What is the official mission statement of your treatment facility?
Visions’ multi-modal approach to treating complex issues relies on a team approach including family, previous treatment professionals, teachers, community experts and Visions’ team of unparalleled clinicians.
What makes you different from other treatment facilities?
Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers treats families first. We pride ourselves in our family work and our ability to adapt to the needs of our clients. We are seeing a change in the adolescent field of more complex cases and we have the ability to use multiple modalities for recovery.
Who is/are the owner(s) or founders? Does their own story have a connection to the facility? Was there a particular reason or event that led to the founding of the facility, the name or the location?
In 2002, Visions’ Founders Chris and Amanda Shumow began their mission of creating an adolescent programme that provided cutting edge mental health, substance abuse and family treatment. Since its inception, they have advocated for the family in its entirety. This founder driven center has set the standard for adolescent treatment amongst industry professionals with its clinical acumen and attention to specialized services.
Chris and Amanda acknowledged the success of Visions would correlate to the strength and unity of their clinical team. They place great value on collaborating with service providers who share the same passion for adolescents and their families. Since opening, Visions has maintained original founding clinicians while adding several dynamic team members with continued programme growth.
As proud parents of five beautiful children, Chris and Amanda understand the importance of family involvement and support throughout the treatment process. They know from personal experience that any individual going through the recovery process must do it with laughter and fun in order to sustain a new healthy lifestyle.
Year after year, Chris and Amanda push Visions to maintain a creative clinical culture of excellence.
Who is the Clinical Director? What is their history? Do they have any compelling personal stories about their involvement, motivations or passions they wish to share?
A board certified and licensed marriage and family therapist, Fiona Amanda Ray brings over 18 years experience to the field of psychology and has worked in a wide-range of clinical settings, including but not limited to: non-profit and for-profit, inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and mental health facilities. Described by colleagues and clients alike as “authentic,” “straightforward” and “honest,” the locus of Ms. Ray’s efforts lie in facilitating the growth and transformation of the lives of clients and their families.
As Clinical Director of Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, Ms. Ray oversees all treatment programmes. In this capacity, she supervises the clinical department by developing, managing and implementing protocols, procedures and programmeming aimed to enhance the clinical experience. Fiona collaborates with other members of the management team to ensure effective communication and coordination between all facilities. Additionally, Fiona takes an active role in clinical outreach, locally and nationally, and new business development. Fiona has been instrumental in the ongoing growth and expansion of Visions’ continuum of care.
Ms. Ray holds a BA in Human Behavior, an MA in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is board certified in Sober Living Management and Crisis Intervention, and a proud and active member of many organizations, including member of the Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment, the American Counseling Association and the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.
Ms. Ray stands out for encouraging her clients to examine their lives as a whole, and not a series of disparate parts, and to meet each obstacle as an opportunity for introspection, personal growth and improvement, emphasizing the significance of taking control of their own lives. “My goal is to create an environment that is both healing and empowering for people,” she says.
Ms. Ray and her family reside in Los Angeles.
What clinical orientations and modalities do they use? Any specific reasons why? Was there a moment of enlightenment / change of belief system that led to these? Are there any strong and passionate beliefs about the future of treatment field?
We are a mutli-disciplinary team weaving systemic, experiential, relational and evidence-based therapies together to create a targeted treatment plan. We find a holistic, customized approach allows for true individualized treatment programmeming.
Is this a multi-disciplinary team?
Yes, the team is comprised of medical doctors, licensed psychologists, licensed marriage & family therapists, chemical dependency counselors, recovery mentors, experiential therapists, etc.
How many clients are in your groups?
In group therapy, we usually run 8-10 clients max.
Do you have a detox facility and could you describe it?
For the most part, adolescents aren’t usually in need of detox. However, we have the capability of providing medically-supervised detox.
What types of therapeutic topics, themes, skills, processes, and changes can a client expect to encounter?
The structure at Visions is a safe, supportive, programme filled with daily activities that help the resident come to terms with their problems and begin to make positive choices that will lead them to a healthy and productive life. We assist the client with recognizing and acknowledging the existence of destructive behaviors and mental health issues in their lives, and the impact they have on their family, friends, and future. We also involve family and significant others in the rehabilitation process and reduce dysfunction within the family in order for the client to have a safe and supportive environment once they return home.
What scheduled activities are available to the client.
The goal for us at Visions is to provide our clients with the realization that you can have fun in recovery. If a client came in and loves to surf, we can provide them the space for surf therapy. If a client came in and they loved to skateboard, there are 12 step meetings here in Southern California where young people in recovery can skateboard together. Our clients have gone to Catalina Island for camp, we attend young people’s AA conferences, we have some clients that take music lessons or attend pottery weekly. We try and tailor fun activities for our clients to enjoy while they are here with us.
What sort of specialists do you have at your treatment facility? Eg Equine/Somatic/Art Therapy.
- Brainspotting - Somatic Experience - Art Therapy - Trauma-Informed Yoga - Breathwork - Meditation and Mindfulness - EMDR - LGBTQAI+ - Trauma -
- Family Work
What does your Family Programme look like?
We provide our clients with a family therapist as well as an individual therapist. Our families also participate in our Family Intensive Programme
Do you have an Alumni Programme, local or international?
We have an Alumni Coordinator on site that helps us keep in contact with past clients. We host a yearly summer Alumni weekend which entails a softball game of staff versus alumni, bowling get together, and a service project. We also have a winter trip to Big Bear Mountains, California where we come together in cabins to ski, snowboard, and sled. Both have been solid reinforcers of why recovery works and we look forward to reconnecting year after year.
Do you offer scholarships?
Our founders have a philanthropic nature and service-oriented mindset, they consistently help when and where possible.