Get Help for a Loved One

Your Guide to Getting Started

I am ready to begin the process of transformation.

A void in strategic, innovative, integrated care means opportunities are lost, and hope for promising futures is diminished. This is a humanistic and financial dilemma for individual families and our society. Within the growing global crisis, there is much human suffering. I have witnessed this firsthand through the thousands of families I have met with, evaluated, and served. Now is the time to help them turn toward Hope.

— Amy O’Dell, Founder & CEO, The Jacob’s Ladder Group

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IWBMC™ Evaluation

Completing a comprehensive IWBMC™ Evaluation is the first step in the admissions process. The Evaluation will take a few hours and can be conducted remotely or at our campus in Roswell, Georgia. The IWBMC™ Evaluation includes:


We create a customized plan of care for your loved one that can be delivered through...

On-Campus Enrollment

Enrollment at one of our Jacob’s Ladder campuses can be full-time, fulfilling school placement requirements within Georgia, or part-time. Various scheduling options are available based on each family’s unique needs.

Off-Campus Enrollment

  • Remote IWBMC™ Evaluations can be completed regardless of your location
  • On-Campus Intensives are available for families living outside of the Roswell, Georgia, area
  • Community of Care (COC) caseload management support allows the Jacob’s Ladder team to supervise the implementation of the IWBMC™ anywhere in the world as your loved one’s full- or part-time schooling

We Also Offer Additional Therapeutic Services...

Jacob’s Ladder offers various services, delivered individually and within group environments, that support the successful implementation of the IWBMC™.

  • Neurotherapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
  • Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy
  • Experiential Learning through Animal-Assisted, Art, Music, and Recreational Activities


Progress is recorded and monitored continuously through AHAVA, our digital software platform. Our team, you, and your loved one’s providers will all have access to AHAVA to view and share the information and progress.

We also partner with outside professionals and schools. Regardless of your child’s current circumstances, we can help them be successful and thrive. We can implement the program with you in a variety of ways. Learn more about implementing our program yourself or with your child’s existing school below.

My loved one is struggling, I don’t know why, but I think we need help.

Do any of the following questions apply to your situation?

There is nuance to every child, and there is a solution. Our whole-person, whole-brain approach seeks to understand the root cause of these difficulties by deeply looking into your child’s neurodevelopmental functioning, physiology, emotional-behavioral-relational health, learning style, and social structure. It is never too late to see change, and We Can Help.

Implement Your Program at Home or With Your Child's School

Other Options Beyond Full-Time Enrollment:

Ascend Training Institute trains parents, relatives, and caregivers in the Interpersonal Whole-Brain Model of Care® (IWBMC™). We know the importance of ensuring each child experiencing challenges receives a consistent and united approach, and we understand the impact of a loved one struggling.

We can help:

  • Families seeking to implement the principles of the IWBMC™ within their home, helping their loved ones reach their full potential
  • Parents seeking information to understand their child’s unique needs more deeply
  • Parents looking for information and strategies to address their child’s learning differences, behavioral challenges, or mobility needs
  • Extended family members and caregivers who want to educate themselves on how to best interact with a loved one who experiences brain-based challenges
  • Family members and caregivers seeking training before completing the Provider or Evaluator Certification Exam

The School Support Model allows existing schools to offer the IWBMC™ in their programs by training staff in the global therapeutic model and evaluating individual students or whole classrooms. An IWBMC™-Certified Evaluator observes classrooms or specific students and then shares strategies and resources to better support individual students and classrooms as a whole.

  • Observations completed by an IWBMC™-Certified Evaluator
  • Written strategies, activities, and recommendations to increase success for the student, classroom, and teacher
  • Individualized training for the teacher and other school professionals
  • Ongoing support for teachers and school professionals from Ascend Training Institute

Observations and trainings occur over several days based on the school’s needs.

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