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FAMILY FOUNDATION SCHOOL EXPANSION
(July 19, 2007) Jeffrey Brain, VP for External Relations, Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced they have added "at least half a dozen new masters- and doctorate-level teachers to the faculty," have increased extracurricular activities by including hiking, running, weight-training, dog-training and fly-fishing, along with their own Boy Scout troop and Venturing crew. He also announced they have increased their counseling dept. from eight to twelve, developed special support groups, and have expanded their scholarship program by "awarding almost $600,000 annually in tuition reductions to students in need who have made program progress".
SBSA CONFERENCE IN MARCH
(July 28, 2007) The Small Boarding School Conference (SBSA) will be held March 13, 14 and 15th, 2008, at The Rectory School, Pomfret, CT. For more information, call 860-928-1328
OPENING OF GREENBRIER ACADEMY
(August 20, 2007) Ashley Auchterlonie, Director of Marketing for Greenbrier Academy, Pence Springs, West Virginia, 304-445-7790 is happy to announce the opening of Greenbrier Academy set for September 24, 2007.Greenbrier Academy is a year-round, college preparatory therapeutic boarding school for girls grades nine through 12.
MANUIA PLANTATION OPENS IN SAMOA
(August 21, 2007) Sione Tavake, U.S. Marketing Office of Manuia Plantation (Apia, Samoa), Draper, UT, and 801-664-4880 announced the opening of Manuia Plantation, a therapeutic, high impact, indigenous intervention for adolescent boys, 13-18 yrs old. The program is located in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa. Length of program completion is 5 months. Students receive individual, group and family therapy, as well as substance abuse counseling. Manuia Plantation incorporates fully the Samoan Wilderness and Culture.
SELENT LEAVES AES NORTHWEST INC.
(August 21, 2007) R.Roy Negrete, CEO and President of AES Northwest Inc, San Bernardino, CA, 909-882-7540 has announced the removal of Chuck Selent as Vice President of AES Northwest Inc. He is no longer affiliated with AES-CA INC or AES Northwest INC in any capacity or reference, and should be removed from your contact list in association with these companies.
SELENT EXPANDS ADVANTAGE AAIS
(August 21, 2007) Chuck Selent, owner and Director of Advantage AAIS, Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-5807 announced their expanded services under their official new name, Advantage Adolescent and Interim Services (Advantage AAIS) which is under their corporate company of Advantage ISS Inc. (Advantage Investigations and Security Services). These services include Adolescent Escort/Transports, Runaway Interventions and expanded Interim Care for students between programs, programs and home and home and program.
NATSAP UNDERSCORES THEIR EFFORTS
(August 21, 2007) Jan Moss, Executive Director of NATSAP, Prescott, AZ, 928-443-9505 stated the National Association Of Therapeutic Schools and Programs members across the United States are saddened by the shocking instance of abuse reported in the ABC News story entitled "Boot Camp Pastor Charged in Girl's Dragging. And says this report again points out the need for state licensure and oversight of the programs and schools that serve our struggling young people.
DUNKER NEW ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR OF YOUTH CARE
(August 22, 2007) Kristen Hayes, Communications Manager for Aspen Education Group, Cerritos, CA, (562) 467-5531 announced Denice Dunker has been appointed Admissions Director of Youth Care Residential Treatment Center in Draper, UT. Denice comes to Youth Care with over 25 years of sales and management experience. She has worked in admissions since 2001, for the Minnesota School of Business and, most recently, for Utah Career College where she received top honors for achieving the highest number of enrollments in April 2005.
SOLACIUM TO ACQUIRE WILDERNESS QUEST
(August 23, 2007) Annette Chandler, Solacium, Missouri City, TX, 281-313-1908 announced that Solacium, owner and operator of behavioral healthcare facilities, programs, and schools, has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire Wilderness Quest. The acquisition is expected to be final the first week of September 2007. Located in Monticello, Utah, Wilderness Quest is a wilderness program focused on both adolescents and young adults.
ALLDREDGE TO DROP ACADEMIC PHRASE
(August 24, 2007) Val H. Christensen, CEO of Solacium, Missouri City, TX, and 801-423-5298 announced Alldredge Academy would no longer offer the Academic Phase of their program. They are also changing the name to Alldredge Wilderness Journey. This change will not affect currently enrolled students, as they will make this transition slowly.
HITCHCOCK LEAVES WILDERNESS QUEST
(August 24, 2007) Greg Hitchcock, Executive Director at Wilderness Quest, Monticello, UT, 435-587-2801, announced his resignation from his position with Wilderness Quest. If you have questions regarding Wilderness Quest, please direct your inquiries to David LePere at 435-587-2801.
SEMESTER PROGRAM AT SUMMIT ACHIEVEMENT
(August 27, 2007)Adam Tsapis, Admissions Director at Summit Achievement, Stow, ME, 207-697-2020, announced that Summit Achievement is pleased to announce the Summit Semester: an academically focused therapeutic program for students transitioning from wilderness programs and/or treatment centers to more traditional academic environments. The Summit Semester provides an effective, flexible length program for students requiring ongoing support and structure.
BYNUM JOINS WOODBURY REPORTS
(August 28, 2007) Lon Woodbury, President of Woodbury Reports, Inc, Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-5550 announced that starting Monday, August 27, Candace Bynum has joined the staff of Woodbury Reports Inc. Bynum, who has more than ten years experience in admissions and marketing for private parent-choice residential schools and programs, will develop the national database of resources available to parents of struggling teens. In addition, she will represent Woodbury Reports at conferences of professionals who work with families with struggling teens.
JACOB SCHOOL OPENS
(August 29, 2007) Carrie Straub, the school Director at The Jacob School, Winter Springs, Florida, 407-461-2800 announced The Jacob School, opened its doors on August 20, 2007 to serve as private alternative school for challenging teens. The Jacob School, a subsidiary of Stonesoup School, Inc., was created to meet the needs of families who wanted to avoid sending their children away to residential programs. The Jacob School is an option for teens that have difficulties in traditional school settings.
DR. JONES JOINS CALO
(August 30, 2007) Nicole Fuglsang, Admissions Director for Change Academy at Lake of the Ozarks (CALO) Lake Ozardk, MO, 573-746-7-1884 announced Dr. Christy Jones has joined the CALO Clinical Team. Dr. Jones worked as an Associate Director of Counseling at a therapeutic boarding school in Georgia, prior to joining CALO's clinical team. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Regent University. Dr. Jones currently lives in Osage Beach.
TRANSITIONAL LIVING PROGRAM FOR SALE
(August 30, 2007) Bruce Ahern, Chief Operating Officer at Asheville House LLC, Asheville, NC 770-650-8233 announced Asheville House, a short-term transitional living program for adolescents and young adults, along with its campus of residential and educational facilities in Asheville, North Carolina is for sale. Carolyn Bradfield, founder of Asheville House stated, "We suspended operations of the facility this month when our last group of residents graduated. Our goal is to work with a new owner to re-establish the program within the coming months."
THIRD PARENT WEEKEND AT SILVERADO
(Aug. 31, 2007) Denise Westman, Director of admissions for Silverado Boys Ranch, Panguitch, Utah, 435-676-8482, announced seventy parents were recently on the Ranch for three days of their quarterly conferences and visiting their children. The weekend concluded with the students putting together a musical talent show and slide show for their families.
MATT BROWNLEE LEAVES SOLTREKS
(August 27, 2007) Mark Gordon, Director of Soltreks, Inc, Two Harbors, MN, and 218-834-4607 announced the departure of Matt Brownlee, the Program Coordinator at Soltreks, Inc. Future programming coordination and vendor contracts, tax information and the continuation of business services should be directed to Mr. Mark Gordon. Matthew can be reached at 218-341-6502.
DAVID BRINKMAN STOPS BY WOODBURY REPORTS
(Aug. 25, 2007) David Brinkman, Admissions Director at Northwest Academy, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, 208-267-3524, stopped by the Woodbury Reports Office for his picture before taking off for a five-hour float down the Kootenai River with Lon Woodbury and Jack Douglas.
SEMINARS ON TEENS TODAY
(August 29, 2007) Mark Gregston, Co-Founder of Heartlight Ministries, Hallsville, TX, 903-668-2173, announced upcoming seminars for parents and professionals working with teens. The "Dealing With Today's Teens" seminar includes how-to information for parents and youth workers critical to their role of dealing with teens today.
ANASAZI RECEIVES RECOGNITION
(September 2007) Sean Rourke of ANASAZI Foundation, Mesa, AZ, 480-892-7403, announced ANASAZI was recognized by the editors of Leadership Excellence magazine in a ranking of the top leadership development programs in North America.
SURVEY SHOWS INCREASE OF SELF ESTEEM AT OPI
(September 2007) Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions for Optimum Performance Institute, Woodland Hills, CA, 888-558-0617 announced the results of a survey conducted by Alison Corso, for her Master of Social Work Degree at CSU Northridge. Students experience a significant increase in their self-esteem and levels of independence after six months at the Institute.
OPI PROGRAM DIRECTOR ATTENDS OCD CONFERENCE
(September 2007) Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions for Optimum Performance Institute, Woodland Hills, CA, 888-558-0617 announced Katie Mikolyski, Program Director, represented the Optimum Performance Institute at a recent conference on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder held at the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX, and studied with John Hart, Senior Behavioral Therapist at Menninger's.
ASHBY ACADEMY CLOSES
(September 3, 2007) Alfred Allen, PhD, the Headmaster of Ashby Academy, Ashby, MA 978-386-0055, Ext. 102 announced the closure of Ashby Academy, effective August 31, 2007. A less than expected enrollment for the fall of 2007 made it financially impossible for the organization to move forward. This occurred while the students were home on a scheduled vacation break.
BOZAK INTERVIEWED ON TV
(Sept. 3, 2007) Steve Bozak, IECA, Clifton Park, NY, 518-373-8069, was interviewed by Dr. Randy Cale to talk about the value of short term wilderness programs for struggling teens.
SALE OF SAFEPASSAGE FINALIZED
(September 4, 2007) Harold Copus, founder of Investigative Solutions Inc. and SafePassage Adolescent Services ®, 770-667-7467, Alpharetta, GA, is pleased to announce the sale of SafePassage to Holly D. Hunter. Hunter has been Director for SafePassage since March 2007, and has, "been diligent in bringing SafePassage to a new level of service in the industry". Copus said the decision to sell SafePassage allows him to move comfortably out of the picture knowing that SafePassage "has found a new home and is in Holly's capable hands".
WHITMIRE NAMED PROGRAM DIRECTOR
(September 4, 2007) Glenna J. Conway, Director of Marketing for Gatehouse Academy, Wickenburg, AZ, 928-231- 5004 announced Bill Whitmire has been promoted to Program Director for Gatehouse Academy. Bill joined Gatehouse in 2001, was promoted to Education Director and in 2005 moved into the Residential area as Residential Director. Bill's new responsibilities include overseeing Gatehouse Academy's Main Property Program in Wickenburg, AZ and the Extended Campus Programs in Fort Edward, NY and Thunder Bay, Ontario.
ASPEN RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FROM CITA
(September 5, 2007) Kristen Hayes, Communications Manager for Aspen Education Group Cerritos, CA, 562-467-5531announced that their network of schools has earned the prestigious CITA accreditation. CITA, the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation, is an agency dedicated to advancing the quality of education.
LUTMAN NEW CINICAL DIRECTOR AT STONE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
(Sept. 5, 2007) Stone Mountain School, an Aspen Education Group program, Black Mountain, NC, 888-631-5994, announced that Greta Lutman, LPC, LCAS, has been appointed Clinical Director of the School. Lutman has worked in the human services field since 1992.
ECHO SPRINGS HOSTS RECEPTION
(September 5, 2007) Echo Springs Transition Study Center, Bonners Ferry, Idaho 208-267-1111 will host a reception for the 2nd Annual Northwest Get Together at the Beach House at the Edgewater Hotel in Sandpoint, ID, on September 13, 2007 from 4:00-5:30 pm.
COLLABORATIVE COACHING RECEIVES ACCREDITATION
(September 6, 2007) Ben Wahl, Program Coordinator for Collaborative Coaching Program, Seattle, WA 206-856-9490 announced the Collaborative Coaching Program has received national accreditation through COA (Council on Accreditation). The Collaborative Coaching Program is the first home-based transition program to receive accreditation.
ASHBY NAMED CLINICAL DIRECTOR AT ASCENT
(September 7, 2007) Janice Pannell the Admissions Director for Ascent, Naples, Idaho 800-974-1999, announced that John H. Ashby has been selected the Clinical Director for the Ascent program. He replaces Nikole Brown, who has moved over to be Clinical Director at Northwest Academy. Ashby has been working with youth for more than 14 years and has a Masters Degree in Social Work, He was last employed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and developed two-day treatment programs for adolescents.
LIZ BEACH NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT EXCEL
(September 10, 2007) Don Vardell, Executive Director at Excel Academy, Conroe, TX 800-260-9178, announced Liz Beach will be the new Program Director at Excel Academy. Liz comes to Excel from central Massachusetts where she worked with the state justice system. Liz is a licensed chemical dependency counselor, with a master's in justice administration, and currently working on her Ph.D. Liz has over 20 years of working with resistant clientele and the at-risk population.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE CURRICULUM AT TIMBER RIDGE
(September 10, 2007) Virginia Short, Director of Admissions at Timber Ridge Preparatory School for Girls, Clark Fork, ID 425-398-6483 announced the new curriculum "Young Women in Recovery" at Timber Ridge, that incorporates current treatment methods and new discoveries in the science of addiction. Included will be, discussions, workbooks and DVD"s with DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) prominently featured.
SAINER RETIRES FROM ASPEN
(September 10, 2007) Elliot Sainer, President of Aspen of Education Group, Cerritos, CA 526-427-5507 announced his retirement as President of Aspen Education Group, effective September 30. Sainer has spent the last 18 years providing alternatives to troubled youth and their families, beginning with Mount Bachelor Academy, and leading to the growth of Aspen to what it is today. Jim Dredge, who has been the COO for the last 3+ years, will take over as President of Aspen Education Group. Sainer will remain on the Board of Directors of CRC Health Group as Vice-Chairman of the Board.
NOYES AT CENTER FOR CHANGE
(September 11, 2007) Dr. Michael Berrett, CEO of Center For Change, Orem, UT, 801-224-8255, announced Tamara Noyes as the new Business Development Director for the Center. Tamara has extensive experience in the behavioral healthcare industry, and most recently was the Admissions Director for Youth Care of Utah. Center For Change treats adolescent and adult women with eating disorders and many of the co-existing conditions that accompany the disorder including trauma, abuse, depression, self-harm, anxiety, OCD, and substance abuse.
VIVE OPENS IN CHICAGO
(September 11, 2007) Amanda Thomas, MS, Referral Relations for VIVE, Boulder CO. 800-261-0127 announced Vive has been working with families in Chicago since August 15. Vive now has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado and Chicago.
NEW STAFF AT SILVERADO BOYS RANCH
(September 14, 2007) Denise Westman, Director of Admissions for Silverado Boys Ranch, Panguitch, UT 435-676-8482 announced the addition of several new team members to Silverado Boys Ranch. Brad Evans, M.S.W., C.S.W., Kelly Niess, M.A., M.F.T., and Jan Aston, M.S.W., C.P.C., to the clinical team. They join Executive Director, Kreg Gillman, Ph.D., and Program Director, Eric Fawson, L.C.S.W., who will continue to carry caseloads.
CORE SOLUTIONS OPERATES PARENT SUPPORT
(September 15, 2007) Randall Cook, Operations Manager at Core Solutions, Winchester, CA 877-271-4427 announced Core Solutions has been chosen to operate the new online Parent Community for Meadowlark Academy. The new online Parent Support Community is for parents who have a child currently enrolled at Meadowlark Academy. It is a great meeting place for their parents seeking solutions and support from other parents who have been in their same place. Their online Community is a private, supportive resource available to them 24 hours a day.
LONE STAR CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS
(September 17, 2007) Mike Bednarz, Executive Director for Lone Star Expeditions, Groveton, TX
936-831-3133 announced Lone Star Expeditions would celebrate its fifth anniversary this month. Lone Star is a member of the Aspen Education Group.
CROSS NEW ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR AT SAN CRISTOBAL
(September 17, 2007) Don Purves, Marketing for San Cristobal Academy, Taos, NM 505-776-2524 announced Katryn (Kat) Cross-would be the new admissions director at San Cristobal Academy. Kat comes to her role with the admissions department, directly from two successful years as a teacher/mentor and supervisor in the San Cristobal Program.
SALT CENTER'S UPCOMING YEAR
(September 17, 2007)The Assistant Director, Admissions and Outreach at Salt Center, Tucson, AZ 520-621-8493 has announced the SALT Center has placed a high priority on outreach during the coming year, where they will be represented at many national college fairs and plan on visiting with counseling teams in many Arizona high schools. In the fall semester, they will be attending national college fairs and conferences in Texas, Minnesota, New York, Arizona and Washington, D.C.
WHAT IS NEW AT THREE SPRINGS?
(September 17, 2007) Aida Porras, Director of Marketing, Private Programs at Three Springs, Huntsville, AL 256-880-3339 announced the expansion of their Referral Relations Division. The Referral Relations Team at Three Springs are as follows: Kathy Parker, Senior Referral Relations for New Dominion, VA and New Dominion MD; Joyce Latimer, Business Development Liason and Referral relations for Auldern Academy; Deidre Butte, Southeastern Referral Liaison for Duck River; Karen Tisdell, Referral relations for Paint Rock Valley and Alan Plant, Western Regional Referral Relations located in UT.
PARKER TO LEAVE SOAR
(September 17, 2007) Ed Parker, Admissions Director at SOAR, Balsam, NC 828-456-3435 announced his resignation as Admissions Director for SOAR, taking the time for reflection and rejuvenation. SOAR plans to fill my position by November 1. In the interim, please contact Catey Terry, Director or SOAR's Administrative Team, with any questions concerning prospective clients. Her phone and email are 828-456-3435.
SUWS FOCUS ON VIDEO GAME ADDICTION
(September 17, 2007) Jeffery Derry, Clinical Director at SUWS, Shoshone, ID 888-879-7897 has announced SUWS wilderness therapy programs, has expanded its focus to include treatment of children and teens with video game addiction. Derry explains, "Video game addiction can impact school performance, development of real-world social skills, and family relationships."
LANEY TO FOCUS ON NATSAP
(September 18, 2007) Sharon Laney, President of NATSAP, 928-443-9505, announced she requested and was granted a flexible schedule at Three Springs, Huntsville, AL, 256-880-3339, to focus her energy on the needs of NATSAP.
BENCHMARK INVITES CONSULATANTS TO TOUR
(September 18, 2007) Shelley Skaggs, Marketing and PR for Benchmark Young Adult School, Redlands, CA 714-963-4148 announced Benchmark Young Adult School has invited Educational Consultants to participate in a special tour on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The tour includes transportation to and from the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, breakfast, "meet & greet" with staff, students, and a full tour of Benchmark's campus and facilities.
DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION ADOPTED BY CLEARVIEW
(September 18, 2007) Tami Gebhardt, Asst. Director at Clearview Horizon, Heron, Montana 406-847-5850, announced that they have used the Play Station game Dance Dance Revolution in their program for the past three years and discovered at the Northwest Get Together that this game is both fun for the girls and provides good practice in brain processing of visual cues into physical actions.
JEWISH SPIRITUAL ADVISOR JOINS FFS
(September 20, 2007) Ann Kozak, Marketing Specialist, The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced that Rabbi Michele Medwin has joined the staff of FFS as a spiritual advisor to Jewish students. Rabbi Medwin, who serves as rabbi at Temple Shalom in Monticello, New York, will conduct Judaism classes and will alternate with Ellen Singer, Director of Jewish Studies, in leading weekly Jewish services at the school. Approximately 15% of FFS students are Jewish.
BETTON HOUSE MARKS 2nd ANNIVERSARY
Michael A. and Roxanne Losicco, Directors-in-residence, Betton House, Scranton, PA, 877-723-8866, announced that Betton House has completed its second year of operation as a transition program/ "sober dorm" for young adults, 18 to 24, emerging from a structured school, program or rehab, and starting college. The program has served more than 90 students from five Scranton-area colleges since opening its doors in September 2005. Residents receive professional and peer support in recovery, and in managing studies, work commitments and social activities.
FFS CONSULTING PSYCHOLOGIST RETIRES
(September 20, 2007) Emmanuel "Mike" Argiros, President of The Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced that Charles A. Moss, PhD, school psychologist who has served FFS since 1988, retired in September. Dr. Moss was instrumental in the formation and development of the counseling department and in training the counseling staff. Prior to his work at the school, he helped create and taught the Alcohol and Drug Abuse curriculum at Sullivan County Community College in New York.
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