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Karen Mabie

Founding Therapeutic Educational Consultant

 

kmabie@theschoolsolution.com

847-242-0865

Karen Mabie holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and special education from Vanderbilt University and Master’s and Specialist degrees in Educational Psychology from National Louis University. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, experienced in evaluating and counseling students with learning, social, emotional and behavioral difficulties.

As a professional Educational Consultant Karen is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultant Association and, as such, subscribes to their ethical guidelines.  She has been elected to the Board of Directors to IECA and served as faculty at their Summer Training Institute, training the new consultants entering the field.

She has earned the designation of “Certified Educational Planner” representing the highest level of professional standards in educational consulting. She is also an associate member of the Small Boarding School Association, and the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. She attends a minimum of 3 professional conferences a year to understand current research-based practices. Each year she visits no fewer than 60 schools and programs, evaluating their curriculum, staff and clientele. She has been in practice for over 20 years and presents often at conferences on residential treatment, wilderness therapy and therapeutic educational consulting.

More info on Karen: Professional Memberships , Professional Development , Presentations

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Jennifer Benson

Therapeutic Educational Consultant 

jennifer@theschoolsolution.com

516-361-7734

Jennifer has a Master’s in social work from Columbia University and practicum experience at the Yale Child Study Center.

As a parent of children who required therapeutic schooling, she is uniquely qualified to support families with children struggling in their academic setting. With the lens of a social worker, she brings empathy, compassion, and understanding to the process and has the clinical assessment skills to evaluate the educational and mental health needs of her clients. Jennifer’s goal is to help children and young adults rediscover their innate strengths and gifts, which may have been masked by social, emotional, behavioral, or academic challenges. Prior to getting an MSW, Jennifer worked in communications and advancement for independent schools. She has four grown children and currently lives in Weston, CT with her husband and two miniature wire-haired dachshunds.

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Kelly Betts

kelly@theschoolsolution.com

847-525-9903

Practice Manager

Kelly began working with adolescents over 15 years ago.  She has worked with both adolescents and adults in admissions and professional transition for many programs, always striving to improve the lives of her clients and their families.   Her unique life experience allows for understanding and compassion for those struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues and their loved ones. Her belief in an individual’s ability to heal drives her to leave no stone unturned for those she serves. Kelly has not only served families behind a desk but has been boots on the ground in homes and programs making sure clients are treated with respect and caring. She has a rare view into treatment that benefits the families working with The School Solution.

At The School Solution Kelly supports families through the intake process and works alongside the family and their consultant throughout the placement process. She is also passionate about collaborating with clinical professionals and spreading the word about the unique role that therapeutic consultants play in ensuring that families have access to the best programs to fit their needs.

In her free time Kelly enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

 

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The School Solution

The School Solution support families in finding the best residential school or program for their child or young adult.

We work with families whose child (age 11 to 26) is still struggling despite the best efforts of the family, including intense therapeutic and academic supports at home. At this point the family may feel exhausted, frightened and hopeless, but it is not time to give up. There are so many residential options with unique therapeutic and educational approaches, somewhere there is a place for every child to succeed, we can find that place. We visit and personally and professionally evaluate many schools or programs every year to assess the specific therapeutic and educational supports they provide. We continue to stay in touch with our clients and their programs for at least one year. When making this critical decision it is NOT the time to rely on the internet or word of mouth. These children are too vulnerable. We will professionally interview the family, teachers and treating professionals in order to develop a thorough understanding of the child’s vulnerabilities and strengths. We are uniquely qualified to find the specific school environment, milieu and treatment team where that child and family can begin to heal and thrive.

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Karen was immensely helpful when my ex-wife and I were confronted by a terrible problem — our very bright and engaging son had dropped out of high school, was using marijuana, and was drifting in life.

- Parent of a young adult
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