Am I the right consultant for you?

Melissa Shanahan

With over twenty years experience working with adolescents and their families, Melissa offers a personal approach helping you navigate the best possible educational pathway for your child, whether a more traditional school setting, therapeutic environment or wilderness program.

As a counselor in drug and alcohol programs, residential treatment facilities, public high schools and outdoor education programs, she clearly understands the turmoil students face today and the need for parents to stay committed to keeping their children on track.

Melissa works face-to-face with families all over the United States, regularly tours schools and programs, and attends conferences in order to stay current with the various issues and special needs that affect students today.

Melissa earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two children.

I am here for you and your best interests; I provide unbiased information since I am not bound to any school or program. All my recommendations are based on personal professional evaluations and 20 years of experience. I am a Professional Member of IECA and adhere to their ethics and principles.
Melissa Shanahan

Who We Are

Educational Pathways specializes in assisting students and families find alternative educational and therapeutic environments which provide safe, supportive care and academic success while nurturing positive growth and change.

We empower students and families to explore various educational and therapeutic options which lead young people towards happier, healthier and more productive lives. Working with children, adolescents and young adults whose educational needs are not being met in their current settings, we provide direction and clarity to the confusing array of educational and therapeutic options throughout the United States.

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Our Process

A collaborative effort between student, parents and consultant, we work together to find the right learning environment for each student. You receive complete individualized attention, guidance and support as we match students with high quality schools and therapeutic programs offering clear boundaries, consistent structure while also encouraging students to grow emotionally and academically.

After your child’s admittance, we remain engaged as an advocate for the family and student throughout their stay.

Lastly, and as important as placement, we safely transition you back together or towards your child’s next educational opportunity.

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