Turning Winds Students Plant Trees
(June 22, 2009) Carl Baisden
, VP Public Relations, Turning Winds Academic Institute
, Troy, MT, 208-755-5688, announced several students from Turning Winds, along with the school director, Jake Francom, and horticulturist, Jill Francom, planted 60 trees as a community service project in the Old Troy Dump on the hill overlooking the Kootenai River.
Open Sky-A Company to Watch
(June 22, 2009) According to Danny Frazer
, Business Development and Marketing Director for Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
, Durango, CO, 970-382-8181, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy has been selected as one of Colorado's Companies to Watch (CCW). This annual award will be given when CCW hosts its Gala Celebration at Denver's Warwick Hotel on June 25, 2009, and will be presented by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Problems at National Deaf Academy
(June 23, 2009) The Orlando Sentinel reports local police have responded to 369 calls in a 17 month period through May 27, 2009, to the privately owned National Deaf Academy in Mount Dora, FL. Police have had to break up fights between patients and staff, quell suicide attempts or search for missing residents. To view these articles in full visit the struggling teens website.
Benchmark and NWA Host Luncheon
(June 23, 2009) Benchmark Transitions
, Redlands, CA,and Northwest Academy
, Naples, ID, hosted a Summer Network Luncheon on the Benchmark campus on July 14, 2009. Guest speakers included Dr. James Powell, Clinical Director of Benchmark, and Brandi Elliot, Admissions and Marketing Director of Northwest Academy, speaking on "Parents as Partners: Bringing Family Members into the Treatment Process".
Utah AG Addresses Turnabout Stillwater
(June 23, 2009) Students and staff at Turnabout Stillwater Academy
, Salt Lake City, UT, 866-359-4600, were addressed by the Utah Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, who spoke about his daughter and her struggles with suicide. He encouraged them to stand up for what is right and remember the support they have within the Turnabout program and the community.
Next Step Offers Certified Coach Training Course
(June 24, 2009) Next Step for Success
, Redmond, OR, will be offering their next 20 week telecourse titled "Coaching Parents, Struggling Teens and Young Adults" starting Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Upon successful completion of this coach training course, participants will have the designation of Certified Coach. For more information contact Penelope Valentine
, Co-Founder, at 541-504-5224
Aspen Introduces "Stimulus Package"
(June 25, 2009) Aspen Education Group
has announced its own version of a "Stimulus Package" to help parents afford treatment for their children. For a limited time, Aspen is offering special pricing on a selection of programs. From now until August 31, 2009, families working with a referring professional may select an Aspen wilderness treatment program plus an Aspen therapeutic boarding school for one low price. For more information call Aspen's Business Development Coordinator, Patricia Doty, at 317- 873-8692.
Letter Supporting Alpine Academy
(June 26, 2009) Struggling Teens
has received a new letter to the Editor in support of Alpine Academy. To view this in its entirety, please visit the struggling teens website.
Rogers Memorial Workshop
(June 26, 2009) Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, and the University of Wisconsin will collectively present a CE seminar on: Understanding and Treating Excessive Health Anxiety on Friday, August 14, 2009, from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm. Cost: $150.00. Please contact the workshop coordinator
at 800-767-4411, ext. 1356, for registration or for more information.
Naropa Hosts Symposium
(June 27, 2009) Rob Meltzer, MA, CEP, Symposium Chair, Naropa University, Boulder, CO, announced Naropa University will be presenting the 7th Annual Wilderness Therapy Symposium
to be held September 11-13, 2009, at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder, CO. For questions, please refer to the email address
Benchmark Congratulates Grads
(June 29, 2009) Benchmark Transitions
, Redlands, CA, 714-963-4148, is proud to announce that 13 Benchmark Young Adult School students received their high school diplomas during the Redlands adult school ceremony at Redlands Bowl on June 16, 2009. Four students were recipients of the Benchmark Young Adult School's nationally accredited private school diploma. The Benchmark Young Adult School educational curriculum is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools Association Group. These are the first diplomas ever awarded under their national accreditation.
Omega Transports Offers Custom Financing
(June 30, 2009) Omega Transports
, LLC, St. George, UT is now offering customized pricing plans and financing options for the families with whom they work. For more information, contact Danny Behymer
, President of Omega Transports at 866-798-3658, ext. 706.
Richardson New Oliverian Headmaster
(July 1, 2009) The Oliverian School
, Haverhill, NH, 603-989-5100, is pleased to announce Randy Richardson has been selected as the new Headmaster of The Oliverian School. Randy most recently served as a consultant and sustainability specialist for the Breakthrough Collaborative. In addition, Randy has worked as a teacher, coach and administrator for over 20 years.
Horse Sense of the Carolinas Workshop
(July 1, 2009) Horse Sense of the Carolinas
, Marshall, NC, 828-683-7304, and CultureQuest co-presented a workshop titled "Is Your Message Getting Through? Communication in the Workplace". At the Horse Sense Farm in NC participants learned to enhance their communication styles by working with the horses. To learn more contact Shannon Knapp
Arrowood HR Chief at Foundations Recovery
(July 1, 2009) Foundations Recovery Network
, 888-371-5727, announced Carol Arrowood is the new chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining Foundations, Carol was the Vice President of corporate human resources with O'Charley's, a restaurant company throughout 25 states, for the last 14 years.
Weiskopf at Living Well Transitions
(July 2, 2009) Living Well Transitions
, Boulder, CO, has announced the recent hiring of Marti Weiskopf as Director of Marketing. Weiskopf comes to Living Well Transitions after 17 years at St. Paul's Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, AZ, as Director of Admissions, Assistant Head of School, Marketing Liaison, and, most recently, Head of School. For more information on Living Well Transitions, call 303-245-1020.
Deck House NEASC Accredited
(July 2, 2009) Tom Blackford
, Headmaster for The Deck House School
, Edgecomb, ME, 207-882-7055, is pleased to announce The Deck House School has been approved for accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The Deck House School is a small boarding school for young men ages 15-19 located in mid coast ME. For more information, contact Tom by phone or email.
Newport Academy's Dr. Bar Honored
(July 2, 2009) Dr. Iman Bar, Director of Pediatric Medicine at Newport Academy
, Newport Beach, CA, 877-628-3362, has been recognized by the Orange County Medical Association, the largest physicians' network in the country, and was named as a 2009 Physician of Excellence.
Hillside School Sets Record
(July 2, 2009) Hillside School
, Marlborough, MA, 508-485-2824, has set a new record in Annual Fund donations for the school, which rose over $587,000. They wish to thank trustees, friends, families and donors for their support and donations. Hillside School is an independent boarding and day school for middle school boys, grades 5-9.
Coyote Coast Reflections
(July 2, 2009) Students enrolled at Coyote Coast Youth and Family Counseling
, Orinda, CA, 925-258-5400, reflected on self definition and new commitments during this spring's excursions. The young women explored ceramic art at the Berkeley Potter's Studio and spent a day of hiking at the Point Reyes National seashore, while the young men went on an overnight backpacking trip to Henry Coe State Park.
Parent Supports Alpine Academy
(July 2, 2009) Woodbury Reports, Inc has received a new letter to the Editor from a parent in support of Alpine Academy. To view this letter in its entirety, please visit the struggling teens
Day Break Canyon 1st Green RTC
(July 3, 2009) Larry McArthur
, co founder of Day Break Canyon
, Twin Falls, ID, announced their new RTC for boys ages 12-17 is up and running. Daybreak Canyon is the first "Green" Residential Treatment Center in the country. Located on 160 acres at historic Magic Hot Springs and completely off the grid, they generate all of their own electricity with a generator using waste vegetable oil collected from local businesses. The facility heats in the winter from hot water siphoned from one of the natural hot springs. They actively recycle, compost, garden, and reuse and reduce waste as much as possible. They also make their own bio-fuel from the collected waste vegetable oil to use in their vehicles. For more information, contact Larry at 208-655-4111.
Ventures in Peace Welcomes Baby Rookey
(July 3, 2009) Owners of Ventures in Peace
, Lolo, MT, 406-273-4273, Steven and Elissa Rookey and big sister Grace, age 3, are excited to announce the arrival of Cairn Christian Rookey, born June 21, 2009. In addition to the new arrival, Ventures in Peace is blessed to have 5 new students in their program. (Congratulations also from the team at Woodbury Reports, Inc.!)
(Picture to be added- send to Ron on 7/20)
College Living Experience Stands Alone
(July 5, 2009) College Living Experience
, Denver, CO, announced that as of June 30, 2009, CLE will operate as a stand-alone organization under the continued leadership of Stephanie Martin as President and Amy Radochonski as the Vice President. To learn more about College Living Experience, contact Amy Radochonski
College Excel Staff Announcements
(July 6, 2009) College Excel
, Bend, OR, has several staff announcements: Dennis Crowell has resigned as Program Director, effective July 1, 2009, to open a private counseling practice in Bend; Mike Smith, Academic Director, is celebrating his third year with College Excel; Jody Gold, who holds a Bachelor's degree from Yale University and a coaching certification in behavioral coaching and has been with them since January 2008, has stepped on board as Director of Student Life; Barbara Cass has permanently joined the College Excel team as an Admissions Counselor and Carrie Hardie has joined College Excel as the new marketing specialist. Contact Sue Harless, Executive Director of Operations, or Jeannie Crowell, Executive Director of Marketing, at 541-388-3043 for more information
Center for Change Opens New Program
(July 6, 2009) Tamara Noyes
, Business Development Director for Center for Change
, Orem, UT, 801-224-8255, announced Center for Change, a treatment program for eating disorders, has a new program that is now accepting clients for their day program (PHP). It provides eating disorder treatment for 10 hours/day Monday through Friday. Please contact Center for Change for more information.
Bufton Head of School at St. Paul's
(July 6, 2009) St. Paul's Preparatory Academy
, Phoenix, AZ, 602-956-9090, is pleased to have Robert E. Bufton as the new Head of School for St. Paul's Academy. Rob was previously at Southwestern Academy, Beaver Creek Ranch campus, and has experience in working with young men as a spiritual director and pastoral counselor.
Echo Springs Featured
(July 7, 2009) Echo Springs Transition Study Center, Bonners Ferry, ID, a transitional living program for young adults ages 18 to 24 years old, founded 16 years ago by Doug Kim-Brown, was featured in the Boundary County Digest
, a local news source. Community integration and community service is an important aspect to this life skills program.
SUWS Welcomes Kemp
(July 7, 2009) Kathy Rex, Executive Director at SUWS Adolescent and Youth Programs
, Shoshone, ID, 208-886-2565, is pleased to announce Dan Kemp
, who has over 15 years experience working with adolescents and young adults, is their new Director of Admissions. His experience includes being involved in startup Residential Treatment Programs, Transitional Therapeutic Boarding Schools, Academic Boarding Academies and Outdoor Therapeutic Programs. To contact Dan directly call: 435-640-6970.
Echo Malibu PET Training
(July 7, 2009) Echo Malibu
, Malibu, CA, 800-780-3246, announced Carol Nalin a faculty member at Echo Malibu, provides parent effectiveness training (PET), based on Dr. Thomas Gordon's famous book, to families of teens who attend this residential drug rehab program, in addition to weekly counseling with the teens on effective communication skills. To learn more contact Echo Malibu.
Discovery Ranch Licensing Changes
(July 8, 2009) Clinton Dorny
, Executive Director at Discovery Ranch
, Mapleton, UT, 801-489-3311, announced some recent changes to their licensing, which allows for ebb and flow with bed availability. This allows them to eliminate the variance process when a student turns 18 and chooses to stay at the Ranch.
Thomas Joins Breakthrough
(July 9, 2009) James Murray, MS, Founder and Director of Breakthrough Interventions
, Salt Lake City, UT, 413-268-7022, James Murray is proud to announce Amanda Thomas has joined Breakthrough Interventions as an interventionist Amanda previously worked at Vive! Amanda will be based in Northern Idaho and may be contacted at: 303-775-1779 or email
Newport Academy New Center
(July 9, 2009) Scott Sowle
, Executive Director of Newport Academy
, Newport Beach, CA, 310-903-1155, announced Newport Academy will be opening an adolescent outpatient counseling center in Newport Beach, CA, on August 15, 2009. The outpatient center will include a full range of services including a multi-disciplinary treatment team consisting of a board certified addiction psychiatrist, internal medicine physicians specializing in the adolescent care, and therapists who specialize in the treatment of adolescent substance dependency and co-occurring disorders. The center will also offer individual, group, and family therapy.
First Step International Escorts
(July 9, 2009) First Step
is a family owned and operated escort service, which has been in operation since 2000. It was founded by Eddie Curry, President and Director, First Step Adolescent Services, Inc, who has been assisting families with troubled teens since 1993. First Step specializes in escorting teens in the US and Internationally. For more information, contact Eddie Curry at 888-633-6074, or from outside the US: 702-646-7763.
Arch Bridge at Wellspring Expands
(July 9, 2009) Harvey Newman, Chief Executive Officer at The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring
, Bethlehem, CA, 203-266-8000, announced the Connecticut State Department of Education has granted full program approval to Wellspring's Arch Bridge School for its special education program. The approval is for the period July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014. The approval also allows the school to expand its program to serve 51 students between the ages of 6 and 21 in grades 1 through 12 who struggle with emotional issues.
Greenbrier's Arts in Education
(July 10, 2009) Beth Ragland
, Director of Outreach and Business Development at Greenbrier Academy
, Pence Springs, WV, 877-788-8422, announced several exciting "Arts in Education" activities for July: Theatre artist and educator Jill Balch-Coon was on-campus in July leading professional development workshops with faculty and teaching students as part of the evening activities; visual artist Jennifer Brothers was on campus for a week in July; a school trip to Blackfriars to see "Much Ado About Nothing" and an arts showcase day are planned for the end of the month.
Pasadena Villa Launches New Website
(July 13, 2009) Pasadena Villa
, Orlando, FL, 877-845-5235, has successfully launched their new website. The new site is designed to create a more interactive internet experience with enhanced guides, multimedia and online applications, with easy navigation and more information. Contact David Nissen, Co-Founder and Managing Director for opinions and feedback.
Smoky Mountain Lodge Update
(July 13, 2009) Located in the Smoky Mountains in eastern TN, Smoky Mountain Lodge is for young adults with Aspergers Syndrome and mild developmental disorders. It will also serve young adults with cognitive, emotional and social deficits. The opening of this new facility is planned for September 2009. For more information contact Chris Eckert
, Referral Relations Manager for Pasadena Villa
, Orlando, FL, 877-845-5235.
Young Adults Earn Diplomas at Oakley School
(July 13, 2009) Oakley School
, Oakley, UT, 435-783-5001, is licensed to work with high school students through their 19th year. Most of the 38 June, 2009, graduates were 18 and 19 years old. To learn more about Oakley School, contact Carrie Shoumatoff
, Director of Admissions.
Greenbrier's Schwenkler Certifications
(July 13, 2009) Beth Ragland
at Greenbrier Academy
, Pence Springs, WV, 877-788-8422 is pleased to announce that Ron Schwenkler has received two new certifications over the last several months: The first is Grief Recovery Specialist. He has also been approved as a Licensed Professional Supervisor, which allows him to supervise therapists coming out of graduate school who are working toward their licensure.
Dr. Sletcher Joins John Dewey Faculty
(July 13, 2009) Tom Bratter
, President and Founder of John Dewey Academy
, Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-5662 is pleased to announce the latest addition to their faculty, Dr. Michael Sletcher, who has earned a PhD from the University of Cambridge after receiving his Undergraduate and Master's degrees from Carleton University. Michael's CV includes a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard, and most recently, he served as the Editor-Historian of The Yale University Indian Papers Project and as Assistant Editor-Historian for The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, also published by Yale.
SageWalk Helps Siblings
(July 15, 2009) Mike Bednarz
, Executive Director at SageWalk
, Redmond, OR, 541-316-4841. ext. 112, is excited to announce that SageWalk has introduced a new sibling workbook to accompany the program's existing parent workbook. It is designed to help siblings understand what their brother/sister is going through in the program and helps them to feel a part of the process of change the family is experiencing. To learn more, contact Mike Bednarz.
Benchmark Partner, Irlen, Named Best
(July 15, 2009) The Irlen Institute, partners of over 10 years with Benchmark Transitions
, Redlands, CA, has been selected for the 2009 Best of Long Beach Award in the Individual & Family Services category by the US Commerce Association (USCA). Benchmark partnered with The Irlen Institute to help identify and correct a unique perceptual processing problem which can affect achievement, learning and performance for both struggling and good readers. Irlen then eliminates this problem using colored overlays and Irlen Spectral Filters worn as glasses or contact lenses. For more information, contact Shelley Skaggs
, Director of Marketing, at 714-813-5002 (cell).
Passages to Recovery's Intervention Training
(July 16, 2009) Passages to Recovery
, Loa, UT, will be hosting the second annual Systemic Family Intervention Training/Certification in St. George, UT, at the Groon Golf/Spa Resort on October 19-21, 2009. For additional information, please contact Brandi Bradbury
, at 435-836-1239 (office) or 435-691-1177 (mobile).
Crossroads Academy Hits 2-Years
(July 17, 2009) Crossroads Academy
in Ogden, UT, has recently hits its 2nd year anniversary and is in full swing with the opening of their skate shop /park last November and most recently a Frozen Yogurt shop. Boys who attend the Academy manage and gain work skills and life skills, open their own bank accounts and manage their money. To view a short video clip of both of the stores, please visit their website. For more information on Crossroads Academy, contact Sam Dahlin, PhD, LMFT, Owner and Clinical Director, at 801-369-0238.
Ponca Pines Girls Raise Money for Family in Kenya
(July 17, 2009) Ponca Pines Academy
students, Omaha, NE, 402-457-1421, were recently acknowledged for their efforts to provide assistance for a family in Kenya, by raising more than $200.00 with a fundraising car wash called "Got Goat". This money was enough to purchase a goat, a sheep and a chicken for the family. Contact Betsy Jacobson-Warren
, Executive Director for more information.
Greenbrier's New Schwenkler Addition
(July 17, 2009) Ron Schwenkler, Clinical Director at Greenbrier Academy
, Pence Springs, WV, 877-788-8422, and his wife, Audra, drumming and dance coordinator at Greenbrier, are the proud parents of a new daughter, Ava Leigh, who weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces at birth. All of us here at Greenbrier wish them the very best! (As do all of us at Woodbury Reports!)
(send picture to Ron on 7/20)
Chaddock Opens New Cottage
(July 20, 2009) Karol Ehmen
, Associate Director of Marketing for Chaddock, Quincy, IL, 217-222-3865, announced they held a groundbreaking and naming ceremony for a new residential cottage on the Chaddock Campus
, July 24, 2009.
Janauer New Principal at FFS
(July 20, 2009) Emmanuel Argiros, President of The Family Foundation School
, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, has announced that long time FFS principal Robin Ducey has stepped down from the position of principal to concentrate her energies in developing the FFS arts program. She will remain the middle school principal and continue to work with students. The new high school principal is Ann Janauer, PhD, daughter of Betty and Tony Argiros, the founders of FFS. After teaching at the university level for nine years, Dr. Janauer returned to FFS two years ago and looks forward to providing academic leadership to the high school.
Houses Named at FFS
(July 20, 2009) The Family Foundation School
, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, has replaced the school's six family units that had been identified by numbers with names of six heroes of recovery: Betton House for Betty and Tony Argiros, founders of FFS; Lake House for Handsome Lake; Mann House for Marty Mann; Smith House and Wilson House for AA co-founders, "Dr. Bob" and Ann Smith, and Bill "W." and Lois Wilson; and Talbot House for Matt Talbot.
Trails Carolina's Unique Component
(July 20, 2009) Mark Oerther
, Admissions Director for Trails Carolina
, Lake Toxaway, NC, 888-387-2457, shared the unique family components that Trails Carolina incorporates in their programming. It includes a parent manual with all pertinent information, the assistance of the child's primary therapist who acts as a liaison, assistance from a certified marriage and family therapist, parent workshops and webinars, plus access to their child's online personal website that is updated with photos and treatment information.
Call for Speakers/Sponsors for Holistic Conference
(July 20, 2009) Foundations Recovery Network
, Brentwood, TN, announced they are planning the agenda for their next conference to be held at The Palms, Las Vegas, NV, from April 28-30, 2010. The event's working title is "Holistic Treatment: Changing the Way We Look at Recovery". Conference committee members are currently receiving and reviewing material from possible keynote & workshop presenters for the agenda as well as co-hosts and sponsors. For additional information, please contact Jesse Fortner
, Conference Coordinator, at 615-371-5737.
McCoy Director of Admissions at New Leaf
(July 20, 2009) New Leaf Academy
of North Carolina, Hendersonville, NC, 828-697-5029, is pleased to announce Michelle McCoy
as Director of Admissions. Michelle had previously worked at Four Circles Recovery Center as a Wilderness Field Guide. To contact Michelle directly, call 828-697-5029, ext 106.
New Leaf's Trip to Mexico
(July 20, 2009) Six students and four chaperones from New Leaf Academy of North Carolina
, Hendersonville, NC, took a 10 day trip to Merida, Mexico, which contains some of the oldest Mayan temples in the world. Students stayed at the home of Giles and Susan Collard, the fencing and dance instructors at New Leaf. Students were immersed in the local culture and participated in many adventures within the community.
CIM System for Special Needs Programs
(July 20, 2009) SentryBlue CIM
, South Egremont, MA, the first comprehensive critical incident management (CIM) technology solution designed specifically for private and special needs schools, has launched "SentryBlue CIM," which provides administrators with a comprehensive solution to streamline their federal and state compliance paperwork processes and simplify their critical incident management procedures. Contact Audrey Scolny
, S3 Public Relations, at 973-257-5533, for more information.