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SOAR Offers Christmas Keys Adventures
(September 15, 2009) Kylie Cyr, Admissions at Success Oriented Achievement Realized, Balsam, North Carolina, 828-456-3435, announced SOARS Christmas Keys Adventure for youth ages 8-18, adventure based, experiential education program will be offered December 27, 2009, through January 1, 2010. Students will get the opportunity to experience new adventures and meet new friends while snorkeling at the famous Looe Key Marine Sanctuary, fishing for grouper, tarpon and snapper, learning the basics of ocean kayaking or tubing behind a jet ski. Register Early!

Ex-Darrington Academy Head Investigated in Nevada
(September 3, 2009) A Nevada news source reports Richard Darrington, former headmaster of Darrington Academy in Blue Ridge, GA, is the new dean of students and athletic director at Whittell High School in NV. Darrington was arrested and is now out on bail on two criminal charges of battery-one a felony and one a misdemeanor. Douglas County School District is aware of these allegations and is waiting for fingerprints to come back showing any charges pending.

Logan River Announces New Girls' Program
(September 18, 2009) Logan River Academy, Logan, UT, is pleased to announce the opening of their new program for girls. On October 1, 2009, the girls at Logan River Academy moved to a beautiful country home, overlooking the valley and located a few miles off campus on five acres. This move will allow girls gender specific treatment, while still getting co-ed experiences through school and activities provided through structured social interaction. Contact Larry Carter, Executive Director at 435-755-8400 for additional information.

Soul Continuum's First Expedition to Alaska
(September 18, 2009) Emily Phillips, Owner and Founder of Soul Continuum, Ogden, UT, 717-209-0290, announced Soul Continuum had a successful first expedition to Alaska with a group of girls that included volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity, working with the Women Build group, a whale watching excursion and backpacking in Denali State Park.

Remembering Phyllis S. Steinbrecher
(September 18, 2009) Tom Bratter, President and Founder of John Dewey Academy, has written a poignant letter about the passing of Phyllis Steinbrecher on September 16, 2009, after a brave 47 year battle with cancer. A graduate of NYU and Fairfield University, Steinbrecher devoted her life to education and after a brief teaching career, Phyllis started her educational consulting firm. She was a co-author of four books and lecturer, and she conducted many workshops. Being an idealistic pioneer, Phyllis was one of the founders of The Independent Educational Consultants Association. We here at Woodbury Reports send our deepest condolences to Phyllis's family and friends. To view this letter in its entirety, please visit the struggling teens' website.

Copper Canyon Girls Compete in Shakespearean Festival
(September 19, 2009) Six students from Copper Canyon Academy, Rimrock, AZ, 877-617-1222, competed in the Shakespeare Competition on October 9 and 10, 2009, in Cedar City, UT. The competition was held in conjunction with the Utah Shakespearean Festival. The girls performed a scene from Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona" and monologues from "The Merchant of Venice" and "King Henry VI Part 1." This was the third year that students from Copper Canyon have competed in the 33-year-old competition.

Benchmark Celebrates 16 Years!
(September 21, 2009) Shelley Skaggs, Director of Marketing and PR at Benchmark Transitions, Redlands, CA, 714-813-5002 (cell) proudly announced its 16-Year Anniversary. Founded in September, 1993, by Jayne S. Longnecker, Benchmark has been a leader in the industry of emotional growth schools and programs for troubled young adults.

King's Daughters' School Receives National Accreditation
(September 21, 2009) Kevin Bart, Director of Development and Communications for The King's Daughters' School in Columbia, TN, 931-388-3810, announced The Council on Accreditation (COA) has informed The King's Daughters' School that the school has achieved national accreditation through a rigorous process involving a detailed review and analysis of both their administrative operations and service delivery practices.

West Ridge Students Service Expedition to Peru
(September 22, 2009) Amy Whittaker, Boy's Clinical Director at West Ridge Academy, West Jordan, UT, 801-282-1000, informed us that several students and staff have returned from a service expedition to Peru where students educated the Peruvian's on the importance of proper hygiene, dental hygiene and hand washing. They also helped build an additional room on to their school to help ease the overcrowding in the classrooms. Highlights from the trip included time spent with the local children playing, sightseeing and learning about their culture.

Open Sky Presents Lecture at NAADAC Conference
(September 22, 2009) Open Sky Wilderness Therapy's Nicola Kettle, ND, and Joanna Bettmann, PhD, presented a lecture entitled "The Importance of Nutrition in Addiction Treatment" at the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADC) annual conference in Salt Lake City on August 19. Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is located in Durango, CO. To learn more call 970-382-8181.

Teen Gaming Addictions Are On the Rise in the US
(September 23, 2009) The Pinnacle Schools in Huntsville, AL, submitted an article about teen gaming addictions, which are on the rise in the United States. "Video/online games stimulate the brain's "reward centers" which gives the same high drug addicts feel," said Dr. Charles Lee, physician for the Pinnacle Schools. "Children and teens are becoming addicted to video/online games the way people are addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling." To read this in its entirety, visit the struggling teens' website.

Hearts Blossom at Timber Ridge
(September 24, 2009) Beverly Ann Cox, Director of Admissions at Timber Ridge Preparatory School for Girls in Clark Fork, ID, 208-266-1465, shared with us the many service projects in which the girls at Timber Ridge are involved. These include: volunteering at Bonner General Hospital, the Bonner County Food Bank and Soup Kitchen and the local animal shelter.

Cramer Creek Receives Approval for International Students
(September 25, 2009) Cramer Creek School, located in Clinton, MT, a coed residential boarding school and treatment center, has received approval by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program and is now eligible to accept students from other countries. Contact John McKay, Administrator, at 406-825-2600 for additional information.

CompuHigh, Accredited Online High School
(September 25, 2009) Marianne O'Doherty, Registrar and Head Guidance Counselor at CompuHigh, Morgantown, WV, 866-859-0777, introduced their new accredited online high school - CompuHigh, which specializes in working with trouble teens and giving students options to get their high school diploma or course recovery credits. Students can complete all their work online while being monitored by their guidance counselor and the students' parents.

Katie Grace MacElveen Joins Open Sky Clinical Team
(September 25, 2009) Open Sky Wilderness Therapy, Durango, CO, is honored to announce the addition of their newest team member, Katie Grace MacElveen, PhD. Katie has clinical experience in inpatient adolescent and adult psychiatric settings as well as private practice. Dr. MacElveen will be taking over the leadership as clinical therapist of the young adult team from Gregory Martin, MA. Gregory served as our young adult therapist at Open Sky for the last three years and completed his employment with us at the end of August 2009.

Bridges Academy's Archie Hamilton Creates a Video
(September 25, 2009) Bridges Academy, Bend, OR, is proud to announce that our Mentor Staff Archie Hamilton (who is also currently in college for his CADC II certification) is working with our local TV news station KOHD morning anchor Allison Martin and the Resource Officer for the Bend high schools, Mike Maunder, to create a new video for "Inside Looking Out." (This program used to be called "Scared Straight".) Contact Joan McOmber, MFT, Executive Director at Bridges Academy, 888-283-7362, for additional information.

Tim Marshall New Director of Business Development at Provo Canyon School
(September 25, 2009) Provo Canyon School, Provo, UT, announced Tim Marshall is now their Director of Business Development. Tim brings an impressive background of more than 25 years working in therapy programs. He graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of UT, then earned a Masters of Education with a minor in Social Work at BYU, while working as a Unit Counselor at Provo Canyon School. He has worked in the industry with the Brown Schools/CEDU and Cornell Companies and made the circle, returning to Provo Canyon School. Tim Marshall replaces Brad Gerrard who accepted the position of CEO with Cottonwood RTC in Salt Lake City, UT.

What's New at Crossroads Academy?
(September 28, 2009) Sam Dahlin, PhD, LMFT, Director and Owner of Crossroads Academy, Ogden, UT, 801-369-0238, shared a few topics of interest about Crossroads: Students that are 18 or soon to turn 18, Crossroads Academic Program and the continuing support of their students' interests. To read about these particular topics, please visit the struggling teens' website.

Shortridge Academy's Brian Laing Promoted to Counseling Director
(September 28, 2009) Hannah Mariotti, MA, LMHC, Director of Admissions and Marketing at
Shortridge Academy, Milton, NH, 603-755-3096, announced the promotion of Brian Laing to Counseling Director. Brian is now responsible for the management and training of the counselors and will take an active role in implementing the Positive Youth Development Curriculum. Brian has been a counselor and team leader at the school for over 3 years. He will continue to work closely with the Clinical Director and the Director of Student Life.

Academy at Sisters Welcomes Julie Schneider
(September 28, 2009) Stephanie Alvstad, Executive Director at Academy at Sisters, Bend, OR, 800-910-0412, is pleased to welcome Dr. Julie Schneider as their new Licensed Clinical Psychologist on staff. Dr. Schneider joins us from Boston, MA, where she obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of MA. Dr. Schneider has approximately 15 years of experience working in a variety of settings in the fields of mental health and public education. In addition, Dr. Schneider presented at the NW Regional NATSAP Conference, held on October 14-15 in Bend, OR. Her presentation was titled "Processing Difficulties in Behaviorally Struggling Adolescents."

Echo Malibu Announces New Leadership
(September 28, 2009) Echo Malibu, Malibu, CA, announced the appointments of Alonso Dominguez, MA, to Executive Director, and Karen Rubenstein, MA, MFT, to Clinical Director. Dominguez and Rubenstein succeed co-founders, Jeff Nalin and Cole Rucker. Dominguez is the former Assistant Program Director for Echo Malibu and is a certified 12-step counselor who has been working with youth and families for over 15 years. Rubenstein has been a therapist for Echo Malibu for three years. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with counseling experience at the Los Angeles Unified School District, a domestic violence shelter and the California Family Counseling Center. Contact Alonso Dominguez at 310-589-2090 for more information.

Living Well Transitions Celebrates Five Years
(September 29, 2009) Founded in 2004 by Bill Sell, MA, LPC, CGP, Living Well Transitions in Boulder, CO, is delighted to celebrate five years of helping young adults and families. Living Well Transitions celebrated the anniversary by hosting a dinner in August for friends, family and supporters of the program. To learn more, contact Brooks Witter, MA, LPC, and Clinical Intake Director at 303-245-1020 x205

Aspen Ranch to Present Equine Therapy Model at IECA
(September 29, 2009) Aspen Ranch, Loa, UT, has announced that their Clinical Director Brandon Burr, Program Director Kevin Knutson and Equine Director Chad Lyman will present their Equine Companionship and Partnership Rituals (ECPR) model at IECA's Fall Conference, November 11-14, in Charlotte, NC. Contact Kevin Knutson at 435-836-1103 for more information.

Elk River Campus Building a New Chapel
(September 2009) Alexa Nuessle, Huntsville, AL, 256-518-9998, announced The Elk River campus is building a new chapel! This outdoor worship space, set under the trees will be built amphitheater style and will also serve as a meeting place for other campus activities. Plans include a natural slate floor, cypress benches, fire pit and a stone podium.

Seminar on Treating Chemical Dependency at Rogers Memorial
(September 30, 2009) Rogers Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc, WI, will be hosting an all day seminar Friday, November 6, 2009, presented by Thomas J. Shiltz, LPC, CSAC, on: Treating Chemical Dependency: Matching Therapeutic Interventions with Readiness for Change. Shiltz has more than 25 years of experience as a therapist, consultant and presenter throughout North America. He is an ad hoc instructor for Cardinal Stritch University and a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders. For more information call 800-767-4411 ext. 1356.

Mark Sklarow, Executive Director, IECA, Guest on Answers for the Family
(September 30, 2009) Mark Sklarow, Executive Director of IECA, was a guest on Allen Cardoza's radio program: Answers for the Family on October 5, 2009, to discuss the role and value of the Educational Consultant and the association's role in hosting one of the most advanced and prestigious educational conferences in the country on November 11-14, 2009 in Charlotte, NC. Educational professionals, consultants and leading college, school and program representatives will come together to exchange ideas and gain critical knowledge regarding the "next big curve" in the changing economic and educational road. Of special note on the agenda is the first-ever "master class" in understanding the adolescent brain.

Catherine Freer Namesake Featured In Rock and Ice Magazine
(September 30, 2009) Julia Andrick, Media Contact for Catherine Freer, Albany, OR, 208-265-8355, 208-255-6920-cell, announced the September issue of Rock and Ice Magazine features an article on Catherine Freer, the namesake of Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs. The article reflects on Freer's experiences and how, in the 1980's, she was recognized as one of the top female climbers in the country.

Forman School Welcomes Leavenworth Renda, Fenton and Benson
(September, 2009) Adam K. Man, Head of School at The Forman School, Litchfield, CT, 860-567-1802, welcomes three new additions to The Forman School community: Sara Lynn Leavenworth Renda as Director of Admissions, Francisca Fenton as Dean of Student Affairs and Jane Benson as Director of ADD Services. Sara Lynn served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Westover School in Middlebury, CT, prior to joining Forman; Francisca served as Dean of Students at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, CT, from 2004-2008; and Jane Benson, a Forman School alumnus, previously was employed as a certified coach and consultant for the Center for Psychology and Education in Chapel Hill, NC.

Sober College Films Baby Performing CPR
(September 30, 2009) Robert Pfeifer, MSW, Managing Partner and Founder of Sober College, Woodland Hills, CA, 818-274-0304, shared with us news about a project on which several students from Sober College are working: A film and public service announcement about Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, with eight-month old Baby Peter, son of Melisa Tablada, Sober College's Director of Administration, who took a starring role in this cute and attention grabbing film

Menninger Web Site Goes Live
(September, 2009) The Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX, announced the launch of the new Menninger Patient Alumni Web site where former patients can sign up to stay connected and utilize the resources to continue what they learned in treatment to support their recovery. This web site was designed with the help of patient alumni, who are also planning the first alumni weekend on November 6 and 7, 2009, in Houston.

New Special Ed Coordinator at Elan School
(October 1, 2009) Elan School in Poland, ME, is pleased to welcome Ande (Andrea) Lane, Special Education Coordinator, to their Education Department. Ande completed her Bachelor's in Special Education at the University of ME at Farmington, double majoring in Emotional Disabilities/Behavior and Plant Science. She also worked as a special education teacher and later as a Teaching Principal at an elementary school. Ande developed her own business in 1999, Western Maine Educational Services, serving as an Education Consultant for Maine's home school population. In 2004, she became a full time administrator and in December 2007, she received her Master's in Education Leadership from the University of Southern ME. To learn more, contact Connie Kimball, Admissions Director, at 207-998-4666 x122.

Soltreks Facilitates Women's Trek
(October 1, 2009) Lorri Hanna, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Soltreks in Two Harbors, MN, 218-834-4607, facilitated a trek for women on October 23-30, 2009 in their NM location. This trek provided an opportunity for women to explore their "Real" selves through meaningful and creative activities and to hike within the beautiful setting of nature.

Kim Rubin and Cynthia Cohen Join Forces
(October 3, 2009) Kim Rubin and Cynthia Cohen are happy to announce that they have joined forces and are working together as associates at Rubin Cohen Educational Resources based in New York City. They will be working with, and assisting, clients across the US and internationally. In addition, they are very excited about the synergy between them and look forward to participating in IECA and other professional organizations. Contact Cynthia Cohen, MSPH, at Rubin Cohen Educational Resources, 917 -754 -5284, for more information.

CooperRiis Client Featured in NAMI Voice Newsletter
(October 6, 2009) Virgil Stucker, Executive Director of CooperRiis in NC, 828-899-4673, announced that the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) featured a client of CooperRiis in their Fall 2009 (Issue #17) newsletter Voice.

Boulder Creek Academy Announces Family Expeditions
(October 6, 2009) Shawnale Wilson, Director of Admissions at Boulder Creek Academy in Bonners Ferry, ID, 877-348-0848, announced the Adventure Education department at Boulder Creek Academy has developed two new trip categories. In recognizing the therapeutic value of working with the whole family unit, they will now include siblings on two of their parent /child trips. In addition, they will also start offering alumni trips for former BCA students as an opportunity to reconnect and to reinforce the principles they learned during their time at the school.

Holiday Online Auction to Benefit Horizon High School
(October 7, 2009) Horizon High School in Madison, WI, one of 21 not-for-profit student-centered recovery schools in the nation, will be hosting an online auction November 1-12, 2009, to benefit teenagers working toward success in sobriety, school and life. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for Horizon High School students. For more information visit their website or contact Jan Fulwiler at 608.831.4073

Rae Ann Knopf Is Now VT Deputy Commissioner of Ed.
(October 8, 2009) A Vermont news source has announced Rae Ann Knopf, formerly of Aspen Education Group and CEDU, was confirmed as Vermont's Deputy Commissioner of Education by the State Board of Education. Rae Ann was set to begin her duties October 11, 2009.

Results Reported From Wellspring Canadian Weight Loss Camp
(October 8, 2009) The Canadian Press reports Wellspring, a US-based youth weight loss program, opened its first Canadian facility in Squamish, BC, and teens are having success in losing pounds while learning healthy eating habits.

Hazelden Survey: "Four Generations Overcoming Addiction"
(October 8, 2009) Hazelden treatment center, Center City, MN, announced the findings of a survey of teens and parents and their attitudes towards parent-child communications about alcohol and drugs. It has inspired Hazelden to launch a national "Four Generations Overcoming Addiction" campaign designed to spark conversations about the dangers of addiction among Generation X, Baby Boomers, Millennials and the Greatest Generation. Contact Christine Anderson at Hazelden, 651-213-4231, for more info or visit the struggling teens' website to read this in full.

Silverado Academy Celebrates Year Three
(October 8, 2009) Silverado in Panguitch, UT, will mark their third year anniversary on October 31 and announced they have started accepting applications for enrollment in a girls' program they are adding which will be on a gorgeous girls' campus. In addition, in view of this addition, Silverado Boys Ranch has changed the name to Silverado Academy to reflect their program and vision. Contact Denise Westman, Director of Development, at 435-676-8482 or cell 435-690-9185 for more information.

Alpine Academy to be Featured on Travel Channel
(October 8, 2009) Janet Mulitalo, Program Director at Alpine Academy, Salt Lake City, UT, 435-228-0100, tells us that Alpine Academy has been selected to be a part of a special program broadcast by The Travel Channel. This program will focus on offering resources and tools to families whose girls are struggling with depression and anxiety. Filming and production are already underway. A release date in late 2009 is anticipated.

Oliverian Receives Gift in Support Of Photography Program
(October 8, 2009) Barclay Mackinnon, Head Emeritus/Director of Admissions at The Oliverian School in Haverhill, NH, 603-989-5100, announced Oliverian recently received a major gift to establish and support a photography program at the school from Dr. Sue Edbril and Ken Witkin, mother and step-father of Hanni M. and other members of the Edbril family and a close family friend, in memory of Dr. Edbril's late father.

Living Well Transitions Embarks On Path of Freedom
(October 9, 2009) Brooks Witter, MA, LPC, Clinical Intake Director at Living Well Transitions, Boulder, CO, 303-245-1020, x205, announced Living Well Transitions has begun to implement the "Path of Freedom," developed by Sensei Fleet Maull, a training curriculum that teaches mindfulness-awareness meditation, non-violent communication, conflict resolution and leadership skills. All staff attended a two day workshop with Fleet Maull and will begin a ten week training course for a select group of clients.

Jonathan Jones is New Headmaster at Discovery Academy
(October 9, 2009) Jennifer Jones, Media Services at Discovery Academy in Provo, UT, 801-682-2315, announced Jonathan Jones has been named the new Headmaster at Discovery Academy. As Headmaster, Jonathan will oversee academics at Discovery Academy, Oxbow Academy, Discovery Ranch and RedCliff. Jonathan holds a BA in Social Science from Westmont College and a Masters degree in History from the University of Northern Colorado. Jonathan has over 20 years experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private high schools in CO, VA, CA and UT.

Discovery Academy Sets Enrollment Record
(October 9, 2009) Jennifer Jones, Discovery Academy, in Provo, UT, 801- 682-2315, reports that Discovery Academy set an enrollment record this year when more than 95% of the students enrolled chose to continue their programs upon turning 18 years old.

Turning D Ranch Student Invited To Join the National Honors Society
(October 12, 2009) Sean Thorne, owner of Turning D Ranch in Thompson Falls, MT, 866-581-9121, is proud to announce that one of their residents attending public school in the community has received an invitation to apply for admission to the National Honors Society. Selection is based on four criteria: service, leadership, scholarship and character. To learn more about Turning D Ranch or for more information contact Sean Thorne at 866-581-9121 or visit their website.

Shelterwood Gears Up For Annual Service Projects
(October 13, 2009) John DeVries, Admissions Director at Shelterwood in Branson, MO, 800-584-5005, reports students and staff from Shelterwood are gearing up for major service projects: the annual "Shelterwood Thanksgiving Serve," delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to needy families, helping rake yards for widows and the elderly and helping to build a Habitat home. In addition, they will be loading up the vans and trailers and heading back down to the Gulf Coast region to assist the people in need from Hurricane Katrina and where they will be helping to rebuild a home which was damaged from the hurricane flooding.

Shelterwood Completes Construction of a New School
(October 13, 2009) Shelterwood moved its facilities from Denver, CO, to Independence, MO, in 2008 and is excited to announce the last of the construction is finally completed and students and staff have settled in. The school, set on the side of a beautiful hill, is accessed by walking past a large outdoor swimming pool. The school's top floor has six spacious classrooms, a computer lab, science lab and additional office space. A quick elevator ride takes you down to the weight room/studio area on the second floor and the bottom floor is a full-court gym with six glass backboards and a large stage. To learn more, contact John DeVries, Admissions Director, at 800-584-5005.

Logan River Academy Announces New Girls' Program
(October 13, 2009) Larry Carter, CEO at Logan River Academy in Logan, UT, 435-755-8400, 866-755-8400, is pleased to announce the girls' program has moved to their new home in Wellsville which was previously occupied by Tavasi. The girls now enjoy a beautiful "home" type of living arrangement in a gender specific environment which includes an entire program and activity schedule dedicated to them and their specific needs, with the focus dedicated to the cultural, social and physical programming issues surrounding girls.

Twin Relationships and Eating Disorders
(October 14, 2009) According to Amy Gerberry, Director of Clinical Services at Remuda Ranch, Phoenix, AZ, Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders has experienced an increase in treating twins with eating disorders, stating, "The twin relationship can be a unique one and there is often a stronger need for comparing and competition with one another. Because twins spend a lot of time together, they tend to want to do the same things together, and that can include eating." To learn more contact Remuda Ranch at 800-445-1900.

Pathways and Brinkman House Merge
(October 14, 2009) Rich Simpson, Owner of Argentina Pathways, located in Bariloche, Argentina, and David Brinkman, Owner of Brinkman House in Bonners Ferry, ID, are proud to announce their new merger. Their two unique programs have combined to become "Pathways Home and Abroad" which provides an exciting educational opportunity for young men, ages 14 to 18 years old, transitioning from a wilderness program, special boarding schools and/or treatment programs. To learn more about this new merger contact Rich Simpson at 208-676-1275 or David Brinkman at 208-610-5627.

Score at the Top's Big Move
(October 14, 2009) Judi Robinovitz is excited to announce the Boca Raton learning center, Score at the Top, has moved into a brand new expanded space in Boca Raton's first LEED Gold certified Green building located at 750 Park of Commerce Blvd. She invites you to come and visit them after the dust settles.

Open Sky Launches New Web Site
(October 15, 2009) Aaron Fernandes, Executive Director at Open Sky Wilderness Therapy in Durango, CO, 970-382-8181, announced the launch of their new web-site which provides families, alumni and referring professionals with the best source of information on Open Sky, including expanded information on their professional team members. In addition, for their alumni students and families, they will be providing a monthly online newsletter with the usual resource materials about health and wellness, updates from current and former Open Sky team members and alumni.

Meditating with Horses
(October 15, 2009) Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Marshall, NC, 828-683-7304, held a series of fall sunset meditations and horse interactions in October and November, at the Horse Sense farm in Marshall, NC.

Wellspring Autism Network Added to NASHO's Board of Directors
(October 15, 2009) Andrea Mascarinia at Wellspring, 800-418-9319, told us that the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO) announced Wellspring Autism Network is its newest member. Joining as a director representing Wellspring Autism Network is William L. Young, Vice President of Network Development. Wellspring Autism Network is a national consortium of like-minded providers that specialize in the treatment of children with autism and developmental disabilities using Applied Behavior Analysis.

Coral Reef Academy Update
(October 15, 2009) Julie C. Elliot, LCSW, LMFT, CART, Program Therapist at Coral Reef Academy in Apia, Samoa, 702-997-7634-Internet phone, 011-685-65158-Samoa, 011-685-7703213- mobile, has updated us on the status of Coral Reef Academy. They want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and to assure all of their friends that the students and staff are completely safe and well. The campus sustained only slight damage from the earthquake and the tsunami which hit on the south side of the island, completely opposite from where they are located. On October 8, students and staff attended the funeral service for two children of Perelina Ulugia, one of our staff members, in the morning in a show of their support in the loss of his son, Jayjay, and daughter, Marilyn. They are deeply saddened by the losses incurred by their Samoan family and have already been assisting with local recovery efforts wherever possible. They have reached out to the Samoan Red Cross and the local Habitat for Humanity to offer their services in rebuilding projects.

CORRECTION: Kelly Corey Joins Paula Feldman
(October 16, 2009) We would like to make a correction from our October issue: Paula Feldman, MS, IECA/Certified Planner, 949-759-0330, announced Kelly Corey has joined her as an educational consultant. Kelly holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Social Work. Prior to joining Paula, Kelly was the California Director at Provo Canyon School. Kelly can be reached at 951-699-5295.

Dance and Yoga at the Oakley School
(October 16, 2009) The Oakley School in Oakley, UT, 435-783-5001, is proud to announce they are now offering dance and yoga classes at their school in an effort to provide healthy outlets for their students.

Catherine Freer Offers Parent Coaching
(October 17, 2009) Sarah Mack, Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Programs, Albany, OR, 800-390-3983, announced Catherine Freer is now offering parent coaching to help improve parent-child communication, assist in strengthening relationships and help to create a sustainable home contract for students returning home. To learn more contact Sarah Mack.

HeartCry Recovery Completes First Year
(October 14, 2009) Ramon Palacios, Owner of HeartCry Recovery in Bonners Ferry, ID, 208-267-6083, is proud to report HeartCry has completed its first year in operation. This wilderness treatment program is for adult clients, ages 18-45, with a history of alcohol or substance abuse, addictions or relapse and offers either a 3-week or a 6-week program. To learn more, contact Ramon Palacios.

Caron Treatment Centers to Open Adult Program in Dallas
(August 31, 2009) Caron Treatment Centers will open a 40-bed residential treatment facility which will be known as Caron Texas. It is expected to open in July 2010. This RTC will provide primary addiction treatment to adults who may also suffer from co-occurring disorders. To learn more, contact Karen Pasternack, Director of Public Relations, at 610-743-6576.

Students Can Earn College Credits for Wilderness Programs
(October 19, 2009) Marmy Kodras, Marketing Director for Blueprint Education, Glendale, AZ, 800-426-4952 ext 4840, announced Blueprint Education is partnering with Feather River College (FRC) to provide college credits for students and instructors in wilderness programs. Currently, the FRC credit program is available only through another Blueprint Education partner, the ANASAZI Foundation. High school students or ANASAZI employees are eligible for enrollment. Blueprint and FRC hope to expand the course credit program to other wilderness programs throughout the country. Call to learn more.

Summit Prep Alumni in University of Montana Marching Band
(October 19, 2009) Barbara Cunningham, EdD, Admissions and Guidance at Summit Preparatory School in Kalispell, MT, 406-758-8139, shared a recent Summit Prep coed from California took advantage of the in-state tuition opportunity for Summit Prep high school graduates in the Montana state college system and applied to the University of Montana in Missoula for the fall 2009 freshman class. Not only was she accepted, she was also offered a spot in the GRIZZLIES Marching Band.

Kildonan School Celebrates 40 Years
(October 19, 2009) Kildonan School in Amenia, NY, 845-373-8111, is celebrating its 40th year as a
School dedicated to helping students with dyslexia reach their academic potential. Originally started in 1969 by Diana Hanbury King and Kurt Goldman, Kildonan has grown from a small campus in Solebury, PA, to 350 acres in Amenia, NY, which now holds separate elementary, middle and high schools with day and boarding programs an option.

WinGate WayPoints Now Open
(October 19, 2009) WinGate Wilderness Therapy in Lehi, UT, is pleased to announce the opening of WinGate WayPoints, a Young Adult Wilderness Therapy Program. Focusing on precise assessments, strength development, relationship healing, recovery and transition, WinGate WayPoints creates the right experience for young adults ages 18-26. For additional information regarding WinGate WayPoints contact Brad Matheson, Director of Admissions/Partner, at 800-560-1599 or 801-376-2880 (mobile).

OR Investigator Calls Wilderness School Reckless in Teen's Death
(October 20, 2009) The Bulletin reports a Lake County Sheriff's Deputy believes the death of a 16 year old Portland boy attending SageWalk Wilderness School was a homicide and the result of criminal mistreatment and reckless endangerment by the school. No charges have been filed against SageWalk or any individuals, and the investigation is expected to continue for another few months.

FFS Names Two New Department Heads
(October 20, 2009) Emmanuel A. Argiros, President of the Family Foundation School, Hancock, NY,
845-887-5213, named a new Athletic Director and a new Health Services Director at the school. James (Willy) Williamson, head soccer coach, physical education instructor and student advisor at FFS since April 2009, has been named Athletic Department Director. Williamson's extensive soccer background is leading the 2009 Falcons to an 11-3 season so far, with three of the school's players ranked in the top five in the district. Also joining the school is Robin Morgan-North, RN, as Director of Health Services. Morgan-North has more than 27 years of hands-on nursing experience, has worked extensively with patients with developmental disabilities, has taught NY State medication certification courses and most recently was Case Manager with the Sullivan County (NY) Public Health Department.

BBC Cameras Roll at FFS
(October 20, 2009) Emmanuel A. Argiros, President of The Family Foundation School in Hancock, NY, 845-887-5213, announced that a BBC production crew has completed two weeks of filming at the school for a documentary being produced about the FFS program. The administration decided to allow the filming after conferring with parents and receiving an overall positive response to the project. The documentary, which is expected to be completed next summer, is intended to show British audiences some of the services available to help troubled teens in the US, as therapeutic boarding schools are not common in Great Britain.

Chaddock Recognized as Agency of the Year
(October 20, 2009) Karol Ehmen, Media Advisor at Chaddock in Quincy, IL, 217-222-0034 ext 324 or 217-430-8696, announced Chaddock, a residential treatment center for children who have experienced severe abuse, neglect or other trauma in their early years of development, is the recipient of the "Agency of the Year" award presented by the Alliance for Children and Families.
Chaddock was chosen to receive the award because of its demonstrated excellence in board participation and support, the impact of its advocacy efforts on local, state or national levels and its innovative programs. This award was presented at the Alliance National Conference in Houston.

Regina Alleman, BSN, RN Joins Echo Springs
(October 20, 2009) Echo Springs Transition Study Center in Bonners Ferry, ID, 267-1111, is pleased to announce a recent addition to their program services. Regina Alleman, BSN, RN, is now providing contract services regarding medication management with our students. Services will include reviewing medications and medical history of all newly enrolled students, arranging medical appointments and associated medical needs, and occasional staff education. The service has been extremely beneficial in its first month of implementation, enhancing overall quality of program services.

NWA Students Attend Oregon Shakespeare Festival
(October 20, 2009) Several students and staff from Northwest Academy in Naples, ID, attended the annual Shakespeare Festival held in Ashland, OR, after studying the literary and theatrical classics of Shakespeare in class. The students enjoyed the road trip, which was filled with music and movies, theatre and outdoor cafes. To learn more about NWA contact Dr. Adam Mclain, Executive Director at 877-882-0980.

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