DrBurdick | Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 | No Comments »
The Irish have a saying “Go hÉirinn le frown agus saoire le gáire.” I’m not sure what it means but I feel better already. 500 school partners and growing. Seen here is one of these partners, DIT, and I’m their agent in bringing great candidates to attend a college that is affordable and well established — now well over 150 years old as an school offering a wide range of vocational and certification in various courses.
I’m confident I can provide you with an option that is both affordable and unique whether it be an undergraduate in music technology or a master’s degree in a sought after field of study. Ireland provides unique opportunities and we’d love to share more!
DrBurdick | Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | No Comments »
ISPA (International School Psychology) is a major player nowadays in the world audience of educational, as well as mental health concerns. Nowhere else is peer-to-peer activity so important to social and academic concerns than within the schools and school systems.
Last week, we heard from ISPA the need to provide ‘data driven’ decision-making research, and that’s what we saw in the poster, paper, and keynote presentations. The ideals of embracing culture and diversity were so ever-apparent, along with making education ‘available’ for those with disabilities.
Amsterdam was the ‘perfect’ venue for ISPA given all of the public transportation and walking accessible routes, colleagues of mine and I were able to spend ‘quality time’ discussing international school psychology matters.
My presentation “When School Is Just ‘Too Much’ Comes a Positive Outdoor Solution” was wonderfully received by international practitioners unfamiliar with outdoor (aka wilderness) treatment and US practitioners familiar with it. Both RedCliff and Wingate were reviewed, and highlighted was the journal article written by Steven DeMille and myself.
That article appears in July 2015 Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and was a 1st place award winner in Prague last year in winning the ‘cultural crossover’ category.
DrBurdick | Sunday, July 10th, 2016 | No Comments »
Just as one shoe doesn’t fit all sizes, one program doesn’t fit all individuals seeking treatment.
Take for example The Cabin in Chiang Mai. The type of person that would feel comfortable at The Cabin would feel so given the type of culture promoted by the center itself. That is to say, that not everyone would feel comfortable there, and might rather be more comfortable, say, at somewhere like Castle Craig in northern Scotland near Edinburgh.
Indeed, it’s a completely different feeling that one gets, along with somewhat of a different population. Many more Dutch at one, due to the proximity to the Netherlands, vs. Chiang Mai where you might find more of an Asian or Australian population.
Certainly, one center might be more appropriate for female than male. For example when one looks at the bedrooms, you get a different ambiance, and sense of privacy. These are not impressions that you can take from a website. You need to be there, to spend time to get to know staff and view the surroundings and the population, before a referral source can feel comfortable making a placement.
Plus, as I get to know the individual, I get a sense of what will work, and what will not work for that person who is searching for a quality recovery experience, one that decades later they can look back and say: that was the beginning, it was fantastic! This American Psychologist travels the world to find the better match, the better resource for the best client — YOU!
When you become a client, you’re part of the team called “Success” in recovery. Where does success look to take you?
DrBurdick | Monday, June 27th, 2016 | No Comments »
I’m that Licensed Education and Therapeutic Consultant that can help make those decisions about unique and motivating, if not compelling outdoor experiences for youth. Not all meet the same objectives; it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ scenario.
Neil Brown, LCSW a therapist in Santa Cruz, California knows first hand the value of working in concert with my professional program recommendation. Together we make it a ‘win-win’ placement outcome for both the client and the family.
Here is Neil’s blog entry on the topic: http://goo.gl/QJ0vm6
I hope to see more of this type of conversation on Neil’s blog as he gears up for the release of his book on control battles. Programs are a meaningful part of solving family battles, and summer is the perfect time to build a ‘happy’ family again.
Do something ‘meaningful’ for your family this summer: Help motivate to create a better life! Talk Up Summer Options!
DrBurdick | Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 | No Comments »
WEBA Provides an excellent opportunity for agent / consultant such as myself to preview select schools. this month in Budapest I made partners with Grier, Sierra Canyon, Inglingua, The Royal School and others. Additionally, agent partners in Hungary help to place the students, particularly those looking for culture and ‘life experience’ within safe, thriving home stay settings. THIS is what we do: help Americans and Europeans to successfully make connections through education to advance their future. THIS is the reason we do it: to build ‘success’ stories for those who view their ‘global future’ in becoming ‘global citizens’. This is tomorrow, TODAY!