Getting Past the Stigma of Psychiatric Medication


Stigma surrounds psychiatric medication, particularly for children and adolescents. Everyone from conspiracy theorists to well-meaning friends or family members to even general medical practitioners have ideas about why you should not give your child medications to treat their mental health […]

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Preparing Young Clients for College and Career


  Making decisions about college and career can be difficult enough for students. When you have clients with substance use and mental health disorders, they will often experience more anxiety around making these decisions. How can you help them make […]

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Do Something: How to Get Your Client to Open Up


Traditional talk therapy works very well for clinicians. You can see more clients in a day, have easy access to your records, and enjoy an environment that is comfortable for you. For teens, though, an office environment can be intimidating […]

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The Value of Experiential Therapy for Young Clients


Those who work with adolescents who have substance abuse or mental health diagnoses are acutely aware that they do not always want to talk about their lives. Helping them open up involves not only gaining their trust but demonstrating respect […]

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The Importance of Learning About Trauma


As a professional in the field of addiction recovery or mental health, you know the basics of trauma-informed care. You can probably identify or even diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and trauma may even be your specialty. But have you […]

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The Benefits of Continued Learning


Mental health care professionals have minimum requirements for continued learning in order to renew and maintain their licenses. There are plenty of interesting conferences to attend that will fulfill this requirement, and some may even be in locations that make […]

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Helping Clients Discover New Thinking for a New Year


Approaching the new year creates the opportunity for reflection and change. While many people create resolutions to improve themselves, creating a new way of thinking can be far more powerful now and into the future. Rather than simply making a […]

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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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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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