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WEISKOPF VISITS WOODBURY REPORTS
(July 8, 2008) Marti Weiskopf of St. Paul's Academy, Phoenix, AZ, 602-956-9090, visited the Woodbury Reports office on her way through Bonners Ferry.
HESS INTRODUCES WINGATE
(July 25, 2008) Scott Hess, Clinical Director of WinGate Wilderness Therapy in Kanab, UT, 800-560-1599, stopped by the Woodbury Reports office to discuss the opening of WinGate and explain the uniqueness of the program.
LIFE DESIGNS STOPS BY
(July 25, 2008) Anngela Ritter and Kim Mlinarik LHMC, CDP, of Life Designs in Cusick, WA, 509-671-2487, stopped by for a visit this summer.
THEM COMES FOR A VISIT
(July 25, 2008) Dori Them, Executive Director of Passages To Recovery in Loa, UT, 866-625-8809, stopped by the Woodbury Reports office for a visit on her way through Bonners Ferry.
(July 25, 2008) Jeff Johnson Executive Director of the Association of Mediation And Transport Services, 435-491-0398, stopped by the Woodbury office while visiting programs in north Idaho, eastern Washington, and Montana. Recently, Jeff accepted a position as Director of Admissions for Sunhawk Academy in St. George, UT.
MCKENNA VISITS WOODBURY
(July 30, 2008) Patrick McKenna, founder of Monarch School in Heron, MT, stopped by our office to explain the new and exciting things happening at Monarch.
NEW HAVEN IN HERITAGE SCHOOL'S RIDE FOR TEENS
(August 2008) New Haven students participated in Heritage School's Ride for Teens, an event designed to bring positive attention to the great work teens in treatment are doing. The girls started at Heritage School in Provo, UT, riding a few miles up Provo Canyon to Bridal Veil Falls and back. New Haven's students sang songs and were laughing most of the bike ride. One student said she liked being with the group and biking together. Most of them said the ride up was most difficult, but coming back down the canyon was free and easy! Staff commented that it was awesome hearing the girls like to do hard things. The girls also said they enjoyed looking at the information booths on display about mental illness, such as celebrities with various disabilities.
TEN CADC CERTIFIED AT CATHERINE FREER
(August 21, 2008) Ten staff members at Catherine Freer Wilderness in Albany, OR, recently received their Certified Alcohol Drug Counselors (CADC) certification. To obtain a CADC certification one must have 150 hours of alcohol and drug education, take part in 1000 hours of supervised experience in addiction counselor competencies and pass an exam. All Catherine Freer field staff are required to work toward their CADC. For more information, contact Julia Andrick, Marketing Director, at 800-390-3983,
SANTIAM CROSSING PARENT COACHING
(August 21, 2008) Parents of adolescents at Santiam Crossing in Scio, OR, 800-390-3983, will participate in three parent-coaching sessions upon their child's enrollment. On these calls, parents will learn how to become fully engaged in their child's treatment and discover how to best support their child. The certified coaches will also help prepare parents for the first on-campus visit with their child. Santiam Crossing is partnering with Next Step for Success to provide the coaching.
STUDENTS SUCCESSFUL AT COUNTY FAIR
(August 21, 2008) Oregon Transition Homes (OTH), a program of Catherine Freer in Albany, OR, announced the girls enrolled in Oregon Transition Homes recently came away from the local County Fair with almost too many ribbons to count. Entries included junior gardening, best no bake cookies, water melon eating, the busiest baker and more. OTH is designed for adolescents ages 13 to 18 who have completed a wilderness therapy program. For more information, contact Darci Knight, MEd, CADC-1, and Oregon Transitions Homes Director, at 541-517-8153,
CLARK BEHAVIORAL LOANS OFFERS FINANCING
(August 22, 2008) Despite hard economic times in the country, Clark Behavioral Health Financing continues to be able to provide financial loans to families in need. Schools and programs need not be connected with Clark in order for families to be approved. For more information, contact Chelsea Dickinson, Director of Marketing and Program Relation, 888-755-3079.
COPPER CANYON GOES TO THE DOGS
(August 24, 2008) A new program component at Copper Canyon Academy, Rimrock, AZ, 928-567-1322, features a canine therapy program, which partners students with dogs and is used as an alternative for students who feel more comfortable around dogs than they do with the horses in their existing equine therapy program. Susannah Fox is the lead therapist in this new program. For more information, contact Darren Prince at 928-567-1322.
APRIL HART NEW AT GREENBRIER
(August 25, 2008) Beth Ragland, Director of Marketing for Greenbrier Academy for Girls, Pence Springs, WV, 256-682-8690, announced the appointment of April Hart as the Equine Program Director at Greenbrier. April has worked with Dr. H.L.M. Van Schaik, an Olympic medalist and teacher of the classical dressage of the horse. April has operated riding and training schools for 22 years.
WTC--THANKS FOR 25 YEARS
(August 26, 2008) Wilderness Treatment Center, Marion, MT, 406-854-2832, is celebrating 25 years in the addiction treatment industry and would like to thank everyone for all the support throughout the years.
FAMILIES AT WELLSPRING WEIGHT LOSS
(August 26, 2008) Wellspring Camp, weight loss camp for young women in New York's Adirondack Mountains was featured in an article by the Associated Press, in which parents and siblings are invited to share the camp experience to help campers stay motivated when they return home. Parents attend classes on cooking, exercise and shopping for healthy food.
BECKET HOUSE AT WARREN OPENS
(August 27, 2008) Becket House at Warren officially opened its doors with, eight students moving in to their new home on 8/18/08. Under the direction of Mount Prospect Academy's Executive Director, Jeff Caron, the program "offers services to students trying to overcome co-occurring substance and behavioral issues." For more information, please contact Jeff Caron, Med, CAGS, Executive Director, Admissions at 603-359-5951.
CLEARVIEW'S SUNDAY SERVICE
(August 28, 2008) Tami Gebhardt, Assistant Director at Clearview Horizon, Heron, MT, 406-847-5850, announced the young women at Clearview Horizon helped in the "Serving Sandpoint Sunday" community service project, by cleaning graffiti off the Long Bridge, picking up garbage, planting flowers and other various tasks to help.
ASPIRO THANKS CONSULTANTS
(August 28, 2008) Dr. Day and everyone at Aspiro would like to express sincere thanks to all the students, families and referring professionals who have supported us over the past few months. "We look forward to the months and years to come as we assist the students and families we are blessed to serve!" In addition, Brian Church, and his band will play in Baltimore at the upcoming IECA Conference, November 7, 2008, at 9 pm. Call 801-979-6301 for more information.
BENEVENTO JOINS ST. PAUL'S
(August 29, 2008) Marti Weiskopf, Marketing Liaison at St. Paul's Academy, Phoenix, AZ, 602-956-9090, announced Jessica Benevento has joined the counseling team at St. Paul's Academy. Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Rhode Island and her Masters Degree in Counseling at Monclair State University. She has experience working with drug dependency, domestic violence, and anger management as well as other clinical issues.
SLIFE GETS APA CITATION
(August 31, 2008) Beth Ragland, Director of Marketing for Greenbrier Academy for Girls, Pence Springs, WV, 256-682-8690, along with the staff and students at Greenbrier Academy, wish to congratulate Dr. Brent D. Slife, PhD on being awarded an APA Presidential Citation at the annual APA conference in Boston, MA. Dr. Slife is a co-owner, executive board member, therapist/counselor trainer, family program facilitator and consulting clinical psychologist at Greenbrier Academy.
TIBBITTS MAKES "TOP 40 UNDER 40"
(September 2008) Dustin Tibbitts, LMFT, New Haven's Executive Director, was honored this month as one of Utah Valley Magazine's "Top 40 Under 40" in the magazine's Utah Valley Business Quarterly edition. Briana Stewart, author of the article, writes, "This year's crop of youngsters have it all - brains, vision, ambition, energy, luck, pep, passion. . . . Find out why these 40 pros are the apple of Utah Valley's business community." The article notes Tibbitts' leadership in quality of care, with 90% of New Haven's students going home or to college after treatment. Tibbitts is featured with other honorees on page 31 of the magazine. Link:
ELEMENTS WILDERNESS/SEVEN CHALLENGES®
(September 2, 2008) John Karren, Owner of Elements Wilderness Program, Huntington, UT, 801-505-8481, announced Elements Wilderness Program is collaborating with The Seven Challenges Program, which was created by Dr. Robert Schwebel, well known for his work in the prevention and treatment of adolescent substance abuse. Dr. Schwebel and Lynn Smith, a founding partner of Elements Wilderness, will present an overview of the Program on September 30, 2008. For more information, contact John Karren.
BROWN SCHOOL 401(k) SUIT
(September 2, 2008) Forbes.com reports the US Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is suing the fiduciaries of the 401(k) plan for employees of the Brown Schools--a group of psychiatric hospitals and boarding schools based in Austin, Texas--for failure to forward employee contributions to the company's 401(k) plan and misusing those assets to pay the operating expenses of the school.
TIMBER RIDGE GIVES BACK
(September 3, 2008) Virginia Short, Director of Admissions at Timber Ridge Preparatory School for Girls in Clark Fork, ID, 208-777-1615, explained as part of Timber Ridge's community service projects, students will maintain the landscape, care and tidy up the grave sites of the old Cabinet Gorge Cemetery. This tiny cemetery has been abandoned and in need of repair and care.
CRC/ASPEN GROWTH PLUNGES
(September 3, 2008) Treatment Magazine, a news source covering addiction industry news, reports the acquisition by CRC of therapeutic boarding schools leader Aspen Education, has been "hit by the credit crunch" as parents are unable to access second mortgages and tuition loans to finance the huge cost of helping their children.
COLLEGE EXCEL EXPANDS
(September 4, 2008) Shelley Dougherty, Admissions Director for College Excel, Bend, OR, 541-388-3043, announced College Excel has expanded its Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Center) annex, which will provide additional space for academic support, instruction, tutoring, computer labs and specialized equipment, including voice activated software to accommodate students with learning differences.
FOUR CIRCLES CELEBRATE TWO YEARS
(September 4, 2008) Jack Kline, Executive Director at Four Circles Recovery Center, Horse Shoe, NC, 877-893-2221, is pleased to announce Four Circles Recovery celebrated its two year anniversary in September. Four Circles is an addiction treatment program for young men and women ages 18-28 that combines traditional counseling with a series of wilderness expeditions. Aspen Education Group
SOBER COLLEGE SEMINAR
(September 4, 2008) Sober College University, Woodland Hills, CA, 866-757-6237, is pleased to announce an upcoming seminar, "Young Adult Addiction: The Sober College Model," October 14, 2008, to be held at the Celebration Restaurant, 4503 West Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX, 214-351-5681. For more information or to RSVP, contact Melissa Jennewein at 310-877-0314.
SCHROM TO MOVE
(September 5, 2008) John and Julia Schrom are excited to announce Schrom Therapeutic Home Care for Boys has outgrown its current home and is moving to a larger residence with 28 acres, still situated in Bonners Ferry, ID. The transition to their new location will be completed by October 1, 2008.
PASSAGES TO RECOVERY HOSTS TRAINING
(September 5, 2008) Brandi Bradbury, Director of Admissions at Passages to Recovery, Loa, UT, 866-625-8809, announced Passages to Recovery will be hosting a three day intervention certification training from October 20-22, 2008, to be held in St. George, UT. The educational sessions will be presented by Wayne Raiter, MA, LICSW, LMFT, author of the new Systemic Intervention Model and former clinical director of the Johnson Institute. For more information, contact Brandi Bradbury.
WILDERNESS THERAPY & DATING VIOLENCE
(September 5, 2008) A study by a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Denver titled "Exploring the Influence of a Wilderness Therapy Program on Reported Emotions and Attitudes about Teen Dating Violence" is available online at:
This research explored the attitudes about teen dating violence, definitions of dating violence, previous exposure to dating violence and changes in attitude attributed to their time at the wilderness therapy program. New Horizons for Young Women collaborated in the data for the basis of this study. To view this study in its entirety, visit the struggling teen's website.
KNIGHT AND POWELL FLOAT WITH LON
(September 7, 2008) Program Director, Troy Knight and Clinical Director, Dr. Jim Powell, both from Ascent Wilderness Program in Naples, ID, 800-974-1999, joined Woodbury Reports publisher, Lon Woodbury, in a 17 mile river float trip from Montana to the Twin Rivers Resort, located a few miles north of Bonners Ferry.
TEEN CHALLENGE IS 50
(September 8, 2008) Rebecca Boone, Program Manager, Teen Challenge Columbus Girls Academy, Seale, AL, 334-855-3695, announced this year Teen Challenge is celebrating its 50th anniversary and recently held a three-day conference in New York City, where Teen Challenge was founded which was attended by people representing 38 nations and 200 Teen Challenge Centers. In marking its golden anniversary, attendants heard speakers from around the world in addition to the founding fathers, David and Don Wilkerson.
NEW HAVEN STUDENTS PUBLISHED
(September 8, 2008) The staff at New Haven Female RTC, Provo, UT, 801-794-1218, are proud to announce eight of their students who were enrolled in the summer creative writing course were chosen to be published in Creative Communications Anthology: A Celebration of Poets, Summer 2008, which accepted entries nationwide. This is a great honor for these students and New Haven looks forward to seeing their work in the hardbound copy. For more information on this contest and the anthology visit www.poeticpower.com/Intro.htm
CROKE EXPANDS REVIEWS
(September 8, 2008) Tom Croke, Founder and Owner of Thomas J. Croke and Associates, Inc. and Family Light, Greensburg, PA, 775-890-0597, is expanding the content on his website to include in depth reviews of schools and programs in the private pay, parent choice industry.
NWA STUDENTS REWARDED
(September 8, 2008) As a reward for volunteering their time to build a Habitat for Humanity home, three Northwest Academy students were able to take an unforgettable flight on a 182 Cessna aircraft through the Northern Idaho Mountains. For more information on NWA in Naples, ID, contact Janice Pannell at 887-882-0980.
TEEN CHALLENGE AT WHITE HOUSE
(September 8, 2008) Diane Hernbrode, director of Casa Grande's Home of Hope, a faith-based recovery program for women 18 years, represented Teen Challenge of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 800-346-7859, at President Bush's "Remarks on Volunteering" event at the White House. This occasion highlighted the accomplishments of the president's Faith-Based Initiatives and to honor and thank volunteers and organizations like Teen Challenge that make a difference in America.
UHS ANNOUNCES SALE/ACQUISITION
(September 9, 2008) UHS has sold Central Montgomery Medical Center, a 125-bed acute care hospital in Lansdale, PA, to Abington Memorial Hospital. In addition, UHS has purchased Summit Ridge Hospital, a behavioral health hospital, located in Lawrenceville, GA and has completed the renovation of the 120-bed Central FL Behavioral Hospital and expects to be open for business before the end of the month.
FRIENDS OF FAMILIES SETS UP MONARCH FUND
(September 9, 2008) The Friends of Families with Children in Crisis Foundation, Lake Arrowhead, CA, 951-315-8320, announced the establishment of a Monarch Alumni Association Fund under the umbrella of The Foundation, the 1st such fund designed for one of its participating schools.
This fund allows friends of the Monarch School in Heron, MT to donate to the Foundation to provide financial support for future families in need. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Powell or Brandi Elliott.
MEDIA INVITED TO PONCA PINES
(September 9, 2008) Ponca Pines Academy, Omaha, NE, 402-457-1421, opened its doors to the media during a special open house event in August 2008. The event gave members of the media access to the new private pay therapeutic boarding school. In addition, Christy Roubicek, Admissions Director at Ponca Pines, has announced several new staff hires at the Academy: Kelly Lewis, M Ed, as a lead teacher, Krystal Boose as the Para educator and Carrie Iwen, the academy's Program Coordinator.
COOPERRIIS HAS NEW "COMMUNITY"
(September 9, 2008) Virgil Stucker, Executive Director of CooperRiis, Ashville NC, 828-899-4673,announced the program is expanding by developing an "urban' 24-bed therapeutic community next door to the University of North Carolina in Asheville. The new program will supplement their existing rural 36-bed campus, bringing total residential capacity to 80.
WILLIAMS, HALE & LOWRIE JOIN GREAT LAKES EC
(September 9, 2008) Gwynne Hales at Great Lakes Educational Consulting, LLC, Northfield, IL, 847-441-8911, is pleased to announce the following additions to Great Lakes Educational Consulting: Jolene Williams, office manager; Dr. Heather Hale, PsyD, LCPC, CADC, Director of Special Needs Services and Kim Lowrie-Jenkins, MSW, CADC, educational consultant.
WHITE/ GAMBLE JOIN COLLABORATIVE COACHING
(September 10, 2008) Ben Wahl, Collaborative Coaching Program Coordinator, announced that Michele White and Donelyn Gamble will be co-facilitating the Fall Parent Growth Group. The group is for Seattle parents of current or recent program students.
EVANS JOINS DISCOVERY ACADEMY
(September 11, 2008) Steven Schultz at Discovery Academy, Provo, UT, 801-491-2270, announced Bradley Evans, CSW, has joined the therapeutic team at Discovery Academy. Bradley has a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in social work and was formerly employed at Silverado Boys Ranch.
UHLENKOTT JOINS STONE MOUNTAIN
(September 11, 2008) Susan Hardy, Executive Director at Stone Mountain School, Black Mountain, NC, 888-631-5994, announced Leigh Uhlenkott has joined Stone Mountain School as the new Clinical Director. Leigh holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is nationally certified. Leigh's previous employment includes working at SUWS of the Carolinas and counseling in the Broward School system and for Memorial Hospital.
WILLOW CREEK CLOSING
(September 11, 2008) Tori K. Ballard, Director of Marketing at Willow Creek School, Provo, UT, 801-377-2215, announced a decision was made September 10, 2008, after all other options had been exhausted, that the Willow Creek School will no longer be doing business. Based on the economy, in combination with other factors, circumstances prevented the school from continuing to remain open.
Families and students will be transitioned to alternative placements by the end of September. For more information contact Tori Ballard.
THREE SPRINGS NEW DOMINION MARYLAND CLOSES
(September 11, 2008) The Cumberland Times News reported Three Springs New Dominion Maryland, located in Old Time, which has been in operation for 27 years serving at risk young men ages 11-18, has closed its doors. Three Springs, which operates 24 programs in 22 locations across eight states, has said the decision to close was not a financial one. The remaining students were transferred to another facility.
AUSTIN SENDERO GRAND OPENING
(September 12, 2008) Austin Sendero, Granger, TX, 866-549-5031, announced a Grand Opening event was held September 17, 2008, in celebration of opening their doors to patients and their families earlier this year. Austin Sendero, a member of CRC Health Group, is a residential eating disorder facility for males and females, ages 17 and older.
WELLSPRING FOUNDER FROM CANADA
(September 12, 2008) An article in Globe and Mail, an online news source, featured an interview with Ryan Craig, a Canadian and Yale law graduate, founder of Wellspring Academy, who devoted himself to creating two boarding schools and 14 summer camps in the United States and another in Britain to help heavy children slim down, a need that needed to be addressed.
WEIGHT TRAINING AT WELLSPRING
(September 12, 2008) Wellspring Academy was featured in Globe and Mail, an online news source from Canada, explaining in depth a typical day in the life of its students and the strict requirements of the program and certified high school to help reprogram teens struggling with obesity, to relearn healthy, wiser choices in their calorie intake and incorporate exercise into their daily lives.
NATSAP MIDWEST CONFERENCE
(September 12, 2008) National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), Prescott, AZ, 928-443-9505, announced the 2008 Midwest Regional Conference will be held October 16 and 17, 2008, at the Doubletree Hotel in Chicago/Oak Brook, IL. For more information, contact NATSAP.
"BE POSITIVE" FINISHING THE CHAD MARATHON
(September 12, 2008) Jay Marshall, Assistant Director of Mount Prospect Academy, and his 8 yr. old son, Cameron, recently ran in the CHaD Half Marathon, raising over $2,770 for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. While Jay completed the full 13.1 mile loop through Hanover, Cameron ran "Cam's Course," a 1.5-mile loop especially designed for children and families in support of Cameron. Just over two months ago Cameron was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia. Donations to help the Marshall's can be made at this website.
UPDATES AT SILVERADO
(September 12, 2008) October 31st marks the anniversary of Silverado's second year in business. "We are planning an Open House some time next spring to celebrate our accomplishments, show off our new school, and honor those of you who have been so instrumental in our success." In addition, Silverado has added a parent portal for viewing of student pictures and reports, and has a large parent alumni group that remains involved with prospective, new, and current families, "providing support and encouragement for parents throughout the treatment process." For more information about Silverado, contact Denise Westman, 435-676-8482.
BENCHMARK ADDS DBT
(September 15, 2008) Benchmark Young Adult School is pleased to announce that we have enhanced our Sober Living and Emotional Growth curriculum to include DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) through the acclaimed series, "From Chaos to Freedom" by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. Benchmark's staff and students will all be participating in the training sessions, which will be an adjunct and ongoing process to our emotional growth and addiction curriculum. For further details, please contact the Admissions department at 800-474-4848.
WELLSPRING NC IN THE NEWS
(September 15, 2008) An article featured in knoxnews.com chronicles a young man's positive journey going to Wellsprings Adventure Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The young man attended eight weeks and reached his weight goal while reducing his body mass index and continues to maintain the lessons he learned while attending. For more information, contact Wellsprings Camps.
BENCHMRK ADDS DBT
(September 16, 2008) Benchmark Young Adult School in Redlands, CA, 800-474-4848, has added Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to its Sober Living and Emotional Growth curriculum in which Benchmark's staff and students will all participate. The series to be used is "From Chaos to Freedom" by Marsha Linehan, PhD. For more information, contact the admissions department.
POWERS NEW KILDONAN HEADMASTER
(September 16, 2008) Marcie Wistar, Associate Director of Admissions, Amenia, New York, 845-373-2012, is pleased to announce Ben Powers is the new Headmaster at Kildonan School. Ben has been with the school for nine years and has served as Chair of the History Department, Boys' Dorm Head, Orton-Gillingham tutor and College Counselor. Other good news at Kildonan includes the completion of the Athletic Center, with a building dedication set for October 18, 2008. For more information, email Ann Sheeley.
HOOVER & BRUNO AT SHADOW MOUNTAIN
(September 16, 2008) Shadow Mountain Academy in Taos, NM, 877-743-9696 announced they have hired Trilby Hoover as Admissions and Business Development Director, 208-946-6453, and Ann Bruno as Program Director. Shadow Mountain Academy is a recovery school for young men ages 17 to 25.
ACADEMY AT SISTERS WELCOMES LEGUYONNE
(September 17, 2008) Stephanie Alvstad, Executive Director of J Bar J Youth Services welcomes Guy LeGuyonne to the Academy at Sisters team in Bend, OR, 800-910-0412. Guy's position will be as Marketing and Admissions Coordinator. He will be working with Denise Kelly-Simpson in the admissions office. The Academy is excited to add Guy's professionalism and experience in the industry to the Academy at Sisters staff.
REMUDA RANCH OPENS PROGRAM FOR BOYS
(September 17, 2008) PRNewswire reports Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders has opened Reddstone, a Remuda Program for Boys. This is an inpatient program for boys 17 and under who are struggling with anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder. Read the report
ACADEMY AT SISTERS STUDENTS COMPLETE SUMMER PEAK EXPERIENCE
(September 17, 2008) Thirty-eight girls from the Academy at Sisters have recently completed their annual summer peak experience. During their five-day camping adventure two groups of students participated in separate experiential curriculum that included rock climbing in Smith Rock State Park, hiking on Mt Hood, rafting the rapids of the Deschutes River, and a great deal of fun. The young women report being excited and rejuvenated as they look forward to the fall term. For information on Academy at Sisters, contact Guy Leguyonne, 800-910-0412.
RED HILL ACADEMY OPENS
(September 17, 2008) Brad Freed, Executive Director of Red Hill Academy (RHA), announced the grand opening of the new campus-based school program for high school age children with learning challenges and the mild to moderate emotional disturbances that often accompany those challenges. For more information, contact Brad at 415-256-9312 x 131.
RUNGE RETIRES AT FFS
(September 18, 2008) Emmanuel Argiros, president of The Family Foundation School, has announced the retirement of Bob Runge, Human Relations Director. Runge, who previously worked with FFS founders Tony and Betty Argiros, joined the school in 1990 as a Student Advisor after a 20-year career in construction contracting and real estate. He was instrumental in developing a formal admissions process for the school and served as its first Admissions Director. His early promotional efforts included building relationships with educational consultants. As Human Relations Director, he reached out to parents, increasing their role in the recovery process, and functioned as an ombudsman for the staff. Although officially retired, Runge, whose home is on the FFS property, will continue to serve the school as a volunteer working predominantly with the students.
WILLOW CREEK SCHOOL CLOSING
(September 18, 2008) Brad Reedy, Willow Creek School, Provo, UT, 801-377-2215, has issued a letter concerning the recent closure of Willow Creek School. To view this letter in its entirety, visit the StrugglingTeens' website.
LIFE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE'S NEW STAFF
(September 18, 2008) Rob Crawford, CEO at Life Development Institute, Glendale, AZ, 623-773-2774, welcomed new staff to the team at Life Development: Elissa Levine, MC, LPC, is Manager of Program Services with oversight of direct service outreach specialists and residential program staff, Moniecia Hill is joining the LDI team as an Outreach Specialist and Estelle Esposito takes over the function of Resource Support Coordinator. In addition, both Rob Crawford and Veronica Crawford presented workshops at the Southern Utah NATSAP conference.
FINAL FRIENDS IN CRISIS RETREAT OF 2008
(September 18, 2008) The final Friends in Crisis retreat will be held October 23-25 in the Heartlight Conference Center, on the 100-acre wooded campus located near Longview, TX. The retreat will focus on what may be causing your teenager to spiral downward, how to stop this freefall to disaster, how to intervene and deal with specific situations and capably provide the appropriate response to intense arguing, anger, defiance, and rebellion. To register, call 903-668-2173, email Mark Gregston or visit http://www.familycrisisconference.com.
CHANGES AT SHADOW MOUNTAIN
(September 18, 2008) Trilby Hoover, Admissions Director at Shadow Mountain Academy, Taos, NM, 435-836-3022, announced several happenings at Shadow Mountain. They are celebrating the program's one-year anniversary. Ann Bruno, MEd, stepped into the role of Program Director. Jim Myklebust, MA, and Trilby Hoover have joined the team in the admissions and business departments. In addition, Executive Director Dana Taylor had a new baby daughter, Elizabeth McNeil.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AT OLIVERIAN
(September 18, 2008) Oliverian welcomed the largest student body group ever to walk through Oliverian doors on the first day of school, September 7, 2008. In addition, Oliverian now offers Honors Curriculum in: English, History, Physics, Calculus, and Spanish. The Oliverian School is an alternative college preparatory program crafted for students who struggle in traditional settings. For more information, contact Mike Doherty at 603-989-5100.
NEW JEWISH CLASSES AT FFS
(September 18, 2008) The Family Foundation School is offering two new classes for Jewish students. Rabbi Michele Medwin who conducts Jewish services at the school now offers a Beginning Hebrew class specifically for Jewish students who did not receive Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah at home and would like the opportunity to do so. Rabbi Medwin is also teaching "The Jewish Approach to the 12 Steps," which provides additional support to Jewish students in the school's integrated program of academics, therapeutic counseling and the 12 Steps of recovery. Approximately 20 percent of the current student body at FFS is Jewish.
BENCHMARK CELEBRATES 15 YEARS
(September 19, 2008) Jayne Selby Longnecker, Executive Director/ CEO and Founder of Benchmark Young Adult School in Redlands, CA, 800-474-4848, proudly announced Benchmark celebrated its 15 year anniversary on September 9, 2008. The school was originally founded in September 1993.
OPI EXEC ON THE RADIO
(September 19, 2008) Robert Fischer, MD, Executive Director of the Optimum Performance Institute (OPI), and Anne LaRiviere, Director of Admissions, talked about current issues facing young adults on the Answers for the Family radio talk show owned and hosted by Allen Cardoza of West Shield. For further information, contact Anne LaRiviere at 888-558-0617.
QUAM AT SUWS OF THE CAROLINAS
(September 19, 2008) Kristen Hayes, Communications Director for Aspen Education Group, 562-467-5531, announced SUWS of the Carolinas in Old Fort, NC, is pleased to announce Jesse Quam as the new Clinical Director. Jesse worked as a Field Supervisor and Program Manager for Seasons at SUWS of the Carolina.
KILDONAN OFFERS 2009 SUMMER PROGRAMS
(September 19, 2008) Marcie Wistar, Associate Head of Admissions for the Kildonan School, Amenia, NY, 845-373-2012, announced the Kildonan School, which serves the needs of students with dyslexia, submitted the dates for next year's summer programs, June 26, 2009, thru August 7, 2009. Half day, full day and boarding programs are available for student's ages 8-16 years old. For more information, contact Marcie Wistar.
ASCENT FILLS OUT LEADERSHIP TEAM
(September 20, 2008) Ascent Wilderness Program, Naples, ID, 800-974-1999, a division of UHS, announced the new leadership team at Ascent. Chris Ankney, BA Political Science, is the Executive Director and has been with Ascent for six years. Troy Knight, MA, is the Healthcare Administration Program Director. Jim Powell, LMFT is Ascent's new Clinical Director. Guy Hardcastle is the Director of Business Development, and Dan Kemp, BS Psychology, is the new Director of Admissions. For information, contact Chris Ankney.
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