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"Having good phone skills"...It's not what you think!

If you have a private therapy practice or work in the healthcare field communicating with the general public, you may want to check out this post!

A Fractured Fairy Tale - "Perfectly Wicked"

Be sure to check out this new take on a popular Fairy Tale! Not only is it creative, well done and engaging, it's written by my 15yr old daughter. I hope you enjoy it!

The Improvement of Teenage Interventions

  • The interpretation of life's experiences is what allows us to grow and improve.

  • The measurement and recognition of those experiences is what allows us to interpret the meaning of our experience over time.

  • Research is the method by which we measure our experiences.

All of this sounds pretty boring...right?!  It is!
Except when you run a Wilderness Therapy Program for troubled teens, it is important to implement these principles in the therapeutic process of the program.

Personal Insight On The Cycle Of Addiction

Addiction is one of those afflictions that effects many people besides the addict or alcoholic. In this blog post, I share some personal examples of how others addictive behaviors have effected me and my family. Take a look, I hope you find this helpful!

A daring river rescue - 35yrs later

I recieved a birthday card from my mother the other day. Included in the envelope were three pieces of yellowing paper with a story that had been type written with a manual type writer. There was even white-out covering up some spelling errors.

This was a story I had written in 1978 about an experience my father and I had while fishing the McKenzie River just east of Eugene Oregon. I hadn't thought about this experience for many, many years! Take a look...

P0rn0graphy; Normal Teenage Curiosity or Virtual Addiction?

As a father of three daughters and one son, I am concerned about what they are exposed to on the web. There is no question that this life's journey brings with it inappropriate and often hurtful experiences. My responsibility as a parent is to love and care for my children, help them reach their god given potential, and assist them in navigating those rough waters they will inevitably face throughout their lives. I do my best to protect them from experiences or images that may be inappropriate, however, I can not shelter them either.

Read more on this sensitive and sometimes controversial subject.

An example of Holiday Generosity!

Every year I am amazed and disappointed with the attitudes and behaviors of grown adults on Black Friday. When I was growing up, the Holiday Season was one where society put aside selfish tendencies and took on a collective attitude of Caring, Compassion, Consideration and Generosity. It was a time of Love, Modesty, Respect and Tolerance.

Are these Black Friday events just a few isolated incidences, or has society moved away from the virtues of yesterday? I'm not sure.

Here is one instance where kindness and humility had a positive impact on a little boy in a land far away.

Words are a gift

Have you ever given much thought to the saying, "Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me"?

Words have power and emotion behind them. They can be used for good as well as evil. Check out his blog post where the value of words spoken kindly is discussed. You'll be glad you did.

Teens transcend the "Gall" of bitterness.

The Juniper gall is used to illustrate to students enrolled in RedCliff Ascent that regardless of how ugly our behaviors have made us, no matter what we have done whether by choice or circumstance, no matter how insignificant or unimportant we may feel, there is something beautiful underneath that dark, barky gall we think ourselves to be.

Family - When Relationships Matter Most!

As we enter the Holiday season, we tend to spend more and more time around family. Sometimes that is a good thing. Sometimes, it creates stress. Here are some blog links that have some fun family stories to help put this family relationship thing in perspective. Check em out!

Disability - The Young Adult Dilemma

When you think of disability, often there are thoughts of wheel chairs, canes, head injuries or prosthetic limbs. Rarely do we think of young adults who have some minor cognitive struggles that affect their ability to focus on college or succeed inter-personally with bosses and co-workers in the workplace.

Young adults in this situation tend to get discouraged with life and often turn to destructive behaviors. Check out this blog post about my conversation with a mother of one such student and the plan we have to help him successfully navigate into the adult world.

What happens when troubled teens "Pay It Forward"?

Learn what happens when troubled teens have the opportuntiy to "Pay It Forward" through service to others who are less fortunate. It's amazing what these teens learn!

My Experience With Autism

My 14 yr old daughter wanted to write a post for my blog. Check out her first ever blog post will be glad you did!

Boundaries of the heart

What do you do when your kids take off running to see a mama moose and her calf? Do you yell at them to "STOP"? Do you chase after them? How do you keep them safe?

Learn some parenting tips that will work wonders in strengthening the parent/child relationship!

Characteristics Of Adult Children Of Alcoholics

If you were raised in a family where one of your parents was an alcoholic, there may be some residual emotional concerns even as an adult. These issues may have an impact on your relationships, even if you don't drink yourself!

If this is something you are interested in learning more about, please read more here:

When problematic sexual behaviors plague your teen.

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Student's involved in high end academics on a horse ranch!

The students at Discovery Ranch are placed there by their parents for emotional and family relationship concerns. However, the academics are that of a high end international boarding school. Having a boarding school and ranch blended together provides a pretty cool experience for these teens! Check it out:

What is the value of work, besides a paycheck?

Have you ever got up in the morning and said, "Aaaggghhhhh, I don't want to go to wooorrrrk!"
I assume it is pretty common. So, what is the value of work? Why is it important to work, beyond the obvious reason of a paycheck?
If you have ever wondered about this or thought there must be something better out there, you may want to check out this short post.

Why does suicide ever seem like a good answer?

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Why would a parent choose to place their teen in a wilderness treatment program?

There are many different family types and traditions! Sometimes teens and young adults demonstrate a "center of the universe" attitude and it causes friction in the family.

There are also many different therapy types that can involve teens. So, why would a parent even consider having their son or daughter attend a wilderness treatment program? Find out may surprise you!

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Previous Posts
"Having good phone skills"...It's not what you think!, posted May 21st, 2013
A Fractured Fairy Tale - "Perfectly Wicked", posted May 6th, 2013
The Improvement of Teenage Interventions, posted April 18th, 2013
Personal Insight On The Cycle Of Addiction, posted March 20th, 2013
A daring river rescue - 35yrs later, posted January 17th, 2013
P0rn0graphy; Normal Teenage Curiosity or Virtual Addiction?, posted January 12th, 2013
An example of Holiday Generosity!, posted November 24th, 2012
Words are a gift, posted November 5th, 2012
Teens transcend the "Gall" of bitterness., posted November 4th, 2012
Family - When Relationships Matter Most!, posted October 31st, 2012
Disability - The Young Adult Dilemma, posted October 29th, 2012
What happens when troubled teens "Pay It Forward"?, posted September 23rd, 2012
My Experience With Autism, posted September 23rd, 2012
Boundaries of the heart, posted September 11th, 2012
Characteristics Of Adult Children Of Alcoholics, posted July 26th, 2012
When problematic sexual behaviors plague your teen., posted July 26th, 2012
Student's involved in high end academics on a horse ranch!, posted July 7th, 2012
What is the value of work, besides a paycheck?, posted June 28th, 2012
Why does suicide ever seem like a good answer?, posted June 6th, 2012
Why would a parent choose to place their teen in a wilderness treatment program?, posted June 3rd, 2012
How important is your family?, posted June 3rd, 2012
What's the best way to deal with "Failure To Launch"?, posted May 19th, 2012
Childhood Bullying - Is it just "kids being kids"?, posted November 6th, 2011
Sexual Trauma...Healing Horses, posted November 6th, 2011
Family Secrets - A True Story of Courage, posted April 18th, 2011
The Path of Least Resistance…A Runners Tale!, posted April 18th, 2011
Life lesson's from a teenage vollyball game., posted April 18th, 2011
What is an "Interpreted Rock"?, posted April 1st, 2011
A Mothers Wisdom - Lessons for a teenage boy, posted March 20th, 2011
Stairway to Heaven - A Childhood Story, posted March 20th, 2011
"Life is a Highway...I want to ride it all night long", posted March 6th, 2011
Teens and Alcohol – A Relationship on the Rocks, posted March 6th, 2011
RedCliff Ascent - Assisting Families Worldwide, posted March 6th, 2011
Alcohol and teens...a deadly mix., posted February 15th, 2011
Healthy Relationships - Teens need them too!, posted February 2nd, 2011
“Good Samaritans” are among us - A True Story, posted February 1st, 2011
Building Resiliency in Children, posted December 8th, 2010
I Know You – Sort Of, posted October 18th, 2010
2010 Clan of the Hand, posted September 15th, 2010
It’s Not Too Late, posted September 15th, 2010
Through Emily’s Eyes, posted August 20th, 2010
Fostering Resilience in Children, posted August 16th, 2010
Expressing Your Feelings in Relationships, posted August 14th, 2010
Economic Myths, Fallacies and Stupidity, posted July 12th, 2010
Why does the USA even exist?, posted July 4th, 2010
Depression and Disability in Children and Adolescents, posted July 2nd, 2010
Census Worker - Friend or Foe?, posted June 19th, 2010, 1 comment
Lauren’s Journey, posted June 11th, 2010
Immigration and Liberty, posted May 30th, 2010
Save money while making your school shine, posted May 27th, 2010
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