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

Book Review–The Emperor’s New Drugs by: Irving Kirsch

  My son went to a new psychiatrist who told him that after prescribing antidepressants for years and also believing that depression, at least in part, is caused by a chemical imbalance, he had decided to do more research. He had come to the conclusion that there was no clear evidence that antidepressants were more clinically effective than placebos! He … Read More

Darcie goes to Indiana

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 – Butler University. The leaves had begun to change on this charming urban, yet tucked away Indianapolis campus. I drove separately from my colleagues on the charter bus, so I arrived a few minutes early. The staff was very warm and enthusiastic about welcoming us to Butler University. Prior to this tour, when I thought of Butler … Read More

Travels in Utah

October 6th, 2014   May and Louise toured Discovery Ranch (DR) for Girls this morning. The campus was previously owned by a man that built the complex for his extended family. It is absolutely gorgeous! The program has approximately 35 girls right now and very little had to be done to adapt this property as a home for the girls. The … Read More

Helicopter Teacher

I know we have all heard the phrase “helicopter parents” but have you heard the phrase “helicopter teachers”? This article describes how the students of this generation are so focused on grades and performance. They expect each teacher to “spell out” or specifically tell them what is required in a paper so they can get a good grade. What happened … Read More

Robin Williams: Suicide and Depression

This is a post from Derek Bowles, Co-Owner and Primary Therapist at Crossroads Academy, that he wrote last week after Robin Williams suicide. He makes some good points. “I wanted to take a moment to respond to the lost of Robin Williams and to post my thoughts about suicide and to discuss the process on what may happen when someone … Read More

NDD: Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) is a term coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods. May and I sometimes find that when we recommend wilderness therapy as a first step in a series of interventions for an adolescent or young adult, the home therapist will strongly disagree with our recommendation! They will say things like: “this child … Read More