Life Altering Decisions

At church on Easter Sunday, the minister asked “what decisions have you made in your life that turned your life in a different direction?” For me the first one was easy – taking a job that led me to meeting my future husband. The second life changing decision was when we took the advice of an educational consultant and ultimately … Read More

Lessons From the Autism Symposium

Karyn Kaminski, May Peach, and Louise Slater attended the Autism Symposium held in Sundance, Utah the first week of April.  Karyn sat on a panel, “When ASD and SUD Combine: A Panel Discussion” and shared her advocacy for more cross training between substance use and autism programs and therapists, as well as thoughts on how diagnostically autism can be missed … Read More

Girls Autism Diagnosis Frequently Missed

April is Autism Awareness Month so we are writing about Autism. At the Autism Symposium, there was a session that really helped me understand why girls with autism are diagnosed much less frequently and later than same-aged boys.  The presentation was titled “Hidden in Plain Sight… Women’s Camouflage of Autism” led by Jillian Allen, M.A. and Bayley Mays, J.D..  Brightstone … Read More

Importance of Peer Groups and Young Adults

I have just finished reading the book Tribe.  The author, Sebastian Junger, makes the key point that we, as a species, were made to live in community with each other.  He spent much of his adult life in the military and quasi-military operations that put his life and others’ lives in danger.  It would seem that these time periods when … Read More

Travels in Utah Day Two & Three

We began our second day at Ascend Recovery with Guy Hardcastle in American Fork. Guy explained to us that Ascend was for adults who realized they needed help with their substance use issues or a process issue and were ready to do the clinical work necessary to begin a life of recovery. Ascend is truly competent with clients who have … Read More

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