Watching for Increases in Holiday Depression and Suicide


The holidays often bring an increase in depression for adolescents, often because of loneliness or feeling like others are happy, even if they are not. This time of the year is also when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) kicks in due […]

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Helping Adolescents Manage Family Drama During the Holidays


Most adolescents do not find the holidays to be “the most wonderful time of the year.” The holidays bring time with family that is often involuntary, or at least not a preferred activity for many at this age. For too […]

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Keeping Your Cool When Your Schedule Heats Up


Whether or not you celebrate holidays or traditions at this time of year, it seems like schedules naturally increase. The increased numbers of depression and higher suicide rates, particularly amongst adolescent clients, means your schedule intensifies as well. Dysfunctional relationships […]

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Teaching Adolescents Gratitude: Fake It Till You Make It


Let’s face it; gratitude is not something that a typical adolescent is known for. With the changes in their bodies and in their lives, as well as the decisions they are facing, it really should not be a surprise that […]

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How Gratitude Can Heal Within Families


Substance abuse and mental health issues impact not only the individual person, but they impact the entire family. When your adolescent is beginning to heal, it is important for your family to heal as well. Gratitude is both a quality and […]

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Teaching Accountability in a Clinical Environment


Within the mental health field, accountability can make or break success. Everyone from a clinical director to therapists, counselors, case managers, and even those who provide services such as janitorial or other essential services can work together to create an […]

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Building Relationships of Trust With Clients


Whether you are a clinician or professional who has worked with adolescents for years or someone who is just starting out, we can all use a little reminder at times about how it felt to be an adolescent. The world […]

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Holding Yourself Accountable as a Parent


As a parent, you may find it difficult to say “I was wrong,” “I’m sorry,” or “I made a mistake.” Some people view this as a sign of weakness or fallibility, something they cannot show to their children. Others view […]

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Creating Consistent Expectations for Your Adolescent


Parents usually have the best of intentions, especially when setting guidelines and boundaries for their children. However, when they are stretched by the stressors caused by work, finances, relationships, and the behaviors of their children, consistency in parenting can be […]

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How Can I Earn the Respect of Non-Compliant Adolescents?


Adolescents with substance abuse or mental health diagnoses can be difficult to reach. Some clients use their behaviors to avoid treatment to such an extent that they are considered “non-compliant.” As a professional, such behaviors are usually a cry for […]

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I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

Megan
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