London Calling!

I, along with many others that includes Ian Young sharing cake (see photo below) from Phuket Thailand (PARc) are at Lee Fitzgerald’s recovery conference in London promoting our international ventures and universal values. Addiction is a global phenomenon, and one that impairs the condition and lifestyles of so many individuals. There are no easy answers with conditional outcomes depending on factors within and outside one’s control. The take away from the conference is that compassion is regularly and importantly transmitted within secure, safe settings where those suffering from addiction can get better — better, by recognizing the weaknesses within themselves and using their strengths, along with the strengths of others to beat the beast called addiction. Empirical driven evidence available from us.

Smart phones & psychosis: Are they mutually exclusive?

Our mobiles drive us crazy, right? Surprise surprise. Cell phones may also keep us sane, by providing a sense of belonging, a lesser sense of isolation — or at least we’d like to think so.

With any of such popular studies, none that are replicable hold up. They are likely less fact based than simply possibilities. However, like placebos, if people find certain things useful, then that’s worth something.

https://tinyurl.com/y4wx9xok is the study — tell others what you think. In the meantime, if you are addicted to using digital devices and such, there are programs designed for such compulsive behavior. Inquire within: the Doctor is in house.

Child Custody and Education — is it in the “best interest of your child” ?

County BuildingEducation analysis of best interest of the child in family custody matters continues to be fraught with errors: many custody evaluators who are hired to address the best interest of the child in education or school matters simply are not trained, and more than often not licensed to do the work, and far less have training and licensure in combination to be considered expert in their work.

For this reason, evaluators are turning to outside experts in education to bolster their own roles and reports, consciously understanding it’s the ethical thing to do in meeting the legal requirement of “best interest of the child.” Education today is far more of a complex issue than previously considered within the realm of custody evaluations. Families move away to other states, other nations, and then back again with children not only requiring specialized supports, but consistent and challenging education to transition seamlessly across geographic landscapes.

Do your best — only hire the best who is trained and experienced to work in the “best interest” of your child and family in finding education options that work.

That professional is Dr Burdick. Contact our offices today to discuss your family matter of importance.

“Out of My Mind” by Alan Arkin

I’ve recently been listening to an audio book by Alan Arkin called “Out of My Mind”. I don’t know if you know him, he’s an actor. He’s suggesting  each of us come to the earth with her or his own unique agenda; and somewhere along the way we as the creators of this agenda miss the opportunity to listen to that internal voice and implement what we can create for ourselves. It includes destiny decisions such as marriage and family, as well as education / vocation. So it’s a little heavy, a type of “journey” work for sure. But I think it has some traction for some of our families. I’d love to hear from you on this “journey” work and particularly if you’ve read Alan Arkin’s book: What do you think of his “Out of My Mind” concepts on this subject of birth with unique agendas that we create? Together we can bring meaning to the lives of your family members, not just the ones with behavior or emotional problems. I often collaborate with an outstanding therapist in these cases, Neil Brown. Together we make sense of what families are going through, and working together find successful outcomes of purposeful meaning. Contact us if you’re interested in moving your family forward…

We do house calls!

Everybody knows how difficult sometimes it is to get family out of the home and on to their future. Whether it’s from assisting a daughter or son to understand that a boarding school might be in their own best interest, or an older teen to look in the mirror and discover that a outdoor therapeutic experience would be very beneficial, or an older family member to looking at how recovery within a residential treatment center would be easier; all of these scenarios require a concierge approach to assist in individual to “move forward” in their wellbeing, in their lives. Enter Dr Burdick.

Dr Burdick has had tremendous success in helping family move forward: For example, one young person we will call “Tameric” who stayed put 24/7 within the confines of his bedroom playing incessant computer games, and when his parents shut down the wifi, Tameric resorted to camping out in a neighbor’s garage to sponge off the neighbor’s wife and continue the gaming. Clearly obsessive – compulsive behavior.

After a Skype call to outline how he could help, Dr Burdick came to the home and observed Tameric’s treasured lifestyle within his environment and spent time to get to understand the complexity and the level of his infatuation in the game. This assisted in the family in taking a break from identifying Tameric as the patient and looking at the family dynamic as a whole. It worked, and Tameric sped off to a program with their parents feeling hopeful and empowered.

Call Us Today. The Holidays are approaching and are often the most problematic. We can help assist to outline what needs to happen to get the entire family to a healthier place, on to engage in a brighter future.