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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: Hope ()
Date: January 19, 2007 04:53AM

More scary stuff...Training being held at Esalen for people to learn how to run in-patient LGATs on troubled teens.


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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: Hope ()
Date: January 22, 2007 09:52AM

My note - Several ex-KIDS were in a group of ex-cult\Landmark\therapy cults. None of them were drug addicts, though that was the "diagnosis" used to have them placed in the KIDS program.

Closed N.J. Clinic Inspires Film

Sunday, January 21, 2007

RECORD COLUMNIST (The Record is a northern NJ newspaper)

In order to prepare for the movie "Over the GW," director Nick Gaglia had star George Gallagher do a little acting exercise.

"We were reading scenes, and he suddenly grabbed me and pushed me down on my wrists, and it was torture," Gallagher recalls. "I couldn't get up. I was in pain."

What Gaglia was re-creating, for Gallagher's benefit, was an ordeal he went through routinely as an inmate of KIDS of North Jersey -- a controversial, now-defunct rehabilitation clinic in Secaucus (first established in Hackensack) that might be described as combining aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous, Marine boot camp and Jim Jones' retreat in Guyana.

Troubled teens, most with serious drug problems, slept in windowless rooms, were accompanied everywhere from the kitchen to the toilet stall, were often completely cut off from parents, and were subject to physical, emotional and, sometimes, sexual abuse, Gaglia says.

He knows -- he was there for 2½ years.

"You weren't allowed to talk to your parents," Gaglia recalls. "You weren't allowed to look out of the car window. You weren't allowed to read. If you read the back of the ketchup, you got yelled at."

The 24-year-old Gaglia, a Bronx native, tapped into those experiences for "Over the GW," an independent film (Gaglia wrote and directed) that was the opening feature this past Friday at Slamdance, a weeklong independent film festival in Park City, Utah.

"The movie isn't about KIDS of North Jersey, but it's about a facility that mirrors a lot of the abuse that I went through," Gaglia says.

The first-time director, who is still looking for a distributor for his $30,000 indie film, wanted to make sure that the actor playing Tony Serra -- a character partly based on himself -- really had a visceral sense of what the cult-like conditions at the rehabilitation center were like.

That's why he threw Gallagher to the floor and pinned him there. "Five-point restraint," it was called in the KIDS program -- where victims were pinned to the floor by five people in an ordeal that often lasted hours. Gaglia estimates he was restrained this way 100 times or more.

"It brought me someplace," says Gallagher, a Garfield resident. "It was like, that was the whole movie, right there."

Though some KIDS of North Jersey alumni have reported positive results, the list of horror stories – and victims claiming restitution – had grown large even before the center shut its doors in 1998, in the teeth of state investigations.

As early as 1984, "60 Minutes" had run an expose on founder Miller Newton, the former Methodist minister who operated a number of similar franchises around the country. In 1987, then-Bergen County prosecutor Larry McClure investigated the program for nine months and urged authorities to monitor it; in 2000, The Record ran its own investigative piece.

Since closing the doors, Newton and his program have been subject to a number of lawsuits: In 1999, a Wayne woman who had been in the program six years won a $4.5 million malpractice settlement.

"Even when I was in that place, going through all that, I was thinking, 'You know what? This is a great idea for a movie,' " Gaglia says.

For his movie, made over the past year on location in New York and New Jersey, Gaglia went back to the scene of his ordeal for crucial footage -- the now-shuttered KIDS center on Seaview Drive. Not an easy thing, he says.

"I had a paranoia about even going into Jersey, or specifically Secaucus, because of what I went through," he says.

Not that Gaglia wants to paint himself as the angel of the piece.

It was his serious drug and authority problems at age 14 that led his desperate parents, as so many others had done, to seize on KIDS of North Jersey as a last best hope.

"I would stay out all night, smoke weed with my friends, come home drunk, cut school and act up to my parents," he says.

On paper, the KIDS program sounded great. The reality was something else.

Each morning at 6 a.m., Gaglia would be driven from his "host home" in the boroughs, across the George Washington Bridge in a locked car, to the rehab center in Secaucus. There, he would spend the next 12 to 16 hours in support groups that often functioned more like "restraint" groups.

"You were never left alone," he says. "When you went to the bathroom your supervisor had to hold you by your pants, which was called in their lingo 'belt looping.' When you wanted paper to wipe yourself, you had to ask permission."

But worse than all the physical abuse, Gaglia says, was the mental abuse.

"Ultimately, what they were doing was brainwashing you," Gaglia says. "They would drill it into your head that this was the only place that could keep you sober, and if your family members don't support the institution, you could never talk to them. My dad kind of turned away from the place, and they told me you can't ever talk to your father again for the rest of your life. For your sobriety."

In the end, Gaglia had to summon considerable willpower to make his escape.

He did it one Wednesday morning -- on the GW Bridge.

"Before you get on the bridge ... there's a lot of stop-and-go traffic," he says. "I was in this minivan, and on the front-side passenger's seat there was no baby lock on the door. So when we got to the bridge, I sort of pushed everybody away and made it [to the front seat], and of course everybody grabbed me, but I got the door open. That's when the cops came and took me with them."

"Across the GW" has yet to open theatrically, but Gaglia says the MySpace page featuring his trailer has gotten thousands of hits -- not a few from former inmates of Newton's rehab centers nationwide.

"I'm getting e-mails from people all over the world, from Australia and Canada," he says. "People are saying, thank you for making this movie. Thank you for being our voice."

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: Hope ()
Date: June 09, 2007 06:17AM

School tied to River Vale hiker's death will allow water bottles

Wednesday, June 6, 2007
The Record - Bergen County

A Utah wilderness-survival school that ran a hike during which a River Vale man died of dehydration last year is allowing campers to carry 32-ounce water bottles during its grueling desert treks.
"It's about time," said Bradford Buschow, father of Dave Buschow, 29, who collapsed and died on the second day of a 28-day expedition in the searing heat of the Utah desert in July 2006.

"We're very happy to see this. It's a positive step forward. It's one of the things we wanted to accomplish."

Participants on the hike on which Dave Buschow died were given a 24-ounce cup and told to drink water only from natural sources, such as streams, canyon pools or underground springs. But guides didn't find any water for about 10 hours.

The U.S. Forest Service, citing his death, made Dixie National Forest partially off limits to Boulder Outdoor Survival School, or BOSS, until it got advice on providing food and water.

The agency lifted the suspension May 25 after the school filed a new operating plan that allows each hiker a 32-ounce bottle for "obtaining and transporting water" during the early phase of the field course and two bottles during later stages.

"They're allowed to carry them and drink as they go," said Andrew Wright, an attorney for BOSS.

BOSS' survival adventure is designed to test physical and mental toughness. Campers find their own food and water and carry few essentials, but the water restrictions were criticized after Buschow's death.

"Forcing dehydration is a foolish thing to do," his father said. "Everybody's limitations, physically and psychologically, are different. Dehydration is a serious thing to fool around with. You have to really be aware of the symptoms and monitor people carefully."

BOSS referred questions to its attorney because of a lawsuit by Buschow's parents, who claim guides were negligent in the hours preceding their son's death.

While drinking from a stream on the morning of his death, Buschow was seen with a bottle and told by instructors to put it away. He became delusional as hours passed in the hot sun and never was told about emergency water carried by guides.

He died with a guide at his side, less than 100 yards from a pool of water.

Buschow's mother, Patricia Herbert, welcomed the new policy on water bottles.

"To me, it's acknowledging that something very wrong happened last year," she said Tuesday. "If he had been able to take sips along the way, that would have made all the difference."

A wilderness-safety consultant, Deb Ajango of Eagle River, Alaska, suggested BOSS allow campers to ask a guide for water if they've "had enough" and believe a "situation has become dangerous."
It was not known if the school had agreed to adopt that recommendation.

"They incorporated some changes. Some they did not," Hamilton said. "They felt they were contrary to the philosophy of the program -- the idea of stretching yourself, so to speak."

Staff Writer Walter Dawkins contributed to this article, which contains material from The Associated Press.

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: Rswinters ()
Date: June 10, 2007 12:05PM

Klemmer & Associates has a teen camp that equates to the first two seminars they hold in the puplic arena.

So beware. This is Klemmers strategy to teach teenagers the philosphy of "The Secret" and the law of attraction.

So, put the word out to have parents avoid this like the plague.

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: Hope ()
Date: July 21, 2007 08:31PM

The following is from my HEAL e-newsletter today.

From Angela S.
HEAL Coordinator

We were able to persuade a mother just in the nick of time against sending her child to Sorenson's Ranch in Utah! The "escorts"
(paid kidnappers) were to arrive at 3am Friday night/Saturday morning. She is looking into local alternatives and planning to keep her son home and out of institutions.

I spoke with Sarah Dyson (of the Congressional Committee on Education and Labor) again today. She wanted to clarify that she is the Committee on Education and Labor liaison regarding the "teen help" investigation and that Rep. George Miller is "heading up" the investigation. She had received a number of e-mails and was concerned that there may be a misunderstanding. Also, she had initially stated that individuals should contact her with accounts of abuse, but, now, would prefer that statements be sent per the action alert we have on the website at: (and as seen below). Or, she would like HEAL to act as a clearinghouse for statements. HEAL is happy to collect statements to forward en masse to Sarah, but, we understand that some may have reservations about sharing their stories with any third party and therefore encourage those people to contact the Committee on Education and Labor per the action alert below and on the website.

Tell the Committee on Education and Labor Your Behavior Modification Program Survivor Story: I spoke with the person heading up the Committee on Education and Labor <[]; investigation
into the teen "help" industry, by telephone on Tuesday (yesterday). He/she asked that we keep his/her personal contact information off of the website or any internet website. If you would like his/her specific contact
information, please contact:
<> subject: Letter to Congress on Teen Programs.

Submit Your Personal Story or Family Story of Victimization to:
US House of Representatives
Committee on Education and Labor
Majority Office
2181 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20515
phone: (202)225-3725
In the Event of a Hearing (again, no hearing is scheduled at this time):
Submit a "Statement of Purpose" to the above address. Explain that you would like to testify at any hearing regarding the teen "help"/residential
treatment industry. Include information on who you are, what program you or a family member was in, and what you'd like to say at any hearing.

Please note that members of the public are given 1-3 minutes (in general) totestify at any legislative hearing. And, note that submitting your personal
or family story per the information above will be filed as part of the
hearing and included in the public record. It may be more effective to
submit your statement in writing than to plan to testify. There will be
limited time and a limit to how many people can testify in person. Also,
there may be no hearing on this issue at any time. It is a vague possibility
at this point. There is nothing scheduled at this time. So, it is likely
best if you submit your story in writing to be included in the public record
as opposed to requesting to speak at a non-existent hearing at this time.

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: Hope ()
Date: August 04, 2007 08:03PM


From my HEAL e-newsletter 8/4/07
HEAL has discovered in the past week that CAFETY (Community Alliance For the Ethical Treatment of Youth) is a fraud. On the CAFETY Board are former staff and directors of behavior modification programs. HEAL will not work with CAFETY or CAICA (Coalition Against Institutionalized Abuse of Children). Both CAFETY and CAICA have proven themselves to be a front for the teen "help" industry, referral service(s) for abusive programs, and/or wholly unethical and untrustworthy. It is our belief that CAFETY and CAICA (and their supporters--see NYRA and YPAC) are acting as a counter-intelligence coalition to muddy the waters of truth and enable the teen "help" industry to continue abusing, falsely imprisoning, and murdering American children. HEAL is a proud member of the Referral-Free Zone.

HEAL is coordinated nationally and locally by behavior modification program survivors. We will NEVER refer to, recommend, or support the teen "help" industry or anyone who so supports said industry.

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: army-of-me ()
Date: August 19, 2007 04:57AM

Hi everyone, I am a frequent poster on the Impact Trainings thread, a recovering LGAT victim and an ally in the fight against all LGATs.
I am writing this because one of my best friends is a photojournalist and is very interested in doing a story on "how (insert any LGAT here) ruined your life."
If an LGAT ruined your life, you would like a chance to be heard, and you are either in southern California or in northern Utah PLEASE PM me today or tommorrow. She needs to write up a proposal first and needs someone to do the story about, but the proposal is due in the next couple days. Please PM me if you have any questions, are interested or know someone who might be interested. Thanks so much![/size:7fe9fe8b7f]

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: mindconcern ()
Date: August 29, 2007 02:17AM

My brother's friend was recently taken from his home in the middle of the night, in the back of a van, and brought to a wilderness ranch. He was there for a year+. They do chores, and AA meetings all day. I haven't talked to the kid about his experience, but I know they weren't allowed to go into town, and weren't allowed to leave to see parents until they earned a certain level. The kid was experimenting with drugs, but most of his problems were his parent's fault. A neglectful dad and a mother who spoiled them, doing their homework, etc.

What I'm really looking for is a list of confirmed or highly suspected youth rehabilitation facilities and known acceptable facilities. I'm not sure if its even legal to publish something like that, but if anyone has an unofficial list or anything to help me determine if the kid needs help, please link it here.

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: question lady ()
Date: August 29, 2007 02:28AM

i sent you a pm mindconcern

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Troubled Teen Industry
Posted by: Hope ()
Date: August 29, 2007 07:53AM

ISAC will add to this list as necessary.

Source: ISAC Corporation -

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