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Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

Everything you said is completely untrue. I went there. I experienced it. You were just the creepy weirdass yoga instructor. They are in no way abusive or unfair. When you witness the situations that cause students to have to wear all green and have a staff member with them at all times, it is because they threaten to hurt or kill themselves or others, or actually physically attack somebody or try to hurt themselves. It only lasts a couple days until their personal therapist is confident that they will no longer want to do whatever the original action was. If our parents want to communicate with us, they are always allowed to do so if it is important, we just can't spend all our time on the phone, and there are a lot of people trying to use the phone. Overall, Vista changed my life, I don't know where the fuck I would be without it, but any asshole like this guy shitting on it is just salty because HE fucked up and got fired. Obviously kids will hate it while there and maybe even exaggerate or even lie about how horrible it is, but if they actually work on themselves and use the program instead of just acting like a little bitch and trying to be tough all the time, they will get NOWHERE. But it is a good place that has really helped a lot of people get their lives on track.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

Dear "Past Vista Attendant",

Thank you for posting on our forum. Here is what you wrote:

"Everything you said is completely untrue. I went there. I experienced it. You were just the creepy weirdass yoga instructor. They are in no way abusive or unfair. When you witness the situations that cause students to have to wear all green and have a staff member with them at all times, it is because they threaten to hurt or kill themselves or others, or actually physically attack somebody or try to hurt themselves. It only lasts a couple days until their personal therapist is confident that they will no longer want to do whatever the original action was. If our parents want to communicate with us, they are always allowed to do so if it is important, we just can't spend all our time on the phone, and there are a lot of people trying to use the phone. Overall, Vista changed my life, I don't know where the fuck I would be without it, but any asshole like this guy shitting on it is just salty because HE fucked up and got fired. Obviously kids will hate it while there and maybe even exaggerate or even lie about how horrible it is, but if they actually work on themselves and use the program instead of just acting like a little bitch and trying to be tough all the time, they will get NOWHERE. But it is a good place that has really helped a lot of people get their lives on track."

The first issue is that you do not identify who the "you" is in the first sentence. One might assume you are speaking about Swede Larson, but many people responded to Larson and it is unclear whether you are disclaiming all reports posted by Swede and other posters or solely disclaiming statements made by Swede. If Vista offered a proper education, your argument and writing style would reflect that and it does not.

Secondly, assuming you are speaking about Swede Larson, he identified himself as Swede Larson. If you are speaking about Swede Larson specifically in regards to his former employment by Vista, then you acknowledge that his statement of his name and identity are not "untrue" thereby negating your initial statement that "everything you [assuming you means Larson]said is completely untrue. You acknowledge that Larson both worked for the program while you were there and that his name is Swede Larson. Therefore, your entire opening premise regarding everything said by Larson being completely untrue is itself untrue and injures your credibility. This is something you should consider when writing similar responses or online comments.

Thirdly, HEAL has 122 pages of police calls and complaints involving Vista. Source: http://www.heal-online.org/vistapolicecalls.pdf HEAL has also received multiple complaints about this facility from parents and former attendees. Degrading and humiliating behavior modification is ineffective and harmful. In addition, here are the top 5 reasons no child or youth, including you should ever be subjected to segregated congregate care:



a. Segregated care is unconstitutional and a civil rights violation. It is only permissible if a person is unable to survive independent of an institutional environment. For more on this, watch the HEAL Report at https://youtu.be/C4NzhZc4P0A. Or, see: http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/ which includes in part: "United States v. Florida – 1:12-cv-60460 – (S.D. Fla.) – On April 7, 2016, the United States filed an Opposition to the State of Florida’s Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. In the Motion, the State had asked the Court to rule, on a variety of grounds, that the United States could not recover damages for unnecessarily institutionalized children to whom the State had been deliberately indifferent."

b. Institutionalization is always dehumanizing and coercive. Institutionalization always harms the institutionalized and deprives them of protected civil rights. Dr. David Straker, Psychiatry Professor at Columbia University's School of Medicine (Ivy League) explains this in detail at http://changingminds.org/disciplines/sociology/articles/institutionalization.htm. "Many institutions, from prisons to monasteries to asylums, deliberately want to control and manage their inmates such that they conform and do not cause problems. Even in less harsh environments, many of the institutionalization methods may be found, albeit in more moderated form (although the psychological effect can be equally devastating)." (See website linked in this paragraph for more info.)

c. Institutionalization is not in the best interest of children. Institutions are not ever better for a child than living with a loving family. Source: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/12681_23295.html

d. Reform schools, residential treatment programs, and other segregated congregate care settings have been shown to be ineffective and harmful. Best source on this currently is: https://www.acgov.org/probation/documents/EndoftheReformSchoolbyVinny.doc

e. Boarding Schools, even the "good ones", result in a form of social death, isolation, and cause both anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is clearly not in the best interest of the youth subjected to those environments. Sources: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/08/boarding-school-syndrome-joy-schaverien-review and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/11662001/The-truth-about-boarding-school-syndrome.html

So, while I personally appreciate that you feel Vista helped you, I do not respect your criticism as written here for many reasons. People who have reported abuse and questionable therapeutic practices employed by Vista are being honest and making statements that are reasonably based on the facts. It is fine if you want to tell the world Vista helped you. HEAL has no problem with that and I have no problem with that. The issue here is that you really have no business calling other people liars because you disagree with them, especially when there is ample evidence supporting their claims and concerns about Vista.

Since you did not identify yourself, one may assume you are an industry troll or staffer of Vista trying to defend your employer from justified criticism. At least Swede Larson and myself have the courage of our convictions to identify ourselves when posting and permit for reasonable investigation of our claims and positions. You do not offer readers the same level of credibility and therefore have fatally injured your own statements as a result.

I encourage you to write Vista a letter or testimonial for them to post on their site. You could then post the link here so we can see your testimony in support of the program. I would suggest you at least identify yourself by first name or first and last initials and give Vista permission to post that along with info about when you attended so that visitors to Vista's website can verify whether or not it is even possible that you ever were enrolled in the program or if anything you have to say checks out. Credible firsthand accounts, positive or negative, require individuals identify themselves and provide facts that are verifiable through independent inquiry. For example, your initials and the dates you attended would provide Swede Larson, myself, and others information from which they could cross reference and/or question others who were enrolled at Vista at the same time to see if there was anyone with the initials you provide in attendance at the time you claimed to attend. And, even if it does match someone enrolled, if we then track the only person with those initials down to verify your statements (positive or negative, here or on the Vista site)and ask if they are the person posting here and they deny it, the statement will lose any remaining vestige of legitimacy and credibility. But, if it did check out, then it would strengthen your comment and help validate your statements.

Based on my knowledge and experience, Vista is a segregated congregate care facility and holding anyone in such a facility without a court order is a violation of their due process rights regardless of whether or not they have reached the age of majority. Therefore, unless you were court ordered, I believe on the basis of false imprisonment and due process violations alone, that you were abused and your rights were violated. And, that is true for anyone enrolled in any such program without proper due process of law.

In conclusion, I find your statement to lack credibility and to be based on ignorance of the law and ignorance of proper therapeutic procedures. I find your language unnecessarily vulgar and antagonistic. And, you truly sound like a troll or someone who is suffering Stockholm Syndrome.

I wish you the best,

Angela Smith
HEAL Coordinator

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

I appreciate your position, and do indeed understand your response! I was the "creepy ass yoga instructor" as well as a music teacher, collegiate expert, and professional liaison between the school and the therapy programs. Having a Phd in cognitive psychology provides me a unique position and intense training I wish your therapist had undergone a Vista.I would not by any mean claim that Vista helps no one. But I would most whole heartedly claim that the majority don't get help there. Further more, the research I have been collecting support the abusive nature of the program there. I am VERY glad that Vista helped you, the vast majority of children attending the program don't get help; they do, on the other hand, leave Vista needing years of therapy to deal with the abusive treatment paradigms Vista therapists commonly employ.

If you would like to provide comments for our program evaluation it would b of great help, my team's research is not meant to railroad a specific program but to identify what works and what doesn't. Based on evidence I truly beielve Vista to be among the worst of programs delivering residential treatment, if you have real evidence to suggest otherwise it SHOULD be included in our presentation. You may email me at Swedehart@msn.com

Dr. Swede Larson, BFA, MHA, PhD.
APA full Member (9/2016)
NCRC
NPCA
NSS Member

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

Swede Larson
I appreciate your position, and do indeed understand your response! I was the "creepy ass yoga instructor" as well as a music teacher, collegiate expert, and professional liaison between the school and the therapy programs. Having a Phd in cognitive psychology provides me a unique position and intense training I wish your therapist had undergone a Vista.I would not by any mean claim that Vista helps no one. But I would most whole heartedly claim that the majority don't get help there. Further more, the research I have been collecting support the abusive nature of the program there. I am VERY glad that Vista helped you, the vast majority of children attending the program don't get help; they do, on the other hand, leave Vista needing years of therapy to deal with the abusive treatment paradigms Vista therapists commonly employ.

If you would like to provide comments for our program evaluation it would b of great help, my team's research is not meant to railroad a specific program but to identify what works and what doesn't. Based on evidence I truly beielve Vista to be among the worst of programs delivering residential treatment, if you have real evidence to suggest otherwise it SHOULD be included in our presentation. You may email me at Swedehart@msn.com

Dr. Swede Larson, BFA, MHA, PhD.
APA full Member (9/2016)
NCRC
NPCA
NSS Member


This is fraud. You are not only fraudulently claiming to possess a PhD, you are claiming to be a psychologist (a "full member" of the APA -- which is only possible if you earn a PhD from a legitimate program accredited by the APA), as well as claiming you have "intense training," which does not happen in an online program at a "diploma mill" (your own description of the program you didn't complete). GCU doesn't even offer a PhD in "Cognitive Psychology" -- in fact they don't offer any degree in psychology at all that leads to licensure in the field (check the GCU site).

This type of fraud is also against the law:

Utah State Code, Title 58, Chapter 61, Part 5:

58-61-501. Unlawful conduct.
As used in this chapter, "unlawful conduct" includes:
(1) practice of psychology unless licensed as a psychologist or certified psychology resident under this chapter or exempted from licensure under this title;
(2) practice of mental health therapy by a licensed psychologist who has not acceptably documented to the division his completion of the supervised training in psychotherapy required under Subsection 58-61-304(1)(f); or
(3) representing oneself as or using the title of psychologist, or certified psychology resident unless currently licensed under this chapter.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

You said, "GCU doesn't even offer a PhD in "Cognitive Psychology" -- Here is link for you to do just that......https://www.gcu.edu/college-of-doctoral-studies/online-phd-programs.php

Notice that there are four PhD degrees listed in Psychology, the second of which is a degree in cognitive psychology.

You have been given ample opportunity to identify yourself, but you choose not to, I am an open book and my claims are clear. I am happy to offer anyone any information they wish regarding anything I have said my email is swedehart@msn.com

Allow those here to "VET" the source that is so very critical of me, who are you and why should we listen to your negative rhetoric?

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

Swede Larson
You said, "GCU doesn't even offer a PhD in "Cognitive Psychology" -- Here is link for you to do just that......https://www.gcu.edu/college-of-doctoral-studies/online-phd-programs.php

Notice that there are four PhD degrees listed in Psychology, the second of which is a degree in cognitive psychology.

You have been given ample opportunity to identify yourself, but you choose not to, I am an open book and my claims are clear. I am happy to offer anyone any information they wish regarding anything I have said my email is swedehart@msn.com

Allow those here to "VET" the source that is so very critical of me, who are you and why should we listen to your negative rhetoric?


It is a "Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction," and also stated "This program does not lead to licensure; refer to your state for requirements."

https://www.gcu.edu/degree-programs/phd-psychology-cognition-instruction

I see one 8-week online course in Cognitive Science there. Whew! Now that's some "intensive training!" You have already admitted elsewhere that it is a useless degree that would not lead to employment, depicted GCU as a "diploma mill," and stated your plans to sue GCU.

But you didn't finish the program anyway -- so what's your point?

You have lied about your credentials, your expertise, your professional affiliations, and your intentions, and used these lies to take advantage of vulnerable people for profit. You misled people on THIS forum pretending and boasting to have credentials and expertise you do not possess, and only admitted that you did not earn a PhD once your cards began to fall.

Can you understand that readers are able to follow the links (posted again below) on their own to read proof of your false claims? They don't need to listen to me, they can read for themselves. My identity is irrelevant -- I have done nothing wrong -- I am on the side of the vulnerable people you attempt to dupe. Most people on this forum have anonymous user names anyway -- YOU cannot command that a user reveal their identity -- you can't even keep your own identity straight.

If you were an "open book," you would have no need to scurry about deleting incriminating information you posted on the internet and covering your tracks. Fortunately (though not for you), past info was easily archived and screen-shot before you realized you had ensnared yourself.

Did your online courses cover projection, denial, delusions of grandeur, and narcissistic thought patterns? You should ask a (real) psychologist.

A few links:

Your “book” marketed to parents of children with disabilities (see reviews and comments from verified purchasers):
https://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Parents-reasons-behind-bright-ebook/dp/B01LW6TXLT

Your failed attempt to deceive and market your “book” to parents in a disability support forum, where you were rightfully exposed and then attempted to cover your tracks:
http://www.autismweb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33901&sid=edbdf4e7f2dde61bcea9eeb8148e49aa

You have been posting on this forum for at least 2 years under false pretense while soliciting personal information from others:
http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.phpusernum=3407841501&frmid=564&msgid=861765&cmd=show

Archived link from Brain Works, LLC, site featuring "Professor Swede Larson" along with false credentials and an incoherent ramble:
https://web.archive.org/web/20161110115804/http://braintutoringutah.com/the-brain-works-programs/online-courses/guruauthor/view/1-professor-swede-larson

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

I cannot comment on Brain Works, I don't work there and am not involved with that program in any way. I never claimed to have a license to practice mental health, and am in fact not even remotely interested. The PhD program is in Psychology and if you'll notice from your own post that it is focused on cognition and instruction, that is cognitive psychology.

Again my book is an attempt to help parents avoid spending egregious amounts of money on programs that don't work. As many emails show, no one has to read my book to get my consultation...... I talk with may freely about what I know of the programs.

You keep talking about being a fraud and scamming people, what am I gaining from this other than helping. Or is it the $13 charge for a book I worked on that a couple of people didn't like on Amazon.com?

As for the PhD, I have the transcripts that show I have finished the program and achieved nearly perfect scores. That is why we (a large group of students) are fighting the school, they didn't confer the degree that we earned.

You also said, "I am on the side of the vulnerable people you attempt to dupe. Most people on this forum have anonymous user names anyway"-What anonymous user names did I use and where?

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

You continue to inject straw men to dodge the facts. While the irony of your claims to protect vulnerable people from fraud and unethical behavior – all while using fraud and unethical means yourself – is clearly lost on you, I hope this situation highlights the importance of vetting the claims of people, vendors -- and even facilities -- who offer consultation, products, or other services.

Swede Larson
Most people on this forum have anonymous user names anyway"-What anonymous user names did I use and where?


Address the facts. I said most people on this forum use anonymous user names when you demanded my identity and attempted to discredit the facts by calling into question my anonymous user name. Are you really attempting to defend your cluster of deception with so silly a defense?

Swede Larson
I cannot comment on Brain Works, I don't work there and am not involved with that program in any way.


Address the facts. You were listed on the Brain Works website as possessing a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and as a “full member” of the APA. You are listed as the instructor for Brain Training 101:
https://web.archive.org/web/20161110115804/http://braintutoringutah.com/the-brain-works-programs/online-courses/guruauthor/view/1-professor-swede-larson

Swede Larson
I never claimed to have a license to practice mental health, and am in fact not even remotely interested.


Address the facts. No one said you did. You have posed as a psychologist, having experience and expertise in psychology, possessing a PhD, being a researcher heading a team of “cognitive neural scientists,” among other silly boasts. And you used this fabricated information to sell your book and offer consultation to parents of children with disabilities. You cannot claim to be a psychologist, or market your expertise as such, without a license, as per Utah law.

As a “psychologist” with expertise in psychology – you should know that, right?

Swede Larson
The PhD program is in Psychology and if you'll notice from your own post that it is focused on cognition and instruction, that is cognitive psychology.


Address the facts: You. Did. Not. Earn. a PhD. You don’t possess a degree in psychology of any kind. You were enrolled in a 60-credit online program, comprised of an assortment of 8-week-long courses, the larger percentage of which concern conducting research and writing a dissertation, which you did not complete. In stark contrast, the usual PhD program in psychology (accredited by the APA) is probably around 6 years in length, yet not even THESE candidates receive a PhD without submitting and successfully defending a dissertation.

As a psychologist touting a PhD, you should know that, right?

Swede Larson
As for the PhD, I have the transcripts that show I have finished the program and achieved nearly perfect scores. That is why we (a large group of students) are fighting the school, they didn't confer the degree that we earned.


Address the facts: You. Did. Not. Finish. a PhD program. Conducting scientifically viable research, completing a dissertation, and successfully defending a dissertation are the primary aspects involved with earning a PhD.

Address the facts: As you have engaged in unethical and likely unlawful conduct by posing as a psychologist and making false claims -- and worse, used these for profit -- you would likely be blocked from graduation or admission in any PhD program -- or professional program of any kind.

Address the facts. You were falsely claiming to be a “Dr.” with a PhD on this forum and elsewhere long before you even finished the coursework you reference. And you self-published your book on Amazon before completing this coursework as well – as Dr. Harland Larson, PhD. You added the lame “ABD” (not a credential) to the image later – apparently when your ruse began to unravel.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

CONTINUED

Address the facts. You defend the value of your coursework in your posts here, but elsewhere, you tell quite a different story:

http://www.challengestudentdebt.com/grand-canyon-university-scam/

Da Swede Larson
“Fraud and Deception are occurring, the staff and faculty I worked with hugely mismanaged my dissertation journey, leaving me with huge debt, no degree, and even if I had finished the degree, it was not what they outlined at the beginning in my paperwork... meaning the degree would not have been useful in securing employment as a psychologist...”

“I would not be able to gain employment in a field directly related to my degree, the PhD I hold is in essence not marketable in general in the field of Psychology.”

“I am likely going to start over at the beginning of my degree, once the federal government has deemed Grand Canyon the fraud they are and refunded my money.”

“In my own personal case they have blocked my completion of the PhD dissertation on the grounds that my research is not scientifically viable.”


(^Though not surprised that your “research” was not considered “scientifically viable,” as you do not even seem to understand that collecting anecdotes on the internet is not scientifically viable research. The plural of anecdote is not data.)

Swede Larson
Again my book is an attempt to help parents avoid spending egregious amounts of money on programs that don't work. As many emails show, no one has to read my book to get my consultation...... I talk with may freely about what I know of the programs.

Address the facts. You do not have *professional* expertise or experience in the treatment of learning disorders, autism, what programs “work” or don’t work, or in the practice of psychology in general. Therefore your opinion is uninformed, worthless (obvious from your stream-of-consciousness ramble on the Brain Works site linked above), and potentially harmful. That is the purpose of laws designed to protect consumers from people who make false claims about their title and credentials.

When parents in a support forum where you peddled your book questioned your expertise, you fired back with “What are your credentials?” THEY were not trying to sell YOU anything or pretending to possess credentials they did not have. You do not appear to even know as much as the average parent about either disabilities or psychology in general.

Swede Larson
You keep talking about being a fraud and scamming people, what am I gaining from this other than helping. Or is it the $13 charge for a book I worked on that a couple of people didn't like on Amazon.com?

Address the facts: Those couple of people who gave your book negative reviews actually purchased the book (Verified Purchase). The positive reviews padding your Amazon rating are from people who didn’t. Hmmm, so how do people positively review a book they did not purchase?

And one other question: Where is your team of “researchers and neural cognitive scientists” you have boasted about on this forum and others? Who are they and where are they? If they exist, shouldn’t one of your amazing team have written the forward to your “book” instead of your elementary school teacher? Shouldn’t they step up for you here or in one of the locations you have been exposed and defend your expertise and all?

Good grief.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

Dear past Vista attendant,

I was you. I was a headstrong teenager who post-Vista thoroughly believed and constantly affirmed that Vista saved my life. Like you, I experienced extreme Stockholm like effects. You are conditioned (through tactics that research correlates to overall harm across a multitude of areas rather than any type of positive outcomes) to believe that if you ever have any negative thoughts or feelings about Vista, it is somehow your fault. The seeds of self-blame are sewn so deep that they become ingrained into who you are, or who you think you are. One day you will realize what happened to you and the effect it has had on your life, and the effects it will continue to have on your future. One day you will know that it wasn't your fault.

For years I managed to run from it mentally, I believed it helped, because I had to. I mean it would be gut-wrenching to allow yourself to understand that two years of your life (extremely precious years in regards to the span of human development, but I digress) were stolen by people who claim to be helping, yet they do the very opposite. I internalized everything, because I was made to believe that my problems and my struggles must somehow be the result of some mistake that I had made at some completely unidentifiable, yet clearly significant point. You can only run for so long before it comes crashing down on you. I am not the only one of my fellow survivors with a diagnosis of PTSD. I am not the only one who self destructed completely after Vista. I am one of the very, very few who made it out and was able to piece together my life and make something from it. Although I am successful, I still struggle, the severity of the PTSD is okay sometimes and sometimes its bad and daily life becomes very difficult.

What needs to be understood is that at its very core, Vista is a business, and that's the bottom line. To ensure the $12k monthly checks (that's per child) they need to produce results. And how do you produce results to please the wallets (I mean the parents)? You grossly misuse your education in the psychology field to devise and implement behavioral modification techniques that quickly produce the desired effect. Checketts is a con-artitst, and a genuine disgrace to the profession as a whole.


Give it some time, you will be back. And there will be people to support you.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

I wanted to clarify here for everyone, I am PhD. in ABD status, which means I have completed all the course work for a PhD, and the vast majority of the dissertation process, research and other such materials. But have not completed the PhD with Grand Canyon University, in that the dissertation is not yet complete. Thus the title Dr. and the credentials PhD. must be understood as having completed the all course work for the PhD. but not the last two chapters of the dissertation. My data has been collected, and reported and through egregious mismanagement perpetrated by Kathryn Westbeld, and other members of the faculty at Grand Canyon University my dissertation will not likely ever be published.

Thanks,

Swede Larson, BFA, MHA, PhD in ABD status.

swedehart@msn.com

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

For the protection of those who Swede Larson has asked to contact him personally regarding his "research," please be aware:

Swede Larson (aka DrSwede / Professor Swede Larson PhD / Dr. Harland Larson PhD / Dr. Swede Larson / Da Swede Larson / Harland Larson / Professor Swede Larson of Fortis College / Harland Larson PHD (ABT)) does not have a psychology degree of any kind and has been posing as a psychologist with a PhD, as having expertise in psychology, and as head of a research team, among other fraudulent claims, in order to sell a book on Amazon

He has been scrubbing the internet of these claims since his fraud was exposed in other internet locations, like this disability support forum where he attempts to sell his "research" (details and links):

http://www.autismweb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33901

As always, vulnerable groups should exercise caution and vet the credentials and claims of those they interact with on the internet.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

Swede Larson
I wanted to clarify here for everyone, I am PhD. in ABD status, which means I have completed all the course work for a PhD, and the vast majority of the dissertation process, research and other such materials. But have not completed the PhD with Grand Canyon University, in that the dissertation is not yet complete. Thus the title Dr. and the credentials PhD. must be understood as having completed the all course work for the PhD. but not the last two chapters of the dissertation. My data has been collected, and reported and through egregious mismanagement perpetrated by Kathryn Westbeld, and other members of the faculty at Grand Canyon University my dissertation will not likely ever be published.

Thanks,

Swede Larson, BFA, MHA, PhD in ABD status.

swedehart@msn.com


For the protection of those who Swede Larson has asked to contact him personally regarding his "research," please be aware:

Swede Larson (aka DrSwede / Professor Swede Larson PhD / Dr. Harland Larson PhD / Dr. Swede Larson / Da Swede Larson / Harland Larson / Professor Swede Larson of Fortis College / Harland Larson PHD (ABT)) does not have a psychology degree of any kind and has been posing as a psychologist with a PhD, as having expertise in psychology, and as head of a research team, among other fraudulent claims, in order to sell a book on Amazon.

He has been scrubbing and altering these claims on the internet since his fraud was exposed in other internet locations, like this disability support forum where he attempts to sell his "research" (details and links):

http://www.autismweb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33901

As always, vulnerable groups should exercise caution and vet the credentials and claims of those they interact with on the internet.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

HEAL received what we believe are Harland/Swede Larson's transcripts from Grand Canyon University. You will find them posted on our site at www.heal-online.org/slarsondoc.pdf. We hope this helps clear up any confusion.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

Unfortunately this transcript only shows that Mr. Larson took courses in Grand Canyon University's online PhD program, not that he earned a PhD. GCU does not offer a PhD that leads to licensure as a psychologist.

This does show that Mr. Larson has been falsely claiming to have a PhD for quite some time. Check the dates on the coursework. On this forum alone -- as far back as November 2015 -- he was representing himself as a PhD with "a team of Psychologists and neural scientists:"
http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=3407841501&frmid=564&msgid=861765&cmd=show

Mr. Larson does not appear confused about his degree elsewhere on the internet, now that he is organizing litigation against GCU for the lack of one:
(see comments posted by Da Swede Larson -- 4 months ago:)

"Fraud and Deception are occurring, the staff and faculty I worked with hugely mismanaged my dissertation journey, leaving me with huge debt, no degree, and even if I had finished the degree, it was not what they outlined at the beginning in my paperwork... meaning the degree would not have been useful in securing employment as a psychologist...[...]"
http://www.challengestudentdebt.com/grand-canyon-university-scam/

***Please use caution when interacting with people requesting information on the internet and vet sources. This is especially important in groups and forums that serve vulnerable populations.

Re: Vista RTC Utah School- any stories or reviews??

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I have thought a lot about concerned's response and ad hominem attack on my character and credentials. I have made no secret about my fight with the University I attended. I did indeed complete the substantial school work as outlined in the admissions paper work at that school to gain a PhD. Not only did I complete the work, all of it, I also did so with nearly perfect scores.I am happy to share those credentials with anyone interested.

Now, "Concerned" calls for us to vet our sources but offers no clear indication of who this person is. To be honest, he sounds like one of the two owners of Vista, the CEO.... Matt Checketts.

None the less the truth of the matter is in fact that my credentials are not in question or even relevant here. The abusive ad hominem attack disregards my argument altogether and simple attacks my person.

Let us get to the crux of the matter, Vista and many other RTC's in Utah are breaking with human right, and what is ethically permissible. They are doing this on the ground as outlined by Angela, and sanctioned by the government in Utah. One doesn't need any degree to see what that the behavior of these social workers is uninformed and abusive. The number of comments that I have from past clients who have undergone this treatment, is telling. I have decided to move forward with the publication of those stories. This will bring to light that since Maia Szalavitz wrote "Hep at Any Cost" little to nothing has changed in the RTC's in Utah.

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To the person who had the negative experience & said that the teachers weren't licensed in CA, are you speaking to the Vista rtc in Magna, Utah or the Vista program in California?

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This is the Vista Program in Magna Utah, Dimple Dell Canyon, and the Sage Program..... All use essentially the same staff. My team of Psychologist is currently working on a study/review of each and every RTC program in Utah. For the benefit of those considering placing their children in such programs. Please email me before choosing to engage with any of these programs, especially the Vista program!

Swede Larson, BFA, MHA, Phd.

swedehart@msn.com

PS as soon as this study is complete I will post access to it here in the heal forum.

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I want to thank those of you who have been emailing me, I get about two or three emails every day from past clients and workers of many programs, including Vista; the information you have been providing is proving illuminating. We still have time, and the more information we get the better case we can make for reforming the social work based therapy programs in Utah!

Dr. Larson

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I attended Vista in the late 90's. The place was horrific. They practice "shock therapy" ,as well as, isolation. They would put kids on "RO" in which we weren't allowed to speak, embarrass us, scream in our faces for hours, and generally belittle and bully us into compliance. Please do not send your child there to be verbally abused and mentally tortured!! My mind has literally blocked out so much of what happened to me there and in the wilderness program I went too. All I remember is small flashes of what went on, which leads me to believe it was REALLY BAD there!! Like this website says, be sure you can have steady contact with your child, and be able to see th3m very frequently!!

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It was more arounderstanding 12 years ago, so 2004 ish...

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Rachel,

Thank you for your post, these are precisely the types of posts that will help protect potential future clients from garnering negative life experiences from those claiming to offer treatment for psychological hardship/infirmity.

Dr. Swede

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When I was there bathroom breaks were limited to two to four minutes, this place was hell. It was literally the worst experience of my life. I finished my nine month stay there ten years ago. I am a successful well adjusted adult now and have a great relationship with my parents. So no lasting damage for me but I would definitely recommend anyone considering this as an option to make a better choice

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Would you be willing to contact me with your review, for the study we are publishing?

Dr. Swede Larson
swedehart@msn.com

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Is this in any way related to the old "Vista" program that pre-dated the "AmeriCorps" program? Those are government youth activities that seem also to include a lot of schools, houses, etc.

They were foisted on the public as some kind of domestic "Peace Corps" but they are very shadowy programs, especially Vista. I've met some strange characters who came out of those programs.

I don't want to go off-topic, but I am curious about the name "Vista" in this context.

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HEAL has received the police complaint record regarding Vista RTC in Utah. Reported calls include rape, assault, domestic violence, child neglect, and life-threatening environmental conditions. You can download the police calls now at http://www.heal-online.org/vistapolicecalls.pdf.

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Can't download the police calls..

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The police calls file is over 280MB in size. Are you using a phone or a computer to download? If a phone, you likely don't have enough memory to download that large of a document. You will need to download it from a computer. I'm currently downloading it from http://www.heal-online.org/vistapolicecalls.pdf right now and it is taking some time due to the size of the file. But, it does download when using a system with enough memory.

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Says its no longer available or the link isn't valid.

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I pulled it up just fine..... make sure you are using a computer: I bet it won't come up on a phone.

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I realize this is late to the discussion, however this is the only place on the internet that I have found which deals specifically with this treatment center. To preface, I think it's important to note that I'm currently actively avoiding divulging any personal information for the fear of backlash or being sent back. I think that speaks volumes about the environment.

I have concluded through my experiences that this, like many treatment centers, is a scam. Most of the people who leave relapse, as I've observed by checking up on dozens of people through social media and finding few, few people who seemed to be doing well.

Those who were doing well seem to be motivated by the fear of going back or the fear of being sent elsewhere. I believe that "success" through threats is inappropriate and ineffective.

Please don't misunderstand - Vista is not hell. I have met people (staff and clients) I admire and care about there, and I have felt joy/felt connected in that environment. Still, I believe that the program is fundamentally ineffective.

I would like to hear people's thoughts on this (if anyone is still around this forum) who have shared/witnessed this experience and to see if my observations hold any validity. I can also go further into the hierarchy of the milieu, the imbalance of control, and examples of my own experiences. I can also share positives about the facility as well. \

Thank you for reading.

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This program helped saved my son's life. He has been clean and sober for 2+ years. They are not abusive and CBT works if people embrace it. Statistics and our experince prove that!

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Anon
I realize this is late to the discussion, however this is the only place on the internet that I have found which deals specifically with this treatment center. To preface, I think it's important to note that I'm currently actively avoiding divulging any personal information for the fear of backlash or being sent back. I think that speaks volumes about the environment.

I have concluded through my experiences that this, like many treatment centers, is a scam. Most of the people who leave relapse, as I've observed by checking up on dozens of people through social media and finding few, few people who seemed to be doing well.

Those who were doing well seem to be motivated by the fear of going back or the fear of being sent elsewhere. I believe that "success" through threats is inappropriate and ineffective.

Please don't misunderstand - Vista is not hell. I have met people (staff and clients) I admire and care about there, and I have felt joy/felt connected in that environment. Still, I believe that the program is fundamentally ineffective.

I would like to hear people's thoughts on this (if anyone is still around this forum) who have shared/witnessed this experience and to see if my observations hold any validity. I can also go further into the hierarchy of the milieu, the imbalance of control, and examples of my own experiences. I can also share positives about the facility as well. \\

Thank you for reading.


Sounds exactly like the Swede Larson dude who falsified his credentials and has been posting here and around the internet posing "Dr. Swede Larson PhD." Please be cautious if considering your personal information.

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Unfortunately this post was not written by me, but it does indeed tell a clear story; that story coincides with many that attended Vista, as well as other RTC's in Utah.

Again, we get no chance to "VET" the source of this anonymous post. Do us the favor of researching who you are please, and allow us to make a decision regarding your arguments, which incidentally regard themselves toward the individual rather than the argument being made.

I will state it again for everyone to hear, Vista Treatment center does indeed Visit many terrible and inhuman practice upon the students there. While few find help, many find disappointment, fear, demoralization, inconsistency, and even direct abuse. Those that survive these places do so despite the practices there, not because of them.

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Swede Larson
Unfortunately this post was not written by me, but it does indeed tell a clear story; that story coincides with many that attended Vista, as well as other RTC's in Utah.

Again, we get no chance to "VET" the source of this anonymous post. Do us the favor of researching who you are please, and allow us to make a decision regarding your arguments, which incidentally regard themselves toward the individual rather than the argument being made.

I will state it again for everyone to hear, Vista Treatment center does indeed Visit many terrible and inhuman practice upon the students there. While few find help, many find disappointment, fear, demoralization, inconsistency, and even direct abuse. Those that survive these places do so despite the practices there, not because of them.


There is no reason to “vet” my credentials. I’m not fraudulently claiming credentials I’ve never had, claiming to be a psychologist, claiming to be a “full member” of the APA, pretending I have a “research team of cognitive neural scientists,” or claiming I am doing “research” to take advantage of vulnerable people: selling a poorly-written uninformed report to parents of children with disabilities or requesting personal information from people online who may have experienced abuse.

The facts regarding your fraud are quite easy to “vet.” Readers can do so independently. There is no debate or argument regarding your lack of credentials, nor your fraudulent claims.

Your “book” (see comments from verified purchasers):
https://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Parents-reasons-behind-bright-ebook/dp/B01LW6TXLT

Your failed attempt to deceive and market your “book” to parents in a disability support forum, where you were rightfully exposed and then attempted to cover your tracks:
http://www.autismweb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33901&sid=edbdf4e7f2dde61bcea9eeb8148e49aa

You have been posting on this forum for at least 2 years under false pretense while soliciting personal information from others.
http://pub40.bravenet.com/forum/static/show.php?usernum=3407841501&frmid=564&msgid=861765&cmd=show

You were enrolled in online classes at GCU that do not result in any licensure in anything. This program does not include contact or experience with patients. Therefore you do not and have not had “clients,” or any experience in psychology with patients, and your incoherent descriptions of disabilities and opinions on “what works” are irrelevant. You taught yoga and music at a residential facility? The residents you taught are called “students.”

If you witnessed or suspected abuse at Vista (or any other facility) while teaching yoga, you are required by law to report it to the state of Utah, not profit from it by writing a (yet another) incoherent “report” to sell using others’ personal information you gleaned online. THAT, and aggressively following up on your report, is how you “save the life” of someone who may consider the facility in question. Check Utah’s mandatory reporting laws.

You can’t put lipstick on this pig “ Dr. Swede Larson, PhD “ / “ Dr. Harland Larson PhD ” / “ Professor Swede Larson .” You have gone far beyond violating the trust of vulnerable people.

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Again, as I have said several times here and else where, I offer no services to anyone online or in person as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker..... what I do offer is my knowledge of the program in question. I am interested in giving folks more knowledge to protect them from scams like Vista, or other types of programs that are not. My work is an attempt to arm parents with knowledge that will protect them, and their poor children, from these places and their abusive programs. I am not the first or the only person to make claim against this practice of "help at any cost" and I surely won't be the past.

It seems that the only thing you can focus on is my problems associated with the PhD program I completed.... and the abusive ad hominem attacks on my person, and the claim that I am preying on vulnerable people, though I don't know how.... I offer my claims against these programs freely to anyone that has emailed me. I have protected hundreds of poor teens that might be duped by the people at Vista!

Also that you will not allow anyone to get a sense of you, who you are, and where you come from..... you are merely a critic of my attempt to help! I do apologize that you have taken offense, I only want to protect our poor kids from experiencing the emotional hardship of encountering programs that put abuse in the guise of treatment. This was the reason I attended Grand Canyon University in the first place.

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Swede Larson
Again, as I have said several times here and else where, I offer no services to anyone online or in person as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker..... what I do offer is my knowledge of the program in question. I am interested in giving folks more knowledge to protect them from scams like Vista, or other types of programs that are not. My work is an attempt to arm parents with knowledge that will protect them, and their poor children, from these places and their abusive programs. I am not the first or the only person to make claim against this practice of "help at any cost" and I surely won't be the past.

It seems that the only thing you can focus on is my problems associated with the PhD program I completed.... and the abusive ad hominem attacks on my person, and the claim that I am preying on vulnerable people, though I don't know how.... I offer my claims against these programs freely to anyone that has emailed me. I have protected hundreds of poor teens that might be duped by the people at Vista!

Also that you will not allow anyone to get a sense of you, who you are, and where you come from..... you are merely a critic of my attempt to help! I do apologize that you have taken offense, I only want to protect our poor kids from experiencing the emotional hardship of encountering programs that put abuse in the guise of treatment. This was the reason I attended Grand Canyon University in the first place.


umm, you DIDN'T complete a PhD program, remember? Another lapse with reality?

I am interested "in giving folks more knowledge to protect them from scams" too.

You HAVE offered "psychological services" in several locations online, posing as a psychologist with a PhD and as a "full member" of the APA. Here's one -- on the sales site of Brain Works, LLC, featuring "Professor Swede Larson," with a PhD and a "full membership" in the APA (which is impossible without a PhD). This is an archived copy which *mysteriously* disappeared online, just like the others:

https://web.archive.org/web/20161110115804/http://braintutoringutah.com/the-brain-works-programs/online-courses/guruauthor/view/1-professor-swede-larson

You also offered to consult with parents and their children in the "author" section of the book you peddle on Amazon, complete with your personal email address, as Dr. Harland Larson, PhD, claiming to have expertise in psychology. This can be seen in the "look inside" feature of the kindle version located above the image of the book (no need to purchase):
https://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Parents-reasons-behind-bright-ebook/dp/B01LW6TXLT

And you sure did try to "help" those parents in the autism support forum -- to BUY your "book" -- directing them to your sales site, pretending to be "Dr. Swede," and stating that you had credentials you did not possess. You were even nasty to them and asked why you should not be paid ("recompense") after originally offering to share if they emailed you personally (creepish). You then deleted incriminating info, but plenty of it was caught when you were quoted in other responses:
http://www.autismweb.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33901&sid=b902e4a6ec3cbc34decf120da3573949


The only thing I am focused on is your scamming vulnerable people for profit by claiming to have credentials, expertise, training, and professional affiliations that you never had. I think vulnerable people and "desperate" parents deserve the truth.

Are you just entirely blind to the ethical (and potential legal) problem with your ruse? And do you believe that if you just continue to deny and minimize your deception that the facts will change and you will magically become credible?

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I would love to hear your thoughts, if I have not already!!!! Swedehart@msn.com I promise to keep your information anonymous, and to make sure that the public see's what you have to say along side the hundreds of others I have spoken with over the last few years!

Don't let "concerned" bully your thoughts, those thoughts may save the life of someone who would have attended Vista, before they heard what you had to say!