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Cascade Crest Traditions (formerly NorthStar Center)
« on: October 20, 2011, 11:44:17 PM »
As some of you know, and some do not, the Aspen Ed program NorthStar Center is no longer ... as of sometime late this past summer.

The former director of this program, along with several of its employees, have started a new program. That program is currently going by the name of Cascade Crest Traditions.

First, here is announcement of NorthStar's closing:

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Bend Bulletin
NorthStar Center in Bend set to close

Published: March 26. 2011 4:00AM PST

The California-based parent company of Bend's NorthStar Center announced Friday that it will be shuttering the drug and alcohol addiction recovery program this summer.

About 40 full- and part-time employees work at the NorthStar Center, which works to prevent relapses of young adults between 17 and 24 years of age.

NorthStar Center's closure is one of five centers in three states set for closure by parent Carlsbad-based Aspen Education Group. The company cited "reduced demand for therapeutic schools and programs in today’s economy" for the closures.

The NorthStar Center is scheduled to treat students through the first week of August, according to the company.


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Comments: "NorthStar Center in Bend set to close"
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 11:52:26 PM »
Comments left for the above article, "NorthStar Center in Bend set to close" (March 26. 2011; Bend Bulletin):


Kathryn Whitehead · 6 months ago
    this reporter fails to mention the 2007 Congressional Hearings regarding the abuse and deaths at therapeutic boarding school. certainly economics could have something to do with the decline, but what about an educated consumer base about the harms and history of this industry. Case in point is the closure of two ASPEN programs, Mount Bachelor Academy (for abuse as therapy model of intervention) and SageWalk wilderness camp, which the sheriff recommended be prosecuted as a homicide.
    Kathi · 6 months ago in reply to Kathryn Whitehead
      I do believe that both programs were cleared of wrong-doing in the end.
    [/list]
    FreedomFighter100 · 3 months ago
      They charged a fortune for the 24/7 "FREE" 12-Step Religious Cult & make-believe "Higher Power" Voodoo practices; every kid leaving the facility was more insane & more addicted than ever before


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    Re: Cascade Crest Traditions (formerly NorthStar Center)
    « Reply #3 on: October 21, 2011, 11:47:29 AM »
    Quote from: "axe murderer"
    Oregon Department of Human Services report on the August 2009 death of Sergey Blashchishen
    Fwiw, Sergey Blashchishen went to Sagewalk, another of Aspen's programs, and which closed in late 2009 in the wake of his death. An excellent and highly recommended read, nonetheless! Thanks for that link.

    NorthStar Center, on the other hand, closed earlier this year for less dramatic reasons, that is, due to a mere downsizing in Aspen Ed/CRC's arguably bloated stable of programs. An earlier thread about NorthStar:


    NorthStar Center, a young adult program (~17-24), was founded in 1991 by Dennis Crowell, who had previously also been one of the founding members of Mount Bachelor Academy. Like MBA, NorthStar was another one of those programs utilizing the CEDU-linked "personal growth workshops" called Lifesteps.

    Aspen acquired NorthStar in September of 1998, with Dennis and Jeannie Crowell staying on. However, Dennis Crowell resigned not quite two years later. In October of 2002 he was Director of Integrated Services at CEDU. He's been involved in a number of startups and collaborative projects since then, often involving folks directly or indirectly linked to CEDU. E.g., with Randy Russell, a Father/Son Wilderness workshop (2005) and a "Man to Man" Wilderness Workshop (2006), College Excel in Bend, OR (founded in 2002; Crowell left in 2009, wife Jeannie still remains), as well as a number of small private counseling and consulting practices, etc. etc.
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    Re: Cascade Crest Traditions (formerly NorthStar Center)
    « Reply #4 on: October 22, 2011, 12:08:14 AM »
    Ah... but I digressed a bit, as usual.

    After Dennis Crowell left, NorthStar Center had a small series of executive directors, with Sean Fievet working in that capacity for the past four years. It is Mr. Fievet who founded Cascade Crest Traditions, with several of his former employees at Aspen's NorthStar forming the bulk of the staff and admins at the new program.

    Fwiw, Sean Fievet was with NorthStar for a total of about nine years. He started off as a case manager, later becoming program director, finally becoming executive director in May of 2007. Prior to NorthStar, he worked "with adolescents and young adults in wilderness and residential settings" for over six years (programs not specified).
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    New Transitional Program Launches
    « Reply #5 on: October 22, 2011, 12:26:56 AM »
    Here's announcement of the launch:

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    Breaking News
    Oct 4, 2011, 07:40

    Cascade Crest Transitions
    Bend, OR


    New Transitional Program Launches

    Contact:
    Sean Fievet
    Executive Director/Owner
    866-357-6357
    http://www.cascadecresttransitions.com

    October 3, 2011

    Building on over 10 years of experience providing young adults with transition to independent living experience and support, Sean Fievet and a team of passionate, skilled professionals have launched a new program in Bend, Oregon: Cascade Crest Transitions.

    Cascade Crest Transitions (CCT) is a residential program that works with young adults, aged 18-25, who have struggled to effectively transition into adulthood. These difficulties are related to drug and alcohol using behaviors, mood disorders, learning issues and motivation issues. CCT is located in beautiful Bend, Oregon with facilities that are walking distance to Central Oregon Community College and OSU Cascades Campus. Here students can access all the riches of Central Oregon including skiing/snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor, world-class rock climbing at Smith Rock, hiking, biking, golfing, rafting and fishing in the Deschutes River and pristine Cascade Lakes.

    CCT students are introduced to and practice healthy living habits in all dimensions of their life (physical, social, mental) and learn emotional coping skills, rooted in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) philosophy and practice. Although a new program, the Cascade Crest team of professionals-- Therapist Nancy Lode, MA, LPC, CADC II, Academic Director Alice Huskey, MA, Therapist Marcus Biancucci, MA, Academic Instructor Jensine Lirette, Case Manager Gregg Andrick and Residential Coach Lindsey Hurvitz -- has a proven track record of assisting young adults as they move forward toward successful adulthood.

    Sean Fievet shared, "With the creation of Cascade Crest Transitions, you have the combination of two essential components: the recreational and academic opportunities of Bend, Oregon paired with a highly competent staff who are experienced in providing the structure and clinical support necessary for a challenging age-group to create a foundation for success."

    Cascade Crest provides the highest quality therapeutic program that includes recovery, academic, independent living and mental health support. CCT also offers family support through Next Step for Success, a parent coaching program that assists parents and families in becoming a productive part of the treatment process along with monthly parent Tele-classes, Parent Retreat and facilitates Family Therapy.

    Cascade Crest Transitions offers professional, trained staff who employ therapeutic techniques that are research proven and whose efficacy has been demonstrated repeatedly including: Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as Developed for the Treatment of Trauma. Teaching staff are licensed educators in the State of Oregon. CCT's Mission is to facilitate a transition to healthy independence by empowering young adults and their families to work with their learning struggles and self-defeating behaviors in a manner that supports personal responsibility and healthy interdependence so that young adults can achieve their educational and life goals.


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    Re: New Transitional Program Launches
    « Reply #6 on: October 22, 2011, 12:32:57 AM »
    From the above press release, emphasis added:

      CCT also offers family support through Next Step for Success, a parent coaching program that assists parents and families in becoming a productive part of the treatment process along with monthly parent Tele-classes, Parent Retreat and facilitates Family Therapy.[/list]
      Next Step for Success is yet another CEDU-influenced enterprise. It was founded by Bill and Penelope Valentine, perhaps along with another person or two that I can't think of at the moment...

      Fwiw, Next Step for Success also works with Benchmark and Academy at Sisters.
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