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SAFE HARBOR CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
(January 5, 2009) Safe Harbor, a treatment center for women in Costa Mesa, CA is excited to be celebrating its 15th Anniversary. They announced the addition of Dr. Tami Brannon-Quan, PhD, MFT, and CAS to their treatment team. Dr. Brannon-Quan, who specializes in the treatment of women with eating disorders and body image issues, has co-authored the book "Love Your Body: Change the Way You Feel About the Body You Have." For information on Safe Harbor, contact Stephanie Fierman, VP of Public Relations at 205-533-0737.

ELK MOUNTAIN ACADEMY CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
(January 15, 2009) On January 15, Elk Mountain Celebrated its 15th Birthday. Elk Mountain Academy, founded by Carl and Loretta Olding in 1994, is a small program in Heron, MT, for boys and is a member of NATSAP and the National Association of Independent Schools. For more information, contact Carl at 406-847-4400.

SPRING CREEK LODGE CLOSED
(January 16, 2009) Spring Creek Lodge in Thompson Falls, MT, originally opened almost 30 years ago by Nancy and Steve Cawdrey, closed its doors January 9, 2009. The Lodge, which once had over 500 students enrolled, was a residential boarding school for adolescents with drug, alcohol and behavioral issues. Enrollments over the past several years had dwindled down to less than 50.

7th ANNUAL WILDERNESS THERAPY SYMPOSIUM
(January 20, 2009) The Call for Papers for the 7th Annual Wilderness Therapy Symposium's deadline is March 1, 2009. The Symposium will be held September 11-13, 2009 in Boulder, CO. For specifics and more information, contact Rob Meltzer at: wtsymposium@comcast.net or visit the struggling teens' website for more information.

MOODRIDGE STUDENTS' MUSIC ON LIVE RADIO
(January 20, 2009) While taking some students on tour of the radio station at Southern Utah University to explore vocational opportunities, the radio host invited the girls in to talk on the air and also invited them to sing. Impressed with their abilities, they have been invited to return in late January to perform some of their own music. For more information on Moonridge Academy, Murray, UT, contact Tawny Davis, Director, at 435-890-9180.

JULIAN GREENE LEAVING IN BALANCE RANCH
(January 20, 2009) Lynda Hendricks, Academic Director at In Balance Ranch Academy, Tucson, AZ, 520-401-2112 announced Julian Greene has resigned from her position in the Academic Department. Candidates for the position are being interviewed and the students' academic programs will continue with coverage by the rest of the academic team. For more information, contact Lynda Hendricks.

MOUNT PROSPECT ACADEMY EXPANDS LEARNING PROGRAM
(January 21, 2009) Mount Prospect Academy, Plymouth, NH, 603-536-1102, part of the Becket Family of Services, recently expanded its applied learning program. It offers its students vocational skills in Automotive Repair, Building Trades, Outdoor Education, and pre-employment training and guidance. Dave Morrill, the Automotive Instructor, supervises the students as they perform all stages of auto repair, primarily on Becket, staff and community vehicles. For more information contact Executive Director of Mount Prospect, Jeff Caron at 603-536-1102.

THE KILDONAN SCHOOL OFFERS SUMMER SCHOOL
(January 21, 2009) Dunnabeck at Kildonan is a six week summer program which helps boys and girls with dyslexia succeed in school. The program offers summer camp activities in athletics, the arts, equestrian programs and water sports. Students receive daily intensive and personalized one to one Orton-Gillingham tutoring. For more information contact Christine Thompson, Director of Language Training at 845-373-2020.

THE NEURO ASSESSMENT AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
(January 21, 2009) Partha Gandhi, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Neuro Assessment and Development Center in Salt Lake City, UT, 801-649-5300, has submitted a letter of introduction about the private, multidisciplinary center with a "Neuro" specialty approach toward assessment and treatment. To view this in its entirety, visit the struggling teens' website. For more information, contact Partha Gandhi.

LIFE DESIGN RANCH STUDENTS HELP COMMUNITY
(January 21, 2009) Life Designs Ranch students organized a food drive with the local Newport School District in WA over the holidays. They gathered 600 canned food items and assembled 16 holiday dinner baskets. Owner of Life Designs Ranch, Vince Barranco, provided hams for each of the baskets. For more information on Life Designs Ranch contact Vince at 509-445-0185.

YOUTH ODYSSEY EXPANDING TO NEW MEXICO
(January 22, 2009) John Worbets, Executive Director for Youth Odyssey, Inc, Corpus Christie, TX, 877-834-4430, announced Odyssey's expansion, which will include Wilderness Odyssey, a 42 day therapeutic wilderness program in the mountains of NM. This program will be offered at a reduced rate of $9600.00 for the 42 days. For more information call or visit their website.

DR ABELARDO BRENES-CASTRO JOINS INTROSPECTIONS COSTA RICA
(January 22, 2009) Michael Lyles, founder of Introspections Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, 888-280-4227, announced Dr. Abelardo Brenes-Castro has joined Introspections Costa Rica as Program Director. He has over 30 years experience in the mental health field working with adolescents, young adults, couples and families in Costa Rica.

JOHN GRAGO JOINS GREENBRIER
(January 23, 2009) Beth Ragland, Director of Marketing for Greenbrier Academy for Girls, 256-682-8690, announced the addition of John Grago to its staff. John will work as a liaison with the admissions and therapeutic departments as an Admissions Counselor. Previous to joining the team at Greenbrier, John worked at Alldredge Academy. John has a BA in Psychology from West Virginia University and a MA in Counseling from Marshall University.

ED LACEY NEW GATEHOUSE CEO
(January 23, 2009) Gatehouse Academy, Wickenburg, AZ, announced the appointment of Ed Lacey to the post of CEO. Ed has almost 30 years experience in the addiction and eating disorder treatment field. For more information, contact Michael Baldassare at 928-231-5004.

PRN FOR FAMILIES CELEBRATES 5 YEARS
(January 23, 2009) Charles Elias and the PRN for Families team, Snowmass Village, CO, 888-762-5973, announced PRN is celebrating their 5th year in providing in-home guidance, counseling and mentoring for families in need. For more information on PRN, contact Charles Elias.

PACIFIC QUEST ANNOUNCES PARENT PROGRAM
(January 23, 2009) Pacific Quest, Hilo, HI, announce their 2-Day Parent program, where upon admission, parents receive a parent manual that parallels the PQ program and includes parent assignments. Parents will attend a group and sharing session with other parents and then spend the day with their child participating in experiential and work experiences. For more information, contact Marney Sullivan, Admissions Director at 808-937-5806

JEFFERSON HOUSE NEW PROGRAM AT GATEHOUSE
(January 23, 2009) Michael Baldassare, Admissions and Marketing Coordinator for Gatehouse Academy, Wickenburg, AZ, announced Jefferson House, Gatehouse's new residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that treats young people who experience the effects of both substance abuse and mental illness. For more information on this new program, contact Michael at 928-231-5004 or 1-888-327-2245.

CHAPEL HAVEN WEST ON ABC'S WORLD NEWS TONIGHT
(January 23, 2009) Chapel Haven West in Tucson, AZ, was profiled on ABC's World News with Charles Gibson as part of their Spirit of America series, which focused on young adults with Autism taking classes to learn daily life skills. In addition, these students enrolled at Chapel Haven West are taking at least one class at the University of Arizona and are gaining skills through U of A's work study program: Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques (SALT) Center. For more information, contact Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo, Vice President and Admissions at 203-397-1714 ext. 148.

LON WOODBURY APPEARS ON LA RADIO "ANSWERS FOR THE FAMILY"
(January 26, 2009) Lon Woodbury, Ed Consultant and Publisher of the Woodbury Reports industry newsletter and the Parent Empowerment Handbook, was a special guest on LA Talk radio, Answers for the Family, with Allen Cardoza, owner of the talk show and West Shield Adolescent Services. The show aired live on January 26, 2009, and can still be downloaded from the archives.

DR VAUGHN HEATH RETIRES FROM SECOND NATURE
(January 26, 2009) Dr. Vaughn Heath, one of the founders of Second Nature, Duchesne, UT, 866-205-2500, has announced his retirement from Second Nature. To view his letter in its entirety, please visit the struggling teens' website. For more information, contact Leah Halverson, Admissions Director at 801-453-0042.

CLARK EDUCATIONAL LOANS - ALIVE AND WELL
(January 26, 2009) Clark Educational Loans, Coeur d'Alene, ID, is alive and doing well despite the rocky environment of the US financial crisis, and has posted the services available to clients along with questions and answers to some commonly asked questions. For more information on Clark Educational Loans, contact Chelsea Dickinson, Director of Marketing and Program Relations at
888-755-3079.

PAULA RIGGS LEAVES WILDERNESS QUEST
(January 26, 2009) Paula Riggs, Director of Admissions at Wilderness Quest, Monticello, UT, has left her position at Wilderness Quest to assume the position of Director of Admissions at Casa Palmera in San Diego, CA. For information regarding Wilderness Quest, contact Philip Webb at 435-587-2801. To contact Paula, call 909-499-2748.

SUMMIT PREP REVISES TUITION AND FEE SCHEDULE
(January 26, 2009) Summit Preparatory School, Kalispell, MT, 406-758-8112, has revised their tuition and fee schedule for their therapeutic boarding school to make services more manageable for families in response to the current national economy. For more information on these changes, contact Jan Johnson, LCSW, and Associate Executive Director/Director of Admissions.

CEP STANDARDS: THE FOCUS OF NATSAP PANEL
(January 27, 2009) How "Ethics and High Standards Are Good for Schools and Programs for Struggling Teens" was the topic of a panel chaired by Lon Woodbury, CEP, AICEP, and President of Woodbury Reports, Inc., publisher of the "Places for Struggling Teens" monthly newsletter, the annually updated "Parent Empowerment Handbook" and the strugglingteens.com website, was joined by fellow commissioners Patti Murphy, RN, MPA, CEP of MD and Steven R. Antonoff, PhD, CEP of CO, at the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) Annual Conference in Austin, TX, January 30, 2009.

REMUDA RANCH HOSTS CONFERENCE
(January 28, 2009) Remuda Ranch will host "Hungry for Hope" conference to be held June 3-5, 2009, at the historic Glen Eyrie, a Christian retreat center in Colorado Springs, CO. This conference is designed to cover the areas of body image and disordered eating with a special focus on the role of identity in recovery. For more information contact Remuda Ranch at 800-445-1900 or by email.

MONARCH CENTER EXPEDITION TO HOPI INDIAN RESERVATION
(January 28, 2009) The Monarch Center's upcoming work/study project for youth, ages 12-18 years old, is "The Hopi Indian Reservation Leadership Expedition", March 22-28, 2009, with a cost of $750.00 per student. For more information or to get an enrollment packet, please call 303-569-0767 or e-mail.

SUWS' JEFFREY DERRY STOPS BY WOODBURY REPORTS
(January 29, 2009) Jeffrey D. Derry, MA, LCPC, NCC, Clinical Director at SUWS, Shoshone, ID, 208-886-2565, stopped by Woodbury Reports, Inc. for a chat and a visit with Lon Woodbury, while up in North Idaho visiting programs in the area.

BOULDER CREEK ACADEMY IN THE NEWS
(January 29, 2009) Boulder Creek Academy in Bonners Ferry, ID, was featured in an article in the Boundary County Digest, in which school director Paul Johnson felt he had seen many positive changes in the school since it reopened four years ago after it was purchased by UHS. He said the current program is clinically-focused and includes a flexible-level system where students earn privileges and activities based on behavior, attitude and performance, with the hope that students will leave BCA ready to work or go to college and make good choices for themselves as they grow older. Currently, BCA employs 86 faculty and staff members, with about two-thirds of its employees living in Boundary County.

DAVID TUTTLE JOINS KILDONAN SCHOOL
(January 30, 2009) David J. Tuttle has joined The Kildonan School, in Amenia, NY, as the new Director of Admissions. David has a BS in Business and Human Services and has worked in special needs education for 22 years, most recently at The Glenholme School, where he served as Residential Dean and Lower School Program Director and, for the past 5 years, worked in Admissions and Marketing. For more information, contact The Kildonan School at 845-373-8111.

NEW PSYCHIATRIST AT FAMILY FOUNDATION
(January 30, 2009) Dr. Meryl Manley has joined the team at The Family Foundation School in Hancock, NY. Dr. Manley is a licensed psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and was a professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. For more information on Family Foundation School, contact Jeff Brain, MA, CTS, CEP and Vice President for External Relations and Director of Admissions at 845-887-5213, ext. 499.

FAMILY FOUNDATION OFFERS RUSSIAN LANGUAGE COURSE
(January 30, 2009) The Family Foundation School is now offering Russian as a foreign language this semester for their students, taught by Natalya Kuchukov. For more information, contact Jeff Brain, Vice President of External Relations and Director of Admissions at 854-887-5213 ext. 499.

FOUNDATIONS RECOVERY OFFERS "PROCESS ADDICTIONS"
(February 1, 2009) Foundation Recovery is offering an 18 hrs of continuing education certification conference: Process Addictions, April 22-24, 2009 in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Claudia Black, Clinical Consultant of Addictive Disorders and a Senior Fellow for The Meadows, Dr. Patrick Carnes, Executive Director of the Gentle Path programs at Pine Grove and Robert Weiss, Founder and Executive Director of SRI, are among the numerous professionals who will speak at this conference. For more information on registration, call 877-345-3357.

MEMORIAL HERMANN ANNOUNCES NEW ADOLESCENT PROGRAM
(February 2, 2009) Jane Barnes, Director of Business Development at Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (PaRC) in Houston, TX, has informed us that Memorial Hermann has opened a new adolescent residential chemical dependency program for adolescents ages 13-17 who have substance dependence or struggle with co-occurring substance abuse and psychiatric disorders. For more information about the program please call Jim Williams, Program Director at 713-329-7343.

ODYSSEY WILDERNESS ACCREDITED BY NAAS IN 2006
(February 3, 2009) We have learned that Odyssey Wilderness Programs, Bellingham, WA, Tim Brockman, Program Director, 360-671-4999, was accredited by The Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) in 2006, preceding the accreditation of Second Nature that we had erroneously identified in December as the first wilderness program accredited by this body.

OLIVERIAN'S INTERSESSION TRIPS
(February 4, 2009) The students at The Oliverian School, Haverhill, NH, 603-989-5100, have been busy so far this year by participating in many Intersession trips that include: restoring vegetation and improving the general habitat at Joshua Tree National Park in CA, working and learning about the Navajo culture in Arizona, and one group has traveled to Ecuador to the Lalo Loor Nature Preserve. For more information on Oliverian School, contact Mike Doherty, Admissions Director.

DONOVAN AND MACKENZIE TO JOIN INNERCHANGE AND FULSHEAR RANCH
(February 4, 2009) InnerChange and Fulshear Ranch Academy are pleased to announce Kathy Donovan, LICSW, has joined the InnerChange leadership team as the interim Executive Director at Fulshear Ranch Academy, succeeding Tracy Schrunk who has been the director for the past 4 years. Previous to joining InnerChange, Kathy was a therapist in the Second Nature Wilderness Programs. Also joining the team in May 2009, is Eilean Mackenzie, LCPC, who will become the ongoing Executive Director at Fulshear Ranch Academy while Kathy Donovan will assume other clinical leadership roles within InnerChange. Eilean has over 25 years of clinical experience and has served as the Clinical Director for New Horizons for Young Women for the past seven years. For more information, contact Ashley Auchterlonie, Director of Marketing, at 214-272-6880.

ECKERD-BLUE RIDGE OFFERS SUMMER PROGRAM
(February 5, 2009) Eckerd Academy of the Blue Ridge, Suches, GA, is offering a seven-week Therapeutic Summer Camp for boys, ages 13-18, which emphasizes academics and personal growth through outdoor adventures. Camp begins June 14, 2009. For more information call Angie Senic at 304-308-1571 or Micha Mathis at 800-245-2305.

CORE HEALTH CARE OFFERS DVD ON BRAIN INJURIES
(February 5, 2009) CORE Health Care, Dripping Springs, TX, has developed an instructional DVD and manual (The CORE Family Trainer) designed to train families to interact with their loved ones who have suffered a brain injury. For more information contact Nicole Harmon, MA, NCC, at 512-894-0801, Ext 23, or to order a DVD, call 866-683-1007.

2ND NATURE EMPHASIS ON FAMILY SERVICES
(February 5, 2009) Dr. Bad Reedy, Executive Director of Second Nature, Duchesne, UT has issued a statement explaining the family services at Second Nature. To view this article in its entirety visit the struggling teens' website.

TELOS OPEN HOUSE ON FEB. 19
(February 5, 2009) TELOS Residential Treatment Center, Orem, UT, held an open house to the public on February 19, 2009. Guests toured the TELOS facility, includeing the new 20,000 square foot addition, and had a chance to meet the youth who reside there and learn about the program. To learn more about TELOS, contact Jody Long at 801-426-8800.

YVONNE GARTON NEW THERAPIST AT CALO
(February 5, 2009) Yvonne Garton, BSN, MA, has joined the team at Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks (CALO), Lake Ozark, MO, as a new therapist. Yvonne completed her MA in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008. For more information contact Nicole Fuglsang at
866-459-1362.

RAPPER TI SPEAKS TO WEST RIDGE ACADEMY
(February 6, 2009) While on tour recently, Rapper TI stopped by West Ridge Academy, West Jordan, UT. His hope in visiting was to give inspiration and encouragement for a more positive future and better things to come. To learn more about West Ridge Academy contact Wendy Ballard at
801-282-1000.

ROTMAN JOINS ST. THOMAS MORE SCHOOL
(February 6, 2009) Gabe Rotman has joined the team at St. Thomas More School, Oakdale, CT, 860-823-3861, as Assistant Director of Admissions. Gabe is a graduate of Trinity College. For more information on St. Thomas More School, contact Timothy Riordan, Director of Admissions.

MARVELWOOD SUMMER PROGRAMS
(February 6, 2009) The Marvelwood School, Kent, CT is offering two different sessions of their summer programs for 2009: Academic and Leadership Program, from July 5-August 1, 2009, for students entering grades 8-11, and English Language Learners' (ELL) Program, which runs August 2-15, 2009, for international students entering grades 8-11 who plan to enroll in an American school for the 2009-2010 school years. For more information, contact Caitlin Lynch, Director of Summer Admissions at 860-927-0047 Ext 1011.

ASCENT OFFERS NEW FUNDING OPTION
(February 6, 2009) Guy Hardcastle, Director of Business Development at Ascent, Naples, ID, 208-610-3346, reports that Ascent (a division of UHS), in an effort to provide financial funding options for families, announced a new program where parents can extend student tuition payments or access interest free loans direct through UHS. For more info, contact Ascent.

GATEHOUSE ACADEMY EXPANDING
(February 6, 2009) In an article featured in Treatment Magazine, Gatehouse Academy is expanding their services, with bed capacities growing from 90 to 175 and the expansion of a new youth center which will specialize in college age addicts.

TALISMAN LAUNCHES WEBINAR
(February 8, 2009) Talisman Programs, Zirconia, NC, has launched a series of live, interactive discussions online to help parents navigate Internet social networking sites, with hands-on instruction, advice on what to watch out for and the ability to ask questions and get immediate feedback. For more information contact Aaron McGinley at 888-458-8226.

MONARCH CENTER EXPEDITION TO NAVAJO RESERVATION
(February 9, 2009) The Monarch Center is offering a work/study leadership expedition for youths, ages 12-18, to a Navajo Indian Reservation on March 29 through April 4, 2009, where students will participate and learn the Navajo culture. For more information or to receive an enrollment packet call 303-569-0767 or e-mail.

EAGLE SUMMIT SET TO OPEN FEB 25
(February 9, 2009) Eagle Summit in Silex, MO, a new adolescent residential treatment center for young men ages 13-18 with significant emotional and behavioral challenges, is set to open its doors February 25, 2009. Eagle Summit is licensed by the Missouri Children's Division and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. For more information on this new program, contact Deidre Sage Butte, Director of Business Development and Admissions, at 615-306-8043 or Program Administrator, Angie Fusco, MS at 573-485-4650.

THE RETURN OF THE SILVERADO OUTLAWS
(February 9, 2009) Silverado Boys Ranch basketball team, the Silverado Outlaws, remains undefeated. Brett Haderlie, the PE teacher at Silverado, is coaching the team this year and says over half of the student body showed up for tryouts. Students must maintain a 2.4 or higher GPA to remain on the team, as well as a positive attitude and self control. For more information on Silverado, contact Denise Westman, Director of Admissions, at 435-676-8482.

ECKERD-BLUE RIDGE STUDENTS MAKE HONOR ROLL
(February 9, 2009) Keith Bishop, Master Counselor at Eckerd Academy of the Blue Ridge, 706-747-1082, is pleased to announce 15 of the 17 students enrolled at Eckerd- Blue Ridge achieved Honor Roll status this past semester, with two students named to the A honor roll, eight students to the A/B honor roll and five students to the B honor roll.

DR. REDWINE APPEARS ON LA RADIO
(February 9, 2009) Dr. Chuck Redwine, Director of New Horizons Youth Ministries appeared as a special guest on Allen Cardoza's LA talk radio show "Answers for the Family" February 9. For more information about this show, contact Answers for the Family's website.

OPENINGS AT HOMELINES
(February 10, 2009) Richard and Karen Armstrong, owners of Homelines in Moyie Springs, ID, have announced they currently have openings at their program, Homelines, for young men ages 18 and older, which offers vocational skills training and mentoring in a traditional home setting. For more information contact Richard Armstrong at 888-267-7797.

GREENBRIER ANNOUNCES STAFF ADDITIONS
(February 10, 2009) Greenbrier Academy in Pence Springs, WV, announced the addition of several new staff to their team: Dr. Carole Giunta, PhD and Dr. James Orth, PhD, ABPP, who will conduct psychological and psycho educational assessments at the academy; Mike Beswick, LICSW, BCD, Chantal Desloges and Sara Hunter as new therapists; Les Call as the new Human Resources Director and Rachel Call as the Director of Food Services and Management. For more information on these new additions or about Greenbrier Academy, contact Beth Ragland, Director of Marketing at 877-788-8422.

EAGALA'S 10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
(February 11, 2009) The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) 10th Annual Conference was held March 11-14, 2009 in Asheville, North Carolina at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center.

PA JUDGES ACCUSED OF JAILING KIDS FOR CASH
(February 11, 2009) Two Pennsylvania judges have been charged with taking millions of dollars in kickbacks to send teenage juvenile offenders to two privately run youth detention centers. The judges have been charged and removed from the bench by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

CALO ANNOUNCES REDUCTION IN TUITION COST
(February 12, 2009) According to CALO'S (Change Academy Lake of the Ozarks) CEO, Ken Huey, CALO will be reducing their base tuition rate to $8,850.00 per month due to the economy tightening and families having to struggle with the expense of treatment. For more information, contact Ken at 877-879-2256.

DANNY FRAZER PROMOTED BY OPEN SKY
(February 12, 2009) Open Sky Wilderness Treatment in Durango, CO, has announced the promotion of Danny Frazer to Business Development and Marketing Director. Danny is a founder and owner of Open Sky. For more information, contact Aaron Fernandes, Executive Director at 970-382-8181.

VACCINES EXONERATED ON AUTISM
(February 12, 2009) The New York Times reports a special federal vaccine court issued verdicts that would help demolish the fears that childhood vaccines can and have caused autism.

DR. GABRIELLE PELICCI JOINS SOBER COLLEGE
(February 12, 2009) Dr. Gabrielle Pelicci has joined Sober College, Woodland Hill, CA, as its new Academic Director. Dr. Pelicci received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Masters Degree in Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and a Doctoral Degree in the Humanities, with a focus on Integrative Medicine. Since 2001, she has been working as an independent consultant and instructor. For more information contact Annika Richards, Director of Marketing at
800-465-0142.

DR. LONGHURST NEW DIRECTOR OF MONTCALM SCHOOLS
(February 13, 2009) Dr. James Longhurst has been appointed the Director of Montcalm Schools. Dr. Longhurst has been with Starr Commonwealth and Montcalm Schools for more than 35 years and is a member of the Michigan Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association and a charter member of the International Positive Psychology Association. For more information contact Norm Ostrum, Director of Admissions at 866-244-4321.

MONTCALM ADDS NEW PROGRAM
(February 13, 2009) Montcalm Schools and Starr Commonwealth announced their new program, Montcalm Crossroads Structured Transitional Living, for teen boys who are leaving a traditional residential program but are not ready to return home or be completely independent. For more information on this new program, contact Norm Ostrum, Director of Admissions at 866-244-4321.

IECA SPRING CONFERENCE 2009
(February 15, 2009) The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) spring conference will be held in San Francisco, CA, at the Hyatt Regency from May 1-2, 2009. For more information, contact IECA conference@IECAonline.com

THREE RIVERS MONTANA TO CLOSE FEB. 28
(February 16, 2009) Marylis Filipovich, Executive Director for Three Rivers Montana, a wilderness program for teens, will close its program February 28, 2009, laying off its 37 employees. Opened five years ago, Three Rivers has felt the recent, tightened credit market, with a drastic drop in enrollments, with no enrollments in January, their biggest admissions month.

NOVUS MENTORS -- NEW OFFICE IN MISSOULA
(February 16, 2009) James Morton, Jr, CEO of Achievement Transition Group, Inc., announced the new office location for Novus Mentors is 512 E. Broadway in Missoula, MT. Their telephone number, 406-542-6687, and mailing address of PO Box 9254, have not changed.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION NATSAP CALL FOR PAPERS
(February 16, 2009) NATSAP's 2009 Rocky Mountain Regional Conference will be held Thursday & Friday, May 7-8, 2009 in Missoula, MT, with a deadline for submission of papers: Friday, February 20, 2009. For more information, contact Sami Butler at 406-457-4744.

SOBER COLLEGE SETS SIGHTS ON AMERICAN IDOL
(February 16, 2009) Sober College Music Director, James Fuchs, announced Sober College and its Music Program are preparing student Madi Thompson for Season Nine auditions of American Idol with the use of Monthly Open Mic Nights, quarterly Talent Shows and access to an on-campus professionally built recording studio to help provide the framework for her growth as a singer. Contact Anika Jensdotter-Richards, Director of Marketing at 866-757-6237 for additional information.

GREENBRIER GIRLS FEATURED IN VIRGINIA HORSE MAGAZINE
(February 2009) April Hart, Equine Program Director at Greenbrier Academy for Girls, in Pence Springs, WV, has written an article for the Virginia Horse Journal, with the contributions of personal reflections from several students describing the wisdom, revelations and inspiration they have received from their relationships with the horses in the Equine Program at Greenbrier.

SHADOW MOUNTAIN OPENS WOMEN'S HOUSE
(February 18, 2009) Shadow Mountain Academy in Taos, NM, is pleased to announce it has opened its program to include young women, ages 17-30 years old. The Women's House is located on their 38 acre campus. For more information, contact Trilby Hoover, Admissions at 877-743-9686.

EAGLE SCOUT RANK FOR FFS STUDENT
(February 18, 2009) An 18-year old student at The Family Foundation School in Hancock, NY, received his Eagle Scout ranking in February after completing an 8-month tree-planting project on the school campus. The student, a member of FFS Boy Scout Troop 174, conceived, planned and executed the beautification project under the direction of Scoutmaster Bruce Hutchison. The student is the fourth FFS Boy Scout to achieve the Eagle Scout rank while enrolled at the school. For more information on FFS contact Ann Kozak at 845-887-5213 ext 452.

REMUDA RANCH LOOKS AT EATING DISORDERS IN MALES
(February 18, 2009) Sam Lample, Assistant Clinical Director of ReddStone, a Remuda Ranch Program for Boys, shared that Remuda Ranch is looking to increase awareness of Eating Disorders among males during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAW), February 22-28,2009. For more information on ReddStone/Remuda Ranch contact Mary Anne Morrow at 602-332-9026.

OPI YOUNG ADULTS PLENTY BUSY!
(February 19, 2009) At Optimum Performance Institute (OPI) the students have been quite busy this year taking classes at Santa Monica City College, Pierce Community College and West Valley Occupational Center. They've also worked at local restaurants, volunteered at the Sunrise Senior Living Center and the Boys and Girls Club, and have been serving as the scorekeeper at Lanark Recreation Center during this winter's basketball season. For more info on OPI contact Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions at 888-558-0617.

NEW SUMMIT NEWS
(February 2009) Heather Tracy, Executive Director at New Summit Academy in Costa Rica, shared that several students and staff at New Summit will be spending a week doing community service by assembling prefabricated housing for families who lost their homes in the 6.2 earthquake in January. One Costa Rican family will provide the group with food and shelter during this work week. To learn more about New Summit, contact Heather at 414-921-1388.

AGAPE BOARDING SCHOOL HOLDS 4TH ANNUAL WALK A THON
(February 19, 2009) Scott Smith, School Supervisor at Agape Boarding School in Stockton, MO, wanted to let us know the students at Agape are gearing up for their 4th annual "Walk For the Future," walk-a-thon fundraiser, scheduled for May 29, 2009. For more information on Agape Boarding School, contact Scott at 417-276-7215.

GROVE SCHOOL EXPANDING
(February 20, 2009) The Grove School in Madison, CT, has recently expanded to accommodate 10 additional students in its therapeutic day program. It has also acquired another 4 bed home for the Transition program, which started in 2008, that serves young adults who have graduated from high school but still need additional support and structure. These students attend community college, work in the community and participate in the clinical services at Grove School. For more information, contact Kelly Webster, Assistant Director at 203-245-2778.

ACADEMY AT SISTERS GOES GREEN
(February 20, 2009) Students at Academy at Sisters in Bend, OR, have connected with the Oregon Green Community this month by starting a neighborhood environmental club. The club has the goal of networking with other Central Oregon E-clubs in an effort to provide education opportunities and promote caring for the planet. Their first project was to start composting, complete with their own clew of worms, which will be perfect for this summer's vegetable garden. The club is overseen by Janet Bedell, one of the Read Campus teachers. For more information, contact Guy LeGuyonne, Admissions at 800-910-0412.



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