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CHADDOCK WINS $1.6 MILLION GRANT
(October 21, 2008) Karol Ehmen, Associate Director of Community Relations for Chaddock, Quincy, IL, 217-222-0034, announced Chaddock has won a four year federal grant of 1.6 million dollars. With this grant, Chaddock will become a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). The new Chaddock program will be called Chaddock Trauma Initiative of West Central Illinois (CTIWCI) and will serve two target populations, the first is educators and service providers, the second is underserved children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse, neglect, catastrophic events or trauma associated with a parent or caregiver who is deployed in the military.
ASPEN PROGRAMS COMPLETE EBT CURRICULUM
(October 23, 2008) Kristin Hayes, Communications Director for the Aspen Education Group (a division of CRC Health), Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced several Aspen Education Group residential programs - including Copper Canyon Academy, Aspen Ranch, Youth Care, Talisman Programs and New Leaf Academy's Oregon and North Carolina campuses have completed the first round of training of the Residential Child and Youth Care Professional (RCYCP) curriculum, which comes from the National Resource Center for Youth Services at the University of Oklahoma, the first Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) curriculum for front-line staff working with youth in residential care. Training is 42 hours in length and covers topics such as developing a culture of care, understanding child development, building relationships and teaching discipline.
SHORTRIDGE SEEKING COUNSELORS
(October 23, 2008) Hannah C. Mariotti, MA, LMHC, Director of Admissions and Marketing at Shortridge Academy, Milton, NH, 603-755-3096, announced they are in the process of adding to their staff and are looking for counselors to support their growing student body. Candidates must have a Master's degree in the mental health field and experience working in a therapeutic school or program. For more information, contact Hannah Mariotti.
LONE STAR REDUCES TUITION
(October 24, 2008) Lone Star Expeditions, Groveton, TX, 936-831-3133, has announced it is narrowing its clinical focus to students with less acute psychological and emotional needs and as a result of this change, the program has reduced its rate to $350 per day, which enables more families to utilize its services. Melvin Cates, Executive Director of Lone Star, says they will continue their 5-1-1 model, but group sizes will increase from eight to ten students. For more information contact Lone Star Expeditions at 866-573-2002.
DR. HALLOWELL TALKS TO VALLEY VIEW PARENTS
(October 24, 2008) Rick Bulger, Associate Director at Valley View School, North Brookfield, MA, 508-867-6505, announced Valley View School recently celebrated their 12th Annual Parents' Weekend, which featured a parent forum with well-known speaker and author, Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of Driven to Distraction and Positively ADD. The weekend continued with a barbeque lunch, parent/teacher meetings, two exciting soccer games, a reception, dinner and a drama production by the Valley View Players.
SHAPIRO AT ROSECRANCE HEALTH
(October 24, 2008) Rosecrance Health Network, which consists of treatment centers, recovery homes and clinics for substance abuse, has hired Terry Shapiro as their National Marketing Director. To contact Terry, her contact information is: 815-391-1000 or cell 773-895-2996.
ZIMMERMAN JOINS CHERRY GULCH
(October 25, 2008) Dr. Andrew Sapp, PhD, President and CEO of Cherry Gulch, Emmet, ID, 208-365-3437, announced Bernie Zimmerman MA, NCC, LCPC, has accepted a position as a Program Therapist at Cherry Gulch. For the last four years Bernie has been an Educational Consultant for Greenwood Associates in Florida. Bernie has high regard for Greenwood Associates and will continue working part-time as a Family & Program Consultant.
CHERRY GULCH STAFF PROMOTIONS
(October 25, 2008) Cherry Gulch, Emmet, ID, 208-365-3437, has announced some new staff promotions: Andy Gold, PhD, was promoted to Clinical Director of Cherry Gulch and Spencer Young, BA, from Chef to Program Coordinator at Cherry Gulch. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Sapp, PhD, at 208-365-3437.
VALENTINE GETS COACHING CERTIFICATION
(October 26, 2008) Penelope Valentine, Co-Founder of NEXT STEP FOR SUCCESS coaching services, Redmond, OR, 541-504-5224, has received certification in "Coaching Teens and College Students with AD/HD". This course is approved by the International Coach Federation and is offered through the Edge Foundation, a leader in the AD/HD coaching industry.
ASPEN RANCH CREATES EQUINE CERTIFICATION
(October 27, 2008) Aspen Ranch, a division of CRC Health Group and member of Aspen Education Group, Loa, UT, 877-231-0734, announced it has created its own equine co-facilitated psychotherapy certification program, which allows participants to achieve three different levels of proficiency in equine psychotherapy: basic, proficient and advanced. The certification program will ensure that the therapists and equine professionals are cross-trained, with the therapists who are already skilled in psychotherapy becoming proficient in equine work, while equine staff members who are already skilled in working with horses will receive intensive therapeutic training. For more information, contact Aspen Ranch.
CONDOLENCES TO SUE BIGG
(October 27, 2008) Sue Bigg, Professional Member of IECA shared that her mother, Jinny Bigg, age 93, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2008. In lieu of a funeral, the family will be donating to the fellowship fund that was established by their father's devoted patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. If anyone wishes to contribute, the information is: Dr. Edward Bigg Fellowship in Medicine, Attn: Julie Captain, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 676 N. St. Clair, Suite 2050, Chicago, IL 60611. Phone: 312-926-2033. We here at Woodbury Reports, Inc send Sue our prayers and condolences.
(October 27, 2008) As a reminder, especially with the current economy, Chris Ankney, Executive Director at Ascent in Naples, ID, wishes to remind everyone about Ascent Intervention, a brief intervention with a duration of 10-21 days which is available for students struggling with returning home from a program or for a student resisting a program and not receptive to the services offered. For more information, contact Ascent at 800-974-1999.
RUN IN THE CLOUDS FOR ECKERD OF BLUE RIDGE
(October 28, 2008) The boys group from Eckerd Academy of the Blue Ridge (EABR) competed in the Annual 10K "Run Above the Clouds," in Suches Georgia, an annual event that raises money for the local school. The boys had set a goal to run in a 10K race, and selected the Run in the Clouds as their target event. Using the school's wellness program as a way to train for the event, the group began training about 3 months ago, and as a group, staying in a uniformed line, crossed the finish line together.
ECKERD OF THE BLUE RIDGE HORSE PROGRAM
(October 28, 2008) Eckerd of the Blue Ridge has added a horse program for their students. Working with a local horse ranch, East West Morgan's, students will work with the horses on the weekends and learn to establish a relationship with the horse on the ground, which will then lead to riding in a contained area or riding on trails. For more information, contact Keith Bishop, Master Counselor, Eckerd of the Blue Ridge, Suches, GA, 706-747-7082.
CURTIS INTERVIEW ON YOUTUBE
(October 28, 2008) Steven Curtis, PhD, who was recently interviewed on CNN, has made it available to watch on the YouTube link www.youtube.com or on his blog at: www.lifespanpress.blogspot.com. The title of this piece is "Helping Kids Cope: When the Economy Hits Home".
TAPESTRY EXPANDS SERVICES
(October 28, 2008) Tapestry, an eating disorder program in Asheville, NC, has announced they are expanding their services with the opening of their Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Services include individual counseling for adult male and females and adolescents, EMDR, Imago therapy for individuals and couples, and individual nutrition counseling. Outpatient services will be provided for all diagnoses. Intensive Outpatient groups will consist of Dinner/Lunch with the group, Imago Therapy, DBT Skills, Recovery Circle, Education and Nutrition. New clients are now being accepted for openings in both Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient. For more information, contact Tina Nowak, Program Director at 828-278-0563.
STAFF CHANGES AT GREENBRIER
(October 30, 2008) Formerly the Director of Human Resources, Sharon Findlay is the new Director of Communications at Greenbrier Academy for Girls in Pence Springs, WV. Two new additions to the academic staff are Wesley Thompson, the Humanities teacher, who graduated from Baylor University with double majors in Psychology and Religion, and Ron McAllister, the new science teacher, who is a master at experiential learning experiences, bringing his interest in theatre to Greenbrier. For more information on Greenbrier Academy, contact Beth Ragland, Director of Marketing at 304-445-7790 or 256-682-8690.
MEN OF VALOR GRADUATION
(October 30, 2008) Men of Valor Ranch, in Northport, WA, are excited to announce the graduation of two students from their one year residential program. Both young men are staying on the ranch for another year while working full time locally and transitioning into an independent lifestyle. Men of Valor students have worked and played hard this past summer, completing a new recreation hall, smoke house and bread oven, as well as putting river hours in on the kayaks, hiking the local mountains, backpacking and completing a lot of local community service. For more information on Men of Valor Ranch, contact Matthew Bruner, Executive Director at 509-732-8936.
TAYEBI TO HEAD WEST COAST HOMEWARD BOUND
(October 31, 2008) Homeward Bound, located in Lehi, UT, announced the opening of their West Coast office in California's Bay Area that will be headed up by the newest clinical team member, Rebekah Tayebi, as a transition specialist. Rebekah received a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University and worked as a primary therapist at La Europa Academy prior to joining Homeward Bound. For more information on Homeward Bound, contact Jason Barlow, Enrollment Director at 801-768-1441.
DISCOVERY OF VIRGINIA GIRLS CELEBRATES 1ST YEAR
(October 31, 2008) The Discovery School of Virginia for Girls celebrated its 1st Anniversary on September 10, 2008, by moving into the bottom half of the new administrative building. Located in Dillwyn, VA, Director of Discovery School, Chris Yates, was excited about their progress in just one year. For more information please contact the school at 434-985-5616.
WEISKOPF AT ST. PAUL'S
(November 1, 2008) Announced by John R. Conrad, Chair, Board of Trustees of St. Paul's Academy, Marti Weiskopf has been appointed School Head/President. Marti joined St. Paul's in 1992 and has served as the Director of Admissions, Assistant Head of School and Marketing Liaison. She will direct the Academy until the Board can have a new leader on board, which is expected in June 2009. Contact Marti Weiskopt at 602-956-9090 for more information.
SOLACIUM NOW INNERCHANGE
(November 3, 2008) Currently known as "Solacium," David Michel, President and CEO, announced the re-naming of Solacium to InnerChange, a name they feel represents the basic mission of helping students and their families achieve positive internal change. InnerChange has a new website and their programs include New Haven, Sunrise, Fulshear Ranch Academy, and Alldredge Wilderness Journey. In addition, InnerChange is currently looking to hire master's level therapists, marketing professionals and senior program leaders. For more information about this name change or employment, contact Ashley Auchterlonie, Director of Marketing, at 281-414-3026 or by email.
ARIZONA RN ON ANASAZI TRAIL
(November 3, 2008) ANASAZI was featured in an online news source, Nurse.com, which focused on the program's nurse who previously worked as an intensive care and critical care nurse for over 20 years and now hikes the trails, administering an intensive physical and emotional assessment for young adult's ages 13-25 years old who participate in the program. ANASAZI is located in Mesa, AZ.
BELL AT FALCON RIDGE RANCH
(November 3, 2008) Falcon Ridge Ranch welcomes Dr. Carolle Bell as the new Clinical Director. Dr. Bell has been a member of the Falcon Ranch team as a therapist and Director of Equine Services for five years. She takes over from the former Director, Leslie Budd, who is completing her PhD. Dr. Bell holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas and a PhD from Utah State University. For more information on Falcon Ridge, contact Mariah Pogue, Admissions at 435-635-5260.
SILVERADO BOYS RANCH CELEBRATES YEAR TWO
(November 3, 2008) Silverado Boys Ranch recently marked their second anniversary on October 31, 2008. They plan to have an open house in the Spring to celebrate their accomplishments, showcase their new school and honor those who have been instrumental in their success. For more information on Silverado Boys Ranch in Panguitch, UT, contact Denise Westman, Director of Admissions at 435-676-8482.
BODIN PARTNERS WITH HOMEWARD BOUND
(November 3, 2008) Bodin Educational Consulting Group, in Los Altos, CA, announced a partnership with Homeward Bound, an aftercare and transition management program, to offer Bodin's Transitional Services. This partnership will allow Bodin to expand their services to work with families in need of immediate in-home intervention as well as families requiring aftercare for students returning from a residential placement. Bodin's Transitional Services will incorporate Homeward Bound's in-home intervention and multi-systemic support model. For more information contact Brenda Loringer-Bell at 650-937-1111.
ECHO SPRINGS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
(September 18, 2008) Echo Springs Transitional Study Center, Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-1111, announced they held a 15 year anniversary celebration and dedication for their new school building on October 3, 2008. In addition, Echo Springs hosted an open house to coincide with the dedication of the new building.
BENCHMARK SUIT AGAINST CRAWFORD DISMISSED
(November. 5, 2008) A lawsuit filed by Benchmark Young Adult School, Loma Linda, CA, 800-474-4848, against Michael Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org, for libel and interference with economic relations was dismissed by a court according to a statement by Michael Crawford.
NEW NATSAP BOARD AND OFFICERS
(November 7, 2008) The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) has announced the election of its Board of Directors and Officers for the organization for 2009 and 2010. NATSAP Board Officers: President, Craig LaMont, Telos Residential Treatment; Vice-President, Mike Merchant, ANASAZI Foundation; Secretary, John McKay, The High Frontier and Rancho Valmora, Treasurer, James Meyer, Oakley School. NATSAP Board : Sami Butler, Intermountain; Linda Carpenter, Star Meadows Academy at Hope Ranch; Karen Fitzhugh, Aspen Education Group; Gil Hallows, Aspen Achievement Academy; Sidney Parham, Family Foundation School; Brad Reedy, Second Nature; Craig Rodabough, CERTS; Angie Senic, Eckerd Division of Private Academies; John Stewart, New Haven and Glen Zaugg, Heritage Schools. Ex-Officio: Sharon Laney, Three Springs and Anne Thompson, IECA representative. For more information contact Jan Moss, Executive Director, Prescott, AZ, 928-443-9505.
EAGLETON WELCOMES FARRELL
(November 7, 2008) Eagleton School in Great Barrington, MA, welcomes new Education Director, Dan Farrell to their school. Dan has a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Special Needs from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is certified in Moderate Special Needs (5-12). Prior to joining Eagleton, Dan was the Program Coordinator for Special Needs Students at North Adam's Drury High School. For more information, contact the school at 413-528-4385.
ANASAZI'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
(November 7, 2008) ANASAZI will be hosting its 20th Anniversary Gala on Friday, December 5, 2008, at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ. It will feature a silent auction, dinner and awards, with special guest Brooke White, a finalist on American Idol, composer Tim Janis and Nathan Pacheco, an opera trained tenor. For more information on this event call 800-678-3445.
BENCHMARK PERSISTS AGAINST INTERNET LIES
(November 8, 2008) Benchmark Young Adult School in Redlands, CA, announced today that its lawsuit against a former student, filed in response to false and derogatory statements made by him on his website and on certain Internet blogs, has been dismissed due to a very short statute of limitations which applies to claims alleging damages from defamatory statements posted on the Internet. Benchmark states it will continue to use every legal opportunity to pursue the truth and intends to appeal the Court's procedural ruling. For more information of this, contact Shelley Skaggs, Marketing and PR for Benchmark Young Adult School, at 714-963-4148.
CEDAR RIDGE TEMPORARY PRICE REDUCTION
(November 10, 2008) Owners, Rob, Pam and Wes Nielson and Sean Haggerty from Cedar Ridge Academy in Roosevelt, UT, are offering a discounted fee to new students admitted or under contract for admittance between now and January 1, 2009, with the tuition to be 5500.00 per month on a month to month basis instead of the regular fee of 6500.00 per month, with this rate for the duration of the student's stay. In addition, the 500.00 admission fee will be waived. This offer is being made due to the economy and parents who are struggling to find a financial means to find treatment for their children. For more information, contact Cedar Ridge at 435-4498x117.
FOREST HEIGHTS LODGE NEW BUILDING
(November 10, 2008) Forest Heights Lodge in Evergreen, CO, celebrated the completion of the new multipurpose building, which will house classrooms, a group room, a weight room and a new gymnasium. At the official ribbon cutting ceremony, Linda Clefisch, Executive Director, thanked everyone who contributed to the origin and construction of the new building. For more information on Forest Heights Lodge call 303-674-6681.
EAGALA IN PRACTICE
(November 11, 2008) EAGALA in Practice has been modified to a magazine published biennially by EAGALA, which is included as a benefit of EAGALA membership. This periodical contains articles, letters, questions and answers and book reviews related to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. For more information, contact EAGALA at 877-858-4600 or email:
MONARCH CENTER YOUTH EXPEDITION
(November 11, 2008) There will be an upcoming youth expedition sponsored by Monarch Center, Georgetown, CO, to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for 12-18 year olds. It will run from December 29, 2008, thru January 4, 2009. This work/study project will include distributing wood to supply heat to the reservation, participating in an authentic sweat lodge ceremony with members of the Lakota Sioux Nation, meeting with a Lakota medicine man and learning the ancient wisdoms and customs of the Lakota Sioux Nation Elders. For more information or to sign up, please call 303-569-2128 or email.
MILLER AT ADIRONDACK
(November 11, 2008) Adirondack Leadership Expeditions is pleased to announce Thomas Miller, LCSW, is the new Clinical Director at the Saranac Lake, NY, wilderness program. Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Long Island University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from New York University. For more information, contact Robert F. Theisen, PhD, Executive Director of Adirondack at 518-897-5011.
VAL CHRISTENSEN WINS GOLD
(November 12, 2008) Ari Terry of InnerChange shared some fun news with us about Val Christensen, InnerChange's Chairman of the Board, who took home a Gold Medal from the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, UT. Val competed in the "Singles over 60" tennis event and said: "Next year I'll challenge the folks in a younger division." And those at InnerChange think he'll beat them, too!
OLIVERIAN STUDENT ADVENTURES
(November 12, 2008) Students from The Oliverian School in Haverhill, NH, participated in numerous adventures during Electives Week. One group explored Nicaragua, learning about the culture, language, local customs and more. Another group headed south to West Virginia where they studied the Appalachian culture and went white water rafting on the New River Gorge, the Gauley and Upper Gauley Rivers, then rock climbing on the sandstone cliffs that line the Gorge, culminating with a trip to Pennsylvania to tour an old coal mine. The last group "Kings of the Mountain" elective class, relocated a rustic cabin to the summit of Iron Mountain on the edge of the campus. For more information on the Oliverian School call 603-989-5100.
NEW FACES AT LITTLE KESWICK
(November 12, 2008) Little Keswick School in Keswick, VA, wishes to welcome two new members to their school: Jaimee Traub is the Speech Language Therapist, who prior to joining Little Keswick worked in the local public schools and was a Certified and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at the Children's Health Council in CA. Also joining the teaching staff is James Herzog, who has a Master's of Education from James Madison University with specialized training in Asperger's Syndrome from John Hopkins University. For more information contact the school at 443-295-0457.
CONLY TO RETIRE FROM GREENBRIER
(November 12, 2008) Greenbrier Academy's Vivian Conly, who was a key part in admissions and marketing, has stepped down from her position at Greenbrier to spend time with her family and focus on her daughter's upcoming wedding. Everyone at the Academy will miss her and is grateful for all her hard work. For more information contact Beth Ragland, Director of Marketing at 256-682-8690.
HARKNESS TABLE AT AULDERN ACADEMY
(November 13, 2008) Auldern Academy in Siler City, NC, held a dedication of their social studies room, named the "Smith History Room" that has been outfitted with a new Harkness table and chairs, a flat screened TV, DVD player, laptop and LCD media projector and screen, donated by one of their student's father. A Harkness table is a modern education approach that uses digital implements at a large oval table in which students sit with their teachers, used now in many boarding schools and colleges. For more information, contact Jane Samuel, MA, and Head of School at 919-837-2336.
JOHN DEWEY ACADEMY FLOURISHES
(November 13, 2008) Tom Bratter , Founder of John Dewey Academy, Great Barrington, MA has written a letter updating progress at the school and listing the many colleges and universities students of John Dewey Academy have and are attending. To view this letter in its entirety, visit the struggling teen's website.
PROVO CANYON ADOPTS AMERICAN INDIAN SERVICES
(November 14, 2008) Provo Canyon School in Provo, UT, has been helping the American Indian Services for the last four years with the annual Christmas Wrap, which provides hundreds of presents to less fortunate Native American children. The boys are positive and pro-active and arrive at the crack of dawn to unload, lift, move and reload till the day is done. For more information on Provo Canyon School, contact Brad Gerrard at 800-848-9819 or email.
MCCARTER'S NEW DUTIES AT WTC
(November 17, 2008)Wilderness Treatment Center in Marion, MT, has assigned Carsten McCarter as the school's continuing Care Coordinator. Carsten has been a primary counselor at Wilderness Treatment Center for several years and looks forward to his new position. Contact Ben Dorrington, LAC, for more information at 406-854-2832.
BENCHMARK ACHIEVES FULL STATUS
(November 17, 2008) Benchmark Young Adult School in Redlands, CA, announced they have been designated a Class VII Fully Accredited Academic Institution by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance (NPSAA). For more info on this, contact Shelley Skaggs at 800-474-4848.
ASPEN ACHIEVEMENT CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
(November 17, 2008) Aspen Achievement Academy in Loa, UT, which was founded in 1988, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and wishes to honor the thousands of teens and their families with whom they have worked.
SUMMIT ACHIEVEMENT HOSTS 13 YEAR ALUMNI REUNION
(November 18, 2008) Summit Achievement in Stowe, ME, held their first annual alumni reunion on October 18, 2008, with over 50 former students and families attending. Alumni participated in staff led activities and sat down to a homemade pizza lunch. They ended the day with an awards ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of students and their families. For more information on Summit Achievement contact Adam Tsapis, Admissions Director, at 207-697-2020 ext. 33.
NEW HAVEN GIRLS PARTICIPATE IN 5K TO FIGHT CANCER
(November 18, 2008) On Saturday, November 8, 2008, girls from New Haven RTC, Provo, UT, participated in a 5K Run/Walk in Saratoga Springs, UT, to help raise money for a young, 3 year old cancer patient who is fighting a rare form of leukemia. The girls felt good to be a part of something that could help this young boy. For more information contact Ari Terry, Admissions, 801-794-1218.
THE GIDDY UP GALA A SUCCESS
(November 19, 2008) Horse Sense of the Carolinas hosted their first annual scholarship fundraiser, "The Giddy up Gala," on November 8 at the Horse Sense Farm in Marshall, NC. This scholarship fund provides funding for individuals, families and youth groups who otherwise cannot afford mental health services to receive therapy at Horse Sense of the Carolinas. All proceeds from this event go to the Horse Sense Scholarship Fund. For information about this contact Shannon Knapp at 828-683-7304.
SOBER COLLEGE ACTIVITIES EXPAND
(November 19, 2008) Sober College in Woodland Hills, CA, has seen continued growth and success in their athletic department, including a lacrosse program which tied UCLA 6-6, triathlons where participants picked up medals in the mountain bike category, and the soccer program which had half of the college participating in 22 games from August through mid November. For information on Sober College, contact Annika Richards, Director of Marketing at 866-757-6237.
LA AMISTAD ADDS HOSPITAL
(November 19, 2008) Jan Ellison-Sheay, Assistant Administrator at La Amistad Behavioral Health Services, Maitland, FL, 407-370-0111 announced the opening of Central Florida Behavioral Hospital, an affiliate of La Amistad. This 120 bed facility offers specialty programs that include addiction treatment (Dual Diagnosis unit), adolescent eating disorders and child/adolescent autism spectrum disorders.
NUGENT AT PAT MOORE FOUNDATION
(November 19, 2008) The Pat Moore Foundation in Costa Mesa, CA, has named Jill Nugent as its new Admissions Director. Jill has had an extensive background in the field of recovery which includes working for the Aspen Education Group. For more information contact the Pat Moore Foundation at 888-342-7748.
CALDER TO SPEAK ON COMIC STRIP
(November 19, 2008) Summit Preparatory School's boy's team therapist, Jason Calder, LMFT, LCPC,has been invited to speak at the upcoming NATSAP Conference to be held in Austin, TX, in January 2009. He will be presenting on the topic: Comic Strip Conversations: A Supportive Intervention for NLD and Asperger's Disorder. For more information, contact Summit Preparatory School, Kalispell, MT, 406-758-8100.
WHITMORE ACADEMY SUIT SETTLED
(November 19, 2008) Deseret News has posted that the owners of the former Whitmore Academy in Nephi, UT, Mark and Cheryl Sudweeks, have agreed to a $450,000 settlement to eight former students who accused them of different types of abuse that led to criminal charges filed against Cheryl Sudweek.
GROVE SCHOOL HAPPENINGS
(November 20, 2008) Kelly Webster, Assistant Director at the Grove School, announced several happenings at the school, including recognition of Patricia Emmerich, Executive Secretary, for 32 years of outstanding service. She was rewarded with an all-expense paid trip to Aruba. New staff members that have been added include Jaime Muliero, LCSW, who previously worked as a clinical instructor at the Yale Child Study Center as a new clinician, and Jennifer Padovani who has been hired as a Residential Administrator, working with the Girls Program. Jen recently completed her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work and will be pursuing her license as a therapist. For more information about the Grove School in Madison, CT, call 203-245-2778.
GROVE SCHOOL ARTS AND YOGA PROGRAMS
(November 20, 2008) The Grove School is preparing a performance of "A Christmas Carol" in December, after a successful production of "Into the Woods" this past summer. In addition, singer/songwriter Chad Hollister conducted a week long songwriting and performance workshop with the students. Grove School has begun to offer individual and group art therapy. Also, Grove School Administrator, Janel Lynch, was recently certified as a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and currently facilitates a weekly mindfulness group. She teaches several courses in Ashtanga and Kripalu yoga, meditation and guided imagery to the students and staff of Grove School.
FFS STUDENTS SHARE STORIES OF RECOVERY
(November 20, 2008) The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, recently held an Alcohol and Drug Awareness Week in October, with four of their students sharing their stories of recovery with approximately 50 students in grades 7-12 at the nearby Youngsville Day School.
NEW GRIEF AND LOSS SURVIVOR GROUP AT FFS
(November 20, 2008) Jeff Brain, M.A., C.T.S. (Certified Trauma Specialist) and counselor at The Family Foundation School, 845-887-5213, has expanded the school's support group for students experiencing grief and loss. The new "Grief and Loss Survivor Group" goes beyond the issues of death and dying to other losses that have an emotional and functional impact on students. These losses can be of sponsors, counselors or friends who leave the school, a parent or family member through divorce or other family crisis, a loved activity, or even of the lifestyle and friends left behind when the student was sent to the school. For more information contact Ann Kozak, Marketing Specialist for the Family Foundation School, 845-887-5213.
TIMBER RIDGE NEWS
(November 20, 2008) The girls of Timber Ridge Preparatory School in Clark Fork, ID, have been volunteering and helping out with several community projects including the local Soup Kitchen in Sandpoint, the Animal Shelter and, most recently, a spaghetti feed to benefit a little boy who is suffering from brain cancer. In addition, the girls were invited to lend a hand in the Heron Dinner Theater's production of "The Godfather of Heron" which was written by a local writer, where the girls acted at the hosts, seated guests, served the meal and helped with the cleanup afterwards. The Heron Dinner Theater has already requested their participation in the next dinner theater production. Good job girls! For more information on Timber Ridge, contact Virginia Short, Admissions Director at 425-398-6483.
GATEHOUSE ACADEMY'S FIRST ISSUE PUBLICATION
(November 20, 2008) The Gatehouse Academy Reporter, a publication completely produced by the residents of Gatehouse Academy to be viewed online, published its first issue. This publication is to give viewers the chance to see into the lives of students at Gatehouse. To view this newsletter, visit the Gatehouse website or for more information, contact Michael Baldassare at 928-231-5004.
ACADEMY AT SISTERS GIRLS PERFORM
(November 20, 2008) To help celebrate Veterans Day, 19 girls from the Reed Campus of the Academy at Sisters volunteered at the Aubrey House Senior Care Center. Dressed in costumes, they sang and danced a series of Andrew Sisters' numbers, and there was a demand for an encore performance. Following the show the girls assisted residents with crafts, painting fingernails and playing Bingo. Contact Guy LeGuyonne, Admissions and Marketing Coordinator at 800-910-0412.
MAMOUN JOINS OPI
(November 20, 2008) The Optimum Performance Institute in Woodland Hills, CA is pleased to announce Michael Mamoun, M.D. has joined the staff as its new Associate Director. Dr. Mamoun is a resident Physician of Psychiatry at the UCLA Medical Center Neuropsychiatric Institute in Los Angeles. He also is a psychiatrist at Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles. For further information contact Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions, at 888- 558-0617.
OPI PARTICIPANTS BUSIER THAN EVER!
(November 20, 2008) Optimum Performance Institute participants were exceptionally busy in November by helping to serve food at the Midnight Mission in Los Angeles and visiting the La Brea Tar Pits as well as the Los Angeles Science Center where they saw Body Works Exhibit III. They went rock climbing and snowboarding and traveled to the Griffith Observatory. For more information about OPI call 888-558-0617.
MYLAR AT SUNRISE OF INNERCHANGE
(November 21, 2008) InnerChange is excited to announce Mollie Mylar has joined their team as Director of Admissions for Sunrise, located in Hurricane, UT. Molly previously worked at Children's Residential Treatment Center, was a House Supervisor and later Admissions Director for The Oakley School, admissions at Second Nature Wilderness Program and most recently as Admissions Director at Willow Creek Residential Treatment Center. For more information, contact Ashley Auchterlonie, Director of Marketing at 214-272-6880.
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