Types of Placements


Whether the best school for you is a therapeutic program, a traditional boarding school, an independent day school or a specialized setting for students with learning issues, Woodfin & Associates believes that the most important task is to achieve a wonderful match where the student’s intellect, interests and energy are nurtured by the school’s atmosphere and offerings.

Placements for Students with Learning Disabilities

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Christie’s extensive experience with learning disabilities, attention issues and Aspergers/Autism Spectrum Disorders enables her to provide wise guidance to students and their parents. Schools with expertise in learning disabilities are often appropriate for children with developmental, learning and attention issues. When schools fitting the needs of such a child are not available locally, a boarding school might be particularly beneficial.

Christie will identify the best school for you whose approach matches your student’s particular learning style, social maturity, and extracurricular interests. The school may specialize exclusively in students with learning disabilities, or it may have a heterogeneous population, along with a strong LD support program. Your educational consultant will determine which genre, as well as what specific schools will best fit the individual. The structured atmosphere of a boarding situation, include supervised homework time, organizational and social pragmatics classes, and remediation. These schools enable a child to learn to love learning. In a safe learning environment geared to their learning style and energy level, students with LD can become independent and self-confident. They often graduate with buoyed self-esteem and improved academic skills.

Therapeutic, Behavioral and Emotional Issues Placements

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Emotional and behavioral issues cloud the lives of some students. Adolescents may suffer from such psychological issues as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiance, low self-esteem, grief issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, and neurological disorders affecting behavior. Troubled teens may demonstrate their inner turmoil through anger, defiance, school failure, withdrawal or use of substances. Such behaviors may occur in students after trouble-free childhoods or in children who have always had difficulties. These adolescents disrupt the lives of their family members and exhaust their teachers. They are not intellectually available to learn. When they have not improved through the use of outpatient counseling, these students may find the psychological support that they need at residential programs known as therapeutic boarding schools, residential treatment centers, and emotional growth schools. Such schools rely on a combination of encouragement, therapy, structured programs, academics and physical activity to restore young people to emotional health. Students work with mental health and educational professionals to become more accountable for their own actions and to acquire more resources for dealing with frustration and setbacks. Long-term placements are often preceded by wilderness experiences. With a small group of fellow campers and field staff, in outdoor environments, adolescents evaluate their lives, gain insights about their behaviors, and build self-esteem. In group and individual counseling sessions they begin the journey to emotional health that will be continued in a therapeutic boarding school.

Christie Woodfin visits wilderness and therapeutic programs regularly to access the quality of the programs, the varying therapeutic approaches, and the types of students best served. Christie’s training as a licensed psychological counselor equips her with the clinical expertise to understand issues confronting youth. Her knowledge of therapeutic programs enables her to make wise recommendations. The respect she elicits from the programs makes her a credible voice that a student is an appropriate applicant. But most importantly, with understanding and compassion Christie helps direct families whose children are in distress. She believes that residential placement is not a punishment, but rather an opportunity for teens to learn the strategies and establish the mental health that will stand them in good stead as adults. She provides direction in selecting programs, and remains supportively involved throughout the student’s placements.

 

Day School, Middle School and Prep School Placements

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Many students thrive with the small classes, personal attention, engaging extracurricular activities and structured schedule available at independent day schools and prep schools.  With so many outstanding schools to choose from, parents often have difficulty choosing the best program for their child’s individual needs. Christie can help guide the family through the process in an empathetic and knowledgeable manner, helping families discover the most appropriate environment for their student.

Many times a local school is a wonderful fit for the individual needs of a student. In other instances, a family may wish to consider a boarding school. Christie Woodfin has immense expertise in traditional boarding schools placements. Boarding schools vary widely, from the most academically rigorous institutions to those that specialize in previously discouraged learners. No matter the setting, matching the student to the proper school is vitally important. In the right setting, students develop to their fullest potential – pursuing a variety of activities and special interests, forming inspiring connections with their teachers, and contributing to their school community. Students emerge as mature, self-disciplined, and independent learners. For families who have not yet decided between day and boarding options, Woodfin & Associates will provide for both options.

Christie Woodfin brings a level of emotional support, clinical understanding of educational, learning and developmental issues, and both intellectual and personal understanding of issues that parents are dealing with. For Christie, clients range from super-star kids and high achieving students to those with uneven profiles, learning disabilities or emotional issues. It is Woodfin & Associate’s pleasure to guide students to schools which match their intellectual capacity, individual talents and personal style.

Failure to Launch, Post Secondary, Transitional & Gap Year Placements

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The time it takes to grow up varies greatly among individuals. A number of young people are not ready to proceed to college when they reach their 18th birthdays. Christie Woodfin helps families find a program that moves their adolescent towards independence. These young people may be delayed in reaching maturity because of emotional issues, substance or computer abuse, or developmental delays. Different genres of programs are available to fit the needs of these distinctly different populations. Transitional programs provide a structured living setting for their clients. They provide support and training in life skills, financial literacy, and career development, as well as college classes where appropriate. Christie is expert in directing families to programs that strike an optimal balance between support and independence. Other Gap Year programs provide an opportunity for able young adults to broaden their perspectives and experience the greater world before matriculating at college. Christie helps direct students towards rewarding gap year programs. Helping each adolescent grow into the happiest and best adult possible is always Woodfin & Associates’ goal.

College Counseling

Woodfin & Associates currently confines the college counseling practice to helping those students who are not ready for the conventional college experience to identify interim or alternative options. These options may include a variety of gap year programs, independent living programs or post secondary year placements.

 

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