The Perfect “U”

Last week, May and I attended the Small Boarding Schools Association (SBSA) conference.  There was a panel of speakers, all in college admissions, from NC schools that included High Point University, Salem College, Wake Forest University, and UNC Chapel Hill.  WOW!  What a diversity of colleges in terms of size, prestige, private vs. public, elite vs. not.  They all spoke about … Read More

Can You Really Multi-task?

I had never heard the phrase the “Bully in the Brain” but I have certainly gotten to a point, where my phone is dinging, I have calendar requests, and emails are coming at me way too fast!  I felt this way just last week.  My Dad used to tell me “You can only do one thing at a time.”  Now… … Read More

Teens and Prescription Drugs

Alarming statistic:  1 in 4 teens admit to using prescription drugs that are not prescribed for them. We are seeing more opiate abuse in our part of the country. National Survey Finds Big Jump in Teen Abuse of Prescription Drugs By: Rick Nauert PhD   Senior News Editor Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on April 24, 2013 A new … Read More

Book Review: Not By Chance

Not By Chance by Tim R. Thayne, Ph. D. Aftercare is Not An After Thought In 2006, Tim Thayne made a presentation at a national convention about why therapeutic organizations needed to step up and work on doing a better job at transitioning students home after treatment.  His ideas were refreshing and novel. He believed strongly that in order for … Read More

‘Tiger Mom’ Defends New Book on TODAY

This article and new book bring up some controversial but compelling things to think about!  What makes a student “highly motivated”??  What makes another student less motivated? We tend to work with students who struggle with low motivation, substance abuse, learning differences, and ADHD, which impacts impulse control negatively. In the book the Triple Threat, Amy Chua, known for her Tiger Mom … Read More

A Common Reading Disorder

There are SO MANY reasons a child may not be able to read!  Sometimes as parents and educational consultants, we stop at the diagnosis of a reading disorder and do not go the next step to try and determine the underlying causes of the reading difficulty.  This is a good article in that it talks about a very common reading … Read More

Louise Speaks at Rotary about the Importance of Apprenticeships

Louise had the opportunity to speak to the West Columbia Rotary Club on Friday morning. Her topic was the importance of apprenticeships and how to encourage students at Glenforest School to be more involved. She referenced this article below in her speech to the group.   Apprenticeships: An old idea finds a new purpose By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ New York … Read More

Does Your College Major Matter?

Most students go to college unsure of what they want to major in or may think they have an idea. But have you ever thought about the difference your major would make? This article shows the most lucrative majors in college. It makes you wonder if students really think hard about their major or are they just majoring in something to “have one.” … Read More

The Value of Our Lives

What gives meaning to life?  What is it we all need?  In the first half of our lives, our job is to find ourselves!  In other words, what is it that we can do or be that will be in service to others?  As we learn skills and try out new jobs, we learn what we are “good” at and … Read More

DBT Core Areas

This DBT(Dialectical Behavior Therapy) video by Jack Hinman, formerly at Sunrise RTC, and he’s now at Discovery Ranch for Girls.  I believe Jack did a great job of giving easy examples to explain the four core areas of DBT: 1)      Mindfulness, 2)      Distress Tolerance, 3)      Interpersonal Effectiveness, and 4)      Emotional Regulation.   I think almost all of us need to learn what it … Read More