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

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STRENGTHS DIFFERENT FOR MAPS AND LANGUAGE 
(July 6, 1999) It was reported that Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, at London’s Institute of Psychiatry, in using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to get snapshots of the brains of 10 men and 10 women, tested them for spatial and language skills. He found more activity in women’s brains regarding verbal information, and men’s brains more active in “spatial work.” He concluded that “…women cannot read maps or charts as well as men – and men tend to stick their foot into it when they open their mouth.” 

CASCADE SCHOOL LOOKING FOR COUNSELORS 
(July 7, 1999) Cascade School, a coeducational college prep boarding school founded in 1984 that specializes in working with adolescents with problems, located in northern California, has positions open for emotional growth counselors with experience, training and skills working with young people. Resumes should be sent to Counseling Director, Cascade School, PO Box 9, Whitmore, CA 96096. [This article is outdated.  Cascade School closed January 20, 2004.]

MISSION MOUNTAIN STREAMLINES ADMISSIONS 
(July 7, 1999) Mission Mountain School, John Mercer School Head, Condon, Montana, 406- 754-2580, says they have streamlined their admissions process, partly by the Admissions Committee meeting every Tuesday. They also have several openings this summer. 

ROYAL HAVEN MOVING BACK TO SISTERS 
(July 7, 1999) Steve Gage, co- founder of Royal Haven, 541-388-3956, says they are moving from Bend, Oregon back to the property in Sisters, Oregon they were in before they moved a year or so ago. Royal Haven is an Equestrian Center for Girls. 

INQUIRIES LEVELING OFF? 
(July 7, 1999) Some programs have mentioned to Woodbury Reports that their records show that inquiries have leveled off, compared to last year. This is only a few programs and the question is if this indicates any kind of significant pattern, or is just part of a normal variation similar to unexplained inquiry patterns of past years. 

EMOTIONAL GROWTH WORKSHOP 
(July 8, 1999) Rebecca Plona, Director of Admission for King George School in Sutton, Vermont, 800-218- 5122, announced students and faculty completed the “Body and Soul” Emotional Growth Workshop June 24-25, 1999. “The experience centered on the relationship between body, thoughts, and feelings, and the role that each plays in the health of the others.”

ALLDREDGE ACADEMY ENROLLING STUDENTS 
(July 10, 1999) Lance Wells, Vice-President of Alldredge Academy, Inc. & Semester Back Program, Davis, West Virginia, 877-253-7334, announced they now have their staff trained for their 62-day program which operates in the wilderness area of West Virginia, as well as their 102-day Semester Back program which also includes their copyrighted curriculum and academic model designed to prepare students to return to their previous schools. He also announced construction is progressing smoothly and they are also accepting long-term students at their custom made boarding school which includes intense one on one mentoring. 

WWSAP OPPOSES BILL #AB705 
(July 11, 1999) The World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP), headquartered in St. George, Utah, with about 1,000 students in programs around the world, many of them coming from California, has expressed opposition to California Assembly Bill #705, which would restrict transport agents from acting as agents for parents in getting unwilling teens to programs that could provide the teen the help he/she needs. A major point the Association makes is that during a time when “parents are increasing being held responsible and sometimes sued for their children’s behavior, governmental agencies want to restrict parents in getting the type of help their teens need.” See Woodbury Reports Online Places for Struggling Teens, News Section, http://www.strugglingteens.com, for postings relating to this issue. 

WORKSHOPS ON WORKING WITH AGGRESSIVE YOUTH 
(July 12, 1999) The Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home National Resource & Training Center, Boys Town, Nebraska, 800-545-5771 is sending out fliers announcing their 1999 schedule of 2-day workshops “Working with Aggressive Youth.” They have eight workshops at Boys Town during the year and several throughout the country including Wash. DC in August, Seattle in September, Minneapolis and Orlando in October, New Orleans in November, and Houston in December. It is based on their methods in forming “a strategy that is proven effective in reducing aggressive behaviors in youth.” The Curriculum consists of three facets: Understanding Aggressive Behavior, Crisis Intervention and Aggressive Behavior, and Teaching Alternatives to Aggressive Behavior. 

WEB SITE INCREASES IN POPULARITY 
(July 13, 1999) Alexa, an internet business (just bought out by Amazon.com) that evaluates web sites on the basis of number of visits by Alexa users, has upgraded Woodbury Reports’ Places for Struggling Teens Online, http://www.strugglingteens.com, to rank number 53,211 out of the more than 4 million commercial web sites now existing on the world wide web. The increase in ranking in the last six months suggests the site is gaining on the web sites of educational leaders such as Peterson’s Guide (2,515), Education Week (12,625), Education Index (27,775), and pulling ahead of Educational Communications: Who’s Who of students and teachers (95,277), Colin Powell’s America Promise (103,778), Father Flanagan’s Boys Home (112,005), Center for Educational Reform (112,530), Parenting Today’s Teen (170,040), Vincent/Curtis Educational Register (255,555), the Independent Educational Consultants Association (436,592), and Eduventures (526,450). (For a more complete listing and comparison, see the table in the News Section of our home page, http://www.strugglingteens.com).

WOODBURY REPORTS ARCHIVES ONLINE 
(July 13, 1999). Woodbury Reports has been publishing its networking newsletter Places for Struggling Teens since 1989, with an online edition since 1995. The archives of the early print issues can now be found online at the Woodbury Reports web site http://www.strugglingteens.com. All articles, essays, visit reports etc. from issues #1-#25 are now available online, which covers all issues from 1989 through the end of 1993. As time goes on, subsequent issues will be made available online. This archive is a resource for those interested in reviewing the past of this particular network of private residential programs for at-risk teens, or who are looking for references to programs or individuals. A complete search engine for the archives makes it possible to quickly search the whole archive database for references to any specific program, individual or keyword. 

WILDERNESS QUEST ATTRACTS ALUMNI 
Boasting their highest alumni internships ever, their recent family float trip in southern Utah was a fantastic, “splashing success.” The only overturned boat was credited to their very own Larry Wells. There are a limited number of openings in their programs beginning August 24th, September 14th, October 5th, and October 26th. Programs will on Tuesdays, rather than Mondays, in order to give staff and families an extra day to prepare. 

SCOTT YOUNG, CRATER LAKE SCHOOL
(July 3, 1999) Scott Young, the new Headmaster for Crater Lake School, Sprague River, Oregon, 888-774-8724, on his way through town visiting schools and programs, and introducing himself to the Emotional Growth Network. Scott most recently had been the Director for the Raven’s Way program in Alaska for five years. 

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