1. Dr.  Karen Nickl (Note from page 1, Maple Lake Academy Review) -- It is not clear to us that Dr.  Nickl still works at Maple Lake.   If (today, September 6, 2014) we Google "Karen Nickl  Maple Lake"  an "about" page comes up indicating that she is still on staff there.  However, if we start out at the Maple Lake Academies' home page, and follow their links to the "about" pages to the girls" program and boys' program, we get different pages that do not include Dr. Nickl.  Do not confuse this Karen Nickl with Karen Nickel at Waterfall Canyon School.
  2. "payments" (Note from Planning Approach -- Introduction) Websites like Woodbury Reports  are useful and this particular one is published with great integrity.  Still it is supported by advertising revenue, which means they are less likely to report what their advertisers do not want reported.  However we believe what they do say is reliable and reflects a sincere desire to benefit the general public. The websites you need to stay away from are the ones that are paid by certain programs to guide people to them, but conceal that fact.
  3. At the time David Altshuler wrote this, Lynn Loftin was the Executive Director of Birdseye. He is now (March 2015)  in a management role in Birdseye's parent organization.  We believe the current executive Director, Clark Hammond, would strongly agree.  (Return to Birdseye Review)
  4. Relationships are also the resource of choice at Birdseye rather than technology.  Clinical Director Jared Rockwood would agree.   Mr. Rockwood is passionate about using human contact rather than cameras and electronic monitoring devices to ensure proper behavior among the boys.  He reports that where cameras do that job the game becomes learning the blind spots of the camera arrangement.  We doubt the effectiveness of monitoring by camera in other programs serving this population.  (Return to Birdseye Review)
  5. "Programs in Play" pages like the one you have been reading are Members Only. Names of programs are links to a Full Review in the Members' section of the web site, if we have such a review. Otherwise names are bold and in black.  If the word "Introduction" is a link, then we have an information page of some kind open to the public.  That would usually be an Introduction or Explanation page in the New Format or a Review in the old Format.  If a review is in the Old Format, check the information; it might be out of date.  We are not generally updating old format material in the old format.  New information leads to a New Format page when we update.  If "Search" is a link, then the program is entered into our search function. The link will take you to a "search post" where you can see what Categories and Tags are listed for that school or program.  Every school, program, or other organization listed also appears alphabetically in our index with at least a link to website. Inclusion of a school or program in this listing does not imply that we endorse it.
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  7. Note on the references to attachment in the diagnostic manuals in use in the USA: These diagnostic manuals are created only by psychiatrists to the exclusion of input from other professions in the mental  health arena. To be fair, the psychiatrists who determine the content of the diagnostic manuals do solicit input from other professionals.  But psychiatrists alone have the final say. Currently most psychiatrists in private practice are primarily providing medication and not so often providing therapy in other forms  (although some psychiatrists still do engage patients beyond medication). No medications are a primary treatment for attachment issues.  Children with attachment issues may be medicated appropriately in some way for some issue other than attachment but preferred approaches to address attachment issues themselves do not generally involve psychiatrists.  We seriously doubt that the specific group of psychiatrists who wrote the section of the DSM V on RAD and DSED fundamentally understand attachment issues. This is a bit like a Chiropractor giving instruction on how to diagnose a heart attack or stroke.
  8. $275 per day was 2010 rate at Birdseye..  That has been increased but within expectations for a rate change over that period of time.  Return to main article where you left off.
  9. Bill Dickerman holds a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology and holds a license as a clinical psychologist -- a fact he rarely mentions. If you call him "Dr. Dickerman" he will correct you and let you know he is "Bill."  This is not a phony ingratiating sales technique. He is simply a very humble man who is as ethical and trustworthy as anyone we have known in this business or any other. He is actually the former head of school, a job he never wanted but accepted because he was persuaded after considerable arm twisting that the school needed his particular talents. He served the school well. His presence in the school assures that methods are not anti-therapeutic. His competence as a teacher, as an admission director, and as a clinician has had great influence on how Hampshire has developed over the years. But true clinical interaction does not occur -- as Bill and others at the school will happily tell anyone who asks.  Return to HCS review.
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  11. Conflict of Interest Notice involving Pyramid Healthcare, High Focus Centers, and Waypointe:  As Waypointe was being considered as a possible service we were paid to write a "concept paper." This occurred in 2013.  The fee was small but it does lead to a relationship that some would see as biased.  (Use your back button to return to where you were)
  12. Medically Assisted Recovery refers to use of drugs to help addicts through the transition to abstinence from abusive drug or alcohol intake.  Prominent examples include use of Suboxone, methadone, naloxone or other drug to relieve compulsion to use.   Return to link that brought you here.