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Teen Behavioral Health News- Oct 2014
In This Issue
"Sexting" and Teen Behavior
E-Cigs: New Gateway Drug?
Mental Health Awareness
Book Spotlight
Meet Our Staff: Robin
Head Injuries and Risky Behavior
New Child Abuse Study

How "Sexting" Affects Sexual Behavior Among Teens 


As technology changes and expands, how we relate to each other changes too. One of the biggest examples of this is the rising trend of sexting among teens. Recent studies have looked into the role of sexting on a teen's sexual activity, risky sexual behavior, substance abuse patterns and even their mental health. Most studies find that sexting has no influence or indicator on a teen's mental health but does, however, provide indicators into their sexual activity.


Sexting, a combination of "sex" and "texting," is normally defined as sending sexually explicit messages or photographs via text message. The act of sexting is becoming more common among adults as well as adolescents. 


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Dr. Sanderson presents his "Developmental Vacation" treatment model which provides parents and professionals with a unique and completely "out of the box'' approach for conceptualizing teen behavior. This approach is important to not only the treatment professional but also the parent so they can gain a better understanding of their role as parents and what needs to happen in order to disrupt their child's developmental vacation.


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White River Academy is a therapeutic boarding school

 for struggling adolescent males between ages 12 and 17 1/2, located in Delta, Utah. We provide a safe, secure and structured environment for young males to face and overcome their issues.  Using an experiential learning approach that makes students think about what they do, we combine therapeutic programming, a customized academic curriculum, and community service to foster personal growth and create men of character and integrity. White River Academy has a track record of success turning around the lives of troubled teens.

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Boarding Schools:

Myths vs. Facts
Sending your child to a boarding school will be a significant life changing event that shapes their future. Parents will naturally want to research the details of what this opportunity entails and if it is indeed the right choice for their family. However, some may have their doubts about the effectiveness of such institutions and of course, there are pervasive myths about them. Let's review some of these common myths now, as opposed to the reality of what such an experience means. 


For instance, one assumption is that boarding schools are a last resort for children of divorce or those with severe personal issues. In truth, parents are often seeking the best educational upbringing for them, whether that means a public school or a private school. They often seek a supportive environmental where the child is able to reach their full potential. Another common perception is that a boarding school is only an option for wealthy families that can afford the privilege. This is simply not accurate, as financial aid is available depending on necessity and a significant portion of the student body makes use of it. Financial aid may be easily applied for online.....Read On 

Mental Health Awareness Week-Removing the Stigma


An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages

18 and older, about one in four adults, suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any given year. Due to this staggering number, the first full week of October is Mental Health Awareness Week, during which efforts are promoted to bring about a greater understanding of mental health. The event is meant to endorse the support of the National Alliance on Mental Health on this issue and was established by the U.S. Congress in 1990. Throughout the week, activities include benefits, health fairs, educational meetings, concerts and more. The goal is to increase public comprehension of health disorders and to encourage treatment......Read on


The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking  

by Olivia Laing


Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, and addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who loved them?

In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

All six of these writers were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. Often, they did their drinking together: Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the cafés of Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the
liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973.
Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's New York to Williams's New Orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery.
To learn more about "The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking" and it's author Olivia Laing, please visit http://olivialaing.co.uk/
Meet Our Staff

Robin Reber

Admissions Director/Outreach Specialist 


Robin Reber brings administrative experience from a variety of positions, including directing the affairs of Rural Fire Departments, University level Athletic Departments, Long-Haul Transportation companies, and Hospital Emergency Room Services. Robin has provided services for White River Academy since 2007. Robin is an active volunteer and networker in her community for all kinds of events including Ironman, Marathon and Triathlon, Paddle boarding, Master Gardening, Disaster Prepping, Photography, Genealogy, Hiking, Biking and living well. Robin says, "I love working with White River Families. White River is one of the few programs that actually focuses on the skills and paradigm shifts it takes for a boy to become a man. There is a peaceful calm at White River. There is strength, order, dignity, respect, purpose, insight and hope. These young men come from good families who earnestly desire a better path for their sons and entrust their children with us. That is a trust we protect and cherish." 

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Head Injuries May Raise Chances of Risky Behavior by Teens

Teenagers who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are much more likely to engage in a wide range of risky behaviors, Canadian researchers report. Both boys and girls were more likely to smoke, use drugs, drink alcohol and get poor grades after they endured a blow to the head that knocked them out for longer than five minutes or landed them in the hospital for a day or more, the study found.


"This is a wake-up call. Concussions are brain injuries, and we need parents and physicians to become more vigilant," said lead author Gabriela Ilie, a postdoctoral fellow at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Our brains define who we are, and a lot of our behaviors and thoughts and emotions depend on our brain circuitry operating properly"....Read On

Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse

Children who are emotionally abused and neglected face similar and sometimes worse mental health problems as children who are physically or sexually abused, yet psychological abuse is rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treating victims, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.

"Given the prevalence of childhood psychological abuse and the severity of harm to young victims, it should be at the forefront of mental health and social service training," said study lead author Joseph Spinazzola, PhD, of The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, Massachusetts. The article appears in a special online issue of the APA journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy..........Read On
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