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CEDU / Brown Schools and derivatives / clones / Re: CEDU book
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:10:34 AM »
Hmmm. Someone who makes up a name to say that.  Really?  Probably a CB staffer or maybe Grant himself!   There are better ways to help kids without the damaging effects schools are inflicting AND still make your big bucks.  'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you or your sister or your kid'. You know you would never put your kid or your sister in Carlbrook School or Academy at Swift River or others.  Today's a good day to start making some positive changes for the kids.  You'll still get rich and karma won't come back to bite you, your sister or your kid in the butt.

CEDU / Brown Schools and derivatives / clones / Re: CEDU book
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:48:22 AM »
PJG.  Thanks for posting.

The Troubled Teen Industry / Re: What about
« on: November 11, 2012, 10:50:38 AM »
Article 1 of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment defines torture as:

Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

Facility Question and Answers / Re: Carlbrook School
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:58:55 PM »
Now taking requests for targeted facilities
People are not really sure exactly how many abusive treatment facilities there are. So if anyone knows about some places that are not on the "Targeted Facilities" list at the bottom of the page, put them in the comment section of this update. You can however cite some proof on weather or not their abuse is top notch or from your own experience if your a survivor.

This list really counts to let the general public know about these abusive for-profits. The bigger the list, the better!
at 12:23 AM  

ECaldwell7777September 6, 2012 12:54 PM
Carlbrook School in Halifax, VA:
I personally know the following from an on site visit and interviews with staff members:
1. Students are not allowed to speak to other students (this is called "bans") and are put on "bans" when they arrive.
2. If a student breaks "bans," another rule or has a "bad attitude," they are placed in a classroom called the "reflection room" by three staff members and the "suspension room" by some of the students. They are made to stay there from approx. 7:30 am until 10:30 pm with two 45 minute breaks. They are not to speak or talk and are allowed to ask four questions. A sign on the wall made it clear that the room attendant had the discretion of deciding whether or not a question could be asked in the first place. We were told that the students could be in the room anywhere from one day to 6 weeks.
All phone calls are monitored.
All mail is monitored.
Students must "earn" the right to speak with their parents.
All parent - teacher conferences are held off site at a resort in North Carolina.
There is one RN on staff who is present two days per week.
There is no real infirmary - just a small room in a trailer that has a larger room that serves as the music room/"activities" room, and two small adjoining rooms with bunkbeads. The whole building was very, very dark inside with minimal lighting.
Most of the buildings (not shown in the fancy brochure we received) were modular trailer units, small and dark.
The grounds were very unkempt and the boys dorm was filthy. Four bunk beds were crammed in each room, with clothes hanging visible (no closets), the bathroom was filthy (they are building a new very nice dorm, however).
We asked the school what "therapist" they would pair our child with and we were told they would not provide that information unless our child was enrolled. When we asked for a list of credentials of their staff therapists, we got the same answer.
We were not allowed to see the building "up in the woods" (as it was described) where they conduct the large group workshops they refer to as therapy.
They charge $7,100 per month to attend - double that of most all Ivy League Schools.
They have approximately 100 plus students.
Students are not allowed to come home for holidays.
Students are at no time allowed access to internet or cell phones.
Visit and any communication with family is "earned." We were told that we should expect not to have our child come home for any visit for nine months to a year.
When we visited, we hardly saw any students, which we thought was very strange. We were told that most of them were up in the workshop building have a workshop and it would not be over till late.
The few students we did see told us they were not allowed to talk about the workshops.

The Troubled Teen Industry / Re: What about
« on: October 23, 2012, 10:55:39 AM »
Another runaway from Carlbrook School in Southern Virginia.

Parents... WAKE UP... please don't send your kids to so-called therapeutic boarding schools!

The Troubled Teen Industry / Re: What about
« on: October 15, 2012, 04:22:02 PM »
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The stuff's still going on.  It's got to stop!

Facility Question and Answers / Re: Carlbrook School
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:41:50 PM »
Good article. Thanks.  Praying that something is being done to make Carlbrook a real therapeutic school where the kids are truly the priority instead of the almighty dollar.

Parents... do your homework, google, search, etc. before sending your precious child to a 'therapeutic' boarding school.  PLEASE.

YES, CEDU connected.

Where are the newer posts?  

Just because Carlbrook was has changed some of its practices to look above-board and avoid law suits, it's still ALL about the money.  They longer they keep you there, the more money they make!  There techniques are harmful!

"The "therapeutic mileau" is meant to facilitate the "un-freezing" of the psychological structure of a client. But this "break 'em down, and build 'em up" process consistently causes psychological harm and goes hand in hand with extreme forms of cruelty. History shows us that although these methods are powerful, they are dangerous. There is no safe way to restructure a teenager's psychology through aversive treatments and Pavlovian re-conditioning methods. Wherever human kindness and basic contact with the world can only be earned through compliance; when communication with family is forbidden and the identity is assaulted; when a child is not allowed privacy or autonomy over bodily functions; when complaints are met with punishment; when a child is denied compassion and yet prevented from leaving; where "un-freezing" is forcibly coerced...abuse is being used as a "therapeutic tool". This type of social system is a "Bad Barrel" that will consistently produce "Bad Apples." Why do we assume this behavior-change technology can ever be practiced safely? "  Marcus Chatfield,  Straight survivor

Keep pushing for reform and accountability.  Save future kids from harm.

CEDU / Brown Schools and derivatives / clones / Re: Smushing?
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:27:46 PM »
Carlbrook School carries on the wonderful world of smushing.  It's not right nor a positive therapeutic technique.  And it's not right that they make you feel bad if you don't want to do it.

"Raising public awareness about the methods of coercion is one of the most powerful methods of preventing abuse. In addition to relying on the power of the government, we need to empower the general public and the professional community with knowledge of cultic dynamics and the principles of thought-reform. Light is the best disinfectant and awareness is the best innoculant. Rather than spending millions of dollars trying to tame a monstrous industry, perhaps we could spend millions of dollars raising awareness and developing safe and effective ways to meet the needs of our teenagers rather than merely changing them."

*Marcus Chatfield, a survivor of Straight Inc, which was a privately operated franchise of federally-developed behavior modification facilities which were endorsed by the White House for two decades.  Full article: ... 3-722.html

Change needs to happen for these kids.  We all need to be squeaky wheels.

I don't understand why some of the instructors or counselors in these places don't come forward.  They are legally bound to report abuses, aren't they?

Facility Question and Answers / Carlbrook School
« on: August 05, 2012, 02:12:47 PM »
Brainwashing, intimidation, humiliation, isolation, etc. can mess you up for life.  On 'Carlbrook Students for Accountability and Oversight' FB page , people are posting abuses, their challenges with PTSD, etc. but is anything happening to change things for future kids?   Any accountability/refunds for those who were abused?

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