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