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

Utah Travels Day One

Our trip to Utah is totally packed with program visits, as usual!  We visited New Roads Treatment Center in Provo, Utah.  They have 3 distinct programs within their residential treatment program:  one for men with primary substance and co-occurring mental illness issues called “Path”, one for men with more of a mental health diagnosis but with some substance use called … Read More

The “Contagion” of Suicidal Ideation and How to Interrupt These Thoughts

On October 18th, at the Young Adult Transition Association (YATA) conference, I heard a lecture by an author, Lee Daniel Kravetz, about his book, Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves.  He studied “contagion” of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors and wrote a book about it. His idea and … Read More

The Gift of Boarding School…Sisters for Life!

  This weekend, I met a young girl who was leaving for boarding school, Asheville School, the next day. She had all of her “stuff” piled up in her room but was leaving home early the next morning so she could set up her side of the room before her roommate arrived. Boy could I relate to that idea after spending … Read More

Louise Presents with Karyn at NATSAP

  Louise really enjoyed speaking at NATSAP in October with Karyn Kaminski. Their presentation was called “I Just Can’t Fix Your Kid.” Below is the PowerPoint for you to review.   What do you think? without-video-i-cant-just-fix-your-kid-se-natsap-2016  

Parent Enmeshment, Boarding School, and a Kid with Significant ADHD

So many of the clients we see at the Price Group are what we call ENMESHED with at least one of their parents! One of my clients, a very bright, very verbal young man, is struggling at his current boarding school. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and has real trouble completing most anything on time, especially homework! A typical … 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

Richard Rohr and Twelve Steps

Like probably most of you reading this blog, I have experienced the effects of addiction and mental illness in my own family…this is more the “rule” than the exception.  As I became a therapeutic educational consultant and began to work with students and their family systems with addiction and substance abuse issues, I began a steep learning curve to understand … Read More

Therapy in the Woods

At The Price Group, we have relationships and experiences with many different wilderness models and therapeutic approaches. Therapists who tell you “wilderness therapy is for “oppositional defiant” children and that it seeks to “break down” a person have no clear knowledge or experience with the outstanding work being done in wilderness. Wilderness settings are by licensed professionals in early childhood trauma, anxiety, … 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