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Educational Consulting Trends | A View from Intake

Educational Consulting Trends | A View from Intake

While examining the anatomy of our educational consulting intake calls, I have noticed two disturbing trends in the therapeutic placement domain. First off, the average age of the potential client is on the rise. We are hearing from an increasing number of families seeking help for kids who are 17 and older. Laws as they […]

Educational Consultant Services (Crystal Ball Not Included)

Educational Consultant Services (Crystal Ball Not Included)

When parents call for help with a child, adolescent, or young adult they are often in crisis and we first and foremost need to determine if we are the right people to assist them. Do they need crisis intervention; do they need a therapeutic wilderness program; do they need a therapeutic boarding school or a […]

The Homework Wars | An Educational Consultant’s Perspective

The Homework Wars | An Educational Consultant’s Perspective

When is the last time someone had anything even remotely positive to say about homework? Everyone has or has had it. No one really likes it, but we have all needed to do it. The debate continues as to whether homework really helps a student with academics or is better levied as a vehicle for […]

What NOT to do when Applying to College | Top 10 List for Fall

What NOT to do when Applying to College | Top 10 List for Fall

It’s fall. Even though the leaves haven’t yet begun to turn colors, it feels like fall. The air in New England has taken a turn toward crisp, fall sports teams have played their first competitive matches, football is on TV, the apples are ripe, and students are settled back into their academic year routines. For […]

College Applications | Parent Involvement?

College Applications | Parent Involvement?

A couple weeks back, the fall air intoxicated me, and I whimsically advised juniors (and late-blooming seniors) of the top 10 things NOT to do when applying to colleges. Now I’m feeling a bit more sober as I’ve been smacked back to reality by stressed seniors and their parents. If there is one message to […]

Manic Depression? Bipolar Disorder? Focus on Needs, NOT Names…

Manic Depression? Bipolar Disorder? Focus on Needs, NOT Names…

Throughout my nearly 24 years as an educational consultant, various diagnoses have been known as the “diagnosis du jour” and yet one stands out as having been around for as long as I have been in practice… Bipolar disorder, which for years was known as manic depression only diagnosable in adults, is a mood disorder […]

Oh, to be a College Student Today… Can I Get “Re-Do?”

Oh, to be a College Student Today… Can I Get “Re-Do?”

Last week I spent the better part of the week visiting colleges in North Carolina. I found myself on a whirlwind tour of 7 campuses in just over two days, and I would have kept going if I could have. Every time I visit college campuses, I walk away wishing I were a student again. […]

Early Decision? Early Indecision!

Early Decision? Early Indecision!

I would like to humbly recommend that college and university admission offices everywhere make a decision when a student applies to their institutions. Do away with deferrals. Say “yes” or say “no.” Apply this policy to candidates who apply under any one of the half dozen or so decision options available to them: early admission, […]

Positive Educational Consulting Outcomes

Positive Educational Consulting Outcomes

As Intake Coordinator, I frequently find myself speaking to a parent with a child in crisis. Every child presents a unique case, but the descriptions I hear often include some combination of the following…defiant, dependent, anxious, depressed, angry, disengaged, struggling, at-risk. I am inundated with countless Dx/Rx profiles from A to Z. In addition to […]

Intervention 101: “Will My Child Ever Love Me Again?”

Intervention 101: “Will My Child Ever Love Me Again?”

Oftentimes I meet with parents of an at risk child who know conceptually that some sort of intervention is required. However, their heart isn’t there yet. They want to believe that, because their child has not hit rock bottom at that point, there is still some hope. This, for instance, can hold true for a […]

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