SPRING LAKE RANCH ANNOUNCES SECOND AFTERCARE BUILDING
(Fall 2002) Spring Lake Ranch, Cuttingsville, Vermont, 802-492-3322, announces the opening of their second aftercare building that was completely renovated from the Rutland County Community Land Trust. Convenient to downtown, it has six resident bedrooms, a common kitchen, dining area, and living room, and an apartment for an aftercare staff person.
OAKLEY UPDATES PARENT MANUAL
(Fall 2002) Jared Balmer, Executive Director, and James Meyer, Head of the Oakley School, Oakley, Utah, 435-783-5001, informed us that in an attempt to further clarify the minimum length of stay requirements at Oakley, they have updated the Parent Manual. Other questions may be answered by calling the school.
VILLA SANTA MARIA RECEIVES TWO CERTIFICATIONS
(Fall 2002) Agnes Vallejos, Outreach Coordinator for Villa Santa Maria, Cedar Crest, New Mexico, 800-453-5037, an Attachment Based residential treatment program for children, reports California has certified them as a non-public school, enabling them to be placed on a list of providers for children who require residential special education or treatment and are deemed eligible to receive special funding. They have also been placed on the New York State Department of Education list of programs that provide services to New York State school districts seeking residential special education placement for students, thus providing alternative sources of funding for families from NY.
SUWS FEATURED IN IDAHO PUBLIC TV
(November 2002) Marcia Franklin produced a one hour documentary aired on Idaho Public TV tracking the lives of teens on a SUWS trek in southern Idaho. The overview can be found at.
FLYING H YOUTH RANCH, AGE 40
(November 2002) Pete Smith, Administrator for Flying H Youth Ranch, Naches, Washington, 509-658-2990, announced the Ranch is now 40 years old as a ministry, having helped serve over 1,000 boys and families over the years. They are also grateful, after projecting serious financial deficits last year, that they now have 8 boys and are amply supplied with operating funds: “Praise God for being our “Provider.”
COLORADO BOYS RANCH LICENSED
(November 2002) According to Dave Dillingham, director of Colorado Boys Ranch, (CBR), the Colorado Department of Human Services has officially approved and licensed CBR to admit boys ages 10-11, as well as older youth, up to their 21 birthday, as of November 1, 2002. CBR, a psychiatric residential treatment and education facility providing 24-hour care, is fully accredited by JCAHO. The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) office has been notified to review and accept for placement.
BRENDA BRIGGS PROMOTED TO ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
(November 11, 2002) Ann Favre, Admissions Director, Academy at Swift River, Cummington, Maine, 800-258-1770, announced Brenda Briggs has recently been promoted from Admissions assistant to Admissions Counselor. Brenda has a BA degree from the University of New Hampshire and several years of experience working with the public. Nancy McMullen has been appointed Admissions Assistant.
NEW SCIENCE TEACHER AT ACADEMY AT CEDAR MOUNTAIN
(November 12, 2002) Andrew Israel, a science teacher with a Masters and ten years teaching experience, has joined the staff of the Academy at Cedar Mountain 800-748-5368. As a teacher of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth Science, Israel says "Utah offers a unique environment for students at the Academy to see science taking place before their eyes in many of the natural sanctuaries such as Zion, Bryce Canyon and Arches National Parks."
CARLSBROOK ANNOUCES 54 STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED
(November 12, 2002) R. Grant Price, M.A., Dean of Admissions, Carlbrook School, Halifax, Virginia, 434-476-2406, announced the school currently has 54 students on campus and 48 full time faculty and staff members. He also stated that all advisor/counselors hold a Master’s level counseling degree, with the majority of the teaching faculty also at the Master’s level, specializing in their respective area of expertise. Carlbrook now offers almost 40 distinct classes, and the first two classes (peer groups) have just completed the SAT with an average score of 1148.
NAROPA U. WILDERNESS THERAPY PROGRAM HOSTS SYMPOSIUM
(November 14, 2002) Robert Meltzer, M.A., 303-245-4764, http://www.schoolsthatfit.com/, invites people to contact him about Naropa University’s Wilderness Therapy Program symposium/training in Boulder, Colorado, on September 26-28, 2003. Workshop offerings include: integrating clinical approaches in wilderness settings, ecological perspectives on human development, understanding rites of passage throughout the life span, and many more.
WWASP LAW SUIT AGAINST PURE TO CONTINUE
(November 15, 2002) The lawsuit brought by the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP) against PURE Inc. and Sue Scheff for activities and postings on the Woodbury Reports Inc. Struggling Teens Discussion Board originally had a motion by PURE Inc. to quash based on “lack of personal jurisdiction.” Judge Paul G. Cassell, United States District Court Judge for the District of Utah gave an opinion to deny the motion to quash service of summons, thus the case can continue. The full decision by the Judge can be found on Strugglingteens.com under Breaking News.
SOLTREKS WINTER PROGRAM
(November 18, 2002) Soltreks of Two Harbors, MN, 817-579-0159 (Southern Office), is geared up for their winter program in their southern location of New Mexico and Texas. This four week assessment based trek combines backpacking with an emotional growth curriculum for teenagers ages 13-17. This small group experience offers an open enrollment process, allowing for flexibility in student length of stay, while providing an intervention for families to help determine an appropriate transition step for their child. Treks are offered from January to April. One-on-One Treks are also available for both teenagers and young adults. Contact Lorri Hanna, M.A., CTRS, at their southern home office at for additional information.
RED ROCK RANCH ACADEMY IS CLOSING
(November 20, 2002) Abe Dalley, owner of Red Rock Ranch Academy, St. George Utah, 888-921-597, announced to Woodbury Reports Inc. that the outdoor program is in the process of closing. It should not be confused with Red Rock Canyon School.
CHEROKEE CREEK IN PLANNING
(November 22, 2002) Jackson Culotta, 864-647-1885, Westminster, South Carolina, announced a projected opening of Cherokee Creek Boys School in the Spring or Summer of 2003.
NEW LIFESTYLES EXPANDS CLINICAL SERVICES
(November 26, 2002) Kenneth Cuave, President of New Lifestyles, Inc., Winchester, Virginia, 540-722-4521, announced the expansion of clinical services to address the needs of emerging adults diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, as well as increased clinical utilization of behavioral strategies as a complement to psychotherapeutic interventions. New Lifestyles has also added more full-time staff. On another note, New Lifestyles would like to thank all Educational Consultants who took time out of their busy schedules at the November IECA conference to visit the program.
HIDDEN LAKES ACADEMY INITIATED TWO “FIRSTS” THIS YEAR
(November 29, 2002) Leonard Buccellato, Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, Georgia, 706-864-4760, announced their first formal Graduation Awards Dinner, attended by graduates and their families, as well as their first Grandparents Day. Since both were extremely successful, they will become an annual tradition at HLA. Also, one of HLA’s students took first place in the 10k race held in Suches, Georgia, over 200 area runners, several who were considered to be strong contenders.
FROM WOODBURY, TO VOLLAR, TO HENLEY
(November 29, 2002) Kristie Vollar, daughter of Lon & Denise Woodbury, Woodbury Reports, Inc., Bonners Ferry, 208-267-5550, married Phillip Henley on November 29, 2002, and will now be called Kristie Henley. The entire staff and friends of Woodbury Reports congratulate the happy couple.
WEB SITE LOGS 670,000 VISITORS IN 2002
(December 2002) Woodbury Reports web site Places for Struggling Teens logged 670,000 unique visitors during the year 2002. The numbers of web site visitors are steadily increasing, with some days late in the year registering more than 3,000 visitors in a single day.
MELANIE WOODBURY KILLED IN CAR ACCIDENT
(December 1, 2002) Melanie Woodbury, 28 daughter of Lon and Denise Woodbury, was killed in a car accident outside of Ritzville, WA, on her drive home to Seattle after attending her sister’s wedding in Bonners Ferry on November 29th, and celebrating the one-year birthday of her son, David Sam Woodbury, on November 30th. The family has requested any memorial be sent to the Melanie's David Sam Education Fund, which can be sent to Woodbury Reports, PO Box 1107, Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805. As a thank you, a web page will be developed and contributors will be notified whenever we upload new pictures of David Sam as he grows. Our hearts go out to the Woodburys.
MENNINGER TO RELOCATE TO HOUSTON
(December 4, 2002) Menninger, a residential treatment specialty hospital in Topeka, Kansas, 800-351-9058, ext. 5553, will be moving to Houston, Texas by June 2003. Until that time, they plan to continue operating in Topeka, providing a stable therapeutic environment throughout the treatment process of their clients. Menninger also announces a partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and the Methodist Hospital, both of which are world-class research and educational facilities at the Texas Medical Center. The partnership will offer improved programs and services, as well as a wider range of specialists.
INTERMOUNTAIN CHILDREN'S HOME ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE
(December 06, 2002) Tina Johnson, Admissions Director, Intermountain Children's Home, invites us all to check out their new website, “take the virtual tour, see the faces of those folks you talk to on the phone, and get all the latest information!”
UPCOMING COFERENCE: BRAIN RESEARCH APPLIED TO LEARNING
(December 12, 2002) IECA member, Sue Bigg, sent this information to the IECA listserve, remarking, “the contents of the upcoming Cambridge conference sound tantalizing. I sure hope I'll be able to attend; maybe some of you will as well.” Learning & the Brain, Using Brain Research To Enhance Learning, A National Conference for Educational Consultants is scheduled on April 24-27, 2003 at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge next to MIT and Harvard University Faculty Club, Cambridge MA, Kosik Laboratory of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School. For a brochure, email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617 469-6789 ext. 21 or 19.
NEW WEBSITE, 800 NUMBER FOR WOODLAND HILLS ACADEMY
(December 13, 2002) Helen Kemp, Facilities Manager of Woodland Hills Academy, Woodland Hills, Utah, a deliberately small, private, residential treatment center and boarding school for young women ages 12-18 who are facing a variety of issues including teen pregnancy, informed us of their new phone number, 800-399-2221, and new website.
WEB PAGE ON PACIFIC COAST ACADEMY
(December 17, 2002) Kurt Frey, representing he had been a student at Pacific Coast Academy in Samoa, has developed a web page on his impressions of the school at: http://www.safetypin212.com/.