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Please, when contacting our volunteers, describe how we can best be of assistance in your initial message.  If a victim, we do advise you to contact the proper authorities and/or file suit.  You can find reporting resources (including complaint form links for licensing agencies, law enforcement, and official consumer complaints) at http://www.heal-online.org/report.htm.  You can also find legal help resources at http://www.heal-online.org/legal.htm.  We welcome your stories if you wish to participate in exposing the abuse beyond filing proper complaints with the proper authorities.  However, unless you are willing to share such stories publicly (even anonymously) through our website and various mediums (i.e. Youtube or written statement by you), we ask you contact a Survivor Support Volunteer listed below and be patient or try to connect with friends or people you know from your program or send us a request to put you in touch with other survivors of your program who can provide you friendship and a sympathetic ear.  We care, but, our general and overall focus is legislation to stop the abuse and helping to rescue those currently being abused.  You can contact us (see contact info below) should you desire assistance or need help rescuing a loved one currently being trafficked or abused in segregated congregate care. 


If you are an activist who would like HEAL's assistance or support for your cause, event, or action alert (i.e. an online petition), please see http://www.heal-online.org/solidarity.htm for additional information and guidelines for requesting our assistance.  It is pretty basic and not unnecessarily cumbersome.  You will find directions for submitting those requests at the above referenced link in this paragraph. 




HEAL Headquarters (Active Rescues and Legislation)

Angela Smith, National Coordinator/Co-Founder

126 SW 148th St

Ste C100-422

Seattle, WA


Phone: (877)845-3232 xt. 801

Fax: (877)845-8465







Police Captain Charles Kennedy (Retired), Active HEAL Coordinator

Mobile, AL

Phone: (877)845-3232 xt. 814

Fax: (877)845-8465






Emily Adams, Coordinator

Aurora, CO

Phone: (877)845-3232 xt. 805

Fax: (877)845-8465







Monica Weimer, Survivor Support Volunteer

(IFB Cult Survivor)

Phone: (877)845-3232 xt. 813

Fax. (877)845-8465








HEAL is a network of advocates, including parents who've been defrauded by the Teen Behavior Modification Industry (i.e. Wilderness Programs, Wilderness Camps, Residential Treatment Centers, Therapeutic/Emotional Growth Boarding Schools, Boot Camps, etc.).  We are families and professionals (including medical and mental health professionals, educators, lawyers, and civil servants).  We are here to help.


The teen years have always been a struggle for both young adults and parents alike.  Teens have always taken action to establish autonomy and independence and parents have always had difficulty balancing discipline, responsibility, and respect.  HEAL offers a parenting guide to aid you in making healthy choices for you and your family.  You can view this guide by clicking here.


We have many parent volunteers that can help you figure out how to rescue your child if your child has been placed in a behavior modification program.  Whether you currently have legal custody or not, we may be able to help you.  Our parent volunteers are:


Cathy Smith, Coordinator

Phone: (877)845-3232 xt. 802

Fax: (877)845-8465




Catherine Smith Parent of a Provo Canyon School survivor.  cathy@heal-online.org (877)845-3232 xt. 802
Helen Taylor Parent of a Provo Canyon School survivor. helen@heal-online.org (877)845-3232 xt. 810
Lisa Haas Parent of a Cross Creek/WWASPS survivor lisa@heal-online.org (877)845-3232 xt. 808
Susan Smith Parent of Circle of Hope/IFB survivor susan@heal-online.org (877)845-3232 xt. 816


Most, if not all, behavior modification programs use similar deceptive marketing techniques and abusive and secretive/cult-like practices.  While our volunteers may not have experience with the particular program you are investigating and/or from which you wish to rescue your child, we can give you firsthand information on how rescues were achieved from other programs and advise you on why or how the program your child is in is like those with whom we have firsthand experiences. 


We also have a legal help page at www.heal-online.org/legal.htm.  If you need legal help in rescuing your child, please review the resources available at this page.


If you are looking to comment on something unrelated to parenting or fraudulent and abusive programs, please visit here.


We ask that you respect that our organization does not and will not condone, recommend, or refer to residential programs or services.  We are here to help you make the smart choice and keep your child at home and/or in your local community.  We will not debate this issue.  We have overwhelming evidence that this industry is fraudulent, abusive, torturous, corrupt, and often deadly.  We will not condone or recommend risking any child or young adult's well-being by placing them in a private, unregulated prison under the complete control of strangers.  It is traumatic and psychologically harmful.  If you want our help, please contact us. 








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