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Seen 'n Heard - Nov, 1999 Issue (page 2)

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(October 7, 1999) Carol Maxym, CMAXYM@aol.com, stopped by Woodbury Reports during a whirlwind tour of the North Idaho CEDU Schools. Carol was the Dean of Students at John Dewey Academy in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and now plans to establish an educational consulting business in San Diego, California with a branch office in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

(October 8, 1999) The Honolulu Star-Bulletin online edition, carried a story entitled “Money probe stretches from Texas to Laie.” It asserts “Authorities in Texas are investigating as much as $4.7 million allegedly missing in workers compensation funds that were handled by a man who opened a controversial teen-reform camp in Laie, according to news reports and investigators there.” The man identified, Mekeli Ieremia, the chief executive officer of the Aloha Youth Academy in Laie, Hawaii, which has been at the center of a recent controversy (see Seen n’Heard, Woodbury Reports Issue #62), asserts he never came under any investigation, and that he voluntarily resigned his position in El Paso on advice of his attorney. 

(October 9, 1999) A Seen n’Heard item in the October 1999 issue #62 of Woodbury Reports’ Places for Struggling Teens, p. 29, regarding the criticism of the Aloha Youth Academy in Hawaii, should have read “the local TV CBS affiliate (KGMB)…” instead of referring to them as a radio affiliate. 

The month of October, 1999 saw more than 23, 000 visitors to Woodbury Reports Online. SECOND NATURE ADDS “CO-THERAPIST” (October 10, 1999) Scott Canter, Director of Admissions for Second Nature, a clinically oriented short-term wilderness program, operating in Utah, 818-906-9611, announced the adoption of a “Co-Therapist Model” for their program. This means two therapists will now work with each group. Each student will still have a primary therapist, but will benefit from having a second one available also. This allows a reduction in each therapist’s caseload, and students and families will receive more quality time with their primary therapist. 

(October 12, 1999) Explorations, Trout Creek, Montana, 406-827-3863, owned and operated by Lorne Riddell and Penny James-Riddle, hired Monte McConnell to handle very short-term experiences for students suspended from school. A trip might be only ten days, and can include a session with a psychologist on the last day of the program, if requested. 

(October 13, 1999) Sharon M. Bitz, Executive Director of Mt. Bachelor Academy, Prineville, Oregon, 800-462-3404, announced starting January 2000, the school will be implementing ways to make the median length of stay 14-16 months instead of the current 20-30 months. This has been the result of extensive staff meetings to find ways to lighten the financial burden on parents by shortening the time a student needs to be at Mount Bachelor Academy, while maintaining the same quality and impact the school has always provided. Bitz emphasized that this will not be a hard and fast rule, since some students might still need the longer period of time.

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