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Horizon Family Solutions understands and is committed to the philosophy that each of our clients have the opportunity to achieve their individual potential.

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Horizon Family Solutions, LLC Receives 2017 Best of Boulder Award

Boulder Award Program Honors the Achievement of Horizon Family Solutions BOULDER, COLORADO. March 30, 2017 — Horizon Family Solutions, LLC has been selected for the 2017 Best of Boulder Award in the Educational / Therapeutic Consultants category by the Boulder … Continue reading...

Boulder Award Program Honors the Achievement of Horizon Family Solutions

BOULDER, COLORADO. March 30, 2017 — Horizon Family Solutions, LLC has been selected for the 2017 Best of Boulder Award in the Educational / Therapeutic Consultants category by the Boulder Award Program. This is the fifth year in a row that Horizon Family Solutions has been honored by the Boulder Award Program.

“I am greatly honored by this award. Indeed, the best award that exists is the one given by one’s own community, those who know your work. I want to thank the Boulder Award Program who works to acknowledge all the achievements of businesses in Boulder, Colorado,” Frances states.

Each year, the Boulder Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their clients and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Boulder area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2017 Boulder Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Boulder Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Horizon Family Solutions

Horizon Family Solutions, LLC was founded by Doré E. Frances, PhD in February 2001.

In March of 2017 Julie Forland, M.Ed. joined the company and together they use their extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and young adults.

Frances and Forland bring common sense, compassion, experience, and wisdom to their mission of working with children, adolescents, young adults and their families.

Combined together Frances and Forland have over 50 years of experience. Options for families have become more complex and challenging. Frances and Forland provide individual attention to each client and they receive their full and undivided attention from the initial contact with parents to the completion of their child’s journey through their program or school. They make the best possible decisions for each one of their client’s academic future and emotional health.

Their empathy, expertise, and objectivity guide the family through the entire process.

Contact:

Horizon Family Solutions

Email: Dore@dorefrances.com

Julie@horizonfamilysolutions.com

303-448-8803

About Boulder Award Program

The Boulder Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Boulder area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented services to generate advantages and long-term value to their clients.

The Boulder Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners and professional associations. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Boulder Award Program

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Boulder Award Program

Email: PublicRelations@onlineawarded.org

 


Horizon Family Solutions Welcomes Julie Forland, M.Ed. as Educational Consultant for International and US Based Families and Students

Horizon Family Solutions is pleased to announce its recent hire of Julie Forland, M.Ed., who has joined the HFS team as an International and US Educational Consultant based out of the firm’s Boulder, Colorado office. [Boulder, Colorado]— March 25, 2017 … Continue reading...

Horizon Family Solutions is pleased to announce its recent hire of Julie Forland, M.Ed., who has joined the HFS team as an International and US Educational Consultant based out of the firm’s Boulder, Colorado office.

[Boulder, Colorado]— March 25, 2017Within the Educational Consulting role at Horizon Family Solutions (www.horizonfamilysolutions.com), Forland will also be developing online classes for families and parents, as well as working in the development of future training programs for families and professionals.

“I was attracted by the company’s mission to build substantial and sustainable services for families and the commitment that Doré has to providing a vast array of services to families across the globe,” Forland said. “I believe that teaching families how to apply sustainability principles to their parenting skills, their lives, and even their extended family is the best multiplier to truly creating change.”

Forland comes to HFS with more than 20 years experience in education. Most recently she has worked as a student advocate, teacher, and school principle in the State of Colorado.

Forland has vast experience with the charter, online, private, and public schools in grades K – 12 and will be focusing on those families who are in search of boarding schools and special needs therapeutic residential programs, both in the United States and Internationally.

Forland’s focus is on placing the right student in the right educational setting. Her background has helped to make an easy transition into her current position as Educational Consultant with Horizon Family Solutions.

Doré Frances, PhD, founder of Horizon Family Solutions said, “Julie intends to apply her BA in Liberal Arts/Elementary Education and her MA in Educational Administration Education to developing additional educational consulting services that will help families and students who are searching for boarding school placement or for those who are in crisis, change their current situation to one of complete support.”

About Horizon Family Solutions

Horizon Family Solutions, LLC, (www.horizonfamilysolutions.com) a woman-owned business, was established in 2001. The company’s home office is in Boulder, Colorado.

Horizon Family Solutions serves clients all across the United States, Canada, and Internationally. We familiarize families with opportunities to obtain a high quality of education and treatment, along with a high level of service.

The company portfolio includes: boarding schools, residential treatment programs, eating disorder programs, military schools, spectrum disorder programs, summer programs, therapeutic treatment centers and wilderness programs.

 

Contact

Horizon Family Solutions, LLC

Doré E. Frances, PhD

Julie Forland, M.Ed

303-448-8803

Dore@Dorefrances.com

Julie@horizonfamilysolutions.com

 

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Dore E. Frances, PhD Class Offering

Dore E. Frances, PhD Class Offering 12 Steps to Personal and Professional Development. An understanding of who you are as an individual is essential to understanding who you are as a leader. This can be a leader in your professional … Continue reading...

Dore December 2015Dore E. Frances, PhD Class Offering

12 Steps to Personal and Professional Development.

An understanding of who you are as an individual is essential to understanding who you are as a leader.

This can be a leader in your professional career and it can also be being a leader in your own personal life. Your personality style dictates how well you lead others and how well you adhere to your own personal life of leadership in all you choose to do for yourself.

The 12 Steps:

Your Self-Esteem – Improve Your Self-Esteem
Identifying Your Personal Style – Build Trust and Credibility
Listenting: The Key to Success – Tailor Information
Communicate and Succeed – Break Down the Barriers
Conflict Management – Be a Win-Win Problem Solver
People Skills and Personal Power
Managing Stress – Balance Your Life
Understanding Your Associates, Co-Workers, Employees and Self
Total Quality Teams at Work and in Your Home
Coaching and Counseling Skills
The Challenge of Change
Dealing With the Workforce of Today and Their Mindset

12 Steps to Self-Analysis and Self-Improvement in both personal and professional arenas, making it possible for you to “jump start” your career or move toward empowerment for yourself.

Please email d.frances@me.com to be added to to the list for more information.

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The Benefits of Teen and Young Adult Wilderness Therapy Programs

Despite our best efforts, there are some teens and young adults who are just more susceptible to the negative influences among peers, what is on the Internet and on TV. There’s also the challenge of too much uncensored content on … Continue reading...

wildernessDespite our best efforts, there are some teens and young adults who are just more susceptible to the negative influences among peers, what is on the Internet and on TV.

There’s also the challenge of too much uncensored content on cell phones and in video games…and it’s hard to keep track of what your teenager or young adult is watching or reading or participating with on a daily basis.

As a result, our teens and young adults pick up bad habits, adopt an unenthusiastic attitude regarding priorities in life or worse, or get into a cycle of self-destructive behavior. When your teenager or young adult:

  • are struggling with ADD, ADHD, ODD
  • has been falling behind, failing or even dropping out from academic studies
  • has been lying to parents, teachers and other authority figures
  • has been stealing, cheating, or fencing valuables
  • is hanging with peers you suspect are abusing substances
  • is losing weight unhealthily without any reason
  • has become apathetic and disinterested in anything
  • has been breaking household rules
  • has become mean, resentful, or angry all the time
  • has become very untidy and sloppy
  • has been abusing substances or medication

Your teenager or young adult may be in trouble more than you know. You need to get into the details of this matter as soon as possible. When left untreated, these problems can develop into even more severe problems in later life.

Wilderness therapy programs have a lot to offer.

They are short, running between 45 and 90 days.

They are ideal to help a teen or young adult in trouble giving them the time and space to break away from the source of their challenges and problems.

Wilderness programs are much shorter than residential boarding school stays and less punitive and rigorous than boot camps, of which Horizon Family Solutions never recommends. They are an ideal choice for many troubled teens and young adults.

It needs to be understood that a therapeutic wilderness program will not be the perfect place to send every troubled teen or young adult.

Making the choice involves at least two factors.

  1. Is your teen or young adult the ideal candidate for a wilderness program; and
  2. When this has been determined, which wilderness program and therapist best suits your teen, young adult and family?

You can get the therapy sessions your teen or young adult might need by going to a therapist in your local area on a weekly basis. Each time that happens, your teen or young adult then returns home to their family and friends.

When nothing changes, nothing changes.

The best way to make a major impact on your teen’s life is to make a break, take a break.

Get away from the routine and contacts which have been a big part of their challenges, problems and troubles.

Parents with worries about the safety of their teen or young adult while in wilderness can be assured that the best wilderness programs do not accept everyone.

Most do not accept teens or young adults who are:

  • Actively suicidal or homicidal
  • Displaying a significant history of running away from treatment centers
  • Display cardiac conditions or other organ dysfunctions that may lead to emergency care
  • Insulin dependent diabetics
  • Medically unable to participate in the program
  • Psychotic
  • Significantly obese
  • Struggling with allergies that may lead to anaphylactic shock
  • Violent and/or aggressive outside of the home

The aim is to find like-minded teens and young adults who need direction, guidance, inspiration and mentoring in their life. The academic side of a wilderness program is in most cases able to be transferred back to the teen’s school as credit.

There are a lot of good therapeutic wilderness programs for troubled teens and young adults that can give them the help that they need.

They have an admissions or screening process in place to determine whether your teen or young adult can really be helped by their program. It’s a good first step towards your family’s healing.

A lot of  wilderness therapeutic programs are located in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, and Vermont.

There are a range of different types of wilderness therapy programs all across the United States, with a range of models and approaches.

When needing assistance, please contact Horizon Family Solutions at 303-448-8803.


Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms

By Steve Bressert, Ph.D. Antisocial personality disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a long-standing pattern of disregard for other people’s rights, often crossing the line and violating those rights. A person with antisocial personality disorder (APD) often feels … Continue reading...

Anti SocialBy Steve Bressert, Ph.D.

Antisocial personality disorder is a disorder that is characterized by a long-standing pattern of disregard for other people’s rights, often crossing the line and violating those rights. A person with antisocial personality disorder (APD) often feels little or no empathy toward other people, and doesn’t see the problem in bending or breaking the law for their own needs or wants.

The disorder usually begins in childhood or as a teen and continues into a person’s adult life. Antisocial personality disorder is often referred to as psychopathy or sociopathy in popular culture. However, neither psychopathy nor sociopathy are recognized professional labels used for diagnosis. Individuals with Antisocial Personality Disorder frequently lack empathy and tend to be callous, cynical, and contemptuous of the feelings, rights, and sufferings of others. They may have an inflated and arrogant self-appraisal (e.g., feel that ordinary work is beneath them or lack a realistic concern about their current problems or their future) and may be excessively opinionated, self-assured, or cocky.

They may display a glib, superficial charm and can be quite voluble and verbally facile (e.g., using technical terms or jargon that might impress someone who is unfamiliar with the topic).

Lack of empathy, inflated self-appraisal, and superficial charm are features that have been commonly included in traditional conceptions of psychopathy and may be particularly distinguishing of Antisocial Personality Disorder in prison or forensic settings where criminal, delinquent, or aggressive acts are likely to be nonspecific.

These individuals may also be irresponsible and exploitative in their sexual relationships.

A personality disorder is an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates from the norm of the individual’s culture. The pattern is seen in two or more of the following areas: cognition; affect; interpersonal functioning; or impulse control.

The enduring pattern is inflexible and pervasive across a broad range of personal and social situations. It typically leads to significant distress or impairment in social, work or other areas of functioning. The pattern is stable and of long duration, and its onset can be traced back to early adulthood or adolescence.

Symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Antisocial personality disorder is diagnosed when a person’s pattern of antisocial behavior has occurred since age 15 (although only adults 18 years or older can be diagnosed with this disorder) and consists of the majority of these symptoms:

  • Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest
  • Deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure
  • Impulsivity or failure to plan ahead
  • Irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults
  • Reckless disregard for safety of self or others
  • Consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations
  • Lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

There should also be evidence of Conduct Disorder in the individual as a child, whether or not it was ever formally diagnosed by a professional.

Because personality disorders describe long-standing and enduring patterns of behavior, they are most often diagnosed in adulthood. It is uncommon for them to be diagnosed in childhood or adolescence, because a child or teen is under constant development, personality changes and maturation. According to the DSM-5, antisocial personality disorder cannot be diagnosed in people younger than 18 years old.

Antisocial personality disorder is 70 percent more prevalent in males than females. According to research, the 12-month prevalence rate of this disorder is between 0.2 and 3.3 percent in the general population. Like most personality disorders, antisocial personality disorder typically will decrease in intensity with age, with many people experiencing few of the disorder’s symptoms by the time they are in the 40s or 50s.

How is Antisocial Personality Disorder Diagnosed?

Personality disorders such as antisocial personality disorder are typically diagnosed by a trained mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist.

Family physicians and general practitioners are generally not trained or well-equipped to make this type of psychological diagnosis. So while you can initially consult a family physician about this problem, they should refer you to a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.

There are no laboratory, blood or genetic tests that are used to diagnose antisocial personality disorder. Many people with antisocial personality disorder don’t seek out treatment. People with personality disorders, in general, do not often seek out treatment until the disorder starts to significantly interfere or otherwise impact a person’s life.

This most often happens when a person’s coping resources are stretched too thin to deal with stress or other life events. A diagnosis for antisocial personality disorder is made by a mental health professional comparing your symptoms and life history with those listed here. They will make a determination whether your symptoms meet the criteria necessary for a personality disorder diagnosis.

Causes of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Researchers today don’t know what causes antisocial personality disorder. There are many theories, however, about the possible causes of antisocial personality disorder.

Most professionals subscribe to a biopsychosocial model of causation — that is, the causes of are likely due to biological and genetic factors, social factors (such as how a person interacts in their early development with their family and friends and other children), and psychological factors (the individual’s personality and temperament, shaped by their environment and learned coping skills to deal with stress). This suggests that no single factor is responsible — rather, it is the complex and likely intertwined nature of all three factors that are important. If a person has this personality disorder, research suggests that there is a slightly increased risk for this disorder to be “passed down” to their children.

Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Treatment of antisocial personality disorder typically involves long-term psychotherapy with a therapist that has experience in treating this kind of personality disorder.

Medications may also be prescribed to help with specific troubling and debilitating symptoms.

APA Reference
Bressert, S. (2016). Antisocial Personality Disorder Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 2, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/disorders/antisocial-personality-disorder-symptoms/

By Doré E. Frances, PhD -Teens with conduct disorders and antisocial personality conditions are more resistant to authority figures and possible treatment options offered.

What this means is that traditional means of eliciting positive behaviors might be harder to accomplish with teens with CD. Difficult maybe, however, not impossible.

Studies and researchers suggest a combination of individual and family/group therapies aimed at developing problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Often these teens do not know how to properly interact with others (or choose not to), so therapies that involve peers and how to function in different situations may prove helpful. Families especially can have a hard time in dealing with conduct disorder. Parents or siblings may become fearful or anxious around the antisocial teen, unsure if the adolescent will respond harshly or violently. Having family-centered therapy helps both parties to discuss the issue at hand and construct ways in which the parents, siblings, and the affected teen can cope.

Similarly, it may be the parents who need a behavioral adjustment as well. Not knowing how to react to a child with CD or other antisocial behaviors can trigger frustration, nervousness, anger, or violent outbursts. In other cases, parents can avoid the child altogether.

In parental management therapy, it’s important to know that in order for a teen to change, the parent may need to change as well. Sometimes the most longstanding outcomes are a result of the parents working together with the child, with both parties understanding the importance of change.  Cognitive behavioral therapy can help to develop skills that foster independence and critical thinking. Considering that antisocial behavior may in part be brought on by an adolescent trying to alter his/her environment, teaching a teen these skills may make them feel more in control of their surroundings and thus, more at ease. Many therapies focus on these skills as well as those that promote social and communicative behavior.

Learning how to express emotions in a healthy way, nurturing one’s cognitive and emotional development, and feeling supported can make a huge difference in how an adolescent responds and acts.While no one can ever predict the outcome of treatment and how it relates to antisocial behaviors in the future, getting assistance now can mean a world of difference for you, your teen, and your family. Without treatment, these already stressful actions can escalate into long-term problems. When you feel troubled by your teen’s behavior and suspect a more serious problem, please call Horizon Family Solutions.

We understand the importance of family and value your child’s health. Call now.

303-448-8803.

 


Transitions Program: Aftercare

The Coyote Coast Transition Program supports teens and families in maximizing gains and continuing the momentum established in out-of-home treatment such as, wilderness therapy, rehabilitation programs, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding schools. Why Transition Care? Most youth experience success in … Continue reading...

Coyote

The Coyote Coast Transition Program supports teens and families in maximizing gains and continuing the momentum established in out-of-home treatment such as, wilderness therapy, rehabilitation programs, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding schools.

Why Transition Care?

Most youth experience success in out-of-home programs largely due to the high degree of structure and tight time management housed within them. These highly therapeutic programs often also succeed in helping youth to develop improved coping skills, insight, control over their behavior, and communication.

However, research has shown that without continued after-care services, both parents and youth report declines in interpersonal relations, which include youth’s relationships with parents and other adults, as well as interaction with friends, aggressiveness, arguing and defiance.

Research also suggests that while out-of-home care can be effective at addressing presenting behavioral problems, it is essential that we need to “further identify ways to help clients maintain recently developed interpersonal skills that are continually tested in post treatment environments.”*

In our after-care work, we find that the gains made by youth in their out-of-home programs are better sustained when we help to bring structure and consistency into the home. This is more easily achieved when we become involved early in the return-to-home planning process.

Ample time is needed to co-construct a carefully tailored home agreement and aftercare plan using important input from parents, youth, the treatment program, and other involved professionals.

The Transition Program Includes:

~ Close Consultation with Program Staff to Develop a Comprehensive Transition Home Plan
~ Weekly Family Therapy
~ Parent Coaching & Crisis Intervention
~ Weekly Teen Group Therapy or Mentoring
~ Teen Experiential Activities

Coyote Coast Therapists use a solution-focused team approach, emphasizing close collaboration with treating and related professionals including:

~ Education Consultants
~ Out-of-Home Program Staff
~ Local Service Providers such as
~ Psychologists/Psychiatrists
~ Community & Educational Therapists
~ School Professionals
~ Treatment Programs

If you are interested or would like further information, please call:

Alex Georgakopoulos, MFT at 925-258-5400 Ext 1 or email us atinfo@coyotecoast.com

*Russel, K. C. (2002). Longitudinal Assessment of Treatment Outcomes in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare. (Technical Report 28). Idaho Forest, Wildlife, and Range Experiment Station, Moscow, ID: Available from the University of Idaho Wilderness Research Center – Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative.


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