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Not long ago, I had the opportunity to meet with the experts Dr. Tim DiGiacomo, Rachel Morin, and Brittany Little of the Mountain Valley Treatment Center clinical team. We had a great conversation about the development and reduction of anxiety. It’s no secret that we are going through a type of epidemic with mental health …

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8-Minute Read According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, stamina is “the bodily or mental capacity to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity,” and “the moral or emotional strength to continue with a difficult process, effort, etc.” When you’re in the thick of parenting, it can feel like you are running out of stamina—especially during emotional, stressful, and …

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Parents want their children to be successful and happy.  It’s universal. While many of us are intimately involved in directing our children’s academic or extracurricular lives, we can often feel inadequate or uncomfortable in advising them in their social/love lives.  That’s understandable, but not an excuse. Popular culture has tried to brainwash us into thinking …

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Twenty years ago, as a graduate student in Marriage and Family Therapy, I co-presented my first family seminar.  My target audience was what was referred to in the literature as “The Sandwich Generation.”  This four week class targeted people in their 40’s and 50’s who’s lives were being squeezed like a sandwich with the demands …

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Yesterday I was at a cattle auction barn in Colorado selling my small herd of Black Angus cows. They looked so good. Their ear tags were all new and matched. All but one of the cows was pregnant, and the bull was big and healthy. I had taken two of my sons out of school …

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Yesterday I was at a cattle auction barn in Colorado selling my small herd of Black Angus cows. They looked so good. Their ear tags were all new and matched. All but one of the cows was pregnant, and the bull was big and healthy. I had taken two of my sons out of school …

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At the time I launched Homeward Bound nine years ago, I was an idealist with a burning desire to significantly improve the long-term success of treatment by supporting teens and parents during the critical transition afterwards. Actually, the vision was even loftier than that. We wanted to eliminate recidivism in so far as humanly possible. …

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Values: important, beneficial, principles, standards of behavior, something you have a high opinion of. If one of your friends were asked to describe you to a group of strangers, what would they say are your most passionately held core values? Would they come up blank, or fumble around for a generic answer like “Ummm…he values …

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