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Adventures in Adolescence: Why “Letting Kids be Kids” is Sometimes the Best Way to Support Their Well-Being

By Dr. Julian Nolen, Licensed Psychologist at Intermountain Adolescence. For many, these four syllables are enough to fill us with terror — searching warily for distracted drivers or checking our teenagers’ beds to confirm that they are, in fact, in their beds. In our own lives, we remember this as a time of poor decision-making … Read more

How Dirty is Too Dirty?

By Daniel Champer, LCPC, Intermountain Clinical Manager of School Based Services A quick internet search of the phrase “mushroom cloud” reveals that the technical definition of the phenomena is “a distinctive pyro-cumulus mushroom-shaped cloud of debris and usually condensed water vapor resulting from a large explosion.” The phrase will also conjure up frightening descriptions related … Read more

Finish Strong

By Todd Garrison, Executive Director of ChildWise Highlight this page and delete it! Or, highlight this page, print it and frame it where you can see it every day. Because this article is either going to make you mad and frustrated … or it might be just the thing you need at this moment in … Read more

What happens when the holidays don’t look like they do in the movies?

By Chaplain Chris Haughee, M.Div  While far from ideal, my childhood provided me with great memories of the holidays. I recall special days of decorating cookies with my Aunt Shirley, sharing a bowl of homemade Chex mix with my Grandpa Haughee while watching football, candlelight services at church, and special meals where family came together. … Read more

Tuning In Your Teen: Savvy Parents Know Teens Try to Cope Alone

By Joelle Johnson, LCSW, LAC, Intermountain Co-Occurring Therapist Recently, a young girl was brought to my therapy practice by her mother.  The girl had attempted suicide a week earlier, which was a sudden and traumatic alert that her daughter was struggling with depression.  The first therapy session held more surprises as the daughter revealed she … Read more

Mental Health Fitness

By Daniel Champer, LCPC, Intermountain Clinical Manager of School Based Services The term “physical fitness” conjures up many different emotions and mental images. My mind immediately creates a picture of a bulbous nose, loud raspy voice, and a hyperactive whistle all encased snugly in a medium Gold’s gym t-shirt and a pair of gym shorts … Read more

School’s Out!!! Now What?

By Joelle Johnson, LCSW, LAC, Intermountain Project Director Summer vacation is an interesting thing.  Sometime around spring break, kids, parents and teachers alike start dreaming about a life absent of the morning routine and afternoon homework responsibilities.  The end-of-the-school-year craving for unstructured time demonstrates our children’s need to have a break from the routine of … Read more

No Reason to Lose Sleep

By Daniel Champer, LCPC, Intermountain Clinical Manager of School Based Services Deadened eyes stare.  Pasty skin shimmers.  Insipid tongues drool.  Listless arms dangle.  Guttural sounds emit.  Rancid odors waft.  Zombies?  Not likely. There are many more believable explanations for all of these ghastly manifestations.  Would you care to guess along with me?  Teenagers?  Parents of … Read more

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