Category Archives: Crisis

A crisis can occur within a family when a child’s emotions or behaviors reach a point to where the parents no longer feel the child is safe in their current living environment. Parents, at this point, often lack the tools and knowledge necessary to appropriately help the child without professional assistance.

Differentiating Adolescent Transport Approaches from false stigmas

Per the advice and assessment of a licensed and experienced mental health clinician, such as a psychologist, youth advocate, or educational consultant, an adolescent transport can facilitate a safe and therapeutically conducive context for transitioning, between the home and treatment program–e.g., wilderness program, residential treatment center, therapeutic boarding school.  If the transport staff or mediators use a […]

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Bullying at School: The Crisis and the Calming

Bullying is abuse! It is wrong and never justified! For between 10-30% of school-age children and adolescents, attending school can be a daily trauma as they anticipate another day of enduring the taunting and abuse of bullies. If you fear that your child is the target of a bully, act immediately, advocate for your child, and work toward putting a stop to the abuse.

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The Assessment: Navigating the Unmarked Road

Despite popular opinion, I strongly believe that therapeutic treatment is not the most valuable resource for a struggling, wayward youth and his or her parents. It’s what happens before the treatment that truly matters—the assessment! With the amount of money poured into treatment, I would venture that far too little thought and resources go toward assessment. How are we expected to fix something if we don’t know what’s broken?

Assessments are road maps. They tell us where we’ve been, where we are, and where we should be going. More sophisticated navigation devices can also warn of detours, delays, road conditions, and areas to avoid. All of these are factors that contribute to a thorough and accurate assessment. The main thesis statement and “take away” of this blog posting is that parents will typically see a better prognosis in their child’s behavior if they invest and focus their attention on obtaining a thorough assessment (1) at the right time, (2) by the right person, and (3) with the right instrument.

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Crisis Intervention and Teen Transportation Services

Crisis Intervention and Teen Transportation Services are readily available. However, such services are most effective after an appropriate treatment decision has been confirmed…

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Making an Effective Treatment Decision in Crisis

We live in a society of change and speed—high speed Internet, fast food, express lanes and check-out stands, instant messaging, the list goes on. Life, in general, can also come upon us both fast and unexpected. We may be one minute basking in comfort and security, but one hiccup in foreign markets can shake up our nest eggs, throwing us into a state of fear and uncertainty. As we dwell in a world of the unexpected, so should we be prepared to make critical yet objective decisions in the midst of a change, a crisis, and even a crucible.

One can easily categorize a crisis within the chronic, heart-wrenching struggle that always accompanies making treatment decisions for a wayward youth. In fact, most other crises pale in comparison. If poor decisions are made, the consequences can be life-long, adding to the anxiety of parents and other caregivers. Therefore, a question begs to be answered for those caught in these circumstances: how can I make this critical decision when I face this flood of stress and emotion?

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Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Training

All NST youth transportation staff are trained in the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) model. NCI is part of the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI). CPI is recognized as the world’s largest crisis intervention training institute. New Start Transports just concluded its second quarterly training for 2007. As a troubled teen intervention and transport service, NST understands […]

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