May 25 2017

Single Dad with a Crazy Ex-wife

Published by under Chirldren,Mental Illnes

Article Submitted by Nathan Hernando

I was madly in love with my ex-wife and loved her for half a decade — I believed with all my heart and soul that she was my soul mate. We had some of the most amazing and crazy times of my life and I was sure it would last forever. However there was also the other side: she had a lot of problems and they always interfered with our happiness. She would promise to get help but always return to the crazy behavior. Continue Reading »

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Apr 20 2017

Why a Juvenile Boot Camp Isn’t Your Only Option for Therapy

Written by: Wood Creek Academy

Summary: While you may think a juvenile boot camp is the only option for a rebellious teenager, there are other ways that you can help get through to him.

Teenagers often exhibit behavioral problems during their “rebellious” stage of their life. This can lead to a fragmented household, daily arguments, and even financial difficulties. Honestly, you’ve them all over the media, and now you’re thinking about sending your child to a boot camp for boys. But is it the right decision to do so?

Alternative Options

Know that you’re not alone. Many families look to these troubled teen programs to help “rehabilitate” their child and enable him to grow into his own. These boot camps are one of the first programs that often come to mind. Now, it’s not unusual to send your child away, especially when he’s displaying a significant shift in behavior and attitude.

Most people that you discuss these problems with will often tell you to either “stay strong” or “hang in there”. But, how long can you do such a thing for? There needs to be a solution to these issues. Focus on what’s causing your child to give off such a negative vibe. Is he hanging out with the wrong group of friends? Is he being bullied in such a way that now he’s coming to terms with “paying back” his former adversaries? Speak to him and let him know that you’ll be there to support him no matter what. Children often make mistakes, but it’s these mistakes that make him into a man. Despite what others may believe is best for you, only you know how you can get through to your child. And, if it goes to the extent where you’re looking into a variety of wilderness therapy programs, so be it – just do not use this as a threat for conformity.

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Mar 19 2017

Giving Three-Year-Olds Choice and Praising Good Behavior

Published by under Behavior,Chirldren

Article Courtesy of Health Cyber.

Some say the Terrible Two’s are the most taxing time to be a toddler’s parent. But even one year later, the road of parenting can be rough, which is not to say that these wearying periods are completely bereft of wonderment or joy.

Parents, as it’s always been the case, must get their bearings together and tough it out; age three is when children are privy to key developmental lessons, and parental guidance is crucial. Helping them navigate this time with grace will be rewarding for the both of you. At three, kids gain a more concrete sense of their own individuality, and it’s also during this period that their curiosity about the world expands astronomically. They’ll be posing questions left and right. Continue Reading »

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Jan 25 2017

Urie Bronfenbrenner and his Theories

Published by under Chirldren

urie-bronfenbrenner     Urie Bronfenbrenner (1917-2005) developed the ecological systems theory to  explain how everything in a child and the child’s environment affects how a child grows and develops.    

As we have learned from our text, according to Bronfenbrenner , environment and all the layers of it have a huge impact on a child’s development and the process. Child’s own biology is a primary environment fueling his or her development. While growing up and going process of the development, the child’s immediate family, community, environment, and the societal landscapes steers his/her development. However, we cannot just pay closer attention the child’s immediate family and forget about the interaction which the child is having of the larger environment as well. Continue Reading »

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Oct 27 2016

How Wilderness Therapy Programs Are Enhancing the Mental Health Field

Written by: Wood Creek Academy

Nothing beats the outdoors, which is why it’s being used as a therapeutic alternative for troubled teenagers.

therapy-outdoorsNature’s fury has long been associated in a negative light. But, specialists have found nature to also have its benefits in the adolescent therapy field. Known by many as Christian wilderness therapy programs, professionals are using the calming power of the wilderness to aid them in helping juveniles that are looking to regain control over their lives.

What is Wilderness Therapy?

With a combination of wilderness activities and therapy sessions, these outdoor programs can put troubled teenagers on the path to happiness and self-control. It’s been long thought that the only solution would be sending your child to a boot camp for teenagers. Not anymore. Thanks to the experimentation of therapists, wilderness therapy has become a trending alternative for troubled teens. Now, it’s still widely debated on why wilderness therapy works so well. Could it be that the natural soothing powers of the outdoors helps calm children down? Maybe it’s the fact that these teens never get much of an opportunity to explore nature as it’s intended. Whatever the case may be, wilderness therapy programs continue to soar in popularity.

Effective and Efficient

When compared to other mental health services and schools for troubled boys, wilderness programs have been developing a growing reputation for therapeutic efficiency. So much so, that there have been studies conducted on why the wilderness experience works so well. It’s a dramatic step forward in the mental health field, no doubt about that. And, if this trend continues, other “natural” alternatives may follow in the future.

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Jul 28 2016

The Positive Impact that Wilderness Therapy Programs Can Have On Your Child

Published by under Behavior

wilderness-therapyWilderness therapy continues to utilize effective therapeutic methods to aid troubled youths.

Wilderness therapy programs are one of the most effective types of troubled teenager programs available. It has always had a tremendous impact on struggling teenagers due to its’ unique methods. Without access to the Internet or the media, troubled teenagers are able to completely focus on his or her treatment without any distractions. Under 24 hour supervision, your son or daughter can learn and understand the importance of responsibility and self-efficacy while also participating in numerous outdoor activities, experiential therapy, and counseling. They need the right life skills to find their own paths in life. Why not provide them with the help that they deserve.

The Pros of Wilderness Therapy

Participating in one of these behavior modification schools can help eliminate the distractions that are common in your traditional program. It will help them develop a stronger relationship with the staff members as well as their peers. This makes them take a closer look at, and gain better insight into, their past unruly behaviors, as well as what they will also need to do in order to help them change the path that they are currently walking down. They will also receive a boost in their self esteem through overcoming the challenges of nature. This will only support their desire to change and live a healthy life.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking to find the right help for troubled teens, look no further than wilderness therapy programs. Your son or daughter will utilize the power of nature and counseling to find out how to overcome all the challenges and obstacles in their path.


Wood Creek Academy offers one of the finest wilderness therapy programs for troubled youth. For more information, visit them online today.

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Mar 20 2016

Activating the Visual Cortex Improves Our Sense of Smell

Published by under Disorders,Medical

visual-cortexNew studies has indicated, that activating the visual cortex improves our sense of smell. This has been achieved by studying the various cortex’s within the brain, and in this case by stimulating the visual cortex with small electrical pulses.

Our senses consist of smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight. These senses are separated into areas of the brain. However, when we look at the world, our brain uses a combination of these cortex’s in order to gain a more coherent interpretation of what we are experiencing. Continue Reading »

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Mar 10 2016

Why is divorce so hard on the family

Published by under Chirldren,Legal Matters

divorce
Divorce wreaks havoc on the family. Children suffer more than anyone. After divorce, the constant contact with a loved parent is gone. Children lose their motivation and become overwhelmed as they watch their mother or father fall into depression as a result of the divorce. Some young people fall into a promiscuous lifestyle and engage in risky behaviors as a way to deal with the anger and apathy they feel. A Long Beach family law attorney understands the challenges that a divorce, and especially a prolonged divorce, will have on a family. They work hard to make the divorce process as clean and straightforward as the circumstances allow. Continue Reading »

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Feb 16 2016

PROCEDURES FOR MEASURING BEHAVIOR

Published by under Behavior

behavior1A method of evaluating a person’s behavior that provides us with a very precise picture of its regularity or severity is “behavioral recording”.

There are several methods of recording behavior such as :

Event Recording includes a wide variety of procedures for detecting and recording the number of times a behavior of interest occurs. Event recording has couple of devices to record events besides pencil and paper. Wrist counters, hand-tally digital counters, abacus wrist and shoestring counters, masking tape, pennies, buttons, paper clips, and pocket calculators (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007). Continue Reading »

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Jan 26 2016

SELECTING AND DEFINING TARGET BEHAVIORS

Published by under Behavior

selecting behaviourAccording  Cooper, Heron & William (2007), because behavior occurs within and across time, it has three fundamental properties, or dimensional quantities, that behavior analysts can measure.    Those fundamental properties are : Repeatability which is also called countability, Temporal extent, and Temporal locus. Repeatability is an ability of a test to repeatedly accrue the same result in subsequent measurements. Temporal extent is when every instance of behavior occurs during some amount of time. Lastly. Temporal locus is when every instance of behavior occurs at a certain point in time with respect to other events (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007, p.75). Continue Reading »

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