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NATSAP 2017: Great opportunity to connect

| Friday, February 10th, 2017 | No Comments »

Tucson in January can be quite chilly. 0 Celsius (and below) at night. The warmth came from meeting my colleagues in the behavior, mental health, recovery, and special needs industry. Here at NATSAP is where the planets come together, and the best share their insights and research on ‘what works’. NATSAP is an organisation we support, and pleased to be a professional member.

If you have a family member who needs specialised care, and the trust of an industry that cares, then we can help. We provide guidance and follow through to families anywhere in the world who need this concierge service. And we do provide services anywhere in the world.

It start with a conversation. If we can’t provide you the best residential options, we will refer you to who can, including local options such as therapeutic support. We would love to help you. and we communicate fast to set up appointments via face-to-face or teleconference via SKYPE.

In case you’re wondering, here in Tucson nobody is at the pool! It’s chilly and everyone at the conference is feeling the warmth of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs or NATSAP.

Dr Mark Burdick

Up the Hudson – 3 Unique Schools

| Friday, October 14th, 2016 | No Comments »


DARROW SCHOOL is the first stop.

Waste ManagementSmall, individualised curriculum, project based learning provides incentives for students to learn in their own unique ways.

See how a senior class water management science turned into a community fixture. A true ‘family style’ type of boarding and semi-day school.

There is even a 3D printer making original projects come alive. From the original Shaker furniture to today’s technology, Darrow is providing a unique educational route for those students who are up for the challenge.

Emma CampusEMMA WILLIARD the second stop. All girls, architecturally inspired campus, art science and math focused.

Flags @ EmmaThese young ladies do some heavy academic lifting to get into the sought-after colleges and even receive research based scholarships from George Washington U., among others. An international exchange program to boot. Most inspiring are the signature projects, where these young ladies find their passion and go with it: whether it be de-stymigtizing mental illness, choreograph dancing in NYC, or writing children’s books. Each follows their own passion.



signHOOSAC is our third stop. On a nice fall day when the leaves are turning colours, I can’t imagine where else you’d rather play outdoor sports.

Certainly the number of AP courses got out attention, and the students were from all over — Canada, Netherlands, China, and many more. In fact the international population is roughly at this time, fifty percent of the boarders and that says a lot about the diversity.

Europe is going strong….are you?

| Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 | No Comments »

DITThe 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!

International School Psychology meets Amsterdam

| 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.

IMG_1621My 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.

Overseas Recovery: One shoe doesn’t fit all…

| Sunday, July 10th, 2016 | No Comments »

the shoeJust as one shoe doesn’t fit all sizes, one program doesn’t fit all individuals seeking treatment.
intro to The CabinTake 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. The façade of CC

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.
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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!Culture CC This American Psychologist travels the world to find the better match, the better resource for the best client — YOU!world over

Castle Craig LuncheonWhen you become a client, you’re part of the team called “Success” in recovery. Where does success look to take you?

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