Little Keswick School Announces Transformation to Non-Profit Status



It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you today to inform you of an important transformation in the life of Little Keswick School (LKS).  Over the last several years, senior LKS staff and leadership have worked with expert independent educational and financial advisors to review the School’s status and to think strategically about the future of the School.

Careful consideration and study have made clear that Little Keswick School should become a non-profit organization, with an independent governing structure and robust fundraising capacities, in order to continue to be a leader in therapeutic education. In support of this initiative, Little Keswick Education Corporation (LKEC) was formed as a 501 (C) (3) organization and has purchased the School.

This new chapter in the history of the School will ensure that the dream and legacy of Bob and Libby Wilson will continue.  The mission, programs, approach, and methods of the School will remain the same. The administrative leadership team of Marc Columbus, Terry Columbus, Dr. Thomson, Jody Berkey and Gene Lemarr will continue in their current capacities. Little Keswick will remain the very special place that you know and love.  The important clinical and academic work that truly transforms the lives of students and families will continue.

As a non-profit organization, Little Keswick School will be able to raise funds more effectively than it could a private, for-profit school. Little Keswick School will now be able to establish an annual fund and build a permanent endowment to support the future of the School for generations to come. The ability to raise funds and to create an endowment is crucial to keeping costs down and to making the School more accessible to families around the world that will benefit from our excellent programs.

Our team enthusiastically supports this transition. We look forward to sharing our vision for the future with you and we welcome your thoughts as we celebrate this important and exciting time in the life of Little Keswick School.



Marc J. Columbus


Little Keswick School



7 Things You May Not Know About Trails Carolina

  1. Starting on day 1, Trails is preparing families for life after wilderness.  We recognize that wilderness is the means, not the end.  Therefore, we have built a program and culture that prepares students for life after wilderness by placing a strong emphasis on family and transition planning.
  2. Trails is an expeditionary model of wilderness.  This means that we are not a base camp model, and we are not a nomadic model.  Our students depart on 2-week, wilderness-immersive expeditions, and then return to base camp to practice transferring their experiences to more everyday situations.
  3. Bring the entire family to Family Camp to celebrate your student’s accomplishments at the end of their stay at wilderness.  Family Camp is a 5-day reunification that allows our students, their parents, and their siblings to practice all of their new communication skills with the invaluable support of the Trails staff.

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4. The Trails classroom helps students transfer the wilderness experience into the real world.  When kids come to base camp they attend school in a conventional classroom setting and can earn up to three high school credits, accredited by SACS/AdvancEd.


5. Trails has the only program for youth (10-13) with gender-specific groups.  We believe there is therapeutic value to letting these young boys be boys and young girls be girls, regardless of whether the kids are in high school or middle school.

6. We practically have a zoo.  When Steve O’Neil joined Trails in 2012 he brought with him his passion and compassion for the fauna of Western North Carolina!  Contact to setup a tour of our nature center, see the patients in the turtle hospital, or feed Gollum, the Trails hellbender!


7. Speaking of zoo, the horses in our equine program are in foster care.  The work that Trails students do in our equine program also helps to rehabilitate traumatized horses so that they can be adopted out to their forever homes 😃💕🐎

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Let’s showcase what makes our programs stand out! Send your 7 bullet point list of what makes your program unique to as well as any pictures that you would like to share.

In 2015, NATSAP started a “Spotlight on our Member Programs”, where we focused on one Member each week and highlighted them on our Social Networking sites. NATSAP recently started our new feature: 7 Things You Might Not Know About (Program Name)!

Not In My Backyard: Communities resist mental health, and alcohol and drug treatment facilities

“Researchers have documented the importance of providing evidence-based treatments to people with mental illnesses, including substance use disorders (SUDs), not only to improve their quality of life, but also to lessen the social and economic burden of these conditions on society as a whole. Although many people agree that individuals with alcohol and drug use problems benefit considerably from receiving treatment, local governments and residents often adopt a “not in my backyard” (NIMBY) mentality when it comes to having such facilities located in their communities.”

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Therapeutic Wilderness Awareness Month and the Jason William Hunt Foundation

September/October 2016 is the first Therapeutic Wilderness Awareness MonthTM. TWAM is a month long collaboration between the Jason William Hunt Foundation and selected microbreweries in 13 states. Each brewery picks the month of their participation as well as the beer to showcase while raising awareness of  therapeutic wilderness expedition treatment programs with their customers.  While some brewers are promoting normally stocked brews others are not only creating special brews but are giving them wilderness related names. For example in September the1912 Brewing of Tucson, AZ, is offering their seasonal brew Drugstore Cowboy Ale. In October Zephyr Brewing of Denver, CO, will be offering Wilderness Scottish Ale. At the end of their participation each brewery will donate to the foundation based on sales of their showcased brew.

The breweries will have posters, table talkers to aid their customers in knowing more about wilderness expedition treatment programs. Smart phone users who scan the QR Code from the promotional materials will be taken to the foundation’s website for more details. Additionally information cards will also be available for review later.

The participating breweries in September are Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills, NC, and the following Tucson Brewers: 1912 Brewing, Borderlands Brewing, Iron John’s Brewing, Public Brewhouse and Tucson Hop Shop. For October’s list of breweries please check the foundation’s website and click on the Therapeutic Wilderness Awareness Month Banner as the  locations spread throughout Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin. NOTE: Due to Utah’s alcoholic beverage regulations Utah participating breweries will be showcasing appetizers.

Funds raised will benefit the foundation’s scholarship fund. The monies will be held for a teen(s) of each respective state to attend one of the foundation’s affiliated wilderness expedition treatment programs. The child may attend in-state or out-of-state as the parents determine. To apply for aid the child must be, at the least, in the treatment program’s admissions process.

While acting responsibility it is hoped that the friends of therapeutic wilderness expedition treatment programs will support this campaign by visiting the participants in their travels. Please bring a crowd, thank the management for their participation and support, take a selfie and post with the brewery’s name to your social media using #cheerstowilderness

For more details contact visit or contact John Hunt, Executive Director, Jason William Hunt Foundation, 513-375-2286

Thank you.

7 Things You May Not Know About Paradigm Malibu


  1. We provide research-backed, evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression and trauma in a compassionate and expert residential service that works with adolescents for 30-45 days in a co-educational and community-based setting
  2. Paradigm’s clinically-comprehensive services provide clinical assessment, daily individual therapy and four hours of group therapy each day
  3. We have a state-of-the-art Young Athlete’s Program directed by therapist and medal winning Olympic swimmer Markus Rogan
  4. Our team just launched our first program outside of Malibu in San Francisco, California
  5. Paradigm’s nationally renowned family program provides 5 hours of parent and family groups every Saturday to support the entire family system.
  6. Our specialty LGBT+ services work with adolescents and families with an affirming and compassionate approach
  7. We provide resources for families, clinicians and adolescents through our social media outlets and blog



In 2015, NATSAP started a “Spotlight on our Member Programs”, where we focused on one Member each week and highlighted them on our Social Networking sites. NATSAP recently started our new feature: 7 Things You Might Not Know About (Program Name)!

Let’s showcase what makes our programs stand out! Send your 7 bullet point list of what makes your program unique to as well as any pictures that you would like to share.


Community Event Aligns with Northwest Academy Mission

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At the sound of the starting gun, runners break through a ribbon and the 40th Annual Kootenai River Run has begun. Northwest Academy assumed sole sponsorship of the event eight years ago as a way to serve the local community and because the event aligned with the therapeutic boarding school’s mission to teach students the benefits of health and wellness and the importance of a post-secondary education.  The proceeds from the event provide college scholarships to local high school students and support the community running program.

This USA Track and Field sanctioned 5k and 10k event started in 1976 and many runners have crossed the finish line over the years. Dwindling participation threatened to shut down the race but the sponsorship by the Northwest Academy kept the event alive. Today, more than 180 runners participate including Northwest Academy staff, students and their families.

Events like the Kootenai River Run often become something very personal to aspiring runners. Northwest Academy Math Teacher Dwayne Davis saw the Kootenai River Run as his chance to train for his first 5K run. He had been unable to participate in previous years due to health issues. He set a goal to train for the event and cross the finish line. Not only did Davis finish, he placed third in his age group and has since run two other races with more races to come.

“I’ll tell you it wasn’t easy. At one point I thought about slowing down to a walk, but up ahead I saw one of my students running alongside her mother, and I thought I’ll keep up a little longer and a little longer and I made it to the end,” explained Davis.

At the conclusion of the race, as all gathered for the awards ceremony, Kootenai River Run Coordinator Jim Cadnum expressed his gratitude to Northwest Academy for their continued sponsorship of the event.

Northwest Academy is a therapeutic boarding school specifically designed to meet the unique needs of high school juniors and seniors. The carefully designed structure and curriculum enables students, at-risk of not graduating high school due to mental health, behavioral or substance abuse issues, to address the roadblocks that are keeping them from successfully transitioning to adulthood.

Northwest Academy students repair their grade point average, rekindle their desire to attend college, apply and are accepted into college, and examine their thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and the relationships and patterns between them. They also learn important life skills and participate in a college readiness curriculum designed to help them be as prepared as possible for college life.

Students leave Northwest Academy with a high school diploma in hand and the tools, motivation and confidence needed to lead a successful life. Located on a beautiful, plateau in the mountains of northern Idaho, students are accepted for enrollment year-round. Learn more at or call 877-882-0980.