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Opinion & Essays - Aug, 1995 Issue #35 

Just for Parents
Copyright 1993
by: Suzi Asay, Resource Specialist
Willard, Utah
Review by: Lon Woodbury 

(Suzi has been Admissions Director for Oasis Academy, Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital, and The Heritage Center, all in Utah. This 40 page, 8 2" X 11" book is her effort to pass on what she learned from her experience both as a parent of two children who had troubles in their teen years, and from her years working in Admissions.) 

Today, in the 90s, many parents are finding themselves emotionally in search of their adolescent. We are searching for boarding schools, residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, specialty schools, wilderness programs, summer camps, and other out-of-home placements...for our troubled adolescent. Parents are desperately searching for intervention or an alternative option to help their adolescent. 

With this beginning, she employs a writing style as if she were chatting face-to-face with the parent(s) reading the book, sympathizing with their confusion. She then discusses and lists the Warning Signs that would indicate all is not well with their teenager, and lists the kinds of resources available in Where To Look For Help. This is followed by a list of 36 detailed questions that parents might want to ask to thoroughly understand what a program is all about. 

The balance of the book is a workbook for organizing notes, questions to keep in mind, concerns that come up and records of the parent's search. 

The book is available for $20 and can be ordered from Suzi by calling the number at the top of this review. 

Copyright 1995, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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