Frequently Asked Questions about Educational Consulting Services for College Admissions, Boarding Schools, and Struggling Students.

Dr. Mike Bishop is an independent educational consultant providing assistance with:

  • Program recommendation and placement services for students with anger, defiance, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), adoption issues, depression, history of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol use, personal boundary issues, internet or gaming addiction, and anxiety.
  • College and university selection and admissions services to selective programs and Ivy League schools.
  • Florida gifted program selection and admission services.
  • Educational identification and selection services for struggling or special needs students with Dyslexia, ADHD, or Specific Learning Disabilities and referral to appropriate programs.

Click on a question below to see the answers to some of the most common questions asked about Dr. Bishop’s educational consulting services.  Or, you can fill out a contact form here or call Dr. Bishop directly at 813-454-1050.

Why should I work with an educational consultant?

Educational Consultants can assist families to identify the best day school, boarding school, or college for their student.  For families that want to take every advantage possible to ensure their child gets the fair consideration they deserve for K-12, college, or graduate school admissions, working with an educational consultant is an excellent investment.  Dr. Bishop works with both the family and child directly by selecting the best schools and creating a solid work plan to increase the student’s likelihood of admission at their targeted schools.  The work plan is monitored on a regular basis utilizing project management online technology.  For those needing specialized care, Dr. Bishop can help identify treatment options for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, or troubled teens.  Dr. Bishop’s vast experience with educational options spans over 20 years.  Dr. Bishop has personal connections with program directors at boarding schools, colleges, and therapeutic programs spanning the entire United States and has an insider’s view on the landscape of options available.

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What value does Bishop Educational Consulting offer?

Dr. Bishop’s years of professional experience as boarding school Executive Director, Director of Admissions with the leading provider of treatment and educational programs for adults and youth with behavioral issues in the United States, Director of a residential drug and alcohol treatment center, Director of a psychiatric inpatient hospital, and experience working in the admission department of a graduate school enables him to assist families by making the best educational decisions.  In regards to treatment options, Dr. Bishop is able to answer all your questions about the different types of treatment and what is best for your loved one, the issues that should be addressed, and what specific facility is the best match for your child.  Dr. Bishop will offer unmatched professional guidance and diagnostic comparisons of the types of treatment available for the families he works with.  A complete needs analysis and report will be provided to the family.

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How can I tell if my child needs residential treatment?

If your child is consistently making the same mistakes, running into the same problems, and you are seeing them struggle with the same issues over and over again, it might be time for a change.  Parents sometimes worry that the stigma of being in a treatment facility might hurt their child.  However, if your child is struggling with potentially life threatening issues like drug and alcohol addiction, conduct or authority issues, rule breaking, or difficulties functioning in society, it is unlikely these issues will just go away on their own.  In these types of situations, generally, it is better to over treat the problem.  In fact, the corrective experience of facing a problem and overcoming it can be a positive boost to a child’s self-esteem.  A child who successfully completes treatment is better prepared to overcome future challenges in life such as getting through college, overcoming issues with an employer, or resolving marital difficulties.

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My child needs placement in a boarding school or private day school.  What is the process and timeline for finding a school?

If your child is in need of placement at a boarding school or private day school, Dr. Bishop can help.  While each situation is unique, the general process is outlined below:

  • The process begins with a comprehensive assessment.  A phone interview is scheduled with the parent and child separately.  Dr. Bishop will review past academic records and work samples.  If IQ or academic achievement testing has been completed Dr. Bishop will review those records as well.
  • A list is then generated of several possible schools for admissions.  The family will review the list and a range of schools will be identified.
  • Based on the requirements for each school, comprehensive work plan will be developed and monitored online through a project management database.
  • An online calendar will be created as part of the database with a weekly breakdown of items for completion.  Dr. Bishop will support and encourage the applicant through routine scheduled calls.   Dr. Bishop will go over the admission requirements and assist the student with the application process.
  • Essays, personal statements, and other items needed for admission are reviewed before submission.  Dr. Bishop will hold the student’s hand though each step of the process.

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My child needs assistance with college admissions.  What is the process and timeline for admission into college?

If your loved one is in need of identifying and gaining admission into college, Dr. Bishop can help.  While each situation is unique, the general process is outlined below:

  • The process begins with a comprehensive assessment.  A phone interview is scheduled with the parent and student separately.  Dr. Bishop will review past academic records and work samples.  If IQ or academic achievement testing has been completed Dr. Bishop will review those records as well.
  • The steps involved with the college admission process depend on the grade level of the student and their individualized needs.  For younger students in grades 8-9, Dr. Bishop will focus on choosing the right classes and summer activities, volunteer opportunities, opportunities for additional training, improving SAT scores, and numerous other activities.
  • After an initial assessment, several potential colleges are identified in a comprehensive report detailing admissions requirements.
  • Dr. Bishop will work together with the student to generate a to-do list of items and prepare for each step of the admissions process.  For example, the student might need to work on raising their grade point overage or identifying individuals to write recommendation letters based on their college selection.
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, and troubleshooting are managed through to-do items and calendared due dates on the project management database.
  • Dr. Bishop will check in weekly to ensure progress is being made and that the student is on track for admissions.
  • For older students in grades 10 or higher, a list is generated of several possible colleges for admissions.
  • A consultation is performed with the student and family about had many colleges they would like to apply to.
  • Dr. Bishop will go over the admission requirements for each college and assist the student with the application process.
  • An initial assessment is performed and a comprehensive work plan is created and managed online.
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, and troubleshooting are managed through to-do items and calendared due dates on the project management database, and though weekly check-in calls.
  • Essays, personal statements, and other items needed for admission are reviewed by Dr. Bishop before submission.  Dr. Bishop holds the student’s hand though each step of the process.

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My child needs treatment, what is the process and timeline for finding a facility?

Generally Dr. Bishop can help you find a placement within 7 days from receiving all required documentation, completing the phone interview, and receiving payment.  Dr. Bishop has been able to place individuals in some situations in as soon as three days from initial contact.  While each family is unique, the basic process is as follows:

  1. After an introductory phone call, payment is collected by credit card over the phone and contracts are emailed directly to you.  Review and sign the contract and email or fax back to Bishop Educational Consulting, LLC.
  2. An in-depth phone interview is scheduled with the participant’s parents or guardians.  This can be by individual calls or conference call.
  3. Psychological testing, psycho-educational testing, current medications, and any related treatment notes or documentation important to finding the best facility for the child is collected by Bishop Educational Consulting, LLC.  You can fax or email these forms directly to us, or sign a release and Dr. Bishop will collect them for you.
  4. An analysis is performed by Bishop Educational Consulting, LLC.  Dr. Bishop will contact a variety of treatment facilities on your behalf and determine a range of options.
  5. A report is then written and rushed to you directly.  Dr. Bishop can email, fax, or overnight the report to you directly depending on your preferences.
  6. Dr. Bishop will continue to be available to you as you finalize your treatment decision.
  7. Follow up contact is then performed to ensure satisfaction and resolution after placement.
  8. If needed, Dr. Bishop can assist you with identifying aftercare resources (often this is provided by the treatment facility).

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What factors are considered in determining the type of treatment program?

Treatment programs today include residential treatment centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers, wilderness programs, and therapeutic boarding schools.  The differences between these types of programs can be vast, and the appropriateness for your child depends on several factors.

Factors can include:

  • child’s current diagnosis
  • child’s strengths and relative weaknesses
  • child’s capability of building insight
  • child’s readiness to accept treatment
  • child’s intellectual capacity
  • if addiction is an issue, the addictive substance.  For example, a food addiction (binge eating / obesity) is treated differently than an alcohol addiction, and an opiate addiction is treated differently than a stimulant addiction.
  • what has worked in treatment in the past and what hasn’t
  • child’s interests.  For example, many children adapt to programs more readily if there are aspects that match their interests such as equine facilities, music or sports programs.
  • family involvement as a part of the therapeutic process
  • other mitigating factors including visitation policies, available aftercare, access to appropriate education, access to religious services, available medical facilities, availability of kosher foods, or ability to accommodate other cultural or religious preferences

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We have a unique situation- will Bishop Educational Services be able to assist us?

Absolutely!   Bishop Educational Services has assisted families in a variety of situations to identify and secure placement in facilities across the U.S. and Europe.  For example, Dr. Bishop has helped families in the following situations:

  • A royal family from the Middle East was seeking a boarding school where the child could be accompanied by a bodyguard.  Dr. Bishop was able to negotiate and secure placement for this family, and assisted with Visa documentation as well.
  • A family in the Southeast was seeking placement for their child who competes in equestrian events.  Dr. Bishop was able to negotiate with a facility to board her horse where she kept up her equestrian training.  Privileges for riding the horse were incorporated into the participant’s overall treatment program on Dr. Bishop’s professional treatment recommendation.
  • A family was concerned about their child’s ability to maintain the benefits of treatment several years after discharge.  Dr. Bishop was able to assist the family in securing a mentorship for the child with the treating facility so that she could have additional practice by role modeling her positive behaviors to others, thereby furthering her commitment to a psychologically healthy lifestyle.
  • Dr. Bishop has assisted many participants with various health, religious, or dietary needs receive accommodations at the preferred treatment facility with no additional charge through negotiation efforts.
  • Dr. Bishop is also able to assist you arrange for transportation and escort services if needed.

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