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AUGUST 2007

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BENCHMARK GRADUATES 16
(June 21, 2007) Shelley Skaggs, Marketing and PR for Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, CA, 714-963-4148, announced 16 students received their high school diploma from Redlands Adult School this June. Benchmark is a residential transitional living school for students 18-28.

SOBER COLLEGE TURNS ADDICTS INTO ACADEMICS
(June 21, 2007) Annika Richards, Director of Public Education at Sober College, Woodland Hills, CA, 818-795-8687, announced 40 Sober College students took a combined 87 college courses with an average GPA of 3.50. Other achievements include six high school diplomas, four GED's and one Linux certification.

NEW HEAD AT PINE RIDGE SCHOOL
(June 22, 2007) Joshua Doyle, (former) Head of School for Pine Ridge School, Williston, VT, 802-434-2161, announced Dana Blackhurst is the new Head of School. Dana is a nationally recognized educator of, and authority on, students with dyslexia, and has been affiliated with the International Dyslexia Association since 1972.

UNDIAGNOSED ADHD RELATED TO OTHER PROBLEMS
(June 22, 2007) George Bright, MD, Adolescent Health Center, Midlothian, VA, and Blackwater Outdoor Experiences, 804-794-8900, reports his office has found a high percentage of undiagnosed and untreated ADHD individuals often abuse opiates, many were molested and most suffer from Road Rage and Chronic Pain.

PINE RIVER INSTITUTE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
(June 22, 2007) Karen Minden, CEO Pine River Institute, Shelburne, Ontario, Canada, 416.944.1453, announced Pine River Institute is excited to celebrate its one-year anniversary.

ASPIRO HIRES BRAD CARPENTER
(June 24, 2007) Brian Church, Admissions and Marketing for Aspiro, Riverton, UT, 888-266-5136, announced Aspiro hired of Brad Carpenter, PsyD. Brad has over 10 years of clinical experience working with adolescents in both therapeutic and assessments settings.

OUT-OF-CONTROL TEENS - HOW DID WE GET HERE?
(June 25, 2007) Leon Pyle, PhD, Ashland, OR, 541-482-0491, licensed therapist and a parent who has placed a child in a parent-choice residential program, wrote an insightful essay on some factors in our society he thinks contributes to the need for intervention for teens making poor choices. More...

ASHEVILLE HOUSE OPENS GIRLS RESIDENCE
(June 25, 2007) Marlene Alligood, Director of Admissions at Asheville House, Ashville, NC, 877-606-3207, announced Asheville House opened and enrolled eight boys in April, and in June opened the girls' residence with six students. Asheville House is a 3-6 month residential program for boys and girls, ages 16-19 with substance abuse and addiction issues.

DOERING/ MOSES RECEIVE ISPA VISIONARY AWARD
(June 25, 2007) Andy Anderson, MRA, Founder of the Independent Small Programs Alliance (ISPA), Clearwater, FL, 727-512-9144, announced the ISPA Visionary Award was co-presented to Dana Dean Doering and Martha Moses at the ISPA Dinner Meeting at the Union Club in Boston, MA.

ICELAND VISITS WILDERNESS TREATMENT CENTER
(June 26, 2007) Ben Dorrington, LAC, Director of Referral Relations at Wilderness Treatment Center, Marion, MT, 406-854-2832, announced that Mummi eda, Pall Einarsson and Jon por Kvaran from Gotusmidjan Treatment Facility in Iceland, came for a visit. The Icelandic government supplied grant money for the collaborative effort and afforded Gotusmidjan the necessities to learn more about adolescent and young adult treatment in the US.

SAINER NAMED ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
(June 28, 2007) Kristen Hayes, Communications Manager for Aspen Education, Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced that president and co-founder Elliot Sainer has been named the 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® in the Consumer Services Category for the Greater Los Angeles region. The award was presented to Sainer at the Beverly Hilton on June 26, 2007. Sainer has worked in the behavioral healthcare and education fields for over 30 years.

HARRISON HEADS CHEROKEE CREEK SEARCH
(June 29, 2007) Beth Black, President of Cherokee Creek Boys School (CCBS), Westminster, SC, 407-312-3098, announced Lorrie Harrison joined the CCBS team to serve as Transition Team Leader, picking up many of the Executive Director's duties. Lorrie has been a marketing and management consultant serving education, corporate, and non-profit clients for over 30 years. She taught English in Bogota, Colombia for two years, has been an adjunct professor of Florida State University and serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at Western Washington University.

ASPEN ACQUIRES PHOENIX OUTDOOR
(July 2, 2007) Kristen Hayes, Communications Manager for Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced Aspen Education Group acquired Phoenix Outdoor, a licensed therapeutic wilderness program that provides comprehensive substance abuse intervention and assessment for youth ages 13-17 located near Asheville, NC.

SUNRISE ACADEMY STUDENT SCORES
(July 2, 2007) Bobbie Jensen, Admissions Director at Sunrise Academy, Hurricane, UT, 435-635-1185, announced a Sunrise Academy resident competed in the Utah Summer Games, receiving medals in the 3-mile Cross Country race, the 200 Meter Dash, the 400 Meter Hurdles and took Gold in the 100 Meter Hurdles.

GATEHOUSE ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP
(July 2, 2007) Glenna J Conway, Director of Marketing at Gatehouse Academy, Wickenburg, AZ, 928-231-5004, announced that John R. Campbell QC, Chairman of Gatehouse Educational Foundation, announced graduate Ian Norris received the annual Paul Earl Memorial Scholarship.

BRUNO OFFERS PARENTING TELECLASS
(July 3, 2007) Ann Bruno, MEd, Ann Bruno Consulting, Tucson, AZ, 520-370-9020, and colleague Marion Heaton announced a five-week tele-class called "Breakthrough Parenting: Saying "No" is the Road to Yes" beginning August 27.

SHILTZ OF ROGERS MEMORIAL PUBLISHES BOOK
(July 3, 2007) Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, 800-767-4411, announced Thomas J. Shiltz, MS, CADCIII, published a resource book "Self-Injury Support Group Curriculum," which includes information on warning signs, self-injury behaviors and a support group curriculum complete with handouts. Shiltz has been at Rogers Memorial since July 1995.

SEPTEMBER 14: 2ND ANNUAL "NORTHWEST GET TOGETHER"
(July 5, 2007) Lon Woodbury, MA, CEP, President of Woodbury Reports, Inc., Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-5550, announced the Second Annual "Northwest Get Together" will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2007, at the Sandpoint Community Center in Sandpoint, ID. This year's Get Together had been postponed from its original planned date in May due to a timing conflict with the Rocky Mountain NATSAP Regional Conference. Topics for interactive discussions will include "What Parents Are Learning (or miss learning) From the Internet," "Elements and Factors That Influence Government Regulation Development," and "Demonstration and Discussion: Neurofeedback Tools Currently Being Used In Programs." Registration cost for the "Northwest Get Together" is $30. Please RSVP by Aug. 31. For registration information, contact Laura Morton.

SOBER COLLEGE OPENS LEARNING CENTER
(July 6, 2007) Annika Richards, Director of Public Education for Sober College, Los Angeles, CA, 818-795-8647, announced Sober College opened a "state of the art" Learning Center. The new 11,000 square foot building features networked computers and classrooms, and offices for clinical, admission and ancillary staff. There is also a social arena that includes 50's style diner booths, a study and lounge area with table games.

YELLOWSTONE BGR CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
(July 6, 2007) Andrea Kenney, Director of Public Relations for Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch, Billings, MT, 406-655-2125, announced over six-hundred people gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, which began in 1957 as a place for juvenile delinquent boys as young as 10-years-old. The goal was to help them find a new direction and prevent them from becoming hardened criminals. Since the ranch began, over 5,000 children have called Yellowstone their home.

EATING DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
(July 6, 2007) Remuda Ranch, Wickenburg, AZ, 800-445-1900,registration@remudaranch.com, announced they will offer a presentation titled "Eating Disorders Across The Lifespan: A Closer Look" by Dena Cabrera, PsyD, Friday, August 24, 2007, in Boise, ID from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

HENRY WINKLER AT STARR COMMONWEALTH'S FOUNDERS DAY
(July 9, 2007) Dana Jacob with Starr Commonwealth, Albion, MI, 800-837-5597 x 2312, announced Henry Winkler, the actor known as "The Fonz" from the sitcom "Happy Days," will appear at its 2007 Founder's Day event October 7, 2007, marking the anniversary of Floyd Starr, his family and 13 boys moving into Gladsome Cottage on October 3, 1913. Starr Commonwealth has expanded beyond its Albion campus to include sites in Battle Creek and Detroit, MI, as well as in Van Wert and Columbus, OH. The programs serve boys and girls through Montcalm Schools, families through foster care and day treatment and professionals through a variety of programs such as No Disposable Kids®.

MONTCALM SCHOOL FOR GIRLS EXPANDING
(July 11, 2007) Dana Jacob at Starr Commonwealth, Albion, MI, 800-837-5591, announced Montcalm School for Girls in Van Wert, OH, has plans underway to open a third cottage. This will allow opening of enrollment to 13 more girls.

VIVE! EXPANDS
July 11, 2007) Susan Holden Walsh, HoldenMcClure PR, for Vive! in Boulder, CO, 303-449-2526, announced Vive! moved the national headquarters to 207 Canyon Blvd., Ste. 202. The new space enhances Vive's ability to assist teens in transition with more private family meeting rooms, and will allow Vive! to host round table discussions and other referral and community building functions.

MISSION MOUNTAIN STUDENTS GO TO NATIONALS
(July 12, 2007) Colleen Harrington, Assistant School Head for Mission Mountain School, Condon, MT, 406-754-2580, announced four students participated and rode in a national horse show in Bozeman, MT. All four girls placed in each of their respective classes. The entire school attended the event to cheer them on as part of a multiple-day camping trip.

PHOENIX SUN VP TALKS TO ST. PAUL'S STUDENTS
(July 12, 2007) Donna Wittwer, MEd, Director of Admissions for St. Paul's Preparatory Academy, Phoenix, AZ, 602-956-9090, announced David Griffin, VP of Basketball Operations for the Phoenix Suns, spoke to students regarding his insights and wisdom about the qualities a person must develop to be successful in business.

NEW DEAN AT KING GEORGE SCHOOL
(July 12, 2007) Jay Ramsey, Director of Human Resources at King George School (KGS), Sutton, VT, 802-467-1200, announced Rebecca Vieth-Albrecht, MA, LPC, is the new Dean of the school. Rebecca comes to the KGS with fifteen years of experience directing residential and school programs. She obtained her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Webster University and has been in private practice for the last eight years. In addition to her clinical experience, Rebecca worked as a principal of a school in Missouri for the last four years.

KGS APPROVED FOR NONIMMIGRANT STUDENTS
(July 12, 2007) Jay Ramsey, Director of Human Resources for King George School (KGS), Sutton, VT, 802-467-1200, announced KGS has approval of its petition to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to accept Nonimmigrant Students. The SEVP is part of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

WITTWER LEAVES ST. PAUL'S
(July 12, 2007) Donna Wittwer, (former) Director of Admissions for St. Paul's Preparatory Academy, Phoenix, AZ, 602-956-9090, announced she will be leaving St. Paul's Academy to take a position as a Behavioral Health Counselor for the Maricopa Unified School District. In addition, Donna will be opening an educational consulting practice under the name of Pinnacle Educational Consulting in Phoenix.

MONTANA PAARP BOARD MEETS
(July 12, 2007) Lon Woodbury, MA, CEP, IECA, Founder of Woodbury Reports, Inc., Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-5550, announced the Montana Private Alternative Adolescent Residential or Outdoor Programs (PAARP) Board met in July 2007. This Board was formed by the Montana Legislature to propose Registration and Licensing regulations for private residential schools in Montana. Part of the agenda included approving the Board minutes for both April 23, 2007, and June 21, 2007, which are not yet available (July 12, 2007) to the public on the Montana state web site.

NEW DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AT ALLDREDGE
(July 13, 2007) Anthony Geraci, Executive Vice President and CMO, Alldredge Academy, Davis, WV, 281-313-1908, announced Ashley Auchterlonie as the new Director of Marketing. Ashley has extensive experience in the behavioral healthcare industry. Most recently, she served as Regional Marketing Manager for Psychiatric Solutions, Inc. in Austin, TX. Previously, Ashley was the Sales & Marketing Consultant for Appian Education in Seattle, WA, and National Sales Representative, Admissions Director and Clinical Case Manager for The Brown Schools in Austin, TX.

AULDERN GRADUATES 12
(July 13, 2007) Debra Dombrowski, Communication Manager for Auldern Academy, Siler City, NC, 256-880-3339, announced Three Springs Auldern Academy recently graduated 12 seniors in a ceremony held on the campus. All graduates were accepted to institutions of higher learning.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATSAP CALLS FOR PAPERS
(July 13, 2007) The NATSAP 2007 Rocky Mountain Fall Regional Conference will be held September 13, 2007, in Kalispell/Whitefish, MT. The Call for Paper Submission deadline is July 20. Questions may be directed to Jan Moss, Executive Director of NATSAP, Prescott, AZ, 928-443-9505.

NEXT STEP FOR SUCCESS TO COACH STAFF
(July 16, 2007) Penelope Valentine, Co-Founder of Next Step for Success, Redmond, OR, 541-504-5224, announced that Benchmark Young Adult School has contracted Next Step for Success for "coach training" of the staff at their California-based program from August 6-10, 2007.

NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS AT HILLSIDE
(July 17, 2007) Susan Blair of Hillside School, Marlborough, MA, 508-485-2824, announced Matthew Kowalchick is the new Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid for Hillside School. Matt comes to Hillside from Cushing Academy where he spent the last three years as Assistant Director of Admissions, dorm parent and head lacrosse coach.

SMITH JOINS PROVO CANYON SCHOOL
(July 17, 2007) Brad Gerrard, COO of Provo Canyon School, Orem, UT, 801-229-1038, announced that Lane Farr Smith, MD, DLFAPA, has been appointed as the new full-time Medical Director for Provo Canyon School and Academy at Canyon Creek. Prior to his appointment with Provo Canyon, Dr. Smith served as Medical Director for the Aetna Behavioral Health Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

STAFF CHANGES AT PENINSULA VILLAGE
(July 17, 2007) Kelly Roberts, Coordinator of Community and Alumni Relations for Peninsula Village, Louisville, TN, 865-380-4452, announced that Ashley Saint-Villiers and Martha Malone have joined the program as Family Therapists. Leaving the program is Lucia Alder, a family therapist who has been with the program since 2002.

LONE STAR EXPEDITIONS NEW CLINICAL DIRECTOR
(July 18, 2007) Kristen L. Hayes, Communications Manager for Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced Lone Star Expeditions has promoted Julie Elliott, LCSW/ LMFT, to Clinical Director. Julie previously served as a wilderness therapist for the program.

INTROSPECTIONS NEW RECOVERY COACH
(July 18, 2007) Guy LeGuyonne, Director of Communications for Introspections of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, 541-410-4538, announced Richard Benson, MSW, joined the team at Introspections of Costa Rica. Richard spent 3 years at New Dominion Wilderness School as a staff trainer and Drug and Alcohol group facilitator. Richard received his MSW specializing in Substance Abuse from the U. of NC, has attended the Substance Abuse Treatment Training Institute; the North Carolina Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Studies and holds a BA in Spanish.

ASPEN ACHIEVEMENT PARENTING CLASS
(July 19, 2007) Kristen L. Hayes, Communications Manager for Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced Aspen Achievement Academy now offers live online parenting classes that teach parent's skills they can apply to their child enrolled in the Aspen program.

FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOOL GRADUATES 41
(July 19, 2007) Ann Kozak, Marketing Specialist for the Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced that 41 seniors graduated from the school on June 23, 2007. Each of the students received two diplomas: one from New York State for successful completion of the high school curriculum, and a second from The Family Foundation School for successful completion of the school's character education program. Each graduate has been accepted to a community college, four-year college, or university.

NATSAP PRINCIPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE SUMMIT
(July 20, 2007) Jan Moss, Executive Director of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), 928-443-9505, announced NATSAP will hold a Principles of Good Practice Summit, in September 2007, to review the Principles of Good Practice, the Supplemental Principles of Good Practice and the recently developed Principles of Good Practice for Small Residential Programs. The existing Principles will be reviewed to ensure they continue to clearly address the best practices set forth by NATSAP.

NORTH IDAHO AND MONTANA TOURS OFFERED
(July 20, 2007) Kay C. Ford, Owner of CKC Consultant Tour Services, Crozier, VA, 804-784-3037, announced CKC Tours has put together a three-day tour of programs in the North Idaho/ Montana area the 10-12 of September. If you want more information or are interested in joining Judge Mason on this tour, please call Kay. Optional touring on Thursday the 13th may be arranged as schedules allow.

BREHM PREPARATORY SCHOOL CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
(July 20, 2007) Donna Collins, Director of Admissions for Brehm Preparatory School, Carbondale, IL, 618-457-0371, announced Brehm Preparatory School will celebrate 25 years of success with several activities including an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, August 14, 2007. For more information about all the activities, contact the Admissions Department.

AMATS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FORMED/ STANDARDS ADOPTED
(July 20, 2007) Jeff Johnson, Executive Director of the Association of Mediation and Transport Services (AMATS), 435-491-0398, announced AMATS elected an Executive Committee from the nine provisional members of the recently formed organization. Committee members are Cathy Villines of Center for Safe Youth, Bill Lane of Bill Lane and Associates, and Brian Shepherd of Right Directions. In addition to the executive committee, the nine provisional members include Adolescent Guidance Services, Journeys Adolescent Services, Safeguard Adolescent Services, Traverse Youth Transport, Youth Transportation Services, and Westshield Adolescent Services. In addition, Jeff announced AMATS has created and approved their "Outline of AMATS Standards".

NEW STONE MOUNTAIN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(July 20, 2007) Paige Thomas, Admissions at Stone Mountain School, Black Mountain, NC, 888-631-5994, announced the new Executive Director of Stone Mountain School is Susan Hardy. Susan was formerly the Executive Director of Adirondack Leadership Expeditions, a therapeutic wilderness program New York. She has worked in the therapeutic education industry for over 17 years.

KING GEORGE SEEKS NEW ADMISSIONS/MARKETING DIRECTOR
(July 20, 2007) Karen Fitzhugh, PhD, Head of School for King George School, Sutton, VT, 800-218-5122, announced King George School is searching for a seasoned professional with private, therapeutic industry experience to direct admissions and marketing activities.



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