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MARCH 2006

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DISCOVERY RANCH CELEBRATES SIX-MONTHS
(January 16, 2006) Marlene Kendall, Admissions Coordinator, Discovery Ranch, Mapleton, UT, 801-489-3311, announced that the program celebrated its six-month anniversary at the end of December and currently has 37 students enrolled.

AIM HOUSE CELEBRATES
(January 16, 2006) Daniel M. Conroy, Executive Director, AIM House, LLC, Boulder, CO, 303-554-0011, announced that the program is entering its seventh year of serving young adults and celebrating its first anniversary of the AIM House young women's program located in the Earl House in Boulder.

TRAILHEAD CHANGES NAME & WEBSITE
(January 17, 2006) Todd Drabik, 720-253-7458, announced that Trailhead Wilderness School has changed its name to Monarch Center for Family Healing, Georgetown, CO, 303-569-0767. Please note that Monarch Center continues to operate as a wilderness program for youth, ages 10 to 18.

SOUTHERN FRANCE OPENS ENROLLMENT
(January 27, 2006) Katie Jochum, Director of Marketing/ Admissions, Southern France Youth Institute, Sandpoint, ID, 877-997-7686 or 208-263-4974, announced the program is accepting applications for the 2006 spring, summer and fall semesters. Southern France is designed for students, ages 16 to 20, who would like the option of attending during their junior or senior year of high school, the Gap Year between secondary and university, or as an undergraduate student at the collegiate level.

BENCHMARK STUDENT OF THE YEAR
(January 27, 2006) Shelley Skaggs, Marketing & PR, Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, CA, 714-963-4148, announced Ben Murray is the student of the year. At the annual Awards Luncheon in December 2005, Ben received a Certificate of Appreciation and a monetary gift.

THE TROUBLE WITH TOUGH LOVE
(January 30, 2006) The Washington Post published an opinion piece by author Maia Szalavitz, promoting her book and criticizing the entire industry of residential youth programs for troubled teens. Without naming specific programs, she describes the worst examples of both public and private programs as if they are the standard rather than the exception. More…

BESSETTE RELOCATES
(January 30, 2006) Judith E. Bessette, Ed.D., Compass Educational Consulting, LLC, cell number, 414-581-9146, announced she has temporarily relocated to Hope, ID, (near Sandpoint), from Milwaukee, WI.

HLA RIDING PROGRAM
(January 31, 2006) Nicole Fuglsang, MA, NCC, LPC, Director of Public Relations, Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, GA, 706-867-1720, announced the Student Riding Program is the newest addition to the recreational program. Hidden Lake purchased 12 horses and planned to implement the Riding program in February. More…

MISSION MOUNTAIN UPDATES
(February 2006) Mission Mountain School, Condon, MT, 406-754-2580, , announced the program has received its re-accreditation from the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools.

SECOND NATURE & WILLOW CREEK
(February 2, 2006) R. Mark Ward, Executive Director, Willow Creek School, Provo, UT, 801-377-2215, and Second Nature Wilderness Program, Duchesne, UT, announced they are partnering up to provide greater flexibility of care, clinical program continuity and recognition of achievement for adolescents entering Willow Creek School's residential treatment/ clinical boarding school environment. More…

CHEROKEE CREEK WINS AWARD
(February 2, 2006) Kathy Whitmire, Executive Director, Cherokee Creek Boys School, Westminster, SC, 864-647-1885, announced that in the school's first participation in the South Carolina "Lego-League" Tournament, teacher, Nick Linscott, received the "Outstanding Coach" award.

ANNUAL NATSAP MEETING
(February 2-4, 2006) About 600 professionals gathered in Clearwater, FL, to attend the annual National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) conference. Among the many training sessions available, the one on Ethics and Outcomes generated a major interest. Jared Balmer, PhD, founder of Island View and Oakley, received the respected Leadership Award for 2006. For more information on NATSAP.

NATSAP JOURNAL AVAILABLE
(February 3, 2006) The National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP) Prescott, AZ, 928-443-9505, email, announced the first issue of the Journal of Therapeutic Schools & Programs is now available. The Editor is Dr. Michael Gass, PhD, LMFT, Chair and Professor of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of New Hampshire. The Associate Editor is Dr. Keith Russell, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota. This biannual publication will "provide a forum for the exchange of information and opinion on theory, research and practice in providing comprehensive care for adolescents, young adults and families receiving services from member programs." To order the Journal contact NATSAP.

ALAN RANCH UPDATES
(February 4, 2006) Paul Lithgow, Founder, Alan Ranch, Queen Creek, AZ, 480-688-5003, announced that the program hosted a Charity Golf Tournament on February 18, 2006. Paul also announced that the students and staff from the program traveled to the Gulf Coast for a week to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Golf Tourney… Hurricane Katrina…

NEW HORIZONS UPDATES POLICIES
(February 8, 2006) Audrey A. Peavey, Admissions Director, New Horizons For Young Women, Orrington, ME, 800-916-9755, announced that in light of the Ethics Discussion at the 2006 NATSAP conference, and to maintain an ethical and professional relationship, the program has updated its policies on Referral Source/Industry Program Tours and Gifts. Copies of the policies are available upon request.

BRAT CAMP CHANGED OUR LIVES
(February 8, 2006) Morecambe Today in the United Kingdom, reported that Lucy Tyson, 15, says her involvement in the popular TV series 'Brat Camp' has completely changed her life. The third season is a single-sex wilderness camp in Utah. "I was called into school on virtually a weekly basis before the show, but since Lucy's return home in November, there's been none of that," said Lucy's mom. More…

NEW PROGRAM AT ROGERS
(February 9, 2006) Carol Schroeder, Marketing Director, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, 262-646-1389, announced the opening of a new residential program for co-occurring eating disorders and anxiety disorders. More…

"BRAT CAMP"
(February 9, 2006) The Scotsman News examines the "Brat Camp" series and the seven British teenage girls who attended Aspen Achievement Academy, Loa, UT, 800-283-8334. More…

C.S. LANDRE FOUNDATION
(February 10, 2006) Lance Landre, President/ CEO, C.S. Landre Foundation, Inc.,
Fresno, CA, 559-448-8840, announced the company is offering a creative format to help with the tuition costs of various treatment programs. The Foundation has assisted families in over 40 programs across the US and abroad with a primary objective of assisting children and offering parents an avenue to be creative in developing funds for their student's needs.

STRAIGHT ARROW CELEBRATES 13 YEARS
(February 13, 2006) Bruce and Shirley Morelli, Founders/ Directors, Straight Arrow Apex, Inc., Cusick, WA, 509-445-1131, announced the program is celebrating 13 years of mentoring and guiding young men, ages 18-24. Straight Arrow also announced that in December 2005, the students and staff completed construction of a new mess hall and hand built a log cabin. The program currently has nine students.

ELK CREEK OPENS NEW BUILDING
(February 13, 2006) Loretta Olding, Admissions Director, Elk Creek Academy, Clarkfork, ID, 208-255-9213, announced the opening of a new 23,600 square foot facility on February 15, 2006, which will house 44 boys ages 14 to 17. The new building will allow every aspect of the program including the residential housing to be under one roof with a new fitness and recreation center, chapel and music room.

ZUMWALT PROFILED IN MEDIA
(February 14, 2006) Nanette Zumwalt, Owner, Hired Power, Inc., Seal Beach, CA, 562-594-8391, announced that she, as the owner of Hired Power was profiled on Celebrity Access this month and that the company is seen as the addiction industry liaison.

CLINICIAN DISAGREES WITH STUDY
(February 15, 2006) Ryan Craig, Marketing, Healthy Living Academies, Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 917-575-8903, announced that Clinical Director, Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, disagrees with newly published study that indicates that low-fat diets do not provide long-lasting effects. More…

SOBER COLLEGE OPENS
(February 15, 2006) Nancy Tamkin, Public Relations Director, Sober College, Los Angeles, CA, 818-917-7903, announced the establishment of a new college program that provides a residential and treatment environment for young adults. The Sober College curriculum builds core competencies in life skills, employment, academics, emotional well-being and fitness while providing a range of drug treatment and intervention options. More…

NEW STAFF AT RIDGE CREEK
(February 16, 2006) Nicole Fuglsang, MA, NCC, LPC, Director Public Relations/Admissions, Ridge Creek, Dahlonega, GA, 706-867-1720, announced that Lenny Wade is the new Academic Liaison for the program.

SUNRISE ACADEMY STAFF UPDATES
(February 16, 2006) Dawn Reyos, Admissions Director, Sunrise Academy, Hurricane, UT, 435-635-1185, announced her position as Admissions Director, Rosemary Niedzwicki, MSW, as the new Program Administrator and Helen Johnson, MA, is the new Clinical Director.

DOYLE TAKES LEAVE OF ABSENCE
(February 17, 2006) Joshua Doyle, M.Ed, Admissions Director, Pine Ridge School, Williston, VT, 802-434-6915, announced that he is taking some time off from the program to have and recuperate from major surgery. During his absence, Shannon Dixon-Yandow, Assistant Director of Admissions, 802-434-6932, will become Acting Director of Admissions and all emails or phone calls related to admissions should be directed to Shannon.

FIRST RESPONDER TRAINING
(February 17, 2006) Scott Bandoroff, PhD and Diane Puchbauer, MA, Peak Experience, Ashland, OR, 541-951-4329, announced they are now accepting enrollment into the spring Peak Experience Training, for wilderness treatment field staff. This clinical first responder course is designed to equip field staff with the therapeutic skills needed to handle day-to-day treatment issues and respond effectively to field emergencies.

KNOPF JOINS EDCONSORTIUM
(February 18, 2006) Saul Rudman, 831-601-9240, and Linda "Sam" Mahan, 205-688-5555, EdConsortium, announced that Rae Ann Knopf has joined their team. Rae Ann's new contact information is as follows: Phone 802-274-4597.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL UPDATE
(February 20, 2006) Valerie Behrens, Admissions, The Community School in Camden, ME, 207-236-3000, announced the school is now accepting applications for its upcoming six-month terms beginning in April and October. The Community School serves students, ages 16-20, who have struggled in traditional school or dropped out.

SAN CRISTOBAL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED
(February 20, 2006) Linda Nawas, San Cristobal Ranch Academy, Taos, NM, 505-776-2524, announced that students were profiled in an article from the Stray Hearts Humane Society of Taos, New Mexico Magazine. The magazine recognized the contributions of the students who go beyond the call of duty to help the animal trainer at the humane society rehabilitate and socialize some of the shelter animals.

EDITORIAL SUPPORTS CHOTEAU
(February 22, 2006) An editorial in the Choteau Acantha Newspaper defended the right of students living at the Choteau Youth Ranch, Inc., Choteau, MT, Ron Daley, Program Director, 406-466-5152, to attend public schools. The issue arose after a father made accusations at the February 9, 2006 meeting of the Choteau School Board. More…

BRAT VOWS TO BEHAVE
(February 23, 2006) Peterborough Today in the United Kingdom reported that a 15-year-old girl, booted off last year's "Brat Camp" because of her "bad girl antics," has vowed to change her ways. The teens participating in the Brat Camp Series were placed at Turnabout Ranch, Escalante, UT, 800-842-1165. More…

SELF-HARM TRAUMA CONFERENCE
(February 24, 2006) Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Billings, MT, 800-726-6755, email, is sponsoring a conference on Complex Trauma, complex reactions: Treatment of Self-Harm and Dissociation, presented by Dr. Wendy Lader and Dr. Christine A. Courtois, on June 8-9, 2006.

CHERIPKO NAMED PRINCIPAL
(February 27, 2006) Ann Kozak, Marketing Specialist, The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced that Family Foundation President, Emmanuel Argiros, named Jan Cheripko as the principal of the Family Foundation Middle School. Cheripko, author and English teacher, began working as a full-time faculty member in 2000. The middle school opened in the Fall of 2005 and serves students in sixth to eighth grade.

HLA MATH TEAM TAKES THIRD
(February 27, 2006) Nicole Fuglsang, MA, NCC, LPC, Director Public Relations/ Admissions, Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, GA, 800-394-0640, announced that the HLA math team took the third place trophy in the February 25, 2006, Georgia Southwestern State University Mathematics Tournament, GISA-AA Classification in Americus, GA.

DISCOVERY ACADEMY PROFILED
(February 27, 2006) Wales in Action Magazine in the United Kingdom, profiled Discovery Academy, Provo, UT, 801-380-8820,
based on an interview with Executive Director, Brent Hall, who discussed how the program benefits struggling teens and their families.

POOLE RESIGNS FROM HLA
(February 27, 2006) Clarke Poole, announced his resignation from the admissions department at Hidden Lake Academy, Dahlonega, GA, 706-867-1720.

NEW OWNERS AT NEW HAVEN
(February 27, 2006) Jennifer Wilson, Marketing & Admissions, New Haven for Girls, Provo, UT, 801-794-1218, submitted a letter from Executive Director Dustin Tibbitts, announcing the sale of the program. More…

STICC UPDATES
(February 27, 2006) John David Reuben, Founder, Saving Teens In Crisis Collaborative (STICC), 877-249-1336, announced that to-date it has received notice of a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and another $100,000 in individual contributions. He added that the company is now prepared to begin its selection process for funding kids who need assistance in attending a private program or school.

EDWARDS JOINS CLEARVIEW
(February 27, 2006) Mary Thielbahr/ Willman, MA, Director, Clearview Horizon, Sandpoint, ID, 208-263-5894, announced that Tracy Edwards is the new Assistant Director at the Clearview program in Heron, MT. More…


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