We ask both parents and their teens to complete the Y-OQ upon admission to our residential programs.  While a teen is enrolled at La Europa Academy, they will complete the YOQ on a regular basis. We then ask both parents and teens to complete it upon discharge/graduation, and again at 12 months post graduation.  We have been collecting data since 2007 and now have thousands of data points.  



These graphs are a compilation of data from the last 17 years.  The first graph shows how the students themselves have responded to the outcome questionnaire.  Students tend to view themselves more favorably as evidenced in the first graph.  The second graph shows how the parents have responded to the same outcome questionnaire.  The dotted line that runs through the graph is indicative of a student in the healthy range who is not receiving any type of treatment or therapy. 

The first bar of the graph shows how teens are scoring upon admission, meaning that parents view their child experiencing significant clinical issues including a high degree of behavioral issues, mental health issues and relationship issues.  

The second bar illustrates how teens and parents are scoring the teen upon discharge.  There is tremendous progress made from admission to discharge.  We expect this to happen because a teen has completed extensive treatment in the time they are at La Europa Academy.   

The third bar shows that at a year following treatment, we see that the majority of students level out, scoring within the healthy range with dramatically decreased clinical struggles. Our data then shows the majority of students who have attended La Europa Academy maintain this same level for the next 5 years.