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Understanding Therapy

The many different types of therapy can leave you feeling overwhelmed by the options and wondering what is the right fit for your daughter. Learn more about the various types of therapy that exist and the unique ways they are used in residential treatment.

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Tips for Overcoming Resistance in Family Therapy

When change occurs at a systemic level in a family, it means that your growth is supported by an almost irresistible force. It means, ultimately, that you’re not alone—and neither is your son or daughter or spouse or whoever in the family is really struggling the most.

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Different Types of Treatment Professionals

The great advantage to residential treatment is that you get an enormous amount of professional expertise concentrated in one place. While a robust team of diverse specialties is great for your child’s treatment, it can be confusing to know who does what. The following list will at least give you a sense of who’s who on the treatment team.

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Health in Adolescence

“You can’t separate physical and emotional well being,” says Corey Hickman, CTRS, a residential life director for InnerChange. Because of this, his team of recreation specialists engineers their recreation program to be more than just fun and games. They consider recreation to be a critical treatment modality, equally as important as talk therapy and other treatment approaches for addressing adolescent emotional problems.

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Re-learning How to Sleep

A huge part of every parents’ job when their child is in treatment is to prepare for their return home. You’re a better parent (and employee, and friend, and everything) when you’re taking good care of yourself, so self-care is a critical part of that preparation. Sleep is at the core of self care; so now’s a great time to practice good sleep habits. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your main nighttime parenting responsibility: sleeping!

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Neuroscience of Transitioning Home from Residential Treatment

For several years I have been giving presentations on how brain development and the process of learning can help us understand and improve therapy in residential care. I have been able to apply the principles of learning and memory in areas of parenting and bringing about positive change in people’s lives.  When I was recently asked…

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Treating Enmeshed Teens and Parents

Most of us want to connect and most of us want to be accepted by others. We just need to channel our efforts to meet these needs in a healthy direction. That’s what we aim for with enmeshed relationships at Innerchange, to redirect relational energy in a direction that will bring out the most peace, connection, and growth possible.

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Negative Personality Traits

Knowing that our dominant personality traits usually have two sides to them can help us cultivate their positive aspects and manage the negative ones. When things are not going well, this understanding can also help us reframe things so that we don’t get stuck in negative thoughts about ourselves and, instead, embrace the positive aspects of our personality. If you’re raising an adolescent or young adult, understanding this dual nature of personality can help you weather mercurial changes in mood—which is what tends to flip the coin of personality from positive to negative and back.

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Doing Therapy: A Beginner’s Guide

Unlike a visit to the dentist—“open, rinse, say ahhh, spit”—the rules for a psychotherapy session are not so simple or clear. Most therapists are unlikely to give you step by step instructions for engaging the session—“talk about your mother, cry, tell me a story from your childhood.”

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Who’s on the Team: Adolescent Treatment Professionals

This is a partial overview of the types of mental health professionals typically found in a private adolescent-treatment setting. There are other professionals -such as social workers, specially trained teachers, life coaches, and etcetera – who may also provide services in a treatment setting, but this is a description of those professionals most commonly participating directly in the adolescent treatment process.

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Treatment Possibilities for Eating Disorders

This is part three of a four-part primer on eating disorders provided by eating-disorders specialist Isabelle Tierney, M.A., LMFT, BHSP.  Isabelle lives in Boulder Colorado and provides web-based and in-person trainings, seminars, in-services, and interventions throughout the US and abroad.  For this article, InnerChange asked Isabelle about treatment options for sufferers of eating disorders. For…

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Dual Diagnosis

A good dual diagnosis treatment strategy addresses the fact that the co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issue(s) interact in a way that can create a compounded effect.

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