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

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

New England Tour: Day Two

Our day started out wet and rainy. While we were disappointed, we were happy we were not in wilderness on this day! Academy at Swift River (ASR) was beautifully decorated for the season with pumpkins and fall mums. We love the feel of this program! It was great to see our friend Bar Clarke in his new role as executive … Read More

New England Trip: Day One

Last week we traveled to Saranac Lake, New York to visit Adirondack Leadership Expeditions and Cummington, Massachusetts to visit Academy at Swift River.  Both of these programs are part of the Aspen Education Group.  This was our third trip to see Academy at Swift River but our first time visiting Adirondack Leadership Expeditions. Tracy Edwards, Thomas Ahern, Amanda Lehrer, Patrick … Read More

Utah Trip: Day Five

Ashcreek Ranch Academy is a brand new program that has just opened its doors to serve adolescent males.  One of their goals is to make the right things easier and the wrong things difficult.  We enjoyed hearing about their program and having lunch with Darren Prince and his sister, Tammy. Be looking for a post on what is happening in … Read More

Utah Trip: Day Four

Our last full day in Utah started off in New Harmony at Kolob Canyon RTC.  Kolob is residential treatment center for 12 girls, ages 14 – 17.  The teachers here also teach at Moonridge Academy (below).  Horses are an important part of this program.  The therapy is relational based along with a great deal of recreational therapy.  The girls are always … Read More

Utah Trip: Day Three

Wednesday started off with another full day in the Provo area! We enjoyed our first visit of the day at Heritage School meeting with their admissions staff Susie & Chris since all of the other staff was off campus in training.  The students at Heritage live in single gender houses for students that are 12 – 18 years of age.  … Read More