Aspen Education Group Reveals Findings from Outcomes Research Study on Therapeutic Boarding Schools

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Study finds significant improvements in teen behaviors after they attended a therapeutic boarding school

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Our parents are telling us they are very satisfied with the services they received and have seen significant improvements in their child’s behaviors.

Nearly three quarters of parents who sent their child to an Aspen Education Group (“Aspen”) therapeutic boarding school between 2007-2010 would recommend the program to other families in need.

So reveal the findings of a recent research study conducted by the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving teens.

“We are very pleased with the findings of the study,” said Phil Herschman, President of Aspen. “Our parents are telling us they are very satisfied with the services they received and have seen significant improvements in their child’s behaviors.”

Aspen embarked on this study after conducting numerous focus groups with parents, school principals and clinical professionals. The focus groups revealed a consistent pattern of concerns that parents had for their children and a consistent set of expectations when they enroll their child in a therapeutic boarding school.

The company surveyed more that 10,000 parents and received over 1,300 responses to date. The results revealed that 72 percent would recommend an Aspen therapeutic boarding school to another family in need.

The study also found that there was a dramatic improvement in feelings of safety, trust and the likelihood of receiving an education upon return from one of Aspen’s therapeutic boarding schools. While 83 percent of parents feared for their child’s safety prior to treatment, only 22 percent felt that way after treatment. Similarly, 82 percent didn’t trust their child prior to treatment, while only 23 percent felt that way following treatment. And 82 percent felt their child would never get an education prior to treatment as compared to just 24 percent after treatment.

“These results indicate that parents can be confident that Aspen’s therapeutic boarding schools will deliver significant improvement in the key areas most parents are concerned about,” said Herschman.

The study also found that the educational components of the therapeutic boarding schools make a child about twice as likely to finish high school on time, and three times more likely to attend college.

Just 31 percent of parents thought that their child would graduate on time prior to treatment as compared to almost 70 percent believing so following treatment. A mere 14 percent thought their child would attend college before treatment, while 41 percent felt they would following treatment.

“As parents, we long for our children’s success in life and work hard to help them to reach their academic potential,” said Herschman. “These results show that attending an Aspen therapeutic boarding school will greatly increase the likelihood that a child will reach this potential.”

Aspen Education Group offers parents a nationwide network of therapeutic education programs that include therapeutic boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health (wilderness) programs and residential treatment centers. The organization’s therapeutic boarding schools include Academy at Swift River(Cummington, Mass.), Copper Canyon Academy(Rimrock, Ariz.), New Leaf Academy(Bend, Oregon), Oakley School(Oakley, Utah) and Stone Mountain School (Black Mountain, North Carolina).

The programs help teens get back on track by restoring family relationships, rediscovering academic success, and preparing students to meet the challenges of adolescence and young adulthood. An integrated team of therapists, academic advisors and residential staff works together to guide and support students as they learn how to make social, emotional and academic improvements in their lives.

Aspen Education Group’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment and include a variety of therapeutic settings that allow professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen is a member of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. Since 1995, CRC Health has been achieving successful outcomes for individuals and families. For more information, visit


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