Oak Meadows Healing Center

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Dr. G. Hugh Allred was a member of the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Counseling committee which wrote a marriage and family counseling licensing bill for the State of Utah and helped devise strategies for its passage, 1970-73.  It became law in 1973.

Allred was President of the UAMFC, 1974-76.

Hugh was a member of the examining board for the State of Utah for the licensing of marriage and family counselors, 1973-82. He was Chair 1976-78 and again 80-82.

Allred is a Utah licensed marriage and family therapist. For almost thirty years, he was a professor at Brigham Young University where he educated and trained masters and doctoral students in individual, marital, and family psychotherapy. He retired from BYU in 1995 and is presently a BYU emeritus professor. Hugh is the author of several books and numerous articles in the professional and lay literature and a presenter at many national professional conferences. Since 1995 to the present, he has been in private practice full time, specializing in treating adults suffering from Post-traumatic Stress and Dissociative Disorders caused by harrowing childhood abuse.

In 1966, Allred received his doctorate from the University of Oregon in Counseling Psychology with  emphases in individual, family, and group psychotherapy. This was a clinical training program approved by the American Psychological Association. Hugh is a Fellow and Full Clinical Member of  AAMFT, a Certified Diplomate of The American Psychotherapy Association, a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a member of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation. 

Allred’s research emphasis focused on designing two theoretically based verbal interaction analysis instruments and testing their validity and reliability. One instrument was fashioned to study interaction between therapists and clients, and the other to study interaction between husbands and wives and among parents and children.
Dr. G. Hugh Allred 1932-2013

At dawn on Dec. 7, while listening to The Lord’s Prayer by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, G. Hugh Allred passed peacefully into the loving arms of his friend and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, teacher, counselor, and friend, G. Hugh Allred was born May 22, 1932 to Golden Allred and Josephine Leavitt.  Raised on the family farm in Hillspring, Alberta, Canada, Hugh developed an exceptional work ethic and profound love for music, nature, horses, and all of God’s creations.

When he was 15, his family moved to Provo, Utah, where Hugh excelled in vocal performance, and sang baritone in a quartet with Harold Dunford, Dick Dastrup, and Rex Eggertsen. Graduating from Provo High School in 1950, Hugh attended BYU before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1951.  Following basic training, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Crapo.  After studying Mandarin at Yale University, Hugh served in Korea and Japan as a Chinese linguist.  Upon his return, his wife greeted him with their nine month old son, Steve.  Hugh completed his military service, received his B.A. from BYU in 1957, and taught history and geography at Central Junior High School in Provo.  In 1960, the Allred family moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, where Hugh served as head of the guidance program at Winston Churchill H.S.  In 1964, Hugh moved to Eugene, Oregon where in 1966, he received his doctorate in counseling psychology. That same year, he joined the BYU Counseling Center, and eventually transferred to the department of Family Sciences to train and educate Marriage and Family therapists.  In 1972, after a sabbatical to New Zealand, the Allred’s added two more children to their family, Greg and Jennifer.  For nearly thirty years, Hugh was an outstanding professor.  He was President of the Utah Association for Marriage and Family Counselors from 1974-1976.  He was a member of the examining board for the State of Utah for the licensing of marriage and family counselors from 1973-82, serving as Chair 1976-78, and again in 1980-82.  

Hugh wrote multiple articles and several books, including Mission for Mother, How to Make a Good Mission Great, and How to Strengthen Your Marriage and Family, presented at numerous national profession conferences and was a popular Education Week speaker.  Hugh was a fellow and Full Clinical Member of AAMFT, a Certified Diplomate of The American Psychotherapy Association, a member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a member of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation.  Upon retirement from BYU in 1995, Hugh devoted untold hours to his private practice, Oak Springs, where he treated survivors of traumatic childhood abuse, primarily those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and Dissociative Disorders. 

Hugh was a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 15 years, where, with Carolyn, he traveled the world: England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Israel and Canada.  Additionally, Hugh performed with the Jay Welch Chorale, Utah Choral Arts Society, Utah Symphony Chorus, and was an LDS Church Service Missionary on Temple Square for many years.

Hugh’s deep love for his wife, family and patients was surpassed only by his abiding love for Jesus Christ.  He is survived by his wife, Carolyn, daughters Lynette, Sharlene, Jennifer, grand-daughters, Cheyenne, Isabelle, and Josie; sons; Steven and Greg, sister Sheryle, and brother Duane.   Hugh was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings Orvilla Stevens, Velora Smith, and Garth Allred.  Per his request there will be no funeral or memorial services.

“There is nothing which is secret save it shall be revealed; there is no work of darkness save it shall be made manifest in the light; and there is nothing which is sealed upon the earth save it shall be loosed.”  2 Nephi 30:17