This is a  staff list for Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers in Malibu, CA

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers.  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

HEAL is currently investigating Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers.

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Dr. M. David Lewis Medical Director Also associated with FSAM which is reportedly a substandard "accrediting" organization.  Formerly with the Air Force.
Bill Hoban Clinical Director Formerly with the Navy.
Katie Mason Residential Therapist  
Dr. Robert Waldman Addiction Medicine  
Heather Colligan Latigo Program Director  
Peter Stuart Residential Intern  
David Morrison Clinical Psychologist  
Brian Wildason Residential Counselor  
Laurel Shires Counselor  
JuliAnn Crommelin Counselor Former patient of Visions in 2004 that went on to become staff.
Cheryl Lindsey Outpatient Counselor  
Jennifer LaCorte Body Esteem  
Karen Decker Dietitian  
John D. Lieberman Operations Director  
Daniel Dewey Education Director  
Roger L'Hereault Program Aide Supervisor  
Patrick Schettler Lead Program Aide  
Robert Bracaliello Head Chef  
Susan Lynch-O'Connor Art Therapist Recovering addict.
Kelly Kagan Group Facilitator Also works with The Odyssey School and Crossroads School, among others.
Jean M. Campbell Psychodrama Psychodrama is used by Provo Canyon School as well and is frowned upon by most in the mental health field.  See below for important information regarding "psychodrama".  Also worked with Clearview in Los Angeles.
Fiona A. Ray Intern  
Joseph Rogers Lead Instructor  
Allison Sackin Yoga Instructor  
Kurt Garbe Outreach Director  
Christina Howard Outreach Coordinator  
Stan Weinstock CPA  
Amanda Shumow Founder  
Christopher Shumow Founder  
*(Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
HEAL has received one parent complaint regarding this program.  We received the complaint in February, 2011 via e-mail.  We are investigating.
WHAT IS PSYCHODRAMA?
 

"DOUBLING"

 
This seems like it would be prone to misuse and abuse.  This is a psychodrama tool and if not used responsibly poses serious dangers to the mental well-being of those experiencing it.  Add to this that the kids are already coerced into being there and forced to stay/participate even if harmful.  It is reported to re-traumatize trauma victims if not done by highly-trained professionals. 
 
There is a report in process of being made available online regarding a natural resistance to Doubling/Psychodrama in adults.  This is available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20562758
 
Fritz Perls is known for developing the modern psycho-drama models.  There is a lot of questions regarding his behavior and practices.  See: http://www.gestalttheory.net/archive/hjw1984.html  This article states that Gestalt Therapy has developed into an irrational movement of salvation.  This again suggests a more cult-like regimen.  Again, it all relates back to the "human potential movement", widely described as a network of cults. 
 
Again, many of these theories/tools in use at Visions are still experimental and many have been found to be unethical and/or harmful by legitimate researchers.
 
Empty Chair Work (For problems with Gestalt/Psychodramatic practices and harms that can and do result, see: http://primal-page.com/cathar.htm .)
 
Sociometry--This is vague and again doesn't really tell us what Visions is doing.  It insinuates practicing known, even if not widely accepted theories, but, includes very indefinite language. 
 
Controversy surrounding sociometry article available at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a746620915

 

 Last Updated: September 23rd, 2011

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