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Mount Prospect Academy offers a 220 day academic program and 365 day intensive residential program. We serve 85 male students who range from 11 to 21 years old.

 

Our students have been identified for intensive residential placement and in-home social services. MPA students can be clinically identified as emotionally handicapped, learning disabled, autistic, or other health impaired. We also serve students with psychiatric and judicial issues. MPA has developed an expert understanding of this difficult-to-serve population's needs. Our programs regularly receive students from the care of their families, New Hampshire's Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), The Sununu Youth Services Center, and intermediate care facilities such as the Nashua Children's Home, the Dover Children's Home, the Webster House, and the Orion House. 

MPA's mission is to provide a caring, safe therapeutic environment where students have the opportunity grow and acquire the skills they need to reach their educational and social potential. We aim to develop trusting relationships with students and facilitate experiences that promote their ability to self-regulate; manage thoughts and feelings; and develop feelings of safety, confidence, and competency. 

 

 

Mount Prospect Academy joined Becket Family of Services in 2003. Becket is an alliance of nonprofit agencies that Marine Sergeant John J. Wolter Ed. D. founded in 1964. Wolter established Becket – in an era of institutionalization – with the goal of finding more effective ways to help the most difficult-to-serve students. 

 

As public schools improved their services for this population in the 1970s, the Becket alliance evolved as a provider that could serve a growing juvenile justice population. Becket played a key role in helping the states of Connecticut and New Hampshire de-emphasize correctional institutions as their primary model for serving behaviorally-challenged youth. In 1993 Becket opened New Hampshire’s first treatment program designed to serve adolescents who sexually abused others, and we began to serve adolescents with dual mental health and behavioral challenges, along with cognitively-impaired adolescents who displayed behavior issues. Our successes serving these students have led to Becket's steady growth, and the alliance now has programs in four states – Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Dr. Wolter aimed to help struggling adolescents find a “zest for life" and succeed in the “business of life.” Inspired by Wolter’s pragmatic and comprehensive vision, Becket has evolved to serve a range of youth and adults in various settings throughout New England. Becket's services include home and community based treatment and support, residential treatment programs, group homes, and special education schools.The Becket alliance is known for its ability to achieve successful outcomes with difficult-to-serve individuals.

 

Mount Prospect Academy's treatment foundation is a variety of trauma-informed practices, including the Attachment, Self-Regulation, Competency (ARC) model. ARC is integrated in both our academic and residential milieu. We use an integrated approach to recognize each student’s potential, and then motivate, educate, and empower. MPA provides students with the tools they will need to become contributing citizens within the community. Through active engagement in academic and vocational experiences, we are preparing our students for the business of life.

 

​Becket is a proud supporter of the Building Bridges Initiative and is guided by the Joint Resolution to Advance a Statement of Shared Core Principles. As an stakeholder in the system of care, we seek to “advance partnerships among residential and community based service providers and the individuals and families we serve." Our process begins with creating an individualized plan for each individual we serve. Treatment focuses on the care and support we will provide, and the transitions that occur during and after experiences with Becket. 

About Us

Our History

 Our Leadership 

Jeff Caron

Jeff has initiated best practices and supported program expansion throughout his 26 years with Mount Prospect Academy and the Vermont Permanency Initiative. A native of Peabody, MA, Jeff resides in Plymouth, NH with his wife of 25 years, Sarah, and their two children, Richard and Rebecca.


Caron has earned three post-graduate degrees, providing him with the knowledge and expertise to expand MPA and VPI from small in-state programs in to a regional behavioral health care system. Jeff earned his first M.Ed. in School Guidance K-12 in 1999, then a School Principal K-12 M.Ed. in 2001, and finally a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Curriculum Development and Academic Leadership in 2002.


Jeff’s leadership and innovative strategies have aided the development of MPA and VPI’s numerous new academic institutions, residential treatment facilities, sub-acute treatment programs, and enhanced residential treatment centers. VPI established the New England School for Girls and Vermont School for Girls under his leadership. Jeff has also collaborated with state and local agencies to develop a system of care in Vermont. He cultivated MPA and VPI to provide community-based services within VT, NH, and MA. VPI and MPA now students and families from NH, MA, ME, VT, NY, RI, and PA.


Jeff has served on the board of trustees for the New Hampshire Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, NHASCD.  He served in many capacities on this professional development board, including conference chairman, vice president, and president of the board. Under his leadership, NHASCD earned national recognition as the “2004 National Affiliate of the Year,” for demonstrating innovation and success. He also served on the National Leadership Council for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.


In 2006, Jeff was awarded “New Hampshire Excellence in Education Award” in recognition of his leadership to ensure excellence in education in New Hampshire.

President, Mount Prospect Academy & Vermont Permanency Initiative

Susan Beck

Prior to overseeing community based programs in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, Susan worked in residential care for over a decade. In 2010, Susan started to focus on developing MPA’s first Community Based Programs, Project Connect & Solid Foundations. Over the past two decades, Susan has served youth and families in a variety of capacities. Susan is a graduate of the University Of New Hampshire Graduate School Of Social Work. Susan’s true passion is in providing hands on leadership, creating unique, strengths based and youth and family driven programs, navigating around any barriers to care & finding solutions as well as being a change agent to better meet the needs of children, youth & families. Susan continues to partner with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) providing support and guidance to others looking to make positive changes in their programs. Support has been provided in various publications as well as presentations both in person and through national webinars. This initiative is something that Susan believes in and knows that the core values of BBI should be the foundation of any program working with children, youth and families. Susan is happily married; her son Aidan keeps her on her toes and busy when she is not working. Susan enjoys being challenged, living life to the fullest, fearlessly directed with deep purpose, connected, balanced and grateful.

Executive Director, Community Based Programs

Ian Detamore

Ian graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in Psychology with a focus on Deaf Studies. He went on to earn a M.Ed. in School and Community Mental Health Counseling from Ohio University in 2008. 


After obtaining his master's, Ian accepted a position as a Community Clinician at the Becket House in Campton, New Hampshire. In the past 10 years, he has held several positions within Becket in both MPA's residential and community-based settings, including Permanency Specialist, Treatment Coordinator, Intake Coordinator, Clinical Director and Director of Operations. Ian also supported the development and implementation of MPA's Comprehensive Assessment and Short-Term Treatment (CAST) Program. 


Ian is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). His primary background is in adolescent recovery with a background in trauma work. He commonly uses a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach along with Reality Therapy and Restorative Justice. He also has considerable experience working with problematic sexualized behavior and students with a fire-setting history. Ian additionally utilizes TF-CBT and EMDR, when appropriate. 

Executive Director, Sub-Acute

John Fulp

John R. Fulp, M.Ed. C.A.S., is a resident of beautiful Weirs Beach, NH and the Director of Development for the Becket Family of Services/Mount Prospect Academy. For his nearly 17 years with the Becket Family of Services/Mount Prospect Academy, John has promoted safe and nurturing learning environments for his students and believes that every child should be given the opportunity and support to find their own unique success. John has been a Residential Administrator, Head of Schools, and works in collaboration with Public School Districts developing behavioral mental health programs that promote academic success and keep students in their school districts. 

John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Law and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State University. John has continued to pursue his personal and professional development, earning a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Special Education Administration and Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine. Through his course work and experience John has earned Certifications in Maine, New Hampshire, and Florida as a Teacher, Special Ed. Consultant, Principal, Special Ed. Administrator, and Superintendent. 

John’s years of experience and expertise in the field of education and child welfare has lead him to partner with several local, state, and federal agencies on initiatives focused on improving the lives of children and families. John is also a member of the Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC).

Director of Development, Mount Prospect Academy

Karen Langley

Having worked in a variety of educational settings with students of all ages and abilities, Karen believes that education does not need to be confined to the four walls of a building or the pages of a textbook. Students learn from their experiences, and these experiences occur everywhere. Karen focuses on remaining aware of the teachable moments that occur with students throughout the day. Educators just need to help students make connections between their experiences and a lesson learned, according to Karen. Equally as important, she says, educators need to possess the desire to motivate students and get them excited about learning.

 

Langley joined Becket Family of Services in September 2008, after spending 10 years as the Education Administrator at Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. Prior to working at Eckerd, Karen was a principal at the Errol Community School, a K-8 school located in Errol, NH.

 

She began her career in education by teaching special education in the Colebrook, NH school district. Karen earned her Bachelor’s Degree at New Hampshire College, now known as Southern New Hampshire University majoring in Human Services. She earned her special education teaching certification through coursework with Granite State College and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University.

 

As Director of Academics, Karen’s priorities include oversight of all academics provided by Mount Prospect Academy and serving as the principal and special education administrator. Karen’s duties include the development, implementation and oversight of each student’s individualized education plan, curriculum development, professional development for teaching staff, vocational programming and oversight of the school approval process and continuing quality improvement.

Director of Academics, Mount Prospect Academy

Jay Marshall

Jay has an extensive background in educational leadership, behavior intervention, teaching, and public speaking with an emphasis on systems analysis. 

He has a history of consistently delivering innovative curriculum, guiding faculty in professional development, providing safe and respectful solutions to conflict through mediation, and developing and implementing standardized policies and procedures. 

Jay earned a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis For Special Populations from UMass Boston in July 2012, and a M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Plymouth State College in May 2002.

Academic Head of School, Mount Prospect Academy

Richard Phelps

Rick has worked extensively with students and families who have histories of trauma, substance use, domestic violence and sexual behaviors; he has also facilitated training on trauma informed care.

He serves as executive director for Mount Prospect Academy's ERT program. Rick is responsible for oversight of all service delivery at ERT.

 

Rick earned his Bachelor’s Degree at University of Lowell in Massachusetts, and then his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He has been a licensed social worker in the state of New Hampshire since 2005, and he collaborates with professionals from all over New England. Rick has worked extensively with at risk students and families in a number of different settings. He has worked as a social worker for state of Massachusetts, behavioral specialist for at risk latency age students, crisis intervention specialist for at risk high school age students, and as a clinical director for MPA. He has also served as Board Chair for the NH Board of Mental Health Practice.

In his time away from work, Rick is an avid outdoor enthusiast and he specifically enjoys biking, skiing, and golf.

Executive Director, Enhanced Residential Treatment

Morgan Swift

Morgan finds fulfillment in providing individual, group, and family therapy. She enjoys forming connections with her students and helping to support students’ reunification with their families. 

 

In 2011 she earned a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Johnson State College. Morgan began working with Becket as a permanency specialist in 2012, providing therapy for adolescent males and families, developing treatment plans and completing client intakes, among other responsibilities. She became a milieu clinician at the Rumney House in January 2015 and then clinical coordinator in 2017. Morgan was promoted to executive director at the Rumney House in March 2018. She is responsible for oversight of all service delivery at the Rumney House.

Executive Director, Becket House at Rumney

Rachel Umberger

Rachel earned her bachelor's degree from UNH and then her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Plymouth State University. She graduated from PSU in 2013 and has worked at Becket since then. As the Executive director of CAST, she is responsible for oversight of all service delivery in the program.

 

Rachel is a licensed clinical mental health counselor in the state of New Hampshire. She is passionate about serving students and working to ensure that each student and family in the program is afforded a comprehensive and holistic assessment which reflects their needs and strengths. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cat and dog, doing yoga, and playing flag football. 

Executive Director, CAST

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