As an Independent Educational Consultant, I travel throughout the country looking at programs, schools and treatment centers on a continual basis to understand their structure and treatment philosophy. I come to you, with that knowledge, so that when I meet you and your child to do an assessment, I can make the best placement recommendation based on your family’s needs. I work for the family, not a facility, and have no outside interest in any particular program. My background in evaluation and assessment as well as with struggling youth provides me with the expertise, knowledge and objectivity to understand the adolescent’s issues as well as the differences between programs.
The first step will be to meet with you and your child to do an assessment. You will be asked to sign releases so that more background information can be gathered from past treatment providers, such as a therapist, doctor, teacher etc. You will be asked to provide any testing that has been done so that information can be reviewed as well.
In addition to the clinical and educational information, we will discuss location preference, cost, and type of program that would best meet your child’s and family’s needs.
There are many types of programs including wilderness, hospitals, residential treatment, therapeutic boarding schools and transitional living centers. My service includes a contract for one year and up to two placements. Together we will decide on the best course of action which may include one or two placements. I will make placement recommendations to you based on your needs, assist with contacting the program staff to facilitate the placement and will monitor your child’s progress while in the program.
When it is time for your child to come home, I will work with the treatment professionals to coordinate the best discharge plan for your child and family to make the transition as smooth as possible.
I will be there to listen, support and advocate on your behalf. This is a difficult and confusing journey, but I will be with you every step of the way.