Bar has helped us
navigate our son’s very difficult adolescence and early adulthood, and he has supported
us through several placements. He quickly built rapport with
a hard to reach adolescent, and provided us with forthright advice. His presence has been invaluable during what has
been a confusing and emotionally challenging time. If you want to work with
someone who knows the field, has a talent for matching client with
programs/schools, is a good and
compassionate listener, who
tells is 'like it is', and who builds long term relationships with his
clients, you can’t make a better choice than Bar Clarke.
"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the expertise and support of Bar Clarke. We have been working with Bar since March 2005, during some of the most difficult months of our lives. We’ve had to make major, life-changing decisions for our family – to send our son to a therapeutic wilderness program and then to a boarding school. The stress and emotional turmoil have been great, but working with Bar made the whole process much easier to bear.
While Bar never told us what to do, he was always available to answer questions and give input about how things could be done. He has a lot of insight into the process from all angles, even transportation issues. He is knowledgeable about wilderness programs and boarding schools and is connected to their staff. "He knows parents, too. And he cares about the children. (Our son) still talks about Bar.
We’ve been dealing with family issues for over three years now. It has been a difficult and, at times, a heartbreaking process. This is the first time I have felt like I am working with people (Bar, the wilderness program and the boarding school) that understand our situation and can help us through this. I am grateful to have found Bar and our new school."
"Thank you doesn't even begin to come close to the appreciation I feel for your continuing efforts on our behalf. Bar, we have placed our trust in you to help us select the appropriate school for (our daughter) and you have made the process more manageable. I believe that (school name) offers an environment in which (our daughter) can learn to master the skills necessary to succeed in college and in life."
"As a co-founder of Second Nature Wilderness Programs and field therapist I have worked with Bar for more than 5 years, serving families with out-of-home placement needs. Bar’s exceptional work ethic, insight, family advocacy and accessibility have been an enormous asset to the families with whom he works. Aside from providing expertise in placement, Bar consistently offers compassion, sensitivity and support to families. Above all, he relates and connects to families, leading them to feel assured and confident in his direction."
-Brad Reedy, Ph. D. Wilderness therapist and co-founder of Wilderness Program
"Bar Clarke will help re-frame your family situation and crisis while offering clarity and direction. He possesses the in depth knowledge of matching the right program for struggling adolescents and young adults. Trust him. He will help your family get your loved one back on track."
-James Murray, M.S. Director of Breakthrough Interventions
A Parent's Story
"We knew in our hearts months before we came face to face with our 14-year-old son's activities, that we were entering into unchartered parental waters when it came to dealing with his unacceptable behavior. There was confusion and total terror not knowing what had happened to our wonderful, charming, smart, funny, pleasant son…and why."
From November 10th-18th Bar will be traveling. In addition to visiting 6 programs during that time, Bar will also be attending the IECA Fall meeting in San Diego, CA. With over 1,200 attendees expected, this is sure to be one of the largest and most dynamic IECA meetings to date. Bar's time will be taken up with sessions, networking, IECA meetings, book clubs, and maybe, just maybe, a little CA sunshine...