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Support the Lakehouse Project!

Posted: April 27, 2017| Category: Uncategorized

NEWS!!!!! Thanks to a grateful family, all gifts directed to the Lakehouse project will now be matched 1:1 untiL we reach our goal of $25,000! Make a gift today and watch it double! We are rebuilding the Ranch Lakehouse and are hoping that you can help! From the early days … Read More

From the Desk of Executive Director Lynn Pilcher

Posted: August 22, 2016| Category: Uncategorized

Dear Friends— I’m particularly fond of the Spring Lake Ranch Mission Statement adopted in 1990. It’s not our current missions statement, and I understand why we went to something more concise, but I feel the earlier version has a richness and detail which embodies much of what we strive to … Read More

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner Alissa Johannsen Rubin Comes to Vermont

Posted: June 30, 2016| Category: Uncategorized

Join 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, New York Times Paris Bureau Chief and Spring Lake Ranch Trustee, Alissa Johannsen Rubin, for a special lecture and Q&A. Crises in the Middle East: Difficult Choices for our Next President Friday, August 5th at 7:30pm Paramount Theatre Rutland, VT Tickets at the Paramount … Read More

From the Desk of Lynn Pilcher

Posted: April 8, 2016| Category: Uncategorized

Dear Friends— I’ve just returned from Stockbridge, MA where the Spring Meeting of the American Residential Treatment Association was held over the past two days. I take a quiet pride in our connection to its founding, namely, that Michael Wells and a few other directors of schools and programs came … Read More

The Vermont Story

Posted: October 20, 2015| Category: Uncategorized

Dear Friends— I’m sure you’ve had this experience: feeling awe and inspiration from having been in the presence of someone who has done great things in his / her time. This is what I felt when I had the opportunity to hear Courtenay Harding, PhD speak at the Vermont Department of Mental Health’s annual conference last week at Lake Morey. If you met her on the street you’d have no idea that this soft spoken, self-effacing woman had done such monumental work to advance the understanding that people with persistent mental illness can recover and lead meaningful lives. The Vermont Story begins with the innovative practices and bold leadership of Dr. George Brooks in the 1950s. He was well ahead of his time in the way he thought about and attempted to treat people with severe mental illness. Courtenay Harding became involved with his work when as an adult undergraduate at UVM she received college credit for assisting in research on the effectiveness of these approaches. The results of the study, including data 32 years following discharge from the Vermont State Hospital, are quite simply amazing. Little did some of us know that 60 years ago people came from all over the world to Waterbury, Vermont to observe what Dr. Brooks and his colleagues were doing and how important it would become to our understanding of the potential to recover from severe mental illness. Courtenay has been to the Ranch a couple of times and when I spoke with her she remembered fondly her work on Gardens Crew, preparing string beans for canning. She told me she talks about the Ranch all over the world, wherever she goes to speak, because our therapeutic community approach embodies so much of what researchers in the 1950s and in later follow-up studies found to be the essential factors contributing to why and how people got better. I’ve attached Courtenay Harding’s PowerPoint from last week’s conference as well as one of Dr. Brook’s original papers on their work. It is well worth better acquainting ourselves with this history and the role Vermont played in advancing humane approaches to mental health care. It is one of which we can be extremely proud and do our part to build upon. All the best, Lynn Read More

Congratulations Trustee, Alissa J. Rubin!

Posted: October 15, 2015| Category: Uncategorized

2015 John Chancellor Award Winner Alissa J. Rubin, Paris bureau chief for The New York Times who has spent much of her remarkable 35 year-long reporting career covering Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans, is the recipient of the 2015 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism. Rubin was selected in … Read More

2015 Paddle Battle Fundraiser!

Posted: July 16, 2015| Category: Uncategorized

Join old and new friends in celebrating the grand opening of the newly-renovated Tennis Court and Recreation Facility! Saturday, August 22 from 11am – 3pm Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community, 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, Vermont ~ Rain or Shine ~ ~ Exciting doubles round-robin tennis tournament … Read More

A Very Special Evening

Posted: July 7, 2015| Category: Uncategorized

Join New York Times Paris Bureau Chief and Spring Lake Ranch Trustee, Alissa Johannsen Rubin, for an evening of stimulating conversation and community. Where did ISIS come from? A look at the origins of a deadly terrorist organization Thursday, August 6th at 7:30pm Shrewsbury Meeting House 88 Lottery Road, Shrewsbury,VT … Read More

Open Dialogue

Posted: June 14, 2015| Category: Uncategorized

This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to learn more about Open Dialogue, a therapeutic approach developed in northern Finland now being implemented in settings around the world.  What started as a way to change the way inpatient admissions were handled in Lapland has become further refined, taught, and … Read More

NAMI Vermont Annual Conference

Posted: June 10, 2015| Category: Uncategorized

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to attend the Vermont NAMI annual conference.  One of the great achievements of this conference, I believe, is its diversity and inclusivity.  Unlike other conferences which tend to be heavily weighted towards those providing services, NAMI Vermont draws together nearly equal participation from … Read More