Calo Conference: Day 1

Louise is at the CALO conference for trauma and attachment this week. The post below is from Alex Stavros, owner of CALO. At The Price Group we know through our own experiences with families that adopted adolescents can struggle more than their adopted same age peers with the coming of age process. Why?  Partly because there is natural separation/differentiation from parents … Read More

Shame vs. Guilt

What is the difference between shame and guilt? In a simplistic way, shame is saying “I am bad.” and guilt is saying “I did something bad.” There is a HUGE difference between the two. A counselor named Terry Bradshaw coined the phrase years ago: Toxic Shame and wrote a book about the shame that binds you. Why does shame bind … Read More

Free Time and Structured Time

We can totally relate to this idea of needing “free spirit” time.  We think anyone who is a “P” (Perceptive) on the Myers Briggs understands the need to have unstructured, free spirit time.  If you are a “P” your brain does not function in the same way that someone who is a “J” (judging) functions.  There are  times when we need to let our brain flow … Read More

Anxiety: The Quiet Problem That Often Gets Downplayed or Overlooked

At The Price Group we are seeing a definite rise in the number of students with severe anxiety.  May Peach presented at our national IECA conference in the spring on what has changed for middle schoolers in the last decade.  One of the major changes is that we load our students up with high school courses, more homework and in … Read More

Having Autism and Choosing a College

At The Price Group, we often have parents reach out for our assistance with their adolescent or young adult children, with high functioning autism, for help with day school, boarding school or college placement.  The profiles of many of these students is they are extremely bright, with a deep, particular interest in one or two subjects, and yet with a … Read More

College Campuses and Non Stranger Rapes

At the recommendation of one of our educational consulting colleagues, I just finished reading Missoula: Rape and The Justice System in a College Town, by John Krakauer. I rarely read non fiction books except those that are directly related to mental health issues, dealing with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, attachment, and/or addiction. However, this book was very well written and … Read More

Arizona Travels

This week May and I are visiting programs in Arizona.  We have seen two excellent young adult transitional living programs that are intended to be for young adults with some addiction and mental health issues and who have attended what is called “primary care” first.  These programs can vary from 6 months to over a year but are intended to … Read More

Processing Speed is a Curious Thing!

So many of the students we work with at The Price Group have slow processing speed.  I will never forget when I learned that one of my sons had “superior” verbal abilities and very low processing speed (18th percentile).  It was perplexing and frustrating as I asked the clinical psychologist working with us to explain what this meant.  It has … Read More

Treatment for Adolescents with a Primary Substance Use Disorder

We recently heard a statistic and I am trying to “track down” the source but here is the statistic: >> 15% of folks who are in treatment for 30 or 60 days sustain long term sobriety. If you sustain treatment for a year that number leaps to 85%. When we look at the “recovery world” in the United States, there is a … Read More