therapeutic boarding school for adolescent boys ages 14 to 18

Sally Burleson, M.S., LCAS, CCS

Executive Director

Sally Burleson is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). For more than 25 years, she has worked in the substance abuse field, helping people with the disease of addiction. She is passionate about providing direct care as well as supervising and guiding new teammates to mentoring professionals seeking licensure in the substance use disorder field.

Sally’s passion for helping others find recovery came from her own experience getting clean and sober at the age of 16. Her personal experience not only set her on a professional course as an addiction specialist, it also gives her a unique vantage point to connect with students and families she works with.

Prior to joining The Goodale School and Recovery Community, Sally provided clinical services in a variety of settings, most recently at Four Circles Recovery Center, a wilderness-based treatment program for young adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. At Four Circles, she led the clinical team, facilitated the Rites of Passage Vision Quest experience, developed and implemented the Fifth Circle Extended Care Program and coordinated a monthly three-day family seminar. Her prior experience at other therapeutic wilderness programs and therapeutic boarding schools allows Sally to use her clinical knowledge skills to creatively meet individuals where they are and support them in the process of finding recovery.

Sally earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Carolina University. Her lifelong commitment to young people facing the challenges of substance use and co-occurring disorders is rooted in the hope and knowledge that recovery is possible. She appreciates the opportunity to play one part in providing students and families with the tools they need to be successful.

Sally loves being a wife and mother. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her son, cooking or loving on the family dog, Bear.

Jordan has had a major impact on our son’s treatment and growth and our growth as a couple, and as a family.The work he has done with our son and family is something we will never forget and something for which we will be forever grateful.
-Mother of 15-year-old son struggling with anger, attachment, substance use and depression
My son had issues with depression and ADHD. Jordan was always calm and even handed when it came to dealing with my son even when my son was irrational and defiant. Over time, my son overcame his issues and I’m proud to say that he is happy, motivated and much more confident than he has ever been. He is in school for his chosen career and he is succeeding. By listening and watching Jordan, I also learned how to be a better parent."
- Father of 17-year-old struggling with depression, substance use and anxiety.
Our son was not a model student...but through it all, [Sally] was always very upfront with information, provided a calm voice and reassured us as we worked through those difficult times. Since our son graduated, he has stayed sober and continues to improve at home. We are so thankful for the time we had working with Sally!"
- Parents of 17-year-old boy struggling with substance use and depression

The Goodale School team is happy to speak with you to determine if our program is the right fit for your son or client. For information, please contact our Admissions Team at (828) 220-0040 or email [email protected].

75 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801
The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.
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