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Deidre Sage Butte
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Eagle Summit, which opened its doors in March of 2009, is a residential treatment center for young men, ages 13-18 years old, who may struggle with defiant behavior, disrespect for authority, low self-esteem, impulsivity, learning difficulties, poor academic performance, lack of motivation or drug and alcohol abuse. In addition, they may have been diagnosed with oppositional/defiant disorder, Bi-polar disorder, ADHD/ADD, mood or depressive disorder or conduct disorder.

Angie Fusco, Program Administrator at Eagle Summit, previously worked for the Three Springs residential treatment center programs for 13 years as Counselor, Counselor Supervisor, Assistant Administrator, Special Projects Manager, Program Administrator and Director of Organizational Development. She also worked for the Presbyterian Children's Services as Director of staff development and training. Anita Kiessling-Caver, MSW, LCSW, QSAP, QMHP, is the Clinical Director. Prior to her work at Eagle Summit, she served as the Counseling and Addictions Treatment Coordinator for University Behavioral Health, University of Missouri Healthcare. Robert Giegling, MA, LPC, is the Executive Vice President of Programs. Eagle Summit is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Each student receives a Master Treatment Plan and an Individualized Educational Program from the treatment team. Within this Individualized Educational plan, students will be placed in classes accordingly and will participate in core academics, in addition to participating in Gateway exams, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), achievement tests and the American College Test (ACT).

At the time of enrollment in this residential treatment center, students are placed in a group of 6-8 young men having similar behavior and mental health issues who are led by a team of counselors. Students participate in Dialectical Behavior therapy 2 times a week, weekly individual and family therapy, experiential learning and adventure based trips. Parents are involved as partners with the program and participate in monthly trainings and support groups, weekly phone calls and weekly family therapy. In addition, the use of the Native American "Circle of Courage" helps students identify their behavior problems. It is used to track their progress in the program, with each of the four sections of the circle used to represent a phase in the program to conquer and move up to the next level.

[This information came from the Eagle Summit website.]


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