Heather Pearce

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 […]
June 21, 2016

Step 1: Develop a Relationship with Your Teen

Is your son or daughter unresponsive to your efforts to connect, discipline, coerce or persuade? Do you find it frustrating when they ignore house rules or direction? You might even have suggested that they go play a sport that they used to love only to have your idea fall on deaf ears. Why do teens shut down or turn off the efforts of family members or other authority figures? Sometimes the answer is outside of our control but much of the time the reason is because your relationship isn’t where it needs to be. Yes, the answer might be that […]
February 2, 2016
Family Fun

Creating a Positive Family Culture

As we exit the holiday season and start the New Year, I have been reflecting a lot on the importance of quality time, tradition, and cultivating family culture.  Culture is defined in the Miriam Webster’s dictionary as, “a particular society that has its own beliefs, way of life, customs, art, etc.”  What this definition doesn’t explain is that culture is usually created very organically, and has many unwritten nuances and rules. The organic nature of culture is often so subtle that we rarely take the time to identify or consider what we are projecting as important to our children. So […]


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