|The "hobbit" from Spring Creek Lodge. Teens were placed here for punishment.|
I can't believe it's been over 14 years since my nightmare with WWASPS.
Sadly I still receive emails from students struggling to overcome the emotional trauma they endured during their time at a WWASPS facility, as well as many simply looking for help in seeking academic credits.
Neither which I can help them with, however it never ceases to amaze me that there are so many victims that have been effected by these people -- yet they continue to close and open facilities in our country.
The blessing is that many parents are doing their due diligence and learning how to educate themselves before placing their child into a residential therapy school or program. They are asking the right questions, and digging deeper into the past of the program. If your gut is twisting - it's time to move on to another program.
It's not about "not" getting your child help, it's about finding the right help for your child and family. Never select a program when you are at your wit's end. Never get pressured into placing your child.
Wood Creek Academy, Red River Academy and any others that formerly have been WWASPS associates -- we can only hope and pray they are not using the same methods and tactics that have been used on the many, many students priors. In my opinion - there are many programs in our country - make an educated decision.
After receiving a phone call from a parent that was suspicious of the marketing of Wood Creek Academy, I called the Montana licensing bureau to confirm that Wood Creek Academy is formerly Spring Creek Lodge. Unfortunately zebras don't change their stripes.
If your gut tells you something isn't right - keep on searching for the right program for your child. There are many quality schools and programs in our country.