On the Importance of Adventure & Play

If you’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, then you’ll remember the cabin fever experienced by Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson. This lead to his abandoning the writing of his play in favor of, or more accurately transfixed by, typing this...

Clinicians as Coaches. Our Key Differentiator.

I’ve been doing the same work for the last 15 years. In 2004 I started doing in-home clinical case management and coaching for young adults who were either leaving treatment through “graduating” or getting kicked out. This was in Boulder, Colorado. All the staff...

The 3 Things We Should Always Be Doing

Do you remember that part in the movie Glennary Glen Ross with a young, brash Alec Baldwin where he is grilling the sales team? The “coffee is for closers”, “ABC. Always. Be. Closing!” scene? Well, I had a mom the other day who had just sent her son to a wilderness...

Mindfulness is NOT a Self-Improvement Project

“Mindfulness is NOT a Self-Improvement Project” This is the first thing I write on the whiteboard when I start leading a new in-house mindfulness group or when I’m starting to work with some of our community partners and treatment centers. I want the participants to...

No Such Thing as a True Story

No Such Thing as a True Story I recently attended the Young Adult Transition Association (YATA) conference in Boulder, Colorado.  (It was excellent, btw!) I love returning to Boulder. It’s my home away from home where I lived and worked for nearly a decade and where I...

How to Be A Helicopter Parent

Ok. I got called out when I posted some pictures of my daughter learning to ride a bicycle. My sister commented, “Nice photo bombs, helicopter dad!” Well, she’s only 6 I thought, and…., and…. Then she’ll be 12, then 18, then 26 and someday she’ll be 30, and I just...