What to Look for in Adolescent Treatment Programs

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Adolescent treatment programs are not created equal!  Following is a partial list of key features to consider when searching for an adolescent treatment program for your child.  Quality in treatment does exist–be sure that you do your homework and get the very best for your child. FEATURE WHY Single Gender Faster, more effective treatment Best […]

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Choose a Residential Treatment Center for Girls

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Many teenage girls initially greet the idea of single-gender treatment with nothing short of horror: “No guys? No way!” But in my experience running single-gender programs, these objections are all but forgotten soon after enrollment.  Girls who have not experienced schools or residential treatment centers for girls often find that the benefits of a single-gender […]

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The Value of All-Girls’ Aftercare

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Even young women who have had a successful adolescent treatment experience can be overwhelmed by the transition to college, career, and independence.  Some drop out of college, others fail to launch, and many “boomerang” back to their parents’ care again and again. All-girls’*aftercare programs can provide a bridge between adolescent treatment and college, career, and […]

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Diagnosing Struggling Teens

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Misdiagnosed behavioral and emotional issues are common among adolescents and young adults.  Mental health diagnoses are relatively subjective and the data used to make them—behavioral observations in various settings, psychometric assessments, and self-reported symptoms—are often unreliable or incomplete. “Our therapist chalked up Marnie’s dramatic outbursts to normal adolescent acting out.  But they never got better, […]

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HOW TO FIX A BROKEN BRAIN

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So called “enhanced environment” therapies may enable us to aggressively prevent, mitigate, and even heal neurological disorders once considered untreatable.

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Healing your Family: A Little Every Day

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Many of the families I’ve worked with feel that they have lost everything. They are financially tapped out. Their basic assumptions about family, love, success, and life have been turned upside down. They feel betrayed and embarrassed and sad and angry. How does a family rebuild in the wake of trauma, or addiction, or mental illness, or betrayal, or loss? A little bit every day. If you can do that, you can find your way forward a step at a time. You can heal. You can hope.

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Therapy as Funny Business

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Humor during individual and group therapy—whether from the therapist or the client—can lighten a mood, break a pattern, improve sharing, create a sense of perspective, generate a feeling of well-bring and hope, and provide an effective delivery system for difficult feedback. Family systems therapists will sometimes encourage family members to consciously employ a form of humor to interrupt entrenched relational patterns.

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Tips for Engaging Family-Systems Therapy and Overcoming Resistance

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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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Self Advocacy for Teens

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In a treatment setting, school is often the laboratory for practicing skills learned in therapy. One such skill—self advocacy—has has far-reaching implications for both emotional well being and academic success.

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Academics and Treatment

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So by addressing therapeutic issues in an experiential classroom setting we can accelerate the treatment process. By addressing emotional issues that have interfered with academic progress through clinical treatment, we make these girls much better students. It is by collaborating rigorously across departments that we can help the student become more emotionally stable and better learners.

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