SEARHC hires Heaton as behavioral health clinician

March 28 2012

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Division is pleased to announce the hiring of Scott Heaton, LMFT, as a behavioral health clinician and as program manager for the Juneau Behavioral Health Clinic.

“I am very pleased that Scott has joined the SEARHC behavioral health team as the program manager for Juneau Behavioral Health,” SEARHC Behavioral Health Division Director Melody Price-Yonts said. “I am confident he will manage Juneau Behavioral Health with great skill and he will be a great resource to our tribal and community partners in Juneau.”

Scott holds a Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy from Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and an Associate of Arts degree from Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Scott holds a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) credential.

Before moving to Juneau, Scott spent five years counseling young men and women in a youth correctional facility, and he spent 10 years working with youth and their families in a variety of youth treatment programs, including wilderness therapy programs and residential treatment facilities, in southern Utah and northern Arizona. He was clinical director for three programs, and program director at his most recent position, with the Silverado Academy in Utah. He also has several years running his own counseling business (A New View Counseling in Kanab, Utah), and also served as Director of Human Services for the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians in Pipe Springs, Ariz.

Scott and his wife, Traci, also developed and authored the positive parenting Accountable Kids Program, http://www.accountablekids.com/, and they have been featured speakers at numerous parenting and education conventions around the country. Until he resigned in February, Scott was serving as mayor of his hometown of Fredonia, Ariz.

“I am very excited to be a part of an organization like SEARHC,” Scott said. “Throughout the hiring process, I was impressed with the professionalism and friendliness of all the people I met. SEARHC should be proud of the people who work for them and the way they represent the organization. I also am very excited to live in Juneau, a place with such natural beauty and wildlife. I cannot wait to explore it all with my family.”

Scott said his first love is his family, and his second love is the outdoors. He and his wife met while working as river guides, and they now share their passion for the outdoors with their three daughters. Scott also enjoys construction and wood-working, and he has remodeled four different homes. Scott and his family are very active and play numerous sports, and they enjoy fishing and hunting.