Woodbury Reports Archives


The Internet's leading source of information on emotional growth schools & programs

Archives Contents

Archives Home
Contents by Year
      1989 - Present
Contents by Topic
      Industry News
      Schools & Visits
      Opinions & Essays

Archives Search

The easiest way to find information is by using our search function. Just type in the words you would like to search for and you'll get a list of articles related to your topic.

Site Index

Schools & Programs
Chat Board
Online Store
Contact Us

Seen 'n Heard - Apr, 1998 Issue (page 1)

Page 1 of 3 - Next

With the completion of Elk Mountain Academy’s new building, Carl and Loretta Olding announced that seven of their twelve students moved into their new home in time for Christmas. The 16-month project, which was created by Carl and the students “elbow to elbow”. It houses the new home for the students, the new school, a gym and a woodshop, allowing more space for both living and playing. Gary Kroeger has been named as new Director of the school. Carl now can direct his attention to counseling full time, as well as driving the boat, leading dirt bike expeditions, and coordinating weekly trips to Schweitzer Ski Resort. Loretta will arrange trips, vacations and coordinate the Physical Education program. Marcia Pearson has been named as Director of Academics and Rob Koonce is the new math teacher. 

Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, 541-926-7252, Headquartered in Albany, Oregon, was certified in 1997 as an Oregon Mental Health Division approved program. This will add to their capability of helping parents obtain insurance funding. They also had 260 clients during 1997, an increase of 23% over the previous year. Also, their staff has increased to include 31 full-time and 17 part-time employees. The average age of their staff is 32 years old, and the average tenure is two years, which is not bad for a relatively new program constantly expanding. 

Gary S. Stofle, ACSW, CSWR, CASAC, has published an article on the Internet, entitled “Thoughts about Online Psychotherapy: Ethical and Practical Considerations.” The author claims he has been conducting online therapy with a client since December, 1996, and outlines the controversy and issues that have been brought up by this exploring the possibilities of the Internet. 

According to KHQ-TV, on February 24, 1998, a Washington State Judge, Charles Burdell, sanctioned and fined the State of Washington $455,000 for an alleged cover-up and child abuse involving the OK Boy’s Ranch in Olympia. The ranch was run by the state’s department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) according to KHQ. and later DSHS Director Jean Soliz resigned. They also reported that “Attorney General Christine Gregoire apologized over the weekend for the state’s failure in the case” (not finding the cover up in their own investigation). 

On February 22, 1998, the Oregonian reported there have been four suicides at the Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility in the past four months. The Oregonian editorial makes the point that these youth were in the care of the state of Oregon, and there had been no adequate evaluation of their mental, emotional and educational problems because the mandate of the system was to punish. STUDY SUGGESTS DYSLEXIA IS BIOLOGICAL A study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on March 3, 1998 found they could identify specific brain malfunctions involved in dyslexia. The study was based on using a brain- mapping procedure called functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) which found dyslexic readers used different brain areas than those not impaired. 

Idaho Youth Ranch (IYR) is now offering The Parent Project to local parents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and in Boise, Idaho. The Parent Project is a nationally recognized parent education and support group program. It was developed specifically for parents with strong-willed and out-of-control children. It consists of 16 weeks of classes with a minimum of lecture and a maximum of parents discussing their own problems with each other and class facilitators. Information can be obtained from Paula Neil's, at IYR’s Anchor House in Coeur d’Alene, 208-667-3340, and from Dr. Bob Ball in Boise at 208-377-2613. 

L.E.A.P.S., a short term outdoor oriented program in Tennessee, 931-729-5040, run by Three Springs, announced they have added to their regular programming a special summer intervention for “young men needing additional structure during the summer months.... [LEAPS] bridges the gap between the end of the Spring semester and the beginning of the Fall semester” with “action-packed adventures, positive peer interactions, and mature introspection.” 

Bob Provencher, 706-865-3141, DBAS@stc.com, Chairperson of the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps (NATWC) announced the 5th Annual NATWC Conference will be held May 31 to June 3, 1998 at Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia. Workshops will cover topics in Management, Outdoor Skills, and Therapy. Guest speaker will be Dr. Kim Masters, a child psychiatrist from Asheville, North Carolina. 

The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), 703-591-4850, will have their twice a year conference’s Professional Day on May 7th & May 8th in San Diego, California. The purpose of professional day is to facilitate IECA members to meet and network with schools and programs around the country. Several workshops are planned, two school and program Information Swaps are scheduled, and the main speaker will be Dr. Robert Maurer, “Dealing with Success.” Professional Day will follow a series of meetings by and for IECA members.

Copyright © 1998, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

Site and content copyright © 1998 by Woodbury Reports Inc. All rights reserved.