COVID 19: During these challenging times, we continue to work with students and families as well as therapeutic programs throughout the United States.

Students currently placed in either wilderness, residential treatment centers, and therapeutic boarding schools are thriving in their environment. They are going to school, attending therapy sessions (both individually and group), hiking, music, and art.

Schools, programs, and therapeutic wilderness camps are clinically sophisticated, accepting new admissions and have put in place protocols in place for minimizing risk and maintaining new and current students/clients safe. Although students are missing their families and families are missing their children, schools and programs are being creative in their approach in connecting students with their families.

Because they offer isolated environments where social distancing is inherent, a wilderness therapy program might be one of the safer places for your child to be during this time.

As leaders in the field and members of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association), we are committed to keeping families up to date on the evolving state of out-of home schools and programs across the country. Please don’t hesitate to call us for more information. We are here to answer any questions, assist, and guide you in finding appropriate and safe options.

Our Mission

There are many options and easy access to information that selecting the optimal choice of school or program for your child can be a daunting task. Our mission is to identify optimal educational and therapeutic options that meet the individual needs to assist students, struggling teens or young adults overcome challenges and reach their full potential.

Parents Don’t Know Where to Begin.

In times of crisis, parents are often overwhelmed with a barrage of emotions. The confusion and desperation associated with having a struggling teen, young adult or even young child can be extremely trying. Parents may not be aware of the options available, or may not be able to decide on their own what option best meets their situation and needs of their child. Among the questions, we often hear:

  • How do we know when treatment is necessary?
  • What would be best for our child?
  • Is an intervention needed? What exactly is an intervention?
  • Should we find a residential program?
  • What is a wilderness therapy program? It sounds scary. Is it a real choice?
  • Will insurance pay?

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Phoenix & Tucson Offices:
Phone: 602.904.1282 or Fax: 877.563.5774
Office Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Saturday and Sunday appointments are available upon request for your convenience.

Serving Arizona, the Southwest and throughout the United States of America.

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Our Passion

Formerly Nancy P. Masland & Associates, Optimal Edu Options has helped thousands of families with struggling teens for over 30 years. We are passionate, committed and determined in helping students, adolescents, and young adults realize their full potential to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

We can save you time and resources with our broad knowledge of available schools and programs, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Collectively, our staff has over 40 years of experience helping families find appropriate services and placements in specialized programs and educational settings.

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