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James and Kathryn Meyer
James Meyer M.A.
James has been an educator for the past twenty-seven years. During that time he has been a teacher, a coach an administrator and a school founder. He attended Boarding School (Choate Rosemary Hall), before attending The University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduating, James taught history at a private School in New York (Rippowam-Cisqua), and completed his Master of Arts in Education at Fairfield University. From there he moved to Denver and taught history at Kent Denver for four years and coached a lacrosse team that won the state championship in 1997. In 1998 James left Denver for Park City, Utah where he founded and ran the Oakley School for fifteen years. During that time he was a board member on The National Association of Therapeutic School and Programs for 8 years where he was the Ethics Chair and later the Treasurer. In 2003, James was named Utah High School lacrosse coach of the year. Recently, the sports field at The Oakley School was dedicated to James, an honor he will always cherish.
James is a skier and a fly-fisher, a music lover and reader, a lacrosse coach, and a dad. His passion is working with kids and families through a systems based approach. He believes in the goodness in all kids and works to help them find their joy.
James specializes in boarding school placements and therapeutic placements. He loves working with all kids, but is especially interested in oppositional defiance, athletes, and those kids who can't seem to find a passion.
What families and educators say about working with James:
“James Meyer excels at working with families, and is always focused on the most important item: the health and growth of students and their families. His integrity in this regard is impeccable. His dedication to the field of therapeutic programs and the life-changing events that occur at these programs is unsurpassed. I have had the honor of working directly with James as well as the pleasure of calling him a friend and colleague.” ––Middle School Counselor, Park City School System
- Board Member - TCA - Therapeutic Consulting Association
- Affiliate Member - IECA - Independent Educational Consultant Association
- Affiliate Member - NATSAP - National Association of Therapeutic Schools
- Past Founder and Head - The Oakley School
- Past Board Member NATSAP
- Past Chair of Ethics Committee NATSAP
- Past Treasurer NATSAP
Speaking Engagements include:
- "Best Practices Regarding Communication Throughout The Treatment Process" NATSAP annual conference
- "Ethics and Therapeutic Educational Consulting" - TCA inaugural conference
Kathryn W. Meyer M.S.W.
Kathryn has been working with adolescents and their families for the past 27 years. During that time she has worked in private practice, schools, community mental health centers and residential settings. Kathryn received her bachelors in Political Science from New England College and worked with inner city populations doing outreach, prevention and legislative work before being accepted into Columbia University and graduating with a Masters of Science in Social Work. In 1998 Kathryn moved with her family to Park City Utah where her husband founded a Therapeutic Boarding School. After working in local community mental health in Park City and starting a private practice Kathryn began working as an independent educational consultant with a nationally renowned firm. For the last 8 years Kathryn has placed many adolescents and young adults in programs and is an expert in parent coaching and crisis intervention. As a professional and mother of three teenagers herself, she has tremendous understanding and expertise when it comes to placement and family systems. Kathryn is involved in numerous community non-profits, works in the local schools as an expert in mental health issues and is a graduate of the nationally known Park City Leadership program. She enjoys hiking; trail running and spending time with her family and their dog Blue.
What families and educators say about working with Kathryn:
“Not only was Kathy an invaluable, trustworthy source of information and guidance but you also provided emotional support when we needed it the most.” —Parent, Charlotte North Carolina
“Our son desperately needed help, and we had originally found and placed him in a program on our own. This program wasn't working, and we had been given contact information for the business where Kathy Meyer was working. We met with Kathy, and she found both the diagnostic center that got the the root of his issues, and the right treatment program for him. She was invaluable walking us through that process, and even advocated a refund for us from the original program that was not the right fit. She saved our sons life.” —Parents, Madison, Wisconsin
“Working with Kathy has been great. Right from the start I felt very comfortable sharing our story and telling her what we needed. She was very receptive, caring and efficient, finding us a therapeutic boarding school that meets our son’s needs within a relatively short period of time. I couldn’t have found the school without her help. She is very knowledgeable and professional as well as empathetic. I look forward to working with her while our son is away. I am certain it will be a rewarding experience.”—Parents, Las Vegas NV
“Kathy’s information on brain science and the connection between the brain and mental health is critical for all students (and all people for that matter) to know. She is knowledgable and can relate so well with teenagers…” —Therapist, New York NY
“We were hesitant to hire an education consultant at first. Kathy made the experience informative and pleasant. It was a huge relief to have her advice during a very stressful time of our lives.” —Parents, Fort Worth TX
What families and educators say about working with James and Kathryn:
“Raising kids is no easy experience. Especially in a town like Park City. Kathy and James have varied backgrounds in education that have complemented each other and made their advice extremely valuable to my family. Our professional relationship spans at least three years and I suspect it will continue through for least a few more. When the kids are grown and gone, the Meyers will revert to merely friends. Until then we will lean on them for guidance.” – Parents, Park City UT
“Always thoughtful, professional, informed, sensitive and responsive!!! The amount of knowledge and awareness of current programs/trends and placements you provide is incredible.” –Parents, Greenwich CT
“The Meyers are experts in their field. They thoroughly understand the struggles of families in distress and crisis. Their expert advice guides families forward in seeking solutions that make sense.” – Parents, Boston MA
“Both James and Kathy are warm yet professional. Their extensive experience in this field and as parents themselves allows them to empathize with families while making informed recommendations.” – Parents, Boulder CO
“Kathy and James are nationally recognized experts in their field. They are caring and compassionate, but also strong in their opinions. They are able to guide familes through difficult times offering a variety of choices.” – Program Founder and Executive Director, Salt Lake City UT
- Professional Member, IECA
- Member NASW, National Association of Social Workers
- Advisory Board Member Arts-Kids Summit County
- Member Suicide Prevention Coalition, Summit County Utah
- Park City Leadership Alumni class of 2005
Speaking Engagements include:
- "Mental Health First Aid for 8th graders" Treasure Mountain Middle School. Park City
- Lead Facilitator Arts-Kids Program, Park City Utah