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THREE RIVERS/CATHERINE FREER FEATURED
(March 2006) An article in Socialwork Today Online, titled Mother Nature's Medicine - Wilderness Therapy, featured positive results from both Three Rivers Wilderness program in Montana, and Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions in Oregon.

WILDERNESS INSPIRES STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE
(May 22, 2006) Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 888-972-7736, explained in a press release that wilderness programs that offer academic credit help inspire troubled teens to achieve more by addressing the underlying emotional and behavioral issues that sabotage their success.

CARLBROOK GRADUATING CLASS
(June 2, 2006) Justin J. Merritt, JD, Dean of Faculty/ Director College Counseling, and Kimberly Pearce, MA, Assistant Director College Counseling, Carlbrook School, Halifax, VA, 434-476-2406, announced that three students from the 2005-06 graduating class were honored as Finalists in the 2006 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Over the past four years, Carlbrook students were accepted to over 300 colleges and universities in 43 states. In comparison to the estimated national average, the 2005-06 graduating class scored about 250 points higher with composite SAT scores averaging 1837.

SMALLEY JOINS SHORTRIDGE
(June 6, 2006) Hannah Mariotti, MA, LPC, Director of Admissions/ Marketing, Shortridge Academy, Milton, NH, 603-755-3096, announced Christina Smalley is joining the program as a new Admissions and Marketing Associate.

MARTINE JOINS BODIN ASSOCIATES
(June 6, 2006) Douglas Bodin, Bodin Associates, Los Altos, CA, 800-874-2124, announced Laura Martine, CSW, will join his Los Angeles office to work with consultants Jennifer Graham, Leli Sarsozo and Cherie Hines.

LOGAN RIVER ACADEMY OUTCOME STUDY
(June 7, 2006) Larry Carter, Executive Director, Logan River Academy, Logan, UT, 435-755-8400, announced the results of an outcome study of families with adolescents receiving treatment between September 2000 and December 2005. Out of 412 students discharged, 92 percent of the 106 parents participating said their child benefited from Logan River, 8 percent said they did not. Contact Logan River Academy to obtain detailed results of the study.

SQUAW VALLEY ACADEMY COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE
(June 12, 2006) Don Rees, Headmaster, Squaw Valley Academy, Olympic Valley, CA, 520-583-1558, announced that the 22, 2006 graduates received 100 percent college acceptance. The first of two, three-week summer sessions began on June 25 with the second session starting on July 16, 2006. Squaw Valley is a College Prep Boarding School that challenges students with rigorous academics and supports consistent behavioral standards.

CATHERINE FREER SELECTED FOR WILDERNESS RESEARCH
(June 15, 2006) Catherine Freer Wilderness Expeditions, Albany, OR, 541-926-7252, email, participated in a research project study about family involvement in adolescent wilderness therapy. Catherine Freer was one of two wilderness programs selected for the study by the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative and the University of Minnesota. This link is for the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research.

PHILIPPINES BASED FIRM CONTACTS STRUGGLINGTEENS.COM
(June 19, 2006) Recently, Places for Struggling Teens received an email on behalf of the website, troubledteensinfo.com, a site purporting to provide information to help parents. This is an anonymous site, meaning there is no indication of the people responsible for the site, and the site registration has no personal name listed. The name on the email said the person was the SEO/ Marketing Manager for Focus Outsourcing Inc., a company that claims roots in Australia, with offices in Cebu, Philippines.

SPRING CREEK WITHDRAWS FROM WWASP
(June 22, 2006) Jacqueline Rutzke, Community Relations Coordinator, Spring Creek Lodge Academy, Thompson Falls, MT, 406-827-4344, announced Spring Creek's withdrawal from the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools (WWASP). More...

STUDENTS EXPERIENCE SURF THERAPY
(June 23, 2006) Sober College, Woodland Hills, CA, 800-465-0142, announced that Los Angeles, CA, based psychologist, Dr. Nancy Sobel took seven students through her "surf therapy" workshop. Sobel created Mindful Surfing to help clients examine their fears, feelings and reactions while developing healthy coping skills. More...

ICR STUDENTS INTERVIEW HOMELESS COSTA RICANS
(June 23, 2006) Guy LeGuyonne, Introspections Costa Rica, 888-280-4227, announced that on June 19, students invited several homeless people to a special meal. They interviewed each on their past and present circumstances, as well as how substance use affected their life. Several times per week, the students help to feed 100 Costa Ricans at a homeless shelter.

DORE FRANCES TO GIVE SEIMINAR IN BOISE
(June 24, 2006) Dore Frances, Bend, OR, 866-833-6911, Horizon Family Solutions, announced she is giving a one day PRISM Parent Development Seminar in Boise, ID, sponsored by the Matthew Jones Foundation, on August 19, 2006.

HEART OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PROFILES OLIVERIAN
(June 26, 2006) The Heart of New Hampshire Magazine wrote an article about the Oliverian School, Haverhill, NH, 603-989-7007, on page 58 of its Summer 2006, hardcopy edition. The entire Summer edition is available for $1.50 as a PDF download.

ELK RIVER OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS
(June 26, 2006) Mike Watson, CEO, Elk River Wilderness Challenge, Huntsville, AL, 866-906-8336, announced the availability of five partial scholarships for their 8-week therapeutic wilderness program. Elk River is a Division of the Pinnacle Schools; please contact Beth Ragland for more information.

WEDIKO TO HOST PROGRAM TOURS
(June 26, 2006) Patrick Ryan, Wediko Children's Services, Windsor, NH 617-230-1933, announced Wediko is hosting two special education schools and programs tours on August 1-2 and August 8-9, 2006. More...

CAMPBELL PARK HIRES STAFF
(June 29, 2006) Nathan Tompkins, Owner/Founder, Campbell Park, Kurow, New Zealand, 213-988-0718, announced that Jarleth Kelly is the new Director of Education. Kelly is a first generation New Zealander with a BS in Chemistry and Zoology from Otago University and a teaching credential from Dunedin Teachers College.

NEXT STEP OFFERS TELE-CLASSES
(June 29, 2006) Penelope and Bill Valentine, Founders, Next Step For Success, Bend, OR, 541-504-5224, announced the start of their second tele-class, Coaching Parents of Struggling Teens and Young Adults. The next tele-class is set to begin in September 2006. Each 20-week class is designed as professional training to prepare students for the coach certification by the International Association of Coaches.

CAPPELLO JOINS DYNAMY
(July 3, 2006) Jim Zuberbuhler, Executive Director, Dynamy, Worcester, MA, & Santa Rosa, CA, 508-755-2571, announced that Greg Cappello is replacing Brian Hopewell as Director of Admissions. Hopewell decided to leave Dynamy after receiving a long-sought publishing contract to write a book profiling colleges and universities on America's Pacific, Gulf and Atlantic coasts. More...

KIMBALL REPLACES VALENTE AT ELAN SCHOOL
(July 3, 2006) Sharon Terry, Executive Director, Elan School, Poland, ME, 207-998-4666, announced that Connie Kimball, who started working at the school five years ago, is the new Admissions Director. Former Admissions Director Deanna Valente left the school on July 7, 2006.

PARENTS SHARE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
(July 5, 2006) Nancy and Chuck Crow, California, parents of a student attending New Summit Academy, Costa Rica, 414-921-1388, shared their positive experience with the program in a letter. More...

BIRCH & HITCHCOCK STOP BY
(July 5, 2006) President/ CEO Gordon Birch, and Executive Director Greg Hitchcock, Wilderness Quest, Monticello, UT, 888-929-2225, stopped by Woodbury Reports, Inc. for a visit.

NEW STAFF AT SILVERADO
(July 5, 2006) Denise Westman, Director of Admissions & Marketing, Silverado Boys Ranch, Panguitch, UT, 435-690-9185, announced that Eric Fawson, CSW, has joined the program as Program Director/ Therapist, and Nick Padiko, M.Ed, is the Education Director/ Principal. More...

NEW HAVEN ACQUIRES SUNRISE ACADEMY
(July 5, 2006) Dustin Tibbitts, LMFTI, Executive Director, New Haven, Provo, UT, 801-768-2495, announced the acquisition of Sunrise Academy in Hurricane, UT, on June 30, 2006. David Prior, LMFT, will assume the position of Executive Director and Mike Crowley is the Director of Admissions. More...

FOURTH ANNUAL NATSAP CONFERENCE
(July 6, 2006) Erick R. Scheiderman, NATSAP NW Regional Conference Chairman, 541-390-2055, submitted a reminder that the 4th Annual NW Regional NATSAP Conference is set for August 10-11, 2006 at Riverhouse Resort in Bend, OR. He also announced Scott Bandoroff, Peak Experience Training, is conducting a Clinical First Responder Workshop, August 12-15, 2006 in Bend, OR.

NEW ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR AT BLUE RIDGE
(July 6, 2006) Blue Ridge School, St. George, VA, 434-985-2811, enews@blueridgeschool.com, announced in its Newsletter that William A. "Trip" Darrin III is the school's new Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

APPEALS COURT TURNS DOWN WWASP VS. PURE APPEAL
(July 7, 2006) The United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, Utah, denied the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP) appeal of the federal district court's decision against WWASP in their case against Jeff Berryman and Sue Scheff. Scheff is the owner of Parents Universal Resource Experts, Inc. (PURE), and the PURE Foundation, Inc. Follow this link online to read the Appeals Court ruling, WWASP VS. Pure

ST PAUL'S ACCEPTING 8TH GRADE
(July 7, 2006) Donna Wittwer, Director of Admission, St. Paul's Preparatory Academy, Phoenix AA, 602-956-9090, announced the school is now accepting 8th grade boys to the academy.

SECOND NATURE ENLISTS NATURE TO REACH TROUBLED TEENS
(July 11, 2006) A press release on PRLEAP.COM illustrated how Second Nature Wilderness Program, Duchesne, UT, , uses nature to teach troubled youth lessons of consequence and positive motivation. The press release pointed out that this is in contrast to the "intimidating or forceful behavioral correction methods, commonly found in boot camps."

CAYMAN ISLANDS SENT YOUTHS TO TRANQUILITY BAY
(July 13, 2006) An article in the Caymanian Compass, Cayman Islands, reported that until 2005, the Cayman government sent troubled youth to the Tranquility Bay facility in Jamaica, operated by the World Wide Association of Specialty Schools and Programs. The article pointed out that although the country has no children in it right now, but the Cayman government continues to include it in the annual budget.

JENNY THURSTON JOINS ACADEMY RANCHES
(July 17, 2006) Bryan Ramboz, PhD, LMFT, Executive Director, Academy Ranches, Preston, ID, 800-952-2924, announced Jenny Thurston is the new Residential Living Supervisor of the 10-bed ranch program. Jenny's recent experience includes Uinta Academy, and working at Heritage School in the recreation therapy department and as direct care staff.

NATSAP ELECTS 2007-2008 BOARD OFFICERS
(July 19, 2006) Jan Moss, Executive Director, National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), Prescott, AZ, 928-443-9505, announced the 2007-2008 election of officers for the Board of Directors: President, Sharon Laney, Three Springs, Vice-President, Craig LaMont, Telos Residential Treatment, Secretary, Will White, Summit Achievement and Treasurer, Gil Hallows, Aspen Achievement Academy. More...

FREER APPOINTS KNIGHT DIRECTOR OF OTH
(July 19, 2006) Julia Andrick, Marketing & Communications Director, Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, Albany, OR, 208-265-8355, announced Darcy Knight was appointed Director of Oregon Transition Homes (OTH). OTH is an adolescent transition program operated by Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs. More...

RUNAWAY WILDERNESS STUDENT SURVIVES STORMS
(July 19, 2006) A story in The Ottawa Citizen and published on Canada.com, reported that a 14-year-old boy survived two nights of "fierce" storms after running away from Kiatou Wilderness Therapy, Blue Sea, Quebec, Canada, 819-463-0152, base camp.

DR. ALLEN APPOINTED HEAD OF SCHOOL
(July 19, 2006) Dr. Jim Powell, PhD, 951-317-3151, Ashby Academy, Ashby, MA, 877-386-0055, announced that Dr. Alfred Allen accepted the position as Head of School. Ashby Academy is an "innovative new therapeutic junior boarding school for boys (10-14)." More...

NEWS FROM MISSION MOUNTAIN
(July 19, 2006) Colleen Harrington, Assistant School Head, Mission Mountain School, Condon, MT, 406-754-2580, announced School Head John Mercer, will take the girls on the annual eight-day excursion into the Rocky Mountains in early August. The trip includes camping, mountain biking, swimming, hiking and fishing.

VALENTINES ANNOUNCE NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES
(July 20, 2006) Bill and Penelope Valentine, Co-Founders, Ever Higher, LLC, Redmond, OR, 541-504-4748, announced they have new email addresses. Bill's new email is bvalentine@everhigher.com, and Penelope's is pvalentine@everhigher.com.

FAMILY SCHOOL STUDENTS HELP IN FLOOD CLEAN UP
(July 20, 2006) Ann Kozak, Marketing Specialist, The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY 845-887-5213, reported that on June 27, 2006, Hancock was hit by a major flood, and about 75 students donated over 500 work hours to assist flood victims. There was not any major damage to the campus, but three staff members lost homes in the town, which Governor George E. Pataki declared a disaster area.

UNIVERSAL HEALTH SERVICES BUY BACK STOCK
(July 20, 2006) The Associated Press reported that Universal Health Services, the hospital corporation that owns the ex-CEDU schools in North Idaho, Provo Canyon and Center for Change in Utah and King George in Vermont, has authorized buying back five million shares and to pay 8 cent per share dividend on September 15.

ROGERS MEDICAL DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON STUDY
(July 21, 2006) Beth Baus, National Outreach Representative, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, 800-767-4411, reported that Rogers Medical Director Peter M. Lake, MD, commented to the Wisconsin State Journal about a national study funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. The study evaluated whether depression is a cause or consequence of drinking, drugs, sex and other risk behaviors. More...

CORRECTION: OPI STAFF UPDATE
(July 23, 2006) Correction to the June 2006 Seen N' Heard: Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions/ Marketing, Optimum Performance Institute, Woodland Hills, CA, 888-558-0617, introduced Janet Martin, PhD, MD, as the program's new consulting psychiatrist.

ECKERD CEO RESIGNS
(July 23, 2006) The St. Petersburg Times reported that Eckerd Youth Alternatives CEO, Karen Waddell, is moving on after heading Eckerd for eight years. A nationwide search for her replacement is currently underway.

OPI MENTOR IS NOBEL PRIZE WINNER
(July 23, 2006) Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions/ Marketing, Optimum Performance Institute, Woodland Hills, CA, 888-558-0617, David J. Gross, PhD, winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering how the nucleus of an atom works, is the program's newest mentor. More...





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