October Utah Trip: Day Three and Four Continued & Day Five

Click here for our first post of these two days! On Wednesday and Thursday, May and Louise attended an Aspen Professional Development Workshop (PDW) hosted by Aspen Education Group, a division of CRC Health. LINK.  After a warm welcome from Andy Erkard, Aspen’s Senior Management team  presented their commitment to a client-centered approach. They are conducting  a long term research … Read More

"Just Add Water"

When many parents hear for the first time that their child or young adult may be showing some features of Asperger’s Syndrome, they have visions of Autistic children that have significant language delays or might be seen in a self-contained classroom.  One of my parents, when I told her that her child might have some of the characteristics of Asperger’s, told me, … Read More

October Utah Trip: Day Three & Four

 A fence made out of skiis in Park City, Utah! We are officially feel like we are in Utah as the snow comes down.  For Wednesday and Thurday we will be attending the Partnering for Hope Conference Here is what our schedule looks like: During the conference, we have met lots of new people and love the place we are … Read More

October Utah Trip: Day Two

We started our morning at Oakley School in Oakley, UT.  James Meyer, executive director, opened with a presentation on Myths and Realities about Oakley. What impressed us about James’ presentation was the consistency of purpose and programming since Oakley’s opening in 1998. He reviewed the continuum of care from a psychiatric hospital to a traditional boarding school. On one continuum … Read More

October Utah Trip: Day 1

We are back in Utah – it is chilly in and the mountains are expecting snow. We started our Monday morning visiting Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment (AIBA). During NATSAP in Asheville, NC we met their new medical director, Dr. Jeff Wilson, who did a presentation there on the DSM changes – click here to view a blog post about this! … Read More

Diagnostic Labels: How Are They Changing?

May and I attended the Southeast Regional NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs) in Asheville, NC on October 18th and 19th.  One of the speakers at the conference was Jeff Wilson, M.D.,  from the Aspen Institute for Behavioral Assessment.  He addressed the upcoming changes to the DSM.  For those of you that don’t know, the DSM is the … Read More

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 … Read More

Trip to North Carolina!

Last night Louise and May went to meet with a student at Christ School. We had a wonderful dinner at Never Blue Restaurant at 119 Main Street In Hendersonville, N C. It was an interesting menu with many different items such as brussel sprouts and fried cauliflower. We also enjoyed a great beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts.  One of the … Read More

Transitioning from High School to College

Summary of an article: Preparing Students To Transition from High School to College, a review of the perceptions surrounding college and the challenges students face as they prepare for their collegiate experience, August, 2012 Despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of students believe college is an avenue worth pursuing, only 68% actually enroll immediately after high school. Of those … Read More

Wilderness Experience

Please read this incredible story of recovery from a very brave young woman named Allie!  For so many young adults in the throes of addiction, the hardest step is the first step:  agreeing to go to treatment.  We find that the wilderness experience gives young adults time to reflect, time to slow down, and time to get reconnected to their … Read More