Syracuse, UT (PRWEB) December 1, 2010
Island View Residential Treatment Center for struggling teens has announced the appointment of David Melear, M.Ed., to Executive Director, effective January 3, 2011.
Melear joins Island View with 16 years of management experience in a behavioral health setting including residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric residential treatment, and a specialized boarding school. Prior to joining Island View, he served as Executive Director of Wellspring Academy of California, a boarding school dedicated to providing treatment for adolescents and young adults who are overweight or obese, and a program of CRC Health Group of which Island View is also a part.
“We are pleased to welcome David to Island View and the Aspen Education Group family of programs,” said Phil Herschman, President of the Healthy Living Division of CRC Health Group that oversees all Aspen and Wellspring programs. “He has a great deal of experience in behavioral health so the transition from Wellspring to Island View will be seamless. We are eager to begin this next chapter for the Island View program and are confident that David will be a great asset in helping our families and teens.”
Melear has a Master of Arts in Education, Exceptional Child Education and Learning and Behavioral Disorders. Prior to Wellspring, he spent three years as an Executive-in-Training for a Fortune 500 hospital management company where he oversaw operations for their acute psychiatric and residential treatment centers. In addition, he served as Program Director and Community Liaison, among other positions, for 14 years at a licensed, acute psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents in Kentucky.
“I am both excited and privileged to be joining a program that has a long-standing reputation of excellence for helping adolescents and their families,” said Melear. “Being a part of a team that is dedicated to helping people discover their potential is amazing and I look forward to the quality that is Island View.”
Island View, located in Syracuse, Utah, specializes in helping build healthy futures for adolescents and their families through an unparalleled residential treatment approach. From its foundation in 1994, Island View has helped adolescents build upon their strengths, abandon self-defeating behaviors, understand their unique issues and gifts, and accept help. The program combines a therapeutic, positive peer environment with individual, group and family therapy, academics, recreation and other support services. For more information, visit http://www.islandview-rtc.com.
Island View RTC is a program of Aspen Education Group, the nation’s leading provider of therapeutic education programs for struggling or underachieving young people. Aspen’s services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic settings such as boarding schools, outdoor behavioral health programs and special needs summer camps, allowing professionals and families the opportunity to choose the best setting to meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen is a proud member of the National Association of Therapeutic School and Programs (NATSAP). 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 http://www.crchealth.com.