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How do I get Started with Foster Care?
May 23, 2017

How Do I Get Involved as a Foster Care Parent?

Despite many families’ and organizations’ efforts, one out of every 100 Alaskan children is in foster care, which is double the national proportions. If you are interested in foster care, Read More

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
May 10, 2017

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health is invaluable to our day to day happiness and vitality. Unfortunately, many people and many teens suffer from mental health disorders. In fact, the rates of depression in Read More

What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
May 9, 2017

What is Therapeutic Foster Care?

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is a support and learning system that seeks to keep children with more severe behavioral, physical, or emotional needs in a healthy family unit until they Read More

What is Family Therapy?
April 25, 2017

What is Family Therapy?

Family therapy provides both the families of a struggling teen and the teen themselves with a safe place to heal. If your teen is wrestling with depression, eating disorders, suicidal tendencies, or Read More

Underage Drinking-The Facts of Teen Alcohol Abuse
April 18, 2017

Underage Drinking- The Facts of Teen Alcohol Abuse

Teen alcohol abuse is a significant problem in the United States; alcohol is the most commonly abused substance among teens in junior high and high school. The consequences of under Read More

How Do I Talk to My Teens About Drugs? Part 2
April 11, 2017

How Do I Talk to My Teens About Drugs? Part 2

You can’t avoid talking to your child or teen about drugs. There are too many risks for them in today’s society, and as their parent, you are on the front Read More

How do I talk to my teen about drugs?
April 4, 2017

How Do I Talk to My Teen About Drugs? Part 1

Having the conversation with your teen about drug use is never an easy one, even if you think they haven’t started using yet. Even though having the conversation may seem Read More

Counselor using motivational interviewing with boy
March 29, 2017

What is Motivational Interviewing? How does it Help my Teen?

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a style of therapy in which the counselor partners with the individual to help them move away from ambivalence toward change and accomplishing goals. “Motivational interviewing Read More

My Teen is Using Drugs. What Do I Do?
March 21, 2017

My Teen is Using Drugs. What Do I Do?

If you are wondering where your sweet, affectionate, happy pre-teen or teen went and who this resentful, moody, withdrawn person is in your house; you are not alone. Even having Read More

Which Antidepressants are OK for Teens?
March 14, 2017

Which Antidepressant Drugs are OK for Teens?

As we’ve discussed before in our blog on factors that cause teen depression, it can be difficult to separate the normal teenage mood swings from clinical depression. But if you believe Read More