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Seen 'n Heard - Oct, 1996 Issue (page 3).

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Joan McOmber announced the opening of Deer Trail Ranch, 541-330-0159, in Bend, Oregon, a home for at-risk girls ages 13 through 16. Located on five acres several miles outside Bend in Central Oregon, it’s goal is to provide “a safe, loving and nurturing family home for girls.” Joan holds a Masters Degree in Counseling, and has extensive experience counseling teens and teaching parenting classes in Oakland, California for over 10 years. Staff include Joan, her husband, a building contractor, Darrel McOmber with a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University and with extensive teaching experience in the math and science fields, and Barbara McOmber, a gardener and self- taught nutritionist. Darrel and Barbara offer grand parenting support and assistance. 

The Small Boarding School Association Conference will be held March 13-15, 1997 at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. For more information, call Karl Sjolund, VES Director of Admission, 804- 384-4215. KIDS INC. LOOKING FOR STAFF: Steve Kramer, of KIDS Inc. in Spokane, Washington, 509-448-2290, announced he is looking for live-in staff. The home-based program in the suburbs of Spokane is designed for young teenage men needing a structured, supportive environment. The part-time position might be perfect for a young person looking to attend college and planning to work in a child related field of study. The position(s) includes room and board, and are on an Internship basis for the first 6 months with a stipend to follow. The position(s) requires about 20 hours a week. The applicant need be very active, able to interact with kids at the health club and in physical activity. Females are encouraged to apply. The maximum number of boys in the program would be six. One of the boys who has been at KIDS Inc. For 13 months just took first place at the Odessa German festival 5K Fun Run. 

Larry Wells announced Wilderness Quest, (WQ) Monticello, Utah, has started running expeditions year round. Wilderness Quest grew out of his Wilderness Conquest program he ran in past years, and is one of the several programs offered by the Blue Mountain Family Center. Wilderness Quest expeditions now begin every third Monday, with a holding ability for those needing immediate attention. Larry Wells, 801-587-2801, and Admissions Director Anngela Ritter, 208-522-1080 are pleased with the results they have been seeing in the participants. 

 “Exploring the Boundaries” is the theme of the First International Adventure Therapy Conference to be held July 1-5, 1997 in Perth, Western Australia. Martin Ringer, Convenor for the Conference Committee, m.ringer@cowan.edu.au, was in Spokane Washington for the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) meeting in late September. He was explaining that this conference was to give people the “opportunity to speak with people from all around the world... from a diverse range of professions.” “This is also the first international gathering where social science practitioners have been invited to jointly explore how to combine adventure with human change processes to achieve new and exciting ways of working together.” Information can be obtained from Petrie International, PO Box 568, Kalamunda, Perth Western Australia 6076: Tel: (Intl 61) 9 291 9306 - Fax: (Intl 61) 9 291 9978 - email: petrconf@linet.net.au - Web Site httm: //www.tas.gov.au/hahn/conference.html. 

The Colorado Outward Bound School is offering a 10-Day Wilderness Therapy Practicum for Health and Mental Health Professionals & Graduate Students on July 12-21. It is “designed to introduce professionals to Colorado Outward Bound School’s model of wilderness and adventure therapy.” Participants will “engage in activities and learn how they are used as a part of a therapeutic process.” For more information, contact Carolyn Bowman at 800- 477-2627 or 303-831-6996. 

Steve Fairbanks has joined the staff of Explorations, Inc., 406-827-3863, of Trout Creek, Montana, as the new Wilderness Program Director. Steve spent 18 years with the Wilderness Treatment Center in Marion, Montana, prior to joining the Explorations Team. Kevin Junker, MSW is the new therapiat on staff at Explorations. Kevin received his degree from Columbia University. 

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