Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures

I had the pleasure of interviewing Roy J. DuPrez, Founder and CEO of Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures offering long-term treatment for young adult men ages 18-30 struggling with substance abuse (alcohol and drug addiction). The program is located in Flagstaff Arizona. If you would like more information about the program see the website at www.Back2BasicsOutdoorAdventures.com, or call (928) 814-2220. Your treatment model really combines wilderness...

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Digital Savvy Parenting: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

I recently tuned into a webcast that addressed parents concern about teenagers and technology . The webcast is the first part of a four part series sponsored by Your Teen Magazine. Here are some parents’ top concerns Kids are rotting their brains out and avoiding real human contact. Kids will post something on the internet that will ruin them. Kids are more vulnerable to bullying and sexual imagery. Kids have too much exposure to violent...

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Mercedes Carbone Educational Consultant

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Mercedes Carbone, Educational and Therapeutic Consultant. She has a wealth of experience in the field of special education and therapeutic treatment programs.  If you would  like to contact Mercedes you can reach her at (510) 414-0291. How long have you been consulting? I started consulting in 2002, so it’s been twelve years.  My background is in special education. I have a Masters in Special...

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Story Unfolds of Son’s Pre-Natal Exposure to Methamphetamine

I had the pleasure of interviewing Erica, an adoptive mom whose son had pre-natal exposure to methamphetamine. There is a lot of information on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, but less is known about the birth effects of exposure to methamphetamines. Read about Erica’s family’s courageous journey to help her son cope with his learning and behavioral challenges in this interview. How did you make the decision to adopt? Mine is a story of...

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Miguel Brown – Three Common Responses of Teens to Therapy

In a recent blog Miguel Brown discusses Three Common Responses of Teens to Therapy. He describes three types of Teen responses: “I’m finally in therapy!”, “This does nothing,” and “I hate this!.” Parents have a tendency to end therapy prematurely in each of the situations. Brown encourages parents to “hang tough” during therapy so that the teenager has a chance to “gain a deeper...

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The Teenage Brain

In this article in the New York Times Sunday Review section, Richard A. Friedman makes the case for why, largely due to brain development on average experience more anxiety and fear and have a harder time learning how not to be afraid than either children and adults.”  Friedman talks about the development of the teenage brain. He asserts that the teen’s emotional volatility is not “just hormones.” During adolescence, ages 12-24,...

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