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  

Women and Body Dysmorphia

In case you haven’t been following the story in the news of Barbie, Mattel has been losing market shares to other dolls, such as Elsa from the movie, Frozen, who sings “Let It Go”.  An interesting fact for me, that was quoted in the February issue of Time Magazine, was that Barbie was introduced in 1959 at the New York Toy … Read More

How to Raise Financially Smart Kids?

Tuesday, May and I had the privilege of being invited to hear a New York Times columnist and author, Ron Lieber, speak about his book, The Opposite of Spoiled Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money. Ron was a very engaging speaker and highly endorsed a game with cards that was developed by our local community foundation, … Read More

Shame vs. Guilt

What is the difference between shame and guilt? In a simplistic way, shame is saying “I am bad.” and guilt is saying “I did something bad.” There is a HUGE difference between the two. A counselor named Terry Bradshaw coined the phrase years ago: Toxic Shame and wrote a book about the shame that binds you. Why does shame bind … Read More

Anxiety: The Quiet Problem That Often Gets Downplayed or Overlooked

At The Price Group we are seeing a definite rise in the number of students with severe anxiety.  May Peach presented at our national IECA conference in the spring on what has changed for middle schoolers in the last decade.  One of the major changes is that we load our students up with high school courses, more homework and in … Read More