The Benchmarks of Caring

A student of mine recently asked me why I care so much about young people.

Finding Skilled Educational Consultants

Selecting the right educational consultant is vital when parents need to find a specialized school or program, especially when parents feel the need to find a school or program outside of their home community (that is, when all local options have been exhausted). 

What can you do to lower your kids’ future therapy bills?

“You’re right, I’m the worst mom ever, this will give you another thing to tell your future therapist,” you say to your daughter. While kidding – at least halfway – the modern parent is beginning to see therapy in their child’s future as inevitable, a necessary part of being a mentally healthy adult.

Dana Markey

Dana Markey serves as the program coordinator for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, working with the NAMI Child and Adolescent Action Center. In addition to serving as the project manager for, she serves as the managing editor of NAMI’s Beginnings magazine, which includes publishes articles on child and adolescent mental health. She received her bachelor's degree in creative writing and journalism at the University of Arizona, where she founded and led a NAMI on Campus affiliate. Dana is also a family...

Programs for Struggling Teens: Ideal Features- Part I

Parents of struggling teens often feel desperate to find the “right” program or school for their child. 

Frederic Reamer Ph.D.

Dr. Reamer is Professor in the Graduate Program of the School of Social Work, Rhode Island College, where he has been on the faculty since 1983. His research and teaching have addressed a wide range of human service issues, including mental health, healthcare, teens in crisis, criminal justice, public welfare, and professional ethics. Dr. Reamer’s recent research has focused on school and program options for teens who struggle with a variety of mental health, behavioral, substance abuse, and academic issues. He is especially interested in...

Common Mental Health and Behavioral Challenges

Many teens struggle with mental health and behavioral issues.

Jude Cassidy Ph.D.

Dr. Cassidy is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park, and Director of the Maryland Child and Family Development Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Virginia, where her mentor was Mary Ainsworth, one of the developers of attachment theory and research. Her research focuses on attachment, social and emotional development in children and adolescents, social information-processing, peer relations, early intervention, and longitudinal prediction of adolescent risk behavior. Dr. Cassidy serves as coeditor of the journal Attachment and...

Parenting a Struggling Teen: Forming a United Front

Parents of a struggling teen sometimes find it difficult to coordinate their parenting styles and strategies.

Finding the Right Program or School

Parents (and their advisers) must thoroughly examine schools and programs before deciding which is likely to be most appropriate.

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