Frank Bartolomeo Promoted to Executive Director of Academy at Swift River in Cummington, MA

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Industry veteran to lead charge in helping boarding school's underachieving teens.

Frank Bartolomeo has been promoted to executive director of Academy at Swift River in Cummington, Massachusetts, effective March 12, 2007. Academy at Swift River (ASR), a top college preparatory therapeutic boarding school, specializes in working with adolescents ages 14-17 (grades 9-12) who have social, academic and familial difficulties. Bartolomeo previously served as the program's director of counseling and residential life, responsible for the full scope of clinical and residential life services including program development, supervision of staff and training seminars.

Bartolomeo brings to the job 20 years of experience in the child and adolescent mental health field in diverse treatment settings such as residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics, hospitals and private practice. Prior to joining ASR, he was the clinical director of Children's Charter, Inc., a specialty clinic for the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma. He was also the director of child and adolescent outpatient group therapy at McLean Hospital in Boston.

Currently a doctoral candidate at Simmons College School for Social Work in Boston awaiting his dissertation defense, Bartolomeo received his master's degree in social work from Boston University and obtained extensive post-graduate training in child and adolescent therapy, clinical and forensic assessment of psychological trauma and group psychotherapy.

"Frank has been an instrumental part of Academy at Swift River and we are delighted that he has accepted the position of executive director," said Bo Turner, senior vice president of residential schools and programs for ASR's parent company, Aspen Education Group. "He brings impressive experience to this role, and is committed to enhancing the efficacy of therapeutic education programs to improve the lives of underachieving teens."

"I look forward to serving the amazing families and dedicated staff of Academy at Swift River in my new role as executive director," said Bartolomeo. "Our dedication to helping students restore relationships, rediscover academic success, and prepare for the future challenges of young adulthood has never been stronger."

Academy at Swift River is proud to be a member of Aspen Education Group, recognized nationwide as the leading provider of education programs for underachieving and struggling youths. Aspen offers the largest and most diversified network of therapeutic schools and programs in the country, tailored to meet the unique and individual academic and emotional needs of youths and their families. Students in Aspen's schools and programs benefit from the experience and depth of understanding that comes from two decades of dedication to children, teens and young adults. An innovator in the industry, Aspen was voted among the top 100 education companies by Eduventures, a leading independent research firm dedicated to learning markets. Aspen Education Group's programs have been profiled internationally in news and television media, including U.S News and World Report, People and Education Week magazines, as well as on ABC's "20/20" and "Good Morning", the UK's Twenty/Twenty Productions' six-week series, "Brat Camp," and the syndicated television show "Dr. Phil." No other organization in the therapeutic education industry offers a more enlightened approach, or a more diverse and reputable network of programs. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, please visit or call 888-972-7736. For more information about Academy at Swift River, please visit or call 800-258-1770.


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