Opinion & Essays - Apr, 1998 Issue
I found your web site extremely helpful and spent a great deal of time exploring
all the options presented. I am particularly interested in the Catherine Freer Wilderness program and have had discussions with
them and they are sending me further information. I want to talk to some parents that have sent their children there and get
some feedback as well. They do have some testimonials on their web site. I was wondering if you have any first hand knowledge
of this program or know anyone who has. I think their methods make a lot of sense and it is something more realistic for us
on a cost basis, but things can look good in writing and not actually be that great! Donna
Hi Donna: Glad the web site helped. So far as talking to parents whoíve sent
children to Catherine Freer, just ask them for a list with names and phone numbers. I canít give you any names for confidentiality
reasons, but Catherine Freer, and virtually all the schools and programs listed in my publications, keep a list of parents who
have given permission for their names and phone numbers to be given out to prospective parents. Iíve referred many children
to Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, and have worked with them extensively for some time now. Iíve consistently
found Catherine Freer to be safe, effective, and responsive.
Linda Shaffer steered us in the right direction 4 years ago with our then 20 (almost 21) year old
son. He went through the Explorations program with Lorne & Penny. From there to the Wilderness Treatment Center, to a halfway
house in Minneapolis with wonderful, positive results. He has gained control of his life again, has worked summers for Lorne
& Penny in Montana, gone back to college and is close to receiving his degree in Substance/Alcohol Abuse counseling and
plans to work with troubled teens full time (he is working part time with them at this point). He is a great believer in the
wilderness based program and is living proof that it can work. I thought the materials Iím ordering for him would be good resource
materials for him. Thanks again to Linda Shaffer.
His Mom, Janice
| Dear Lon:
All of us at Bridges Academy want to take this opportunity to commend you for your valuable and
consistent leadership in this industry.
We especially want to applaud your initiative in inaugurating the Woodbury Web Page (www.woodbury.com
which enables parents unaware of IECA Consultants to find helpful programs for their troubled teens.
A strong 50% of our enrollment activity at Bridges Academy is a direct result of being listed on
your Web Page. We thank you for your support.
Darrel McOmber, Executive Director
Bridges Academy, Bend, Oregon
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