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MITCHELL EXPLAINS GREENBRIER
(February 17, 2008) The online version of the Charleston Gazette reported Greenbrier Academy for Girls, Pence Springs, WV, 877-788-8422, founded by L. Jay Mitchell, opened in September at the renovated Pence Springs Hotel built in the early 20th century. Greenbrier is a college prep boarding school for girls, grades 9-12. Mitchell once operated Alldredge Academy, Davis, WV, 304-259-2262.
FUTURE MEN VOLUNTEER HONORED
(March 14, 2008) Aaron Boldman, Director of Future Men for God, Kirbyville, MO, 417-546-4171, announced one of its students received the "Volunteer of the Year" award from the fire department in Branson, MO, for his apprenticeship work. Future Men currently has 27 local businesses working with their program to provide job apprenticeships for their students.
FIRST EDITION-EAGALA IN PROGRESS
(March 21, 2008) Lynn Thomas, Co-Founder and Executive Director of EAGALA, Santaquin, UT, 877-858-4600, announced the premier of the first edition of "EAGALA in Progress," the journal for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy published under the leadership of Lynn Thomas.
SELL'S LEGACY CONTINUES
(March 21, 2008) Julie Randall, Director of Operations, Living Well Transitions, LLC, Boulder, CO, 303-245-1020, announced the program will honor Bill Sell's legacy, "Living Well Transitions will continue to run its day-to-day operations in the same competent manner it did during Bill's 18 months of illness, so Bill's vision will continue to flourish, change lives and inspire many."
CAMPHILL OPEN HOUSE
(March 21, 2008) Bernard Wolf, Admissions Director, Camphill Special School, Glenmoore, PA, 610-469-9236, announced Camphill Special School will host an open house May 17, 2008, for students entering Kindergarten through the fourth grade. Camphill's adapted Waldorf curriculum includes music, art and drama.
"MOST HIGH" ON DVD
(March 24, 2008) Marty Sader, Producer of the movie Most High, announced it will be available on DVD through Amazon.com and Bestbuy.com on May 27, 2008. The film, produced by students at Optimum Performance Institute (OPI), Woodland Hills, CA, 888-558-0617, was a hit at the spring 2005 IECA Conference as a dramatic presentation of life in the drug culture. For more information contact Anne LaRiviere at OPI.
ODYSSEY WILDERNESS CHANGES
(March 24, 2008) Tim Brockman, Director of Odyssey Wilderness Programs, Bellingham, WA, 360-671-4999, announced Odyssey Wilderness is accepting applications for course admissions for 2008. Tim also announced an Interactive Multi-Family Workshop, Parent Curriculum and follow up services are now available.
MONTCALM GOES GLOBAL
(March 24, 2008) Montcalm School for Boys, a Program of Starr Commonwealth, Albion, MI, 866-244-4321, announced they have formally received their "I-20" certificate, a federally awarded designation that allows international students to enroll at Montcalm School for Boys. Instead of having to return home every six months, international students with the I-20 can stay as long as they are enrolled in school.
SOAR TRAVEL COURSES
(March 24, 2008) Jonathan Jones, Executive Director of SOAR (Success Oriented Achievement Realized), Balsam, NC, 828-456-3435, announced SOAR'S upcoming fall 2008 and spring 2009 academic semester program dates for students ages 13 to 18 years old. Fall semester includes traveling through either the Appalachian region or the Rockies and Yellowstone. Spring courses include Southeast Coastal and Latin America or California Coastal and Desert Southwest.
MARKEY JOINS KING GEORGE
(March 24, 2008) Jerry Ramsey, Director of Human Resources/Risk Manger, King George School, Sutton, VT, 800-218-5122 x 103, announced Dr. Judith Markey, PsyD, is filling the position of Director of Clinical Services at King George. Dr. Markey has a Doctorate of Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology. She is currently a private practitioner and prior to that worked as a consultant to a residential treatment program in New Zealand.
BENCHMARK STREAMLINES CURRICULUM
(March 24, 2008) Shelley Skaggs, Marketing and PR at Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, CA, 714-963-4148, announced Jayne Selby-Longnecker, the founder of Benchmark Young Adult School, has streamlined its curriculum to provide the core curriculum of emotional growth, education and work skills, a practical application phase, an independent living phase and the graduate program. For more information, contact Richard Brimhall.
FORMER COUNSELOR SENTENCED
(March 25, 2008) The Bonner County Daily Bee, Sandpoint, ID, reported a former staff member from Elk Mountain Academy, Heron, MT, 208-264-1122, who was reported to the authorities by Carl and Loretta Olding, Owners, was sentenced to serve up to five years in prison for engaging in sexual misconduct with students he was counseling.
DRAGONFLY VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS
(March 25, 2008) Glenn White and Mona Treadway, Founders of Dragonfly Adventures and Dragonfly Transitions, Klamath Falls, OR, 541-850-0541, brought Dan Wohl by the Woodbury Reports office to introduce him and announce he is the new Program Coordinator for Dragonfly Transitions.
FARRELL HEADS SUWS/ PHOENIX OUTDOOR
(March 26, 2008) Kristen Hayes, Communications Director for Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced Shawn Farrell, MEd, was appointed Executive Director of SUWS of the Carolinas, SUWS Seasons and Phoenix Outdoor. Farrell has worked for Aspen since 1995.
ANASAZI TRANSITION SERVICES
(March 26, 2008) Mike Merchant, President of Anasazi Foundation, Mesa, AZ, 480-892-7403, announced the availability of Anasazi's in-home transition services to graduates who complete the 42-day wilderness program. This intensive six-week transition program "is designed to help families apply principles learned at Anasazi to create a home environment that enhances family unity and promotes a lasting and positive change in family behavior."
NEW DOMINION IN THE NEWS
(March 26, 2008) The Cumberland Times News reported residents living near Three Springs New Dominion of Maryland, Oldtown, MD, 256-880-3339, an alternative high school for troubled boys, are fed up with students leaving the 330-acre open campus and entering private property.
GILBERT HALL SCHOOL TO OPEN
(March 27, 2008) Gilbert Hall School, Culver City, CA, 310-476-5651, announced they will open September 2008. The Gilbert Hall School is a private, non-profit, special education school for adolescents ages 4-15 with neuro-developmental differences such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders.
Dr. Gutstein is the Director and Stephanie Sills is the Director of Admissions.
SUWS OFFERS PARENTS SUPPORT
(March 27, 2008) SUWS of the Carolinas, Old Fort, NC, 888-828-9770, announced SUWS introduced two new resources for parents; a parent online support group with Brooke Judkins, PhD, a marriage and family therapist and Family Program Manager at SUWS, who acts as moderator for the message board. In addition, a two-day parent workshop run by Dr. Judkins is offered twice monthly, which feature a hands-on approach to learning problem-solving, teamwork, and communication skills.
LITTLE KESWICK SYMPOSIUM
(March 27, 2008) Terry Columbus, Admissions Director of Little Keswick School, Keswick, VA, 434-295-0457, announced Little Keswick Foundation for Special Education will hold its 11th Education Symposium on October 16, 2008, at the Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Well known speaker and author Rick Lavoie will lead a workshop titled, "It's So Much Work to Be Your Friend." In addition, Little Keswick is also announcing a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 12, 2008, for the new academic and residential building, which will open July 6, 2008.
TURNABOUT/ STILLWATER HELPS SCHOOLS
(March 28, 2008) Lee Caldwell, Director of Turnabout/Stillwater, Salt Lake City, UT, 866-359-4600, announced Turnabout, in partnership with Clementine Farms of Lehi, UT, will host a round pen demonstration for Granite School District teachers and administrators showing the correlation between horse training and healthy relationship building with people. Each month, the treatment program hosts a round pen for parents, students, church groups, business groups or other treatment centers.
PATHWAYS TRAVEL BLOG
(March 28, 2008) Richard Simpson, Founder of Pathways Argentina, Coeur d'Alene, ID, 208-935-6195, announced the availability of a new blog site dedicated to the adventures of the students attending Pathways Argentina.
ESA WRITE-UP IN EDUCATION REVOLUTION
(March 28, 2008) Education Services of America, Nashville, TN, 605-332-4900, a company with more than 120 private day and residential schools around the country serving students with learning, developmental or behavioral problems, was given a favorable write up in the magazine Education Resolution, the Magazine of Alternative Education, Roslyn Heights, NY, 800-769-4171.
PHELPS ADDS CURRICULUM
(March 28, 2008) F. Christopher Chirieleison, Headmaster of The Phelps School, Malvern, PA, 610-644-1754, announced (in its Spring 2008 newsletter) the school has developed an Executive Functioning Skills Curriculum, which include chapters on: Learning Styles, Goal Setting, Reading, Note Taking, Memory, Writing, Test Taking and Thinking.
JOHN DEWEY STUDENTS COLLEGE-BOUND
(March 30, 2008) Tom Bratter, Founder and President of John Dewey Academy, Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-5662, announced that the Class of 2008 continued the school's twenty-four year record of 100% college acceptance of its graduates. The John Dewey Class of 2008 graduates will attend college at Amherst College, Brandeis University, Columbia, Goucher, Oberlin, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago.
DISCOVERY ACADEMY NEW CENTER
(March 31, 2008) Discovery Academy, Provo, UT, 801-374-2121, announced the grand opening of the Academic Center at Discovery Academy will be July 29, 2008.
KILDONAN CAMP FOR LD
(April 1, 2008) The Kildonan School, Amenia, NY, 845-373-2004, announced Camp Dunnabeck, its six-week, co-ed camp for student's ages 8-16 years old with dyslexia and language based learning disabilities, will run from June 27 to August 8, 2008. In addition to traditional camp activities such as cultural and recreational day trips, archery, tennis, woodworking, arts and crafts, ceramics, photography, mountain biking, soccer, swimming and water-skiing, students will receive daily one-on-one tutoring. For more information, contact the admissions department.
DISNEY JOINS OPI
(April 1, 2008) Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions at Optimum Performance Institute, Woodland Hills, CA, 888-556-0167, announced Anna Disney is the new Director of Marketing for OPI. Anna previously held a position with a Fortune 100 company, where she incorporated Business Intelligence strategies into Marketing. She holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of La Verne, CA as well as a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from the University of Montana.
CARPENTER JOINS VIVE!
(April 1, 2008) Beth Laughlin, Director of Referral Relations and Customer Service at VIVE, Boulder, CO, 800-261-0127, announced Josh Carpenter, PhD, joined VIVE as a new Parent Coach working with parents on the east coast. Josh has over 25 years experience working with teens and their families. He has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings with high school and college students.
EXPANSION AT TELOS
(April 1, 2008) Tony Mosier, Clinical Director, Tony Hansen, Marketing Director, and Kristin Williams, Admissions Director for Telos, 801-426-8800, Orem, Utah, announced the construction of an additional 20,000 square feet to their facility should be completed by mid-summer. They are increasing from 10,000 sq. ft on one acre to 30,000 sq ft on three acres that with only twelve additional students will feel more like a "campus."
FAS AND CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS
(April 1, 2008) Jocie DeVries with Ann Waller, in the FAS Times (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Family Resource Institute Newsletter), Winter 2007/2008, Tacoma, WA, 253-531-2878, discusses the difficulties of distinguishing FAS*FRI from other disorders with apparently similar symptoms to reduce the risk of inappropriate treatment. FAS Times issues can be found at their website.
SMITH JOINS SAN CRISTOBAL
(April 2, 2008) Don Purves, Marketing at San Cristobal Academy, Taos, NM, 575-776-2524, announced the addition of Larry Smith to San Cristobal Academy, as the new Residential Director. Larry previously served as Director of San Cristobal Phase II Program. With over 30 years of experience in education, Larry has served as a teacher, secondary school administrator, trainer, and curriculum and program consultant.
NEW DOMINION THREE SPRINGS REBUTTAL TO MEDIA
(April 2, 2008) The Cumberland Times News reported despite recent criticism from the community, teachers and counselors at Three Springs New Dominion of Maryland, Oldtown, MD, 256-880-3339, still have a primary mission of reaching out and helping kids.
MOODY'S CUT UHS OUTLOOK TO NEGATIVE
(April 2, 2008) DOWJONES Market Watch reported Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Universal Health Services Inc.'s outlook to negative from stable and expects the company to continue facing challenges from both company specific issues and industry trends.
AULDERN SUMMER SESSIONS
(April 3, 2008) Aida Porras, VP Marketing at Auldern Academy, Siler City, NC, 256-880-3339 x 222, announced Auldern Academy will hold their summer session from June 8 through August 6, 2008. Curriculum includes English, Math, Social Studies, Art and PE. An SAT study course is also available. The session includes weekly therapy and outdoor adventure activities. In addition, students are currently being accepted for Fall Session enrollment, which begins on August 19, 2008.
SAGEWALK UTILIZES DBT
(April 3, 2008) SageWalk, a member of Aspen Education Group, Redmond, OR, 800-877-1922, announced a team of therapists at SageWalk recently completed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) training. DBT is a comprehensive treatment approach that combines cognitive and behavioral therapies to teach people to express their emotions in a positive way, using four skills sets - interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and mindfulness - to improve people's coping skills. Groups of mental health professionals from the US, Finland, Korea and other countries participated in two, one-week workshops.
NEW STAFF AT AULDERN
(April 3, 2008) Aida Porras, VP Marketing at Auldern Academy, Siler City, NC, 256-880-3339 x 222, announced the addition of several new clinical staff to Auldern Academy. Vito Guarnaccia, PhD, Consulting Clinical Director, worked the past 30 years with adolescents and families in private practice and was a Consulting Psychologist with several schools. Julius Jessup, MS, received his Master of Science in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University and had previously worked at Carlbrook School as an advisor. Natalie Sisson, MSW, holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia and previously worked as an Advisor at Carlbrook School. Nicole Barillari, MS, received her Master of Science in Counselor Education and Human Services from Canisius College in New York and worked as a middle school counselor. Amy Berent, MA, holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She was the Clinical Director and a Field Therapist at Blackwater Outdoor Experiences. Auldern also welcomes Kaitlyn Currance, Admissions Counselor to the staff at Auldern Academy.
GATEHOUSE PROMOTES BALDASSARE
(April 3, 2008) Kent Sherman, CEO of Gatehouse Academy, Wickenburg, AZ, 888-730-0905, announced Michael Baldassare was promoted to Admissions & Marketing Coordinator at Gatehouse Academy. Michael has an educational background in Business with a specialization in Marketing. Previously, after completing the Gatehouse Transition Program in Prescott, AZ, Mike joined the Gatehouse Academy staff as a Residential Tech.
MOUNT CARMEL JOINS ISPA
(April 3, 2008) Andy Anderson, MRA, Independent Small Programs Alliance, Clearwater, FL, 727-512-9144, announced Mount Carmel Youth Ranch in Powell, WY, 307-645-3322, joined the Independent Small Programs Alliance (ISPA). Mount Carmel Youth Ranch is a working ranch with approximately 500-head of cattle, for at-risk young men, ages 12-18.
POLLOCK JOINS OXBOW
(April 3, 2008) Jennifer Jones, Public Relations for Oxbow Academy, Wales, UT, 801-682-2315, announced Bill Pollock was named Residential Director at Oxbow Academy. Bill has worked as an equine instructor and academic director in the therapeutic industry for the past eight years. In addition to his work with troubled teens, Bill has spent the past five years coaching high school boys' basketball.
CONGRESSMAN VISITS PENINSULA VILLAGE
(April 4, 2008) Peninsula Village, Louisville, TN, 865-380-4452, reported Congressman David Davis, (R TN -1st) with his office manager, spent a day visiting Peninsula Village and talking with the staff and students. Davis is a member of the Committee on Education and Labor and participated in Congressman Miller's October House hearings in October 2007 to review the US Government Accountability Office's report on "Cases of Child Neglect and "Abuse at Private Residential Treatment Facilities."
CENTER FOR CHANGE PARTNERS WITH CLARK EDUCATION LOANS
(April 4, 2008) Tamara Noyes, Business Development Director at Center for Change, Orem, UT, 801-224-8255, announced Center for Change has partnered with Clark Custom Educational Loans to assist families with educational finance loans for the treatment of eating disorders. For more information, contact Pam Kidd, Admissions Director at Center for Change.
PARENTING CLASSES IN BOULDER
(April 4, 2008) Stephanie Bryan, LSCS, CAC III, a parent coach and psychotherapist in Boulder, CO, 303-397-0646, announced she is teaching five classes for parents this spring including Active Parenting for Stepfamilies ™ (for parents, stepparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, single parents and others affected by loss and change).
PARENT COACH DAVIS FEATURED IN NEWSWEEK
(April 5, 2008) Benjamin Wahl, of the Collaborative Coaching Program in Seattle, WA, 206-856-9490, announced that one of their parent coaches, Sally Kidder Davis, MEd, and CPC was recently featured in an article on child discipline in Newsweek magazine online titled Discipline: When Kids Attack.
AUCHTERLONIE AT SOLACIUM
(April 7, 2008) Anthony S. Geraci Jr., Chief Operating Officer of Solacium, Missouri City, TX, 281-313-1908, announced Ashley Auchterlonie was appointed Director of Marketing. Solacium owns and operates several therapeutic programs including New Haven, Sunrise, Alldredge Wilderness Journey, Fulshear Ranch Academy, Sommerville and Transitions of Galveston Island. Ashley has over 13 years experience in the behavioral healthcare industry including The Brown Schools, CEDU and Psychiatric Solutions. Most recently, she led the marketing and sales efforts for Alldredge Wilderness Journey.
SOLTREKS NOMINATED FOR AWARD
(April 7, 2008) Lorri Hanna, Executive Director and President of Soltreks, Two Harbors, MN, 218-834-4607, announced Soltreks was nominated for the 16th Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards recognized by the UMD Center for Economic Development. The awards recognize business owners and entrepreneurs in the Twin Ports (Northeastern Minnesota or northwest Wisconsin) and Arrowhead Region who have dared to dream, taken a risk, and made a difference.
JOHNSON AT SIERRA TUCSON
(April 8, 2008) Sierra Tucson, Tucson, AZ, 800-842-4487, announced Robert R. Johnson, was appointed Medical Director, replacing Interim Medical Director Jerry Fitz, MD, who will resume his role as Chief of Addiction Medicine. Johnson previously was senior medical director of College Hospital
BLUEPRINT EDUCATION MOVES
(April 8, 2008) Marmy Kodras, Marketing Director of Blueprint Education, Glendale, AZ, 800-426-4952, announced they have moved to 5651 W. Talavi Blvd, Suite 170. Blueprint Education provides curriculum development and distance education services for several schools and programs in the emotional growth/therapeutic residential parent-choice network.
DOYLE JOINS GOLDBERG CENTER
(April 9, 2008) Adam R. Goldberg, M Ed, Chief Executive Officer at The Goldberg Center for Educational Planning, Braintree, MA, 781-848-8800, announced Joshua C. Doyle, Med, has joined The Goldberg Center. Josh has almost 15 years experience working with students who struggle with learning, attention, social, emotional and behavioral issues. Josh served as Director of Admissions at Burlington College and The Pine Ridge School in addition to other leadership posts at Landmark School. He will split his time between the firm's Northern New England extension office in Burlington, VT, and The Goldberg Center for Educational Planning™ in Braintree, MA
BEYOND BROCCOLI AT NEW HORIZONS
(April 10, 2008) Audrey Peavey, Admissions Director at New Horizons for Young Women, Orrington, MA, 800-916-9755, announced New Horizons for Young Women now utilizes Board Registered Dietician Mary Howley Ryan, MS, RD, and her company Beyond Broccoli, to instruct staff on nutrition and ongoing nutrition education, as well as menu reviews that include nutritional assessment and computerized analysis of all recipes used.
LAWRENCE FULL TIME AT CANADVENTURE
(April 10, 2008) Sandra Hamilton, Admissions and Marketing Director for CanAdventure Education, Sayward, BC, CANADA, 250-412-7723, announced Scott Lawrence, EdD, RCC joined the team of counselors at CanAdventure. Dr. Lawrence accepted the full-time position of Clinical Supervisor, where he will manage the clinical therapy aspect of the programming.
OLIVERIAN SUMMER SCHOOL DATES
(April 10, 2008) Julie Gaffey of the Oliverian School, New Haverille, NH, 603-989-5368, announced the Oliverian School Summer Session begins on Sunday, June 20, 2008. For information, contact Mike Doherty, Admissions.
AIM HOUSE/COMMON THREADS
(April 10, 2008) Jude Rudolph, Director of Marketing, Aim House, Boulder, CO, 303-554-0011, announced AIM House has formed a partnership with Common Threads, a consignment store in Boulder, created by Libby Alexander and Aim House founder, Mae Martin Conroy. Common Threads provides training and mentoring opportunities for young adult participants of AIM House interested in gaining real-world work experience.
SHORT OF TIMBER RIDGE RETURNS TO IDAHO
(April 11, 2008) Virginia Short, Admissions Director for Timber Ridge Preparatory School for Girls, Clark Fork, ID, 208-777-1615, announced she moved back to Idaho, and is living in Post Falls where she will continue as Admissions Director for Timber Ridge.
RED HILL ACADEMY OPENS
(April 11, 2008) Brad Freed, Executive Director of Red Hill Academy, San Anselmo, CA, 415-457-3200 x 131, announced the opening of the new campus-based, day and boarding school for high school age children with learning challenges and the mild to moderate emotional disturbances that often accompany those challenges.
HANS NEW HEAD OF KING GEORGE
(April 14, 2008) Jerry Ramsey, Director of Human Resources and Risk Manager at King George School, Sutton, VT, 800-218-5122 x 103, announced Dr. David Hans is the new Head of School at the King George School. David has a PsyD from the California School of Professional Psychology, and has practiced clinical psychologist and worked as a Chief Clinical Officer at a residential academy. Most recently, David has served as a Counselor and a faculty member at a college-preparatory school in New Mexico.
SCHREINER, CHESTER AND BERMAN JOIN NORTHSTAR
(April 14, 2008) Carrie Fitzwater, Admissions Director for The Northstar Center, Bend, OR, 541-385-8657, announced Scott Schreiner, MSW, LCSW, joined NorthStar Center as a therapist along with his licensed therapy dog Chester. Also joining the team is Ramona Berman, MS, and LADC as a counselor.
DRAGONFLY OFFERS 21-DAY QUESTS
(April 14, 2008) Steve Tutty, MA, LPC, Clinical Director at Dragonfly Adventures, Klamath Falls, OR, 801-360-9174, announced Dragonfly Adventures is establishing a series of 21-Day Quests, offered July, August and September 2008, for young adults, ages 18-25. Each quest is designed to challenge the participant's primary coping strategy, while supporting different coping strategies. In addition, Dragonfly will provide weekly family therapy sessions in the field via satellite radio.
MELEAR AT CALIFORNIA WELLSPRING
(April 14, 2008) John Gordon, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer at Wellspring Academies, Reedley, CA, 617-792-4121, announced David Melear is the new Executive Director for its California Wellspring Academy. Mr. Melear received a Bachelor's degree in Education Magna Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University, and a Master's degree in Education from Western Kentucky University. Most recently, Mr. Melear served as COO of Coastal Harbor Treatment Center and CEO of Provo Canyon School.
FRIENDS OF FAMILIES SAY THANKS
(April 14, 2008) Dr. Jim Powell, Spokesperson for Friends of Families with Children in Crisis Foundation, Lake Arrowhead, CA, 951-317-3151, announced the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to financially supporting families whose children are at risk of not achieving completion from their currently enrolled program, would like to thank Bill Lane and Associates for their generous contribution.
DUDLEY JOINS EMERGE TEAM
(April 14, 2008) Andrew Bryan, Founder and Director of Emerge, Baker City, OR, 541-519-4072, announced Kenneth C. Dudley, PhD joined the Emerge Team. Dudley is a licensed psychologist practicing in Baker City, who received his PhD from West Virginia University followed by an internship and post-doctoral training at the Veteran's Administration Health Services in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Dudley specializes in cognitive assessment and is a Clinical Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University.
GLENHOLME SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP
(April 14, 2008) Kathi Fitzherbert, Director of Admissions for The Glenholme School, Washington, CT, 860-868-7377, announced a unique therapeutic environment for two, five-week camp sessions. Session one runs June through July and session two runs July through August.
YOUTHCARE OPENS SUMMIT HOUSE
(April 14, 2008) Trina Packard, Executive Director of Youth Care, Draper, UT, 800-786-4924, announced the opening of newly remodeled Summit House that can accommodate 14 students struggling with depression, thought disorders, substance abuse, social withdrawal and other self-destructive behaviors.
DAY JOINS ASPIRO
(April 14, 2008) Brian Church, Director of Business Development for Aspiro Therapeutic Adventures, Riverton, UT, 801-979-6301, announced Gordon L. Day, PhD, currently of Psychological Testing and formerly of Summit Preparatory School and Outback Therapeutic Expeditions, was appointed director of a newly formed specialty program for neurologically diverse students called "Vantage Point, by Aspiro." The program will specialize in assessing and treating students with a wide range of learning and psychological difficulties, including those in the pervasive developmental disorder spectrum.
CLEARVIEW HELPS KATRINA VICTIMS
(April 14, 2008) Tami Gebhardt, Assistant Director at Clearview Horizons, Heron, MT, 208-263-5894, announced a group of four students from Clearview Horizons went to New Orleans, LA, with Forward Edge International, a disaster relief mission group affiliated with a local church in Sandpoint, ID. While there, the girls assisted in rebuilding and siding homes, in addition to building new relationships.
HEARTLIGHT TO HOLD WORKSHOP
(April 14, 2008) Mark Gregston, Founder and Executive Director of Heartlight Ministries, Hallsville, TX, 903-668-2173, announced The Gathering At Heartlight, a three-day training seminar and retreat on what might cause teenagers to spiral downward and how to prevent it. The workshop will be held at the Heartlight Conference Center.
PROVISIONAL ACCREDITATION FOR TURNING WINDS
(April 15, 2008) Carl Baisden, Vice President-Public Relations at Turning Winds Academic Institute, Troy, MT, 406-295-5038 x 110, announced the school has received provisional accreditation through the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS), a federally recognized accrediting body that promotes continual school improvement leading to greater student achievement.
SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE AT SHORTRIDGE
(April 15, 2008) Hannah Mariotti, Admissions Director at Shortridge Academy, Milton, NH, 603-755-3096, reported the Positive Youth Development Conference conducted by Dr. Richard Lerner of Tufts University and Dr. Kristine Baber of the University of New Hampshire on March 27th and 28th was very successful. Friends from neighboring programs as well as Educational Consultants, Alumni and current students joined in the conference.
HOLLISWOOD CHILDREN'S PROGRAM OPENS
(April 15, 2008) Roy Wallach of Holliswood Hospital, Holliswood, NY, 800-486-3005, announced the private psychiatric facility specializing in acute psychiatric mental health care located in Queens, NY, opened a new Children's Program that aims to help children ages four to eleven overcome obstacles to their mental wellbeing.
NATSAP COMMITTED TO SAFETY OF YOUTH
(April 16, 2008) Sharon Laney, President of National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, 256-218-0108, issued a statement concerning National Child Abuse Prevention Month and used this as a reminder that NATSAP is reaffirming their commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect of children and adolescents in the care of residential treatment providers. NATSAP also believe it is critically important that residential treatment settings are safe and those facilities and programs have appropriate oversight and enforcement.
EIA WINS NATIONAL AWARD
(April 16, 2008) Steven Pines, Executive Director of the Education Industry Association (EIA), Rockville, MD, 800-252-3280, announced EIA was notified by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) that it received the Associations Advance America Award of Excellence.
AMATS PRESENTS IN MINNEAPOLIS
(April 17, 2008) Jeff Johnson, Executive Director of The Association of Mediation and Transport Services (AMATS), 435-491-0398, announced AMATS will hold a special panel discussion on the Culture and The Effect on Transport and Intervention Services, May 17, 2008, at the IECA Conference in Minneapolis. The panel will consist of Jeff, as moderator, Dana Cox, Founder of Safeguard Adolescent Services, Spanish Fork, UT, 866-814-0283, Cathy Villines, Co-Owner of Center for Safe Youth, Athens, GA, 888-677-7233, and Allen Cardoza, President of West Shield Adolescent Services, Huntington Beach, CA, 800-899-8585.
CATHERINE FREER THERAPIST EXPLAINS
(April 17, 2008) Amy Cirincione, a field therapist at Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Program, Albany, OR, 800-390-3983, has written a personal account of working as a field therapist with struggling teens in a wilderness therapy program that was published in the Pennsylvania Gazette.
FOUR CIRCLES OPENS WOMEN-ONLY TRACK
(April 17, 2008) Kristen Hayes, Communications Director for Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531, announced Four Circles Recovery Center in Horse Shoe, NC, opened a new women-only track for 18- to 28-year-olds struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. This gender-specific track is designed to empower young women through a combination of traditional substance abuse treatment and wilderness therapy.
CATHERINE FREER FEMALE EXPEDITIONS
(April 17, 2008) Julia Andrick, Marketing Manager for Catherine Freer, Albany, OR, 800-390-3983, announced two special, all female expeditions will start July 6 and August 3, 2008. Space is limited.
PERSONAL V3 EXPERIENCE
(April 17, 2008) Wright Smith, a former V3 Tucson graduate, wrote a letter to the editor of Places for Struggling Teens recounting his V3 experience as a student. To view the letter in its entirety visit the "Letters to the Editor" section on StrugglingTeens.com.
BENCHMARK FIGHTS BACK: FILES LAWSUIT
(April 18, 2008) Shelley Skaggs, Marketing and PR for Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, CA, 800-474-4848, announced Benchmark filed a lawsuit against a "disgruntled former Benchmark student who has repeatedly engaged in a campaign against Benchmark on certain Internet sites. The statements he made regarding Benchmark are false and defamatory. As a result, Benchmark Young Adult School filed the lawsuit and intends to vigorously prosecute." For additional questions, please call the Admissions office or to view a copy of the lawsuit visit on their web site.
ASPIRO OPENS VANTAGE POINT
(April 18, 2008) Brian Church, Admissions and Marketing for Aspiro, Riverton, UT, 888-266-5136, announced the opening of Vantage Point by Aspiro, a specialized outdoor adventure program for students with learning difficulties including students with ADHD, verbal and non-verbal learning problems, with clinical focus on assessment and specific skills training.
ED CONSULTANTS VISIT NORTHWOODS
(April 18, 2008) Matt Fitzgerald, President of Northwoods, Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-659-3455, announced Paula Feldman, Kay Davison and Kim Rubin recently visited the Costa Rica campus.
NEW LETTER TO FUTURE MEN
(April 21, 2008) Richard Baucum, whose son attended Future Men, submitted a letter to the editor of the "Places for Struggling Teens", sharing his personal experiences with his son before his enrollment at Future Men and afterwards. To view the letter in its entirety, visit the "Letters to the Editor" section on StrugglingTeens.com.
SOULORE PARENT WORKSHOP DATES
(April 21, 2008) Randy Russell, Co-Founder of Soulore, Sagle, ID announced the upcoming Parent Workshop for Empowering and Launching Young Adults runs May 9-11 in Sandpoint, ID. The workshop, presented by Randy and Colleen Russell, covers topics to learn effective parenting roles for preparing adult children for success.
FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOOL NEWS
(April 21, 2008) Bruce Hutchison, Speech and Debate Coach, The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced that three members of the student Speech and Debate team who attended the National Forensics League's District Qualifiers in March have qualified to compete in the NFL's national tournament in Las Vegas in June. Rita Argiros, Vice President for Administrative Affairs, announced that staff members Geoff Westby and Audra Towsley completed the TCI (Therapeutic Crises Intervention) Training the Trainers course in April, certifying them as TCI trainers. FFS now has four certified instructors who conduct TCI training and refresher courses for staff. Finally, Paul Geer, Music Department Chair, announced the student chorus and show choir competed in the annual North American Music Festival on April 4 in Washington, DC, and brought home a first place trophy in the Mixed Chorus competition.
HAPPENINGS AT INTROSPECTIONS
(April 21, 2008) Michael Lyles, CEO of Introspections Costa Rica, 520-320-9933, announced ten students from ICR participated in a five-day cultural project on Solarte Island in Boca Del Toro, Panama. The students camped, snorkeled and enjoyed cultural activities with the Guaymi/Ngobe tribe whom inhabit the island. The focus of the trip was to examine and experience an indigenous way of life, which excludes many of the luxuries that we tend to take for granted.
MCCLAIN EXEC DIR AT NWA
(April 21, 2008) David Brinkman, Admissions for Northwest Academy, Naples, ID 877-882-0980, announced Adam McClain is the new Executive Director of Northwest Academy. David also announced Bruce Wilson is working to training program staff to help them implement programmatic components that make the most sense for NWA students.
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