Placement Process

Here is a general outline of what you can expect throughout the placement process.

Meet with and interview family and child

  • Meet one-on-one with student (Note: This is my best chance to know your child personally.)
  • If your child is in crisis or unwilling to participate, I can meet with parents only.
  • Identify needs, goals, talents, attitude, personality and social and academic experience

Collect all school and evaluative reports, including

  • Unofficial transcripts of the three prior years of school
  • Academic and psychological evaluations (should not be more than three years old)
  • Arrange additional academic or psychological evaluations if necessary

Talk with other professionals about your child

  • Counselors, selected teachers, therapists, psychiatrists and any other adults with important insights

Establish criteria for school placement

  • Boarding or day school
  • Academic or therapeutic
  • Short-term or long-term
  • Identify other specific features of placement

Choose a small number of appropriate schools

  • Talk with admissions officers or program directors to educate them about your child and put my credibility behind your child

Teach family how to evaluate schools

  • What to look for when visiting
  • What questions to ask
  • How to find all the facts
  • Arrange contact, when possible, with families whose child attended the school or program
  • Conduct a mock interview with the child (when appropriate)
  • Assist family with the application process and enrollment decisions

Continue as a resource for the family after your child is enrolled and for as long as your child is enrolled in the new school or program

  • Schools and programs provide regular updates on your child’s progress
  • Respond to family’s questions, concerns or problems
  • Advocate for your child in whatever ways are appropriate


For Teens and Parents in Crisis

Brooke and Chip work closely with parents, mental health professionals, counselors and intervention programs to find an immediate and safe solution for teens in crisis. Educating parents on the choices available is a key part of this effort. When working with teens and families in crisis, most of the above steps still apply, though the participation of the teen, while ideal, may not be reasonable to expect.

Because parents do not have the luxury of time to visit crisis programs, Brooke facilities extensive phone contact with admissions and other personnel, as well as contact with parents whose children have successfully completed these programs. 

Furthermore, in some cases, it is advisable to engage the services a professional transport service in order to get teens to a program where they can begin to turn their lives around.

*NOTE: In cases of extreme crisis, placement can often be made within 24 to 72 hours.

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