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New Perspectives - Jun, 1992 Issue 

Forest Heights Lodge
Evergreen, Colorado
Russ Colburn, Executive Director
(303) 674-6681

Founded in 1954 by Henry and Claire Swartwood, Forest Heights admits emotionally troubled boys between five and fourteen years of age. They have developed a milieu based on the attachment model, believing "that many of the boys' most severe problems have been caused ... by their inability to make real attachments to others." The staff have found "that the children considered 'ill' suffer not so much from a consuming illness as from failure to develop the strengths and potential that lie within them. Their environment has made demands that they could not adequately meet, and their responses have become more and more inadequate, hopeless and self-destructive." "The real future for these children is not in removal from normal life but in a revitalization of their life processes through the full use of environment, professional resources and trained, committed adults." "We believe that children will 'risk' getting well by building close, trusting relationships with staff members, particularly child care workers. To that end, therapeutic emphasis is directed toward a child's daily living environment. It is there a child will try what he learns and decide that changing pays off and is worth the risk." Their expansion in the last few years has been through training and consultation programs, "which impact thousands of professionals and thereby more thousands of children."

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