Clinton Hardy


Clinton Jace Hardy

President and Transport Interventionist

I am Clinton Hardy, President and founder of New Start Transports. I am pleased that you have made it to our therapeutic admission, transport, and crisis intervention services website. Please know that you are not alone. Many parents and families have faced (and overcome), likely, similar difficulties with their adolescent (or young adult) children. I acknowledge you for the effort and courage it has taken to get to this point--considering and seeking outside help.

In 2005, my family and I founded New Start Transports with the intent of providing an intervention service that could lessen the degree of anxiety experienced by all family members--parents, adolescent teens, and siblings--during the transport admissions process. Integrity, Compassion, and Respect were (and remain) the fundamental tenets which we believed (and have found) were essential to facilitating a less anxious and more therapeutic transition into treatment. My brother and I both personally attended the former Aspen Achievement Academy in Loa, Utah. Aspen Academy was a clinically intensive youth wilderness program (aka, outdoor behavioral healthcare or wilderness therapy camp). Unfortunately, subsequent to my completion of Aspen Academy, I also attended an "adolescent hospital" (Bright Way Adolescent Hospital) and "specialty school" (Paradise Cove in Western Samoa) that were later closed down due to myriad legal and ethical violations. Because of my experience in a clinically qualified wilderness program and subsequently in two increasingly unqualified programs, I take a very strong personal interest in not just the intervention services we provide, but the programs that we associate with.

For your reference, I have included a concise summary of my professional and academic resume/vitae:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) student in Clinical Social Work, University of Utah, expected graduation in 2019.
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Family Studies & Human Development, University of Utah, Graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.99/4.00), Research Scholar Designation, and with Honors.
  • Honors Thesis: Adolescent Perception of Negative Admission Pressures and Affective Reactions in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (partial funding from UROP, Supervised by Professor Jim Alexander, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology). Comprised collecting original research data from more than 100 adolescent participants in a wilderness therapy program. Click here to access thesis via University of Utah.
  • Graduate Research Assistant (Tuition waiver and partial stipend), Supervised by Professor Joanna Bettmann-Schaefer, Ph.D., Clinical Social Work, University of Utah (2015-current).
  • Clinical Social Work Practicum Therapist, Institute for Cognitive Therapy, Orem, Utah (2015-current).
  • Research Assistantship ($2700 funded), Supervised by Professor Jim Alexander, Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Utah (2013-2014).
  • Research Assistant Volunteer, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, Aspen Education Group/CRC Health, Assisted in collecting, organizing, and entering research data for the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs’ University of New Hampshire research study (2013-2014).
  • Research Assistant, Professor Cecelia Wainryb, Ph.D., Child Developmental Psychology, University of Utah; Assisted in NICHD granted study: “When and How Do Memory Narratives Function to Regulate Anger and Sadness?” (2012-2014).
  • Research Peer Reviewer; IRB approved peer reviewer and listed member of researcher personnel for a graduate student's master thesis project, Social Work and Outdoor Education, University of New Hampshire: Youth Escort Experiences, Professor Anita Tucker, Ph.D., primary supervisor; Specific research aims: (a) The adolescents’ experiences of being transported. (b) Family decision-making process regarding use of transport service. (c) The families’ perceived effects of transport on treatment and family relationship. (d) The relationship of transport experience quality to readiness to change and treatment outcomes. (e) Areas of improvement for youth transport practices and private treatment program usage of such services.(201-2014)
  • Research Assistant, Professor Zac Imel, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Utah; Assisted with providing input and locating scholarly materials for revision of the upcoming edition of The Great Psychotherapy Debate, to which Dr. Imel will be a second author to Dr. Bruce Wampold. (2012-2013)
  • Published article: Hardy, Clinton Jace (2011). Adolescent Treatment Coercion. Journal of Therapeutic Schools & Programs, 5:1, 88-95. Access article by clicking here.
  • Alleviating the Perception of Coercion and Eliciting Autonomous Motivation During the Admission Process Presentation at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) conference in Baltimore, MD (2015)
  • Adolescent Perception of Negative Admission Pressures and Affective Reactions in Wilderness Therapy Presentation at the Wilderness Therapy Symposium OBRHC (Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Council) Research Summit in Park City, UT to over 130 professionals and scholars in the outdoor/wilderness therapy industry (2014).
  • Adolescent Perception of Negative Admission Pressures and Affective Reactions in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Presentation at the eighth annual UCUR conference, Brigham Young University (2014).
  • Adolescent Perception of Negative Admission Pressures and Affective Reactions in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Presentation at University of Utah’s Research Symposium (2014).
  • Crisis Intervention Training Presentation at Utah Job Corps’ Annual Staff Training Conference (included several hundred participants over the course of 2 days; 2010)
  • President and Founder of New Start Transports, LLC (2005-Current).
  • Professional appearance on Dr. Phil Show in 2006 resulting in company endorsement. Provided further consulting and intervention services for Dr. Phil clients (2006-2008).
  • Interviewed by NPR (National Public Radio) regarding professional and personal input of "troubled" adolescent treatment industry (2008).
  • Professional consultation services to various media and television production firms in U.S. & U.K. (2008-2013).
  • Alumni Board Committee, NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs; 2009-2011)
  • Independent living home provider & tracker for older adolescents (16-19) transitioning out of state custody and young adult prisoners transitioning back into society (2004-2006).
  • Youth counselor at four separate residential treatment programs (2001-2004).
  • Transport interventionist for three separate adolescent transport services (2002-2005).
  • APA Affiliate Member (2013-present)
  • NATSAP Affiliate Member (2007-Current)
  • ICC (Informed Crisis Care) certified (2014-Current).
  • CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, Human Research (2012-2014)
  • PCS (Positive Control Systems) certified (2010-2013).
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) certified, Crisis Prevention Institute (2005-2011).
  • Mandt Systems Training certified (2000-2002)
  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer (2003-2005)
  • CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) for nursing home and assisted living clients (2000-2003).

I look forward to hearing from you and the possible opportunity of assisting your family and/or adolescent teen. Please contact us via our toll-free office line or email me directly.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!

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