SafePassage News

SafePassage – No Child Left Inside

Somebody’s not listening! What’s up with a young child being left alone in a locked car in the summer heat? In Merriam, Kansas last week KCTV5 News reported that a couple left a child inside a hot car while they went shopping. Anyone with a two active working brain cells knows this is wrong. Not only...

SafePassage: Junior

As I was checking out of the grocery store and in the lane next to me a young mom walked with her son over to look at the matchbox car display while grand-mom paid for the groceries. Then all of a sudden when the word “no” came out of mom’s mouth the tantrum ensued. The...

SafePassage: ICPC

Parents listen up. Are you familiar with ICPC: the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children? Did you know your at-risk teen needs to be approved via ICPC prior to placement? Yes, I know it sounds like a headache but it really is for the greater good. In the past much of the ICPC approval was...

SafePassage – Wilderness and Transports: View From the Other Side

The feedback seems to be huge, and perhaps that’s was the goal for Sulome Anderson, writer for The Atlantic Magazine. Sensationalism is the overall tone of Andersons article “When Wilderness Boot Camps Take Tough Love Too Far” as she presents a one-sided view of wilderness therapy for at-risk teenagers. I want to take this opportunity...

SafePassage – Podcast with Dr Susan Blank

Thanks so much to all of you who listened to or watched the podcast yesterday on Americas Web Radio. It was a privilege to be interviewed by Dr. Susan Blank on her show “Detailing Addiction” about my work with at-risk adolescents. For those of you who do not know her Dr. Blank is the Chief...

SafePassage – Q & A Associates and Canaan Valley

As the snow blanketed Atlanta yesterday my mind raced back to three wonderful days in mid – December I spent in a beautiful spot in the mountains of West Virginia: Canaan Valley. Everyone in the town was gearing up for a busy few weeks of tourism, and amid the hustle and bustle I visited with...

SafePassage: No Free Lunch, Seriously?

The attention of the Nation has recently been focused on children starving in our schools because somewhere school lunchroom employees have been instructed to trash trays of food for students whose meal accounts are…empty. It seems that this may have begun in New Jersey. According to nj.com someone from the Willingboro school district said they...

SafePassage – Uncle Guido

It has come to my attention that some Educational Consultants are taking the initiative to help parents figure out how to manage a transport for an at-risk adolescent themselves instead of referring parents to seek the assistance of a professional transport company. When I posed the question why, I was told that the programs and...

SafePassage – The Brain

Recently I shared a cab with Dr. Sandy Newes, PhD.; we talked about business, mutual friends and families and her work with Q & A Associates. Sandy and I were heading to IECA Chicago where she and Steve Sawyer LCSW, CSAC, New Vision Wilderness, were presenting some of their research on Brain-Based Therapy and Advanced...
SafePassage - Dr. John Ratey MD

SafePassage – Dr. John Ratey MD

A few weeks ago I attended the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Annual Conference in Irvine, CA where keynote speaker Dr. John J. Ratey, an Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School discussed his research linking exercise to brain power. During the keynote address Dr. Ratey also introduced his latest book: Spark: The...

SafePassage – Ron Clark

Nine-hundred of my closest friends and I had lunch with Ron Clark at the Independent Educational Consultants Association National Conference in Atlanta a few weeks ago. Ron Clark, who is the recipient of the 2000 Disney Teacher of the Year; two-time New York Times best-selling author; founder of the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta and...

SafePassage – Peer What?

I nearly choked on my coffee as I heard the phrase peer massage roll off the lips of Greta VanSusteren Fox News anchor this morning. “Peer, what?” I asked her as my mind flashed to an assembly of out-of-control adolescents trying to master this technique. Ok, I’m not trying to offend any of my colleagues...