Why Compass?

Compass Educational Consulting works with teens having emotional, behavioral, and/or learning problems. Often, these young people are labeled as troubled teens.

Why a Consultant? Why Compass?

Judi is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), and am an active participant in a network of experienced consultants across the country - consultants who work on behalf of teens with special needs as well as teens looking for traditional boarding schools. You can learn more about IECA at www.iecaonline.com


IECA says, “Finding the right school or program is one of the most important decisions your family will make. A correct choice will enrich and enhance your student’s life and can impact his or her future. Finding the right fit, however, can be daunting. That is where an IECA member educational consultant plays a vital role. IECA member consultants can be trusted to meet your family’s needs because they have met the highest standards in the profession.”

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The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP,) a membership organization of programs providing innovative services, quality care and meaningful education to families and their children, recognizes that educational consultants spend a great deal of their time visiting member programs in order to determine appropriateness for their clients. Judi spends about 25% of her time visiting schools and programs across the country. You can learn more about NATSAP at www.natsap.org.

Both IECA and NATSAP hold national and regional conferences that Judi attends throughout the year.

In addition, Judi works collaboratively with the staff and the consulting team at Woodbury Reports, a national information resource for parents and professionals interested in the schools and programs that specialize in working with troubled teens and young adults. You can read about Woodbury and her affiliation with them at www.strugglingteens.com.

Lon Woodbury, the founder of Woodbury, has written many essays on the private pay - parent choice industry. Lon has written “An independent consultant is on the side of the parent and child. He or she is skilled and experienced in matching a child's needs with the strengths of schools and programs and has visited many, many programs. They know the facts behind the brochures and are part of a nation-wide network they can tap into. And, consultants can save parents money by helping them avoid common "mistakes." You can read more of Lon's essays on the Struggling Teens website.

Judi Bessette has both the professional knowledge and training as well as the personal experience and history to help your teen or young adult -- to help the whole family.