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MEDICAL

AFHC’s medical director, George M. Bright, M.D., diagnoses and coordinates the medical treatment and interventions of the children, adolescents, and adults who seek our help. He is also the medical director for Blackwater Outdoor Experiences.

ADHD

Undiagnosed attention problems can often be the reason behind poor grades, unacceptable or inappropriate behaviors, and poor family and peer relationships, all of which can have lasting negative repercussions on a person’s development and life experience.

The professional staff at the Adolescent & Family Health Center recommends early evaluation and treatment to prevent the negative consequences of undiagnosed and untreated attention disorders.

Our adolescent medical specialist, George M. Bright, MD, oversees each patient’s individualized program and attends primary and preventive health care needs while the AFHC treatment team performs a complete psycho-educational evaluation. In this way, AFHC is able to understand the best way to address each individual’s ADHD diagnosis and help them manage its effects at home, at school, at work and in the community.

In addition, AFHC is affiliated with Blackwater Outdoor Experiences, a Wilderness and Experiential program. BOE provides social skills programs designed to help children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism, and other developmental challenges practice and develop their basic social skills in an active, outdoor setting.

Protocol for Diagnoses and Management of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults.

Diagnoses

  • Obtain birth, developmental and health histories
  • Explore extended family history and psychosocial stressors
  • Identify current issues/concerns in school, home, work, interpersonal relationships and self-esteem
  • Neuropsychological and educational evaluations for school-age
  • Parent, teacher, and self-assessment behavior rating questionnaires
  • Establish diagnosis of ADHD and comorbidities

Management

  • Young Children
  • Older Children And Teens
  • Adults

ADDICTION

Addiction and substance abuse can have lifelong repercussions on a person’s physical and emotional health, take away the ability to successfully navigate peer, personal and family relationships, and cause performance at school, work and life in the community to suffer.

For more than 30 years, the Adolescent and Family Health Center has provided outpatient substance abuse treatment and wilderness therapy options to children, adolescents, adults and families.  Our medical director, George M. Bright, M.D., diagnoses and coordinates the medical treatment and interventions of children, adolescents, and adults who seek our help.

In addition to medically treating addiction and substance abuse, AFHC utilizes its comprehensive treatment team to identify the root causes that trigger negative or addictive behaviors, and helps each patient recognize their own specific assets and strengths to help them successfully navigate their addiction and their life.

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL TESTING

Watching your children, teens and young adults struggle in the school environment or with personal and social problems can be frustrating, upsetting and confusing. Too often, children who experience barriers to learning are labeled with behavior problems instead of learning, developmental or psychological problems, preventing students, parents and the schools from addressing the root causes of a student’s challenges. As a parent, it’s important that you trust your instincts if you feel more can be done to help your child.

AFHC’s psychological and educational testing services provide a clear understanding of your child’s specific strengths, obstacles to learning and successful adjustment in all areas of life, and give parents specific recommendations for change. Psychological and educational testing can be used for children, teens, and young adults, those who attend public or private schools, as well as in the college students and young adults.

COUNSELING

Our emotional needs drive our every action whether we realize it or not. The expression of positive emotions is difficult for children, adolescents and adults experiencing the turmoil and frustration of substance abuse, undiagnosed attention or learning disorders, or untreated medical, emotional or psychological disorders.

Too often today, patients are given only the medication or tools they need to mask the symptoms or negative behaviors that are disrupting their lives. AFHC’s Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Licensed Professional Counselor provide counseling and therapy to identify the root causes that trigger symptoms and negative behaviors and helps each patient recognize their own specific assets and strengths that will help them navigate both their challenges and their life.

Time and time again, AFHC has found that patients who receive this comprehensive approach are better-equipped to achieve personal success and satisfaction in the five major performance areas of life: medical, emotional, educational, vocational and social.

WILDERNESS THERAPY (THROUGH AFFILIATION)

Therapeutic wilderness programs offer an alternative approach to traditional, office-based “talk therapy.”  Although access to the outdoors is receding rapidly in today’s world, clinical research has repeatedly demonstrated the therapeutic benefits of nature, wilderness settings and adventure-based activities on children, teens and young adults suffering from depression, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, substance abuse issues or the effects of autism or ADHD.

AFHC is affiliated with the therapeutic wilderness program, Blackwater Outdoor Experiences. BOE is one of the pioneer therapeutic wilderness programs in the United States and has been treating children, teens, and young adults since 1980.

BOE offers 22-day therapeutic wilderness expeditions that combine wilderness living and adventure-based activities with a individual, group, and family therapy to create a positive environment for personal growth and development.

VOCATIONAL

The psychologists, medical and counseling specialists at AFHC can assist adolescents and adults in the process of matching their individual abilities and interests with potential careers. We then assist in identifying appropriate career goals and the educational and vocational training needed to reach those goals.  Referrals to school, training facilities, other programs and vocational professionals are provided as needed and appropriate.

SOCIAL SKILLS

Children, teens and young adults suffering from depression, mood disorders, self-esteem issues, substance abuse issues, and the effects of autism or ADHD often experience difficulties relating to their peers, parents and other adults. Our counseling staff is adept at helping clients with these social difficulties.

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