January 25, 2017
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10 Do’s and Don’ts for Meaningful Phone Calls

For many families the geographic distance between home and their program is a key component to help adolescents learn to take care of themselves and to allow a space for families to heal and change. It also means that the time allotted for communication and connection should be maximized to strengthen family relationships and to maximize therapeutic alliances. To help families make the most of the communications they have with their son or daughter during the treatment process I have outlined the following 10 Do’s and Don’ts: Don’t get hung up on the day to day. While it can be […]
January 20, 2017
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Identifying Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents

When we observe the behavior and attitudes of our teens whose brains, bodies, forethought and judgement are still in development, they might look like they are oversized kids – uncoordinated, sometimes goofy and lacking in proper problem solving skills. Their moodiness and poor emotional control make it easy to identify typical adolescent behavior. However, some differences, like identifying how differently depression looks between adolescents and adults, are not so easily distinguishable. It is important to be cognizant of symptoms that, although may occur for adults, are prevalent among teenagers suffering from depression. When we think about depression symptoms the first […]


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