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Posted May 6, 2005 

Aspen Education Group's Therapeutic
Programs Featured on "Dr. Phil"

Lisa Freeman

Aspen Ranch and SUWS of the Carolinas Get “Thumbs Up” From Dr. Phil

May 6, 2005

CERRITOS, CA — Aspen Education Group’s Aspen Ranch, a Utah-based residential treatment center for teens, and SUWS of the Carolinas, a North Carolina-based outdoor behavioral healthcare program, were featured on a May 5, 2005, segment of the nationally syndicated “Dr. Phil” show. Aspen Education Group is the nation’s leading provider of education programs that improve the quality of life for underachieving children, young adults and their families.

The segment followed up on the progress of a student that Dr. Phil referred to Aspen’s SUWS of the Carolinas program in December 2004. After a successful experience there, the student chose to continue his learning and growth experience at Aspen Ranch. Dr. Phil featured video clips from both facilities as well as an interview with the student’s mother, Jennifer Sinclair of Ontario, Canada.

”For many, many months I saw my son spiraling downward and felt he needed some kind of intervention,” said Sinclair. “With the help of Dr. Phil, that intervention happened; and we admitted my son first to a wilderness therapy program called SUWS of the Carolinas, where he was removed from all the bad influences and distractions in his life and participated in individual and group therapy. After 91 days he was sober, reflective and ready to go on to Aspen Ranch for more growth opportunities. SUWS of the Carolinas saved my child’s life, and Aspen Ranch is now nurturing his self-confidence as a young man and a leader.”

“Dr. Phil has been a tremendous influence on parents and youths and has been particularly instrumental in helping families discover new hope through the life-changing experiences offered by the therapeutic education industry and programs such as Aspen’s,” said Elliot Sainer, chief executive officer of Aspen Education Group. “We’re very pleased that Dr. Phil has featured several Aspen programs over the past year, and believe this is a testament not only to the kind of quality programs Aspen offers, but to the important role our industry plays in saving families and changing lives. The ability to share these kinds of stories on a program that reaches millions of people allows us to bring hope into the lives of many families needing assistance.”

Aspen Ranch is a licensed residential treatment center for troubled teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who need an opportunity to make positive changes in their lives and overcome feelings of low self-esteem and anger due to academic underachievement, substance abuse or family conflict. Aspen Ranch is noted for its unique equine therapy program that allows students to learn empathy, improve communication and enhance self-confidence and self-worth through their experience with the animal.

SUWS of the Carolinas is a licensed treatment program for students 11 to 17 years of age who are suffering from low self-esteem, family conflict, substance use, defiance issues, attention deficit disorder, and other emotional and behavioral problems. SUWS of the Carolinas utilizes outdoor experiences and peer interaction in combination with individual and family therapy to help positively change the lives of young people who are experiencing difficulties at home or in school.

As the nation’s largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs, Aspen Education Group offers families and professionals the opportunity to choose a setting that best meets a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. An industry innovator, Aspen was voted among the top education companies by Eduventures, the leading independent education industry research firm. In addition to being featured on “Dr. Phil,” Aspen’s programs have been profiled by major news and television organizations, including: U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” For over two decades, Aspen Education Group has been achieving successful outcomes for families. For information, visit, or call (888) 972-7736. For information about Aspen Ranch, visit, or call (877) 231-0734. For information about SUWS of the Carolinas, visit, or call (888) 828-9770.

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