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  • @TennesseeDad - from the things I have seen on the survivor forums the program works for some and is devastating for others... but it is a dangerous risk to take. Kids with drug problems loose their connections to drugs, but you could move and get the same result. Finding a good therapist with a PHD for your kid to see several times a week is where I would start before you institutionalize. I would also go see that SAME therapist individually yourself and deal with your own baggage as well as learn ways to connect with your kids. Parenting is tough and we are not perfect either that is why our kids can push our buttons. You may need to try a few therapists before you find one that you click with. After 2 years at PV and years of therapy after I left I can honestly say ONLY go to some one with a PHD... they seem to see through the BS and waist less time and money. That not to say their are not good therapists without a PHD but they are more rare and you cant risk trial and error. Good luck!
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  • Thank you for this excellent presentation!

    I would have considered calling Peninsula for my troubled teen aged son but would never consider that place now.

    I am surprised there hasn't been a criminal investigation and prosecutions!
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  • Deena... I think I remember you. I was there the end of 91-93. You had brown hair and they kept you drugged up a lot in STU. I think we went to different cabins. From the things I have seen I think the PV we went to was not the same as what the kids 10 years later went through. I don't consider the treatment to have been good or helpful, but I was not abused. Like you I feel robbed of my child hood and put in a situation I never should have been in. That disconnect still hurts as I see my own daughter enjoying high school. Yes she is moody and hormonal like I was, but it makes me realize even more that I was normal just like she is normal... I just had a shitty parent. In my early 20's I started having nightmares about being in the village and went to a PHD for therapy who confirmed that was not the best treatment plan for someone like me who was not abused, did not have an addiction or an actual disorder.
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  • I was there for over two years in the 90's. My experience during the four years I was away from the rest of the world were so horrible that I literally 'lost' my entire childhood. I didn't even realize I didn't remember. Now, at 34, I'm just starting to get glimpses of what that life was like, but I thought it was just me. Thank you so much for this..
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  1. 1. “ Behavior Modification Treatment” The truths that are hidden to the world.
  2. 3. <ul><li>Many programs will try to catch the worried parents attention, by first grasping their attention with words of comfort. They tend not to go into great detail. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not go into great detail in the first views of them, in fear of those researching them to be able to “ read between the lines of their invalidity.” </li></ul><ul><li>Peninsula Village , established in 1986, is a long-term residential treatment center specializing in treating adolescents who have not been successful in other treatment settings . Our strength and success lie in our intense clinical approach combined with a chemical dependency component . Our clients, ages 13 to 18, typically are admitted with some combination of the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Mood disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Substance abuse issues </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioral disorders </li></ul><ul><li>Character pathologies </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties in school environments </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse issues </li></ul><ul><li>Cutting </li></ul><ul><li>Peninsula Village is a not-for-profit program and part of a comprehensive behavioral health system that has served clients for more than 30 years. The Village is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and is licensed by the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. In addition, the Village is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP). </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>This here comes straight from the parent guidebook to Peninsula Village. If you can look into their words, you can see that they are trying to “brainwash” you right from the very beginning. </li></ul><ul><li>The reason they do this, is just as they say, because your child will tell you of what really is happening in this facility. After hearing these horrid stories your adolescent will tell you, of course you most likely would feel as if you made the wrong decision in sending your child to the Village. </li></ul><ul><li>If parents pull their kids after hearing this completely valid information, this angers Peninsula Village, because it’s a loss of money for them. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot; Many times parents feel angry, anxious, sad, and even guilty, not sure if they have made the right decision. be prepared that your adolescent is aware of these feelings and either consciously or unconsciously may attempt to arouse feelings of guilt and anxiety . there are some typical ways that adolescents attempt to do this. The most obvious example of this attempt is the full frontal guilt attack. &quot;&quot;why did you put me here? you do not care about me. If you take me out of here I will do anything, I have realized I was wrong, please give me one more chance. Ill Kill myself if you don’t take me out of here&quot;&quot; these attempts directly attack your feelings of guilt, uncertainty, and fear for your child. The second attempt is more subtle and involves your adolescent misinforming, lying, or telling half truths to raise feelings of guilt and anxiety . Typical examples include: &quot;&quot; My therapist told me it was your fault I am here. The staff does not know what they are doing.&quot;&quot; The third example is an attempt to exploit normal parental concerns regarding an adolescents safety. Examples include;&quot;&quot; they are not feeding me. Staff makes fun of me. My peer is a violent psycho. Compared to other kids here my problems are not that serious&quot;&quot; Do not let these attempts to make you feel guilty work . As long as your child believes that he/she might escape responsibility he or she will not change. Often adolescents are actually terrified of change and their oppositional and defiant behavior is a way of avoiding dealing with the painful aspects of their lives. So of course they are going to continue to try to avoid responsibility and introspection. &quot; </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Peninsula Villages staff of program counselors , consists mostly of what is described here in the Program Counselors job requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>People with just as much as a high school diploma or GED are the ones who are most involved with your child’s treatment. The program counselors are the ones who are monitoring your child, assessing them, and extremely involved in their treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>The average counselor at Peninsula Village is just that. A high school graduate. </li></ul><ul><li>PROGRAM COUNSELOR Job Code: 17673 Location: PENINSULA VILLAGE Department: Girl's Outdoor Program Description: Full Time Position: Four days/ three nights. Requirements: Social services degree preferred, but H.S. diploma with experience will be considered . Duties: Work in the outdoor setting with patients in a residential facility. Provide safety, supervision and therapy to adolescents in our care. Need extreme flexibility with scheduling and extensive availability. Covenant Health is committed to a safe and healthy work environment. Therefore, employment is subject to a successful background check and drug screen. Also, a credit check may be performed on applicable positions that deal with handling money. EOE Education: High School Diploma/GED </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>This is from Peninsula Villages website before they edited it, after the commotion about Dr. Adam McLain. </li></ul><ul><li>Back in 2003, when he entered PV, he was not licensed as a Psychologist (show in next slide). </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Adam McLain was misrepresenting himself to everyone for some solid time. </li></ul><ul><li>Seems to be something Peninsula does quite a lot. </li></ul><ul><li>Note how this description does not include the fact that he is a licensed psychologist, yet he is performing tasks done by psychologists. </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Director, Girls' Continuum Dr. Adam McLain joined the Village team in 2003 as clinical director of Girls' Continuum . He previously served as regional director of behavioral services at the Individual Advocacy Group near Chicago, Ill. In that capacity, he oversaw the psychological assessment, behavioral intervention, system analysis and development, and staff development of RNs, licensed therapists and line staff, for a program providing services to adolescents and adults with severe emotional disorders and other mental illness. Dr McLain has experience and training with adolescents suffering from chemical dependence, backgrounds of sexual abuse and disorders included but not limited to conduct, anxiety, mood and adjustment. Dr. McLain holds a doctorate of psychology in clinical psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Olivet Nazarene University. He is a certified therapeutic crisis intervention instructor. </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Here are the notes from the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology regarding Adam McLain’s asking the board to determine his internship is equivalent to an APA or APPIC internship program . </li></ul><ul><li>These notes are dated from the year of 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Violations section of rules governing psychologist: </li></ul><ul><li>  Knowingly assigning, permitting or hiring any unqualified person(s) to perform functions of assessment or treatment or delegating the provisions of psychological services to unqualified person(s); </li></ul><ul><li>  Providing or claiming to provide health services as a Psychologist without a designation as a HSP. </li></ul><ul><li>Licensure denial appeal by Adam McLain </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The board was presented a licensure denial appeal by Mr. Harry Weddle, Litigating Attorney, for Adam McLain, Ph.D. who is asking the board to determine his internship program is equivalent to an APA or APPIC internship program. </li></ul><ul><li>Upon conclusion of Dr. McLain’s testimony regarding his internship program, Dr. Martin made a motion seconded by Dr. Davis, to accept the findings of fact that Dr. McLain’s internship program was not APA or APPIC approved. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>MCGREGOR'S THEORY X </li></ul><ul><li>PERTAINING TO PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORK FIELD </li></ul><ul><li>MCGREGOR'S THEORY Y </li></ul><ul><li>PERTAINING TO PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORK FIELD </li></ul><ul><li>Theory X assumes that workers are basically lazy, error-prone, and extrinsically motivated by money they need simple tasks, close monitoring, and incentives to work harder. </li></ul><ul><li>Peninsula Village tends to fall under this theoretical viewpoint. </li></ul><ul><li>Theory Y assumes that, given challenge and freedom, workers are intrinsically motivated to achieve self esteem and to demonstrate their competence and creativity. </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>1. No moving about unit without permission 2. Your child may not journal. they need to learn to express feelings verbally. 3. Beds must be left neat and tidy when an adolescent gets up off of it to attend an activity. 4. Staff should be addressed as Mr., Mrs., or Dr. or &quot;yes Madame&quot; 5. Do not speak without permission </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>06:30 Wake up,  make beds, do morning hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>07:00 Breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>08:00 Chores </li></ul><ul><li>09:00 Morning activity (Monday through Friday schedules changed) </li></ul><ul><li>11:00 Group Psychotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>12:00 Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>13:00 Priority time, necessaries group, exercises, quiet time </li></ul><ul><li>13:30 School </li></ul><ul><li>16:00 Afternoon activity </li></ul><ul><li>17:00 Dinner </li></ul><ul><li>18:00 Group Psychotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>19:00 Priority time, necessaries group, exercises, quiet time </li></ul><ul><li>19:30 Evening hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>20:30 Evening activity </li></ul><ul><li>21:30 Wrap up 22:00 Spiritual time </li></ul><ul><li>22:05 Lights out </li></ul>
  10. 14. <ul><li>These are photographs taken by one Peninsula Village counselor. This is what she calls artwork. This tends to be her hobby outside of working at Peninsula Village </li></ul>
  11. 15. <ul><li>Sit with it </li></ul><ul><li>  At the Village, the kids spent the first two or three months of their treatment sitting on their beds staring at the wall. No talking except in Group Therapy, no reading, no journaling.  Just sitting.  The idea was that they'd not be able to avoid their feelings.  It was incredibly uncomfortable for them.  Most of them numbed the feelings out for weeks, even months.  When they couldn't run from them anymore, that was when the work started.  When they'd have a painful feeling, we'd tell them to &quot;sit with it&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>I'm not comparing my life to theirs, because I spend a lot of time doing things.   But sometimes I can't think of anything else to do.  I just sit and feel crappy and it sucks.  Being alone is very uncomfortable for me.  But then, that's how I know it's working.  I always told my kids, you have to go through things, not around them.  I wish someone would force me to sit and have 8 hours of quiet time every day.  I can only stand it for about an hour .  Then I write a blog.  I'm such a cheater ; ) </li></ul>
  12. 16. <ul><li>* I was covered in bruises from the head down. </li></ul><ul><li>*Being Physically restrained about twice daily on average where there was no reason for it whatsoever. An alarm kind of like a car alarm except much louder would be turned on and about 20 staff would come running into the unit and all basically jump me, throw me to the ground and sit on me to hold me down </li></ul><ul><li>*When you were restrained they would strip you of your clothing and make you wear hospital gowns until you contracted to move up to wearing scrubs then contracting to wear your clothes </li></ul><ul><li>*I would not see my dad for weeks sometimes over a month </li></ul><ul><li>*If when i was talking to my dad and I tried to tell him how bad it was there they would end the family therapy session right there. they also told him I was incompetent and did not know what I was talking about when he heard me tell him about my bruises </li></ul><ul><li>*I was shoved into a metal chair in front of the staffs desk. I signed my life away. when I went to ask a question, I was shut down. </li></ul><ul><li>* Next thing I knew, I was grabbed, kicked in the back of the knees and fell to the floor </li></ul>
  13. 17. <ul><li>NOROVIRUS OUTBREAK 2007 A Blount County Health Dept. official confirmed last week that they were investigating a gastrointestinal virus that sickened more than fifty patients at Peninsula Village, a residential treatment center for troubled teens in Louisville TN. Repeated calls to the nurses station at PV were not returned but an inside source confirmed the outbreak was one of the group of Norovirus. </li></ul>
  14. 18. <ul><li>April 2, 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>A Chattanooga resident filed a lawsuit against the owners of Peninsula Village Monday claiming she contracted E. coli while at the Louisville facility. </li></ul><ul><li>In Blount County Circuit Court, Catherine Russe sued Covenant Health, doing business as Peninsula Village. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the suit: </li></ul><ul><li>In June, 1999, Russe was a resident at Peninsula Village, a facility that houses about 70 teens, ages 13 to 18 years old. </li></ul><ul><li>Later that month, the infection control nurse at the facility reported a number of cases of diarrhea. On June 24, Russe began experiencing diarrhea, required medical care, and a culture was taken and returned positive for E. coli. </li></ul><ul><li>The Centers for Disease Control opened an investigation and learned Russe and a male resident shared a pattern ``indicating a single source of the E. coli outbreak.'' </li></ul><ul><li>``The CDC, after a thorough investigation, concluded that the most likely source of the E. coli infections were meals served in the kitchen at `Peninsula Village,''' the suit said. </li></ul><ul><li>After onset of diarrhea, Russe's condition quickly deteriorated, she was hospitalized at Fort Sanders Hospital and then transferred to East Tennessee Children's Hospital for acute diarrheal illness. </li></ul><ul><li>Russe's condition didn't improve and while at Children's Hospital, her kidneys began to fail and she was transferred to University of Tennessee Medical Center. At UT, Russe was diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening condition for which there is no known treatment, the suit said. </li></ul><ul><li>Russe remained at UT for 17 days, was discharged on July 17, 1999, and has continued to suffer complications. </li></ul>
  15. 19. <ul><li>Jamie Abernathy received a workbook used in the treatment programs at the village from a friend she said used to work there, and became extremely alarmed after reading its contents. According to Abernathy, the &quot;Medicine Wheel Workbook&quot; written by founding director Dr. Patte Buice Mitchell, is an effort to &quot;force this North American (Indian) religion on kids who have to be there. &quot;We're talking about a locked-down environment, they have no choice but to be there and they're being forced to learn this,&quot; Abernathy said. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It's illegal. You can't have an institution receiving state funds promoting a specific religion,&quot; Abernathy said. </li></ul>
  16. 20. <ul><li>TENNESSEE </li></ul><ul><li>Blount County </li></ul><ul><li>Peninsula Village (residential treatment facility for adolescents) </li></ul><ul><li>12-year-old female in Special Treatment Unit placed in straightjacket </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It’s called a burrito…I would be in the middle of the floor where everybody could watch me.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Medication cut in half against advice of regular psychiatrist; discharged in handcuffs in worse condition than when admitted </li></ul><ul><li>STU patients can write home, but cannot receive mail from or talk on phone with parents; girl wrote letters that family never received </li></ul><ul><li>For &quot;less serious outbursts,&quot; staff take patients down to ground and pin them </li></ul><ul><li>more serious episodes put patients in a &quot;burrito&quot; or 5 point leather restraints on a bed </li></ul><ul><li>The doors are locked, windows covered, lights on 24 hours a day </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>1994/reported by mother and Metro Pulse 1/97 </li></ul>
  17. 21. <ul><li>Peninsula Village’s admission criteria for patients that they cannot admit are as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>-Those with physical problems that would interfere with vigorous physical activity. </li></ul><ul><li>-Psychosis </li></ul><ul><li>- Active homicidal tendencies </li></ul><ul><li>-History of fire starting </li></ul><ul><li>-Verbal IQ below 85 </li></ul><ul><li>However, Peninsula Village does not seem to follow their own criteria. Here are some examples of patients admitted to the Village that do fall under this criteria. </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew G. Klepper </li></ul><ul><li>Sent to Peninsula Village after participating in a brutal sexual assault on an escort as part of a plea bargain that allows him to serve five years' probation. </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Convicted and found guilty of slaying a sheriff deputy with a shotgun after his stay at Peninsula Village . </li></ul><ul><li>Dominic Hawranke </li></ul><ul><li>Ringleader of an alleged school bombing plot of murder and suicide. </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecutors believe that Hawranke and three other boys planned to attack the high schools on the anniversary of the Columbine massacre. </li></ul>
  18. 22. <ul><li>These are warning signs listed on the HEAL (Human Earth Animal Liberation) website of potentially abusive treatment facilities. The warning signs seen here, are the ones that apply to Peninsula Village. </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal and/or written communication between the client and family members is prohibited, restricted or monitored. </li></ul><ul><li>The program requires the parents or client to sign a form releasing the program of liability in case of injury during treatment </li></ul><ul><li>The program requests/demands legal custody of juvenile clients </li></ul><ul><li>The client or parents are forbidden from discussing the daily happenings at the facility. Often this policy is called “confidentiality.” </li></ul><ul><li>The client is denied access to a telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Client phone calls are monitored </li></ul><ul><li>The program uses confrontational therapy </li></ul><ul><li>The staff includes former clients of the program </li></ul><ul><li>Clients are restrained or otherwise physically prevented from leaving the facility </li></ul><ul><li>The program claims that self-injury or cutting/carving on ones body is normal behavior for a client in treatment </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><li>These are warning signs listed on the HEAL (Human Earth Animal Liberation) website of potentially abusive treatment facilities. The warning signs seen here, are the ones that apply to Peninsula Village. </li></ul><ul><li>The program inflicts physical punishments on clients such as exercising, running, food restrictions, and cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>Reading materials are prohibited or restricted </li></ul><ul><li>Clients must submit “chain of commands” or any other such requests for basic needs such as clothes, shoes, personal items and medical care </li></ul><ul><li>The program is run or staffed by persons who lack adequate experience or credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Clients of the program conduct, participate in or supervise the intake/entry process </li></ul><ul><li>Clients are observed on any level of the program, while bathing, dressing or using the toilet </li></ul><ul><li>The program requires clients to be strip-searched </li></ul><ul><li>The program does not allow clients to follow their religion of choice </li></ul><ul><li>Staff members must approve friends, siblings, family visits, or employment </li></ul><ul><li>Clients escort/supervise other clients </li></ul><ul><li>Clients have to “earn” the right to speak during group sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Clients are denied outside activities on any level/phase </li></ul>
  20. 24. <ul><li>These are warning signs listed on the HEAL (Human Earth Animal Liberation) website of potentially abusive treatment facilities. The warning signs seen here, are the ones that apply to Peninsula Village. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff must approve the withdrawal of clients from treatment </li></ul><ul><li>The program expects total and unquestioned support of parents </li></ul><ul><li>Clients on any phase/level are forbidden to speak to other clients </li></ul>
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