Relationships

December 1, 2016

Why Staying Involved Matters

As a parent, you’re the most important figure in your teen’s life – even if they’re involved with a residential treatment center like Heritage and not living at home. They take their cues from you and often aspire to be like you, and your influence cannot be understated. This is why we value parental involvement at Heritage. Our behavioral health programs are so much more effective if we have your help, and our ability to give your adolescent the care they need only increases. Here are some of the chief ways parental involvement can benefit your teen in our programs. […]
October 1, 2016

Tips for Connecting With Your Introverted Teen

General introversion is just one of many teen challenges we aim to help with at Heritage, and we know what a struggle it can be for many adolescents. It’s common for outsiders to mistake introversion as something more sinister or negative, but in reality it’s often just a personality type that may, in some cases, be at higher risk of struggles with depression. Our residential treatment center programs at Heritage are tailored to the individual needs of our students, and we’re experienced with kids who struggle with introversion as part of their challenges. For you as a parent, however, there […]
August 31, 2016
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Teens: Choose Your Team Wisely

Choosing the most talented and skilled players is a recipe for a winning team, right? Maybe sometimes, but not always. A recent experience taught me how choosing the right players is more important than choosing the “best” players. At our school, where students live for about 12 months, the teams are typically divided by the homes they live on. One year we decided that, to make the teams more even, it would be best to hold a draft for our softball season. Four students were selected to be team captains and participate in the draft. James (name has been changed), […]
July 25, 2016
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Three Simple Parenting Approaches

Many parents are presently bombarded with thousands of parenting programs. While there are many successful programs it is often hard for a parent to find a program that fits the needs of their family and one that can be remembered in the moment parenting skills are needed. I have met with many parents during my years as a therapist who have lost confidence in these programs because of their complexity and how complicated they are to implement. I have searched for parenting strategies that are simple to learn and easy for a parent to recall in crucial parenting moments. Here […]
June 21, 2016
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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 […]
May 30, 2016
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With Humility Comes Clarity

I received an email from a parent and the following words impacted me: “Our daughter made it through the weekend without any major incidents, largely because Tirae was there.” Something akin to a sneak attack ensued with my emotions. I knew Leeann and had a great relationship with her. At first I felt warm and fuzzy about the email. As I reread that sentence, my smile vanished and I felt uneasy; what I initially took as praise slowly turned into a cold knot in the pit of my stomach. I searched for Kristi, one of the therapists who work with […]
May 5, 2016
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The “Golden Ticket” to Support & Perspective

“What am I supposed to do about my son?” “Why is this so hard? “Who can I talk to?” Parent conference weekend just wrapped up at Heritage, which was a marvelous opportunity for parents to rub shoulders with others in their same boat.  After a few hours spent together, learning and discussing this intensely emotional path, one father summed up the parent experience by saying “It’s like we’ve been given a golden ticket to an exclusive club – one we didn’t know existed.”  The chuckles from the rest of the parents in the room made it clear that this description hit […]
April 27, 2016
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Principle Centered Parenting, Finding Common Ground

I was recently working with a set of parents who were frustrated with each other because of how the other was parenting. The father was very task oriented and was continually “hounding” (according to mom) their son to clean his room, do his homework, get off the computer, to do something with his life besides playing video games, etc. The father quickly shot back that mother was too permissive and didn’t follow through with consequences, that she was too lenient. Each of the parents looked at me hoping I would take their side and prove to the other who was […]
April 21, 2016
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It’s About Time! 10 Ways You Can Develop A Relationship With Your Teen.

Life is busy! There is not enough time in the day to do everything that we want and need to do.  Trying to strengthen your relationship with your teen may be something you want to do but you just don’t feel you have the time for.  What if you made a paradigm shift that allowed you to look at every experience with your teen as an opportunity to build trust and strengthen that relationship? This new view would make even the simple things become valuable opportunities.   You can use the time you do have in the best way possible. Here […]
March 23, 2016
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Easing Symptoms of ADHD through Equine Therapy

In today’s day and age it isn’t uncommon to be distracted by media, technology, busy schedules, and the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced world. For some it is difficult to escape from these distractions and to avoid the effects they may have. Millions of people in today’s society are living with a disorder that makes it difficult to focus and to control impulses. This disorder is called attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it can be a challenging disorder to live with. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the prevalence of ADHD today is rising at an alarming rate. The […]

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