North Carolina, Take 2

On Thursday, we met Don Vardell and Adam Rainer from Shortridge Academy at Chai Pani, a great Indian Restaurant in Asheville, NC. Shortridge is still very much committed to their strength based model called Positive Youth Development (PYD). For a good book on this model, read The Good Teen: Rescuing Adolescence from the Myths of the Storm and Stress Years by Richard M Lerner, Ph.D. There have been many positive additions to Shortridge over the last six months. Shortridge has added new clubs and given more opportunities for students to get involved in the leadership of the school. At the same time, they have tightened boundaries and added an Impressive outcome measurement process. Parents, teachers, students, and therapist will be contributing data that will allow a more individualized treatment plan for each student and family.

Adam Rainer and Don Vardell from Shortridge Academy, Louise & May



Chai Pani is a wonderful restaurant that serves Indian Street food.  They just opened a new bar called MG which is on Wall Street. They have wonderful speciality drinks, a tapas menu and some awesome desserts. We highly recommend it.



 After lunch we toured Asheville Academy for Girls in Weaverville, NC.  This therapeutic boarding school serves girls ages 9 through 14 who suffer from such things as anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief and loss.  The campus is located on 25 acres  in a beautiful valley. The girls were busy preparing a Halloween drama and the staff warned us to not be alarmed by the blood curdling screams! (If you know middle school girls, you know they have a talent for drama).  Asheville Academy for Girls has a strong focus on nutrition and  healthy eating habits. Chief Casey teaches the students a great deal about nutrition, baking for the holidays, and how what you eat has a tremendous impact on how you feel.

This  property was once used as a farm, there are some beautiful outbuilding and a nice sized lake on the grounds.

We are very excited about the addition of a residential treatment center on the east coast started by Solstice, RTC. Solstice, East will share many of the same facilities with  Asheville Academy for Girls.  The girls will be living in a newly renovated cabin that overlooks a lake. Solstice’s treatment  model includes intense physical activity, small classes, emphasis on nutrition, and community service. Kyle Gillett is assembling a superb team and many of the fine qualities of the Utah program will be duplicated here. Solstice has an eclectic recovery model.  

We were in Asheville for the Southeast NATSAP regional conference. We had such a good time reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. The sessions were excellent. It was a well organized conference and lots of fun. Thank you  to all of you who put in hours and hours to make it so successful.

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