Monday, October 1, 2012
Interview by Lon Woodbury
Dr. Andy Sapp is an Accredited Clinical Psychologist and the principal founder of Cherry Gulch, which is a Therapeutic Boarding School for boys between the ages of 10 to 14. He spoke with Lon Woodbury on L.A. Talk Radio about how boys, who have actually consistently had difficulties growing up, are now encountering much more substantial problems.
Dr. Andrew Sapp has considerable experience working with youth in the fields of mental health. He got his M.A. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. His clinical therapeutic experience includes working as a Field Supervisor and Therapist at a healing wilderness resort for adolescent boys, working at a youth facility with criminal offenders, and working as the head therapist with suicidal and psychotic youth in the pediatric unit of a secured inpatient psychiatric hospital.
Cherry Gulch near Boise, Idaho, is a therapeutic boarding school on 220 acres of beautiful ranch land that has been designed to help 10 to 14 year old boys. The mission purpose of the school is to offer superior academic and therapeutic services to boys within a safe, compassionate atmosphere.
Challenges Boys Are Facing In the 21st Century
The interview focused on the challenges boys are facing today. Dr. Sapp outlined an alarming state of affairs, a quiet crisis that is happening in the homes and schools of America. Currently, the United States is experiencing a higher population of boys who are overwhelmed by issues like academic failure, detachment, isolation, substance abuse, and depression. He believes that a large part of this epidemic comes from the trouble boys are having navigating through an increasingly complex society. The natural impulse of boys to be more active, impulsive and needing hands-on parenting and educational guidance is creating more conflicts for them in our society.
While applauding the social efforts made to help girls and young women obtain equality in society, Dr. Sapp pointed out that it was well past time to provide boys and young men their due since they are failing to meet social norms in every conceivable way. His therapeutic boarding school offers a wide spectrum of ways to better reach boys and assist them to develop maturity and manage the challenges of life better
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