Students are assigned to a dorm based on age, developmental maturity, and peer group “fit” with other students. Each dorm has its own core team of staff, headed by a Dorm Clinician, a Masters level therapist who oversees the development and implementation of the students’ Individual Treatment Plans.
Each dorm has common areas, a small kitchen, dining area, and double bedrooms. Bedrooms are furnished with twin beds, desks, chairs, and closet organizers. Students are encouraged to bring pictures and posters from home to decorate their room.
Breakfast and lunch are served in our campus dining hall, while dinner is eaten family-style, with staff and students together, in the dorm dining area.
Between intramural athletic teams, arts, volunteer opportunities, off-campus trips to town and nearby sights, our students are actively engaged after school and on weekends. When the school day is over, you might find our students canoeing in the summer, snowboarding at a nearby ski slope in the winter, fishing all year round, playing a game of disc golf on campus, practicing for an upcoming basketball game against a local school, going for a photography hike, working on the literary magazine, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or volunteering at a local animal shelter. Our activities aim to reflect current student (and staff!) interests and passions, hence are always changing.
Weekends remain highly structured and supervised, but also provide the opportunity to take longer trips around the New England area. Favorite spots include local hikes, ceramics studios, seasonal fairs, visiting Boston, shopping at the local mall, and catching a movie. New opportunities occur each weekend as the interests of our students and staff emerge and evolve.
As one of Wediko’s Co-Directors, Betsy maintains responsibility for the Residential Program, with overarching responsibility for all programming and campus operations. Betsy also manages Wediko’s relationships with our state partners at DCYF and leads the Facility Dog Program as a certified handler for Iden, our facility dog who provides therapeutic support to the students and staff on campus. Previously to serving as Co-Director, Betsy has worked in a variety of roles, including Dorm Clinician, Weekend Program Manager and Residential Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Plymouth State University and a Master of Education in school counseling from Keene State College.