Western Connecticut Boarding Schools Tour

April 16-19, 2018 Louise and May went on a whirlwind tour of 14 different boarding schools with about 12 other educational consultants. We rode on school buses all week that somehow the kids at schools call “toaster buses” and stayed at the Litchfield Inn. The tour was extremely well organized but incredibly “dense” in terms of information and schools visited. … Read More

Opioid Epidemic

As I opened up the USA Today paper this morning, October 17, 2017, the snapshot statistic was this: Fatal overdoses related to heroin use:  533% from 2,089 in 2002 to 13,219 in 2016, quoted from the National Institute on Drug Abuse via CNN. As I open up the Skimm, an email news source, the lead story is about hundreds of … Read More

SC Drug Rings Linked to Campus Fraternities

How a College Drug Ring Hid in Plain Sight: After getting this article, written by the Post and Courier in Charleston, SC from a client whose young adult son struggles with addiction, I became furious!  Having gone to conferences for ARHE (The Association for Recovery in Higher Education) for the past three years, and working as an therapeutic educational consultant … Read More

Making Sure Aftercare is not an “Afterthought”

IECA National Conference in Boston May 4-7, 2016 One of the breakout sessions I attended at a recent conference was about transition from a therapeutic program to a step down program. This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. Why? Prior to becoming a professional educational consultant, I worked in the area of Organizational Development … Read More

Affluenza

The word today is affluenza . the unhealthy and unwelcome psychological and social effects of affluence regarded especially as a widespread societal problem: such asa :  feelings of guilt, lack of motivation, and social isolation experienced by wealthy people <Even so, psychologists are slowly recognizing that great riches are sometimes accompanied by a wealth of crippling emotional and psychological fears. … Read More

H.A.L.T.

Hungry Angry Lonely Tired   As we enter this busy holiday time of year, I am reminded of the acronym from recovery circles, called HALT. I think we are more vulnerable at certain times of year and certainly this is true during Christmas and Hanukkah holidays. We miss our loved ones no longer with us, we rush around doing “retail … Read More

Wrap Up of the Mid-Atlantic Boarding School Tour

May just finished up an outstanding tour of five Mid-Atlantic boarding schools with 5 wonderful educational consultants from around the country. The three day tour began at Mercersburg Academy. They enjoyed time with Doug Hale, as this is his last year as head at Mercersburg, after a long productive career. He certainly leaves the school in a strong place. Then we … Read More

Medical Marijuana in Psychiatry

There is a big experiment going on inside the United States right now regarding medical marijuana.  I find it interesting that they did not talk about the established medical benefit of marijuana reducing nausea in cancer patients?  However, the slide show/article below is focused on the psychiatric pros and cons of the legal use of marijuana by the medical community. … 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

Family Involvement in Wilderness

Many years back, approximately 10 years ago, wilderness therapy was perceived by most professionals and families as a “necessary stop” before a therapeutic school, for students who exhibited a defiant attitude and were into as we say “sex, drugs, and rock and roll”. Now we know that wilderness programs can be designed as well for anxious students, students on the … Read More