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Teen Behavioral Health News- Sept 2014
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Upcoming Webinar
E-Cigs: New Gateway Drug?
Teenage Self-Harm
Book Spotlight
Meet Our Staff
Mental Health and Teens
Know About Selfies
Webinar Series

"Teens Burning Through Therapists" Presented by
Dr. Dan Sanderson

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Each Session

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.


"Developmental Vacation" 

Treatment Approach 

Presenter: Dr. Dan Sanderson

Part 2: Teens Burning Through Therapists 


Date: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Time: 11 am-12 pm PST

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"Developmental Vacation" 
Treatment Approach

 Presenter: Dr. Dan Sanderson

Part 3: Disrupting Manipulation Driven Relationships with Adolescents 


Date: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Time: 11 am-12 pm PST 


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Are E-Cigs the New Gateway Drug for Teens?


E-cigarettes, or vaping, have seen a spike in popularity amongst young adults in recent years. Marketed as a solution to quitting cigarettes, vaping uses a nicotine-based solution that offers a cleaner and more concentrated means of getting one's nicotine fix. Although e-cigarettes are devoid of the harmful tar found in traditional cigarettes, cancer-causing compounds and other toxins in tobacco have been found in some cartridges such as diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze. The vaping industry's claim that e-cigs are an answer to a smoking addiction is probably an accurate statement for many people, but is it a solution or merely an alternative?

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Teen Self-Harm


Self-harm normally refers to the actions of a person who hurts themselves in order to relieve emotional pain or distress. It serves

the purpose of making emotional pain physical and, in the view of some who self-harm, easier to deal with than the emotional pain itself. It is estimated that around one half to one third of 15 to 16-year-old girls in the U.S. engage in self-harm. Common types of self-harm include cutting or burning oneself, with less common and more dangerous types taking the form of pulling out hair or ingesting toxic substances. Contrary to popular public opinion, most cases of self-harm are not meant to be a suicidal precursor but rather an alternative coping mechanism.

Book Spotlight:

It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

by Danah Boyd


What is new about how teenagers communicate through services such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Do social

media affect the quality of teens' lives?

In this eye-opening book, youth culture and technology expert Danah Boyd uncover

s some of the major myths regarding teens' use of social media. She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, Boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers' ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions. 


To learn more about "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" and the author, please visit


Meet Our Staff
Justin Nielson
School Administrator
White River Academy

Justin Nielson is one of the founders of White River Academy, which was established in July 2002. As School Administrator, he is responsible for setting and maintaining the philosophy and tone of White River Academy, making insightful decisions that impact parents, staff members, and students in positive ways. He was instrumental in developing White River Academy's vision, goals, standards, and policies and procedures, in accordance with the Mission Statement.

Teen Mental Health: Danger Signs


Adolescence isn't an easy time for parents, either. As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence - physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual - the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers, these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety of mental health disorders; all are matters of concern, and some are life-threatening. 
What Parents and Kids Should Know About "Selfies"

With words such as "selfie" and "hashtag" added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary this year, it's obvious online interactions have made a significant impact on modern culture. And according to Pamela Rutledge, a media psychologist and director of the Media Psychology Research Center in Newport Beach, California, social media is here to stay - whether people like the selfie culture or not. 
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