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In today’s world of technology and social media, it is easy to believe that everyone out there is living their best life. Things look easy from the outside, but the reality is that all of us have personal struggles and struggle can actually be a good thing in the long run.  Can Struggle Be a Good Thing? It can sometimes be difficult to see your struggles as anything but a challenge. The struggle can feel negative and it’s challenging to see any...

Our days are usually scheduled to the minute. We have work obligations, school deadlines, friend, and family responsibilities. When life gets busy it’s usually our own needs that get neglected. There is a popular quote that says, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” It refers to the idea that if you do not take the time to take care of yourself, you will not have the ability to take care of other aspects of your life.  Why Invest In Yourself? When...

The “marshmallow experiment” is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research. The idea is this: place a marshmallow in front of a child and tell them that they can have a second one if they can go fifteen minutes without eating the first one, then leave the room. Whether or not they’re patient enough to wait for the doubled reward is supposedly indicative of a measure of willpower that will benefit them in the future in school and...

The social dynamics of girls and assigned female at birth has been the subject of many movies and books and we’re all familiar with the concept of mean girls and assigned female at birth and Queen Bees. The mean girl or child assigned female at birth habits can start much earlier than we think, even before middle school, but there are ways to help young girls and assigned female at birth, and young women, learn how to support one another. Why...

Change is an inevitable part of life, but young adulthood is a time filled to the brim with changes. Transitioning from a teen to an adult. Leaving home for the first time. Attending a new school or entering the workforce. New experiences can be exciting, but there are also opportunities for failures. Failures can be seen as a negative outcome or as a learning experience. These situations can be challenging for anyone, but for young adults who lack resilience, they...

One question many teenagers have after leaving residential treatment is “is it possible to replicate the relationships I’ve built in treatment in the real world?” Anyone who has been through residential treatment recognizes how refreshing it is to be able to share fears and insecurities in a group setting and receive support and empathy rather than judgment and exclusion. Yet, the same social rules don’t always apply when they leave residential treatment. While they’ve identified values they want to seek...

Your child has accomplished something amazing and is on their way to graduate from a residential program or wilderness program. Now would be the time to start thinking about if a transitional program might be a good fit for her. Transitional programs such as Journey Home are a “step down” type of structure where girls and assigned female at birth aged 16-21 live in a residential setting and learn how to incorporate the skills learned in treatment programs with real...

A recent study found that teens in America are three times more likely to aspire towards a career as a professional Youtuber than working in the STEM field. For teens who have grown up spending more of their free time on social media and surfing the internet than participating in offline hobbies, it makes sense that they see this as a realistic career goal. We encourage teens to reflect on their personal experiences and values in order to determine career...

After attending a residential program, many teens benefit from continued therapeutic structure, but don’t need the same level of care they may have had in a wilderness therapy program or a residential treatment center. While residential programs help people learn how to regulate their emotions and identify goals that they want to work towards, transition programs offer guidance as they apply these skills in reaching their goals. There are a variety of community treatment options available after residential program that...

By the time teens reach young adulthood, their beliefs about relationships and the way they interact with others feel ingrained. For someone who has struggled with maintaining friendships or being bullied throughout adolescence, it may feel impossible to overcome social anxiety as a young adult. They may internalize that social anxiety is part of their personality, rather than an issue that can be managed. However, positive, healthy relationships are essential for getting through this transitional period of one’s life. Transitional...