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Posted: Sep 18, 2007 21:29

SEPTEMBER 2007

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WILDERNESS THERAPY BENEFITS
(Jan./Feb. 2007) Michael Conner, PsyD, a private practitioner in Bend, OR, published an article in the National Psychologist, titled "Wilderness therapy programs: A powerful intervention for adolescents", which outlines the benefits of wilderness therapy and the results of research by Mentor Research Institute of 53 children referred to three separate wilderness therapy programs.

NEW CENTER FOR UTAH PREP
(July 16, 2007) Diana Robbins, Executive Director of Utah Preparatory Academy, Manti, UT, 435-835-4475, announced the expansion of the Utah Preparatory Academy to encompass a boy's facility in Spring City, UT. The new boy's center has 16 beds available for boys between the ages of 12 and 20. The new facility opened August 15, 2007.

FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOOL EXPANSION
(July 19, 2007) In an open letter, Jeffrey Brain, VP for External Relations at Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced they have added "at least half a dozen new masters- and doctorate-level teachers to the faculty," have increased extracurricular activities by including hiking, running, weight-training, dog-training and fly-fishing, along with their own Boy Scout troop and Venturing crew. He also announced they have increased their counseling dept. from eight to twelve, developed special support groups, and have expanded their scholarship program by "awarding almost $600,000 annually in tuition reductions to students in need who have made program progress."

PATTY EVANS PROMOTED BY ASPEN
(July 23, 2007) Kristen L. Hayes, Communications Manager at Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced the promotion of Patti Evans to Chief Marketing Officer/Senior Vice President of Sales effective July 20, 2007. Evans has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the behavioral healthcare industry. She joined Aspen in a full-time capacity in September 2001. Prior to that, she served as a consultant to multiple behavioral healthcare groups and hospitals, as well as Aspen, from 1996 through 2001. From 1987 through 1996, Evans worked for Charter Medical Corporation.

STUDENT FUNDED BY FRIENDS OF FAMILIES GRADUATES
July 23, 2007) Brandi M. Elliott of Powell & Elliott Collaborative, LLC, 951-315-8320, announced the Friends of Families with Children in Crisis Foundation is pleased to announce that since its reengineering efforts (fall 2006); their first benefitted family has graduated! In collaboration with the leadership at tThe Oakley School, in Utah, Katie was able to successfully complete her program and experience the excitement and pride of a job well done.

WOLZ JOINS NEW DOMENION OF MARYLAND
(July 23, 2007) Debra Dombrowski, Communications Manager from Three Springs, Inc., Huntsville, AL 256-880-3339 announced the addition of Gary Wolz to the staff of New Dominion of Maryland as the new Assistant Administrator. Mr. Wolz comes to New Dominion from the Bedford-Somerset MH/MR program in Bedford, Pennsylvania, where he worked for 10 years, most recently as Lead Therapist and holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Frostburg State University.

HORIZON FAMILY SOLUTIONS EXPANDS
(July 24, 2007) Dore Frances, MA, of Horizon Family Solutions, LLC, Bend, OR, 541-312-4422, announced the expansion of their service of assisting parents who have a child in a program, school or wilderness program, and need to take next steps: Student Assessment Services. The services offered locally in Oregon are now expanding to outside of the state.

BENCHMARK HIRES FORMER STUDENT
(July 26, 2007) Shelley Skaggs, Marketing Director for Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, CA 714-963-4148 announced Meghan Frawley a former student and Platinum Level graduate, has been hired as a part-time resident counselor.

RIGHT WAY TO MOVE TO FLORIDA
(July 26, 2007) Angelo Battisti, Director of Admissions of Right Way Academy, Waynesburg, PA 724-852-1802, announced Right Way Academy will no longer be operating in Waynesburg, PA as of August 3, 2007. The program moved to Tallahassee, FL and will be known as Right Way Academy at 7 Arrows. The parent company of 7 Arrows is Vision Quest, which has been in youth behavior therapy and educational programming for more than 30 years.

BUTTE REJOINS THREE SPRINGS
(July 27, 2007) Deidre Sage Butte, Southeast Region Referral Relations Liaison for Three Springs Inc, Huntsville, AL, and 931-729-3454, has announced her return to Three Springs to work as the Southeast Region Referral Relations Liaison, which began June 18, 2007. She is responsible for the marketing of Auldern Academy, Duck River, the New Dominion Schools in Maryland and Virginia and Paint Rock Valley.

BOZAK VISITS PINNACLE WILDERNESS
(July 27, 2007) Jennifer Bastian, Co-Founder of Pinnacle Wilderness Foundation, Richfield, UT, 888-896-5788 announced Educational Consultant, Stephen Bozak, CEP, Clifton Park, NY visited with students and attended graduation and a BBQ at Pinnacle Wilderness Foundation.

REMUDA EAST TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER
(July 27, 2007) Remuda Ranch, Wickenburg, AZ, 800-445-1900, info@remudaranch.com, announced they will be opening a campus in Virginia named Remuda East. In August, they began reserving patient beds for September admission.

SKYDIVE TO CELEBRATE SOBRIETY
(July 28, 2007) Annika Richards, Director of Public Relations at Sober College, Woodland Hills, CA, 800-465-0142, shared that a Sober College student celebrated his sobriety at 13,000 feet, in a tandem skydive. In addition to now being hooked on Skydiving, the student is also a member of a very exclusive club…the Friends of Bill W Skydiving club.

DASKIVICH JOINS BOULDER CREEK
(July 30, 2007) Paul Johnson, Executive Director, Idaho Educational Services, Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-7522, announced Dr. Brian Daskivich, Psychologist will be the new Dean of Students/ Assistant School Director at Boulder Creek Academy. Dr. Daskivich has worked as a clinician and administrator in a variety of locales and settings, including hospitals and therapeutic boarding schools.

TV HOST LOOKING FOR PARENTS
(August 1, 2007) Gabe Griggs, Producer of the Steve Wilkos Show, 877-836-3424, announced Steve Wilkos, a former US Marine, Chicago police officer and popular TV veteran, is the host of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution's upcoming new daily series, "The Steve Wilkos Show". In addition, is looking for parents and families in crisis, who are looking for "straight talk and understanding from a no-nonsense host".

CHEROKEE CREEK UPDATES
(August 1, 2007) Betsy Deane, Admissions Director for Cherokee Creek Boys School, Westminster, SC, 864-647-1885, announced Lorrie Harrison will serve as Transition Team Leader, during the search for a new Executive Director. Lorrie also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at Western Washington University teaching writing and community building. In addition, Betsy announced five young men graduated from the program in July.

DR. MALINAS JOINS WILLOW SPRINGS
(August 1, 2007) Tricia Larmer, Community Liaison for Willow Springs Center, Reno, NV, 775-789-4271 announced Dr. Philip Malinas is the new Chief Medical Officer to head up the Residential Treatment team for Willow Springs. He is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

ASHLEY AUCHLTERLONIE AT SOLACIUM
(August 1, 2007) Ashley Auchterlonie, Director of Marketing for Alldredge Academy and Greenbrier Academy, Davis, WV, 281-414-3026, announced she will be joining Anthony Geraci and the Solacium Group as the new Marketing Director.

SOBER COLLEGE INITIATES LACROSSE PROGRAM
(August 2, 2007) Annika Richards, Public Education Director at Sober College, Woodland Hills, CA, 818-795-8687 announced Sober College students are scheduled to play in the lacrosse summer league games held at Loyola Marymount University. "Playing sports like lacrosse enables Sober College students to feel better about themselves and get their endorphins pumping. Clinically speaking, exercise has been proven to help prevent relapse in those that are struggling with a chemical addiction, states Academic Director, Dr. Ken Niemann."

SUCCESS AT BENCHMARK
(August 5, 2007) Jayne Selby-Longnecker, the Executive Director and CEO of Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, CA 714-963-4148, announced the scholastic year of 2006-2007 produced successful, academic results for Benchmark students. Six students placed on the Dean's List in college, two students, featured as "Outstanding High School Students" were awarded financial scholarships and eighteen students graduated from Redlands Adult School with a High School Diploma. An average of 40 students enrolls in college courses each semester.

BURCHETT JOINS THREE SPRINGS
(August 6, 2007) Debra Dombrowski the Communications Manager for Three Springs, Inc., Huntsville, AL 256-880-3339, announced Ms. Kim Burchett joins the staff as a substance abuse counselor at Three Springs Duck River, an Outdoor Therapeutic Program for boys located in Nunnelly, TN. Burchett is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) certified by the State of Tennessee, a Tennessee-qualified Clinical Supervisor and is a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor II (NACACII), with 17 years experience in the field of addiction treatment.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS AT DRAGONFLY
(Aug. 6, 2007) Mona Treadway, Owner and Admissions Director at Dragonfly Transitions, Klamath Falls OR, 541-850-0841, announced she has completed work on her MSW through Portland State University, and the program new staff include Tanya Bergen - Night Staff Mentor; Chanah Berman - Transitions Mentor; Asher Lyman - Transitions Mentor; Todd Merrill-Transitions Mentor & Wilderness Counselor and Shannon Mason - Recovery Group.

HINMAN CLINICAL DIRECTOR AT SUNRISE
(August 6, 2007) Annette Chandler, Solacium, Missouri City, TX, 281-313-1908 announced Sunrise Residential Treatment Center is pleased to welcome Jack Hinman, Psy.D., as the new Clinical Director. Most recently, he served as Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program Director for Island View Residential Treatment Center. Previously, he was the Clinical Psychologist/Field Supervisor for SUWS Adolescent and Youth Programs in Gooding, Idaho.

TV JOURNALIST RESEARCHING FOR DOCUMENTARY
(August 7, 2007) Edie Magnus, 917-991-6727, a television journalist is researching a documentary about teens and depression. She is looking for teens or young adults who have battled depression - and who have overcome feelings of rage or violence, or thoughts of suicide. All conversations will be treated with absolute confidentiality and the utmost sensitivity.

BAUS LEAVES ROGERS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(August 8, 2007) Beth Baus, National Outreach Representative, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Milwaukee, WI, 800-767-4411 announced she will be leaving Rogers Memorial Hospital, August 10, 2007 to attend a graduate program in psychiatric nursing at Vanderbilt University. She has been with RMH for 6+ years.

DRAGONFLY CONTINUES TO GROW
(August 8, 2007) Mona Treadway, Owner and Admissions Director of Dragonfly Transitions, Klamath Falls, OR, 541-850-0841 announced the addition of Phase 2 house at Dragonfly Transitions. The Phase 2 house provides students an opportunity for increased independence and the ability to demonstrate consistency and reliability. Most Phase 2 students are employed and are able to financially support their basic living needs. If not employed, they attend one of the local colleges, full time.

YELLOWSTONE HOSTS CONFERENCE
(August 9, 2007) Andrea Kenney, the Director of Public Relations, Media & Grants for Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch, Billings, MT, 406-655-2125 has announced Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch and The Region III Mental Health Center have partnered to bring Hugh F. Johnston MD, a clinical associate professor of psychiatry, to speak at a conference, titled "Bipolar Disorder from Cradle to Grave", in Billings, MT on September 20 and 21, 2007. Also presenting is Amy Rock, MSSW, LCSW, on "Behavior Therapy Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder." Her clinical practice has focused on young clients who suffer with anxiety disorders especially Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with the use of behavior techniques.

WTC PARTNERS WITH BLUE PRINT
(August 10, 2007) Ben Dorrington, Director of Referral Relations at Wilderness Treatment Center, Marion, MT, 406-854-2835, announced Wilderness Treatment Center has "partnered" with Blue Print Education to provide high school credit for attending Wilderness Treatment Center's 60-day chemical dependency program. This partnership helps Wilderness Treatment Center expand their services and provide educational credits in an inpatient addiction treatment setting.

ASCENT INVITATION
(August 10, 2007) Janice Pannell, the Admissions Director at Ascent, Naples, ID, 208-267-3626 has announced an invitation from Ascent for an "inter-active experience" on their campus, September 12, 2007 And October 11, 2007 Naples, Idaho from 9:00am -11:30am for Morning Activities. There will be a noon barbecue and an afternoon "Tower Experience" from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.Please RSVP to: Susan Palacios at 800 974-1999.

TOM O'DELL, BEING TREATED
(Aus. 13, 2007) Marylou Marcus, IECA, Peterborough NH, 603-924-6888, advised us that Tom O'Dell, of Tom O'Dell Educational Options LLC, 215 Milton Road, Goshen, CT, 06756, has been diagnosed with cancer and is being treated at Yale/New Haven Hospital in CT. Tom has worked many years in admissions, at schools in the "struggling teen's network" and has recently established an educational consulting practice. All of us at Woodbury Reports pass on our best wishes to him, and we are told that emails and cards would be appreciated to keep his spirits up.

NEXT STEP RECEIVES ACCREDITATION
(August 14, 2007) Penelope Valentine, co-founder of Next Step For Success, Redmond, OR, 541-504-5224 announced their coach-training course, "Coaching Parents, Struggling Teens and Young Adults", has received accreditation from the International Coach Federation, the largest coach training accrediting body in the world. In awarding accreditation, the ICF program reviewers praised the course curriculum and stated that, "the ICF reviewers applaud your work and the solid anchoring of the Core Competencies within the program".

WILLOW SPRINGS WECOMES DR. WALENTA
(August 15, 2007) Tricia Larmer, Community Liaison for Willow Springs Center, Reno, NV, 775-789-4271 announced Dr. Jason Walenta as the new Medical Director of the outpatient program and attend to clients at Willow Springs Center. Dr. Walenta is a widely published and honored psychiatrist.

A LETTER FROM DON VARDELL
(August 15, 2007) Kristen Hayes, Communications Manager for Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, and 562-467-5531 shared a letter written by Don Vardell, the new Executive Director of Excel Academy that was written to students, families, staff and Referring Professionals of Excel Academy, sharing immediate and on-going goals and priorities for Excel Academy; at the completion of his first week on the job.

MISSION MOUNTAIN ATTENDS CONCERT
(August 17, 2007) Colleen Harrington, Assistant School Head of Mission Mountain School, Condon, MT, 406-754-2580, announced she took five lucky students to see Bruce Cockburn in concert in Missoula, MT on August 14th. Cockburn is a Canadian folk/rock musician and singer/songwriter, known for his phenomenal guitar playing and eclectic songwriting skills. The girls loved the performance!


CHUCK SELENT VISITS WRI
(August 17, 2007) Chuck Selent, Owner of Advantage Adolescent and Interim Services (AAIS), Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-5807, stopped by the Woodbury office for a visit, and announced that his company Advantage Investigations and Security Services, Inc. has expanded to include interim services.

FFS TEACHER FEATURED IN HIGHLIGHTS
(August 20, 2007) Ann Kozak, Marketing Specialist, The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced that Jan Cheripko, FFS Middle School Principal and English teacher, is the subject of a recent Author Interview in Teaching Pre K-8 Magazine, a Highlights publication. Cheripko’s life experiences have led him to write six inspirational books for young adults. His first novel, Imitate the Tiger (Boyds Mill Press, 1996), won the International Reading Association Best Books for Young Adults.




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