Elizabeth “Betsy” Donnelly, M.S., CEP, CPC

Founder and President
Specializing in Day and Boarding Schools, Therapeutic Placements, Special Education Advocacy, and College Advisement

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A Career Choice Inspired by Personal Experience

Betsy Donnelly’s decision to become an educational consultant was founded on her personal experience in searching for the appropriate academic environment for her two adolescent children. As a parent who struggled with making educational choices, her empathy and genuine compassion, along with her in-depth knowledge of educational processes have made her a unique resource for families.

A Life-long Learner Committed to Helping Young People

Betsy started her academic career at The University of Virginia studying both the German and French languages, graduating with a B.A. in German Language and Literature. After 15 years as a “stay-at-home” mom, she attended graduate school at Georgia State University, to earn an M.S. in Educational Psychology. Betsy has spent much of her adult life mentoring adolescents both in the local community and through her church. She served as a graduate-level researcher studying reading strategies in inner-city Atlanta middle schools.

My own family’s experiences have provided me with personal insight into the struggles that many families face with the education of their children. As an educational consultant, I’m dedicated to giving my clients the support and information they need to choose the educational setting that best fits their student’s academic, social, and emotional needs, wherever they are in their lives.
First-hand Knowledge and In-depth Involvement

Since founding Atlanta Educational Consultants in 2004, she continues to travel extensively throughout the U.S. to gain first-hand knowledge of colleges, traditional and therapeutic boarding schools, schools for children with learning differences, and wilderness therapy and residential treatment programs. Betsy continues her education through Master Classes, Webinars, and attendance at regional and national conferences.

Affiliations

Independent Educational Consultant’s Association (IECA) Professional Member

  • Chairperson, Therapeutic Committee 2014-2015
  • Co-Chairperson, Therapeutic Committee 2013-2014
  • Member, Ethics and Professional Practice, May 2015-May 2018
  • Member, IECA Nominating Committee, May 2016-May 2018
  • Chairperson, Learning Disabilities Committee, Current Appointment

IECA Foundation, Board of Trustees November 2015-December 2018

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) Associate Individual Professional Member

American Institute of Certified Educational Planners

Enrollment Management Association (formerly SSATB)

International Coaching Federation (ICF): Certified Parent Coach

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

Publications/Presentations

Grieving the Loss of Idealized Adolescence: Supporting clients and families on the process of acceptance. Evan Oppenheimer, M.A., LMHC; Betsy Donnelly, M.S., CEP, CPC. Professional presentation at the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association Fall Conference. November 2018. Los Angeles, CA.

And Beyond This There Be Dragons . . . Betsy Donnelly, M.S., CEP, CPC. Faculty Presentation for the IECA Summer Training Institute (STI).   July 2018. Swarthmore College, Philadelphia PA.

Working with Families Through the Therapeutic Placement. Betsy Donnelly, M.S., CEP. Faculty Presentation for the IECA Summer Training Institute (STI).  July 2016, July 2017, July 2018. Swarthmore College, Philadelphia PA.

School Consulting for Students with Learning Disabilities. Betsy Donnelly, M.S., CEP. Faculty Presentation for the IECA Summer Training Institute (STI). July 2016, July 2017, July 2018. Swarthmore College, Philadelphia PA.

Levels of Care: Wilderness Therapy. Betsy Donnelly, M.S., CEP. Faculty Presentation for the IECA Pre-Conference Workshop “Foundations of Therapeutic Practice”. IECA Semi-annual meeting. November 2015. Scottsdale, AZ.

Adding Consultants to … and Joining an Existing Practice–Expectations. Betsy Donnelly, M.S., CEP. Faculty Presentation for the IECA Pre-Conference Workshop “Foundations of Therapeutic Practice”. IECA Semi-annual meeting. November 2015. Scottsdale, AZ.

Haid, Rebecca, M.Ed. and Elizabeth W. Donnelly, M.S. Second Shelter, Family Strategies for Navigating Therapeutic Boarding Schools and Residential Treatment Centers. New York: Lantern Books 2013. Print.

Second Shelter. Elizabeth Donnelly, M.S. and Rebecca Haid, M.Ed. Professional Presentation at the Independent Educational Consultants Association Fall Conference. November 2013. San Diego, CA.

Into the Woods. Elizabeth Donnelly, M.S. and Pamela Tedeschi, M.Ed. Professional Presentation at the Independent Educational Consultants Association, Spring Conference, May 2012. Boston, MA.