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Seen 'n Heard - Apr, 1999 Issue (page 1).

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(February 12, 1999, Clearwater, Florida) Utah programs reported at the Outdoor Behavior Healthcare Industry Council (OBHIC), meeting in Clearwater, Florida, that in Utah the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) state law is being tightened. The ICPC Utah law is similar to the law in all other 49 states and it mandates, among other things, that a child cannot be placed in a program in another state by his/her parents (or any agency) without prior approval by both state’s Compact Manager, who has the power to disapprove the placement if the Compact Manager thinks the placement is inappropriate. Standard exceptions to the law are placement in hospitals and boarding schools. The next OBHIC meeting will be April 21, 1999, at the University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho, to coincide with Earth Week observations. 

(March 15, 1999) Lynn Casebere, Director of Admission at Judson School, Scottsdale, Arizona, 602-948-7731, announced the Judson-At-Alpine Outdoor adventure and academics sessions this summer at Paradise Valley, Arizona. Judson School itself was founded in 1928, and Judson-At-Alpine was first opened in 1989. Three sessions are offered this summer, the first starting on June 13, with the school focusing on “a structured environment that fosters self discipline, intellectual growth, and the development of strong character, sound values, and informed decision making capabilities. The School also seeks to develop self esteem in its students through participation, achievement and proper recognition.” 

(March 16, 1999) Marti Weiskopf, Director of Admission at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy, Phoenix, Arizona, 602-956-9090, “Educating Young Men Since 1961 Building Character & Integrity,” announced they are beginning to interview for summer school and the fall 1999/2000 school year. The school gives “priority to students attending summer school for acceptance into the fall school year.” St. Paul’s Academy emphasizes developing character in their students, and the same is true of their summer school. There will be two five week sessions (June 14th-July16th & July 19th-August 20th). Academic credit classes will be offered along with counseling and character education.

(March 19, 1999) Simon Jeynes, President and Headmaster of Lucy Baker School, in Warburg, Alberta, Canada, 780-848-2568, lucybake@telusplanet.net, announced the growth of their independent, non-profit Christian girls school to 15 students and projected growth to about 45 students. Values such as honesty, courage, integrity, and duty are an important part of the school. Instruction in entrepreneurship is an integral part of the curriculum. The academic curriculum is challenging. There us also an Outdoor program, which challenges the girls physically, mentally and spiritually, and a BusinessEducation program, in which the older students operate Business Ventures, in order to prepare for the prediction that “the next generation won’t get a job so much as make a job.” 

(March 23, 1999) Donald Rees, Head of School, Squaw Valley Academy, Olympic Valley, CA., 530-583-1558, announced their six-week residential summer Program (July 15 - August 31). The goal of the residential component is to develop appropriate social skills, personal behavioral standards, comfort in working with peers and supervisors, and accountability and personal responsibility. The academic component gives students the opportunity to complete two semester-long courses. The active outdoor curriculum helps the students learn leadership abilities, appropriate standards of conduct, tolerance for adversity and challenge, and to help their physical condition. 

(March 29, 1999) The Salt Lake Tribune reported “Samoan authorities are investigating allegations of mistreatment, sexual abuse and financial fraud at three treatment centers for young adults….”. Ken Kay, vice president of Worldwide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP) which includes Paradise Cove under its umbrella which is one of the Samoa programs being investigated, welcomed the investigation stating, “In the past we have had a very good relationship with the Samoan government” and “We have always had an open door policy with them.” For more information on the WWSAP debate, see the “News and Views” section of Woodbury Reports Online. New Hope Academy, another Samoa teen program being investigated, closed down without warning and it is alleged they left behind some students on Samoa without supervision. The third program being investigated, A Better Way, is still operating but recently ran into some problems (also see “News and Views” section of Woodbury Reports Online “Discussion on A Better Way”). 

(April 1, 1999) The National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps will be having their annual conference June 28 through 30 at Unicoi State Park near Helen, Georgia. Sessions include “Staff Recruitment and Retention” by Vicki Vaughn of Three Springs, “Ethics in Counseling” by Larry Olsen of Anasazi, “Education Issues in Wilderness Programming” by Judy Rudzyki of Roosevelt Wilderness Camp, “Psychotropic Medication: More than the Basics” by Eva Nemeth, MD Private Practice Psychiatrist, “Experiential Education” by Tucker and Elliot, Pressley Ridge, “Family Work in Long Term Residential Treatment” by Bill Farrar, Roosevelt Wilderness Camp, “Adolescent Growth/Development in an Outdoor Setting” by Karen Bradley, Camp Appalachian Wilderness,” ”Feminist Developmental Theory” by Margaret Vail, Pathways, and Gary Ferguson, author of “Shouting at the Sky.” For more information, call Chris Newland at 706-655-5900. 

(April 2, 1999) Chris Yelich, Executive Director of the Association of Educators in Private Practice (AEPP), Watertown, Wisconsin, 800-252-3280, yelichris@aol.com, announced their annual conference, EDVentures ’99, will be July 29-31, 1999 in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 1990, the 700 member AEPP is trying to bring all segments of the private education industry together into one organization. Due to major membership gains in the last couple of years, Ex. Dir. Yelich announced the organization is now positioned to become the education industry trade association. 

(April 6, 1999) Karen Morgan, Admissions for Success Oriented Achievement Realized (SOAR), Balsam North Carolina, 828-456-3435, announced SOAR has been accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Morgan’s statement described AEE as the “one international education organization which encompasses all of SOAR’s program areas including wilderness adventure pursuits, experiential education, and therapeutic recreation. This achievement is the result of twenty years of diligent work and eighteen months of intense effort. SOAR’s commitment to provide quality programming for LD and AD/HD youth and their families is stronger today than any other time in our history.” 

(April 7, 1999) Gary burke, Business Manager of Saint Christopher Academy announced their Summer School Working Ranch in Carey, Idaho near Sun Valley will have a July 1 to July 30th session, and an August 1 to August 15th session. This is a program for boys and girls ages 12-17 aiming “to instill a sense of responsibility and leadership by continually challenging the students in an academic and outdoor western setting. A personal growth challenge that will reveal positive attitudes & behaviors. High School credits will be earned.” For further information, contact admissions in Seattle referencing “summer 1999 Session’s.” Phone 206-246-9751, Fax 253-813-0398. 

(April 7, 1999) Andrea Johnson, Intake Coordinator for Adolescent Guidance Services, a transport company, with main offices in Burlingame, CA., 800-491-8484, announced they have agents in 19 cities throughout the country. The cities include Atlanta, all islands of Hawaii, Salt Lake City, Oklahoma city, Kansas City, Nashville, Las Vegas & Reno, Birmingham, Alabama, Seattle, Boise, Tucson, Austin, Houston, Ft. Worth, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Minneapolis. The company, a division of Gladding & Michel, is also sponsoring high school sports and Orphanage Homes throughout Latin America. 

(April 8, 1999, Austinburg, Ohio) Keith Corlew, Director of Admission, Grand River Academy, Austinburg, Ohio, 440-275-2811, academy@interlaced.net, announced their 5-day and 7-day six week co-educational, Grades 9-12 summer Boarding Programs will run from June 28 to August 6, 1999. The school’s goal is “to prepare students, including those who are not working near their potential, for a successful college education. Attention is paid to physical, emotional, and social growth in a school community where concern for each individual’s needs is emphasized.” SOLTREKS ONE-ON-ONE (April 8, 1999, Duluth, MN.) Lorri Hanna & Doug Sabo, owners and operators of Soltreks, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., 218-525-5803, a wilderness oriented program, announced they are providing One-on-One treks for students who need a more individualized intervention. They are designed as an alternative “for those students who would benefit from not going home during school breaks, or who are failing in their last semester of academics.” They recently ended a 15-day trek in New Mexico that was very successful. 

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