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Lone Star Expeditions Celebrates Five Years of Helping Teens through Wilderness Therapy

Groveton, TX (PRWEB) September 17, 2007

Lone Star Expeditions, a licensed outdoor treatment program for troubled teens, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month. Based in east Texas, the program offers students outdoor experiential therapy as they navigate through ropes courses, learn wilderness skills, and periodically return to a permanent base camp that allows the program’s licensed therapists a more effective means of assessment, intervention and aftercare.

“Lone Star is thrilled to be celebrating our five year anniversary of helping kids discover their potential,” says Mike Bednarz, executive director of Lone Star. “We remain focused on reuniting families and helping teens succeed in leading more positive lives, and look forward to continuing in this great tradition.”

Wilderness programs like Lone Star afford teens who are struggling with emotional, behavioral, attention, or learning problems an opportunity to be free from modern distractions, allowing them to simplify choices, gain insight into their values, and learn to accept responsibility for their decisions. As they progress through the program’s level system, students experience success and develop healthy self-esteem.

Lone Star is often considered the alternative to boot camps. Students, whose ages range from 13-17 years, spend their time hiking and camping, and participating in high and low ropes course activities with trained facilitators. The program emphasizes keeping parents connected and involved through weekly telephone planning sessions with their child’s therapist, parent therapy and reading assignments, contact with their child through the exchange of letters, and progression through Lone Star’s four Family Expedition Phases that mirror their child’s progress. The program’s flexible length of stay allows students and families to fully prepare for the next step in the therapeutic process whether transitioning to a residential boarding school or returning home.

Lone Star Expeditions is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The program is a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and recently received Woodbury Reports’ “Excellence in Education Award” for their outstanding reputation for producing positive and consistent results with at-risk children and their families.

Lone Star Expeditions is a proud member of Aspen Education Group, recognized nationwide as the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student’s unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show and Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio. Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation’s largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit http://www.aspeneducation.com or call (888) 972-7736. To learn more about Lone Star Expeditions visit http://www.lonestarexpeditions.com or call (866) 573-2002.


More People Turning to Online Therapy Support Groups and E-Therapy

Palm Beach Gardens, FL (PRWEB) November 23, 2010

In recent past decades, local support groups were popular for providing connectivity for many people facing mental health and emotional challenges. Today financial, travel, geographical and time constraints make it difficult to access that type of group support. Increasingly people are turning to the internet to benefit from online community connections and collective healing. And now, they can connect with qualified, professional therapists, as well.

The brain-child of experienced psychotherapist Jutta Morris, and staffed by professional licensed clinical therapists from around the globe, mytherapycouch.com is a website that gathers together people with a wide range of concerns from anxiety disorders, bereavement, addictions to relationship troubles. The new online therapy site, launched in July of this year invites people to share their personal concerns and struggles with others in a supportive group environment and forums but also provides access to trained practicing psychologists and therapists.

Aside from being convenient and time-efficient, this new model is more cost effective than face-to-face counseling and protects ones anonymity, according to Jutta Morris, founder of mytherapycouch.com. While direct counseling through on-line communication is not intended to replace traditional therapy, nor is it suitable for at risk clients, recent research suggests that on-line therapy can be effective. After conducting a study on cognitive-based therapy delivered online by qualified therapists, one of the worlds leading medical journals, The Lancet reported positive results for those suffering from depression.

The fact that online therapists represent different parts of the globe adds an international element that will appeal to people from various cultures. I felt we needed to make it easier to reach out and to bring people together, explains Jutta Morris who resides and practices in Florida People from around the world may not share specific cultures but we do all share the emotional fabric and the need to be part of a supportive community. We all share the need to feel safe in expressing ourselves and asking for help.

Of particular interest are its services offered to veterans. Increasing numbers of war veterans are reporting symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and those numbers are expected to increase as global conflicts continue. Yet, studies show that many vets suffer alone or find no support from mainstream medicine. Mytherapycouch.com hopes to connect to these vets providing a forum for them to discuss common issues and receive one-on-one counseling from professionals familiar with this misunderstood and often overlooked disorder.

While some people will visit this online counseling service website for an immediate issue others will become part of the support circles and forums that address longer-term concerns. The site provides a number of ways for visitors to interact with each other and with the staff through two models of interaction: the community forums and groups focused on specific issues of concern and the direct online counseling through the website with a specialist.

Based on input from professional IT consultants, the new site combines several successful features from popular online sites like Yahoo! Answers. Participants can respond to each others questions, with the most helpful responses being rewarded through a ranking system.

This not only encourages thoughtful responses to peoples questions but gives people a sense of ownership and personal reward for sharing their unique wisdom with others, says Gideon Kimbrell, Director of I.T. People can respond to questions, follow a group and participate in forums but what makes mytherapycouch.com unique is the ability to communicate directly with a clinical professional who responds privately through the secure website.

The therapists each have areas of expertise dedicated to individual issues so those seeking specific answers will be matched up to an appropriate expert. Through the direct counseling service, a person can communicate with a counselor who promptly responds.

The ability to have one-on-one contact in a secure and non-threatening format is something many have never had an opportunity for. Finances, travel considerations, even shyness prevents many people from meeting with counselors in brick and mortar settings.

The mission at mytherapycouch.com, according to Jutta Morris, is to create a therapeutic, virtual community of individuals with a focus on nurturing and compassionate guidance.

Every therapist contracted with the site is a fully licensed clinical or counseling psychologist with a minimum of 3 years of clinical experience in their home country. The site is a member of the International Society for Mental Health Online. Registration is free.

If youd like more information or to schedule and interview please contact:

My Therapy Couch Inc.

Contact Persons;

Jutta Morris President and Co-Founder

Gideon Kimbrell Director of I.T and Co-Founder

Office Address;

1 Main Street Suite 200

Tequesta, FL 33469


Jutta Morris (+1) 561-317-7389

Gideon Kimbrell (+1) 561-386-3720

E-mail Addresses;



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Proton Therapy Offers New, Precise Cancer Treatment for Children with High-Risk Neuroblastoma

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) August 09, 2013

Proton therapy, using high-energy subatomic particles, may offer a precise, organ-sparing treatment option for children with high-risk forms of neuroblastoma. For patients in a new study of advanced radiation treatment, proton therapy spared the liver and kidneys from unwanted radiation, while zeroing in on its target.

As survival rates improve for children with neuroblastoma, we need to reduce treatment-related long-term toxicities, said study leader Christine Hill-Kayser, M.D., a radiation oncologist in The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphias (CHOP) Cancer Center. Proton beam therapy offers precise targeting with less radiation exposure to healthy tissue.

Hill-Kayser and colleagues published their study online June 4, 2013 in Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

Owing to collaboration between Childrens Hospital and radiation oncologists at Penn Medicine, the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, where the study was conducted, is the first proton therapy facility in the U.S. conceived with pediatric patients in mind from the earliest planning stages.

Protons, the positively charged particles in an atoms nucleus, are used in therapy to destroy DNA in tumors and prevent cancer cells from multiplying. In children, this therapy is often used against spinal tumors. CHOP has recently been directing protons at neuroblastoma, long a special focus of the Hospitals clinical and research programs.

Neuroblastoma, the most common solid tumor of early childhood, strikes the peripheral nervous system, usually appearing as a solid tumor in a young childs chest or abdomen.

Pediatric oncologists have an arsenal of weapons against neuroblastoma, but high-risk forms of this cancer present a particular challenge, often frustrating conventional treatment from the start or recurring in a resistant form.

The current study, said Hill-Kayser, included 13 children with a median age of 3 years who responded well to initial chemotherapy, followed by surgery, more chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, and in some cases, immunotherapy. The advanced radiation treatment aimed to destroy remaining microscopic areas of cancer cells while minimizing toxicity to healthy tissue.

In planning radiation treatment for each child, the study team determined that 11 patients should receive proton therapy, and that two other patients, because of their specific anatomy and the location of their tumors, should receive intensity-modulated X-ray therapy (IMXT). In IMXT, radiologists sculpt the radiation emitted from 7 different angles to modify radiation dosages in and around the targeted area.

None of the 13 patients had local disease recurrence or acute organ toxicity. For 11 of them, proton therapy provided the best combination of target coverage and organ sparing. Protons are heavier than the particles in X-rays and have more stopping power, said Hill-Kayser. They deposit 90 percent of their energy precisely at the tumor site, with nearly zero radiation away from the tumor. That protects healthy organswhich, as growing tissues, are especially vulnerable to radiation damage in young children.

The fact that individual characteristics made IMXT preferable to proton therapy in two children, said Hill-Kayser, underscores the need to meticulously customize radiation treatment to each patient. Overall, the current study shows that proton therapy should be considered for children with high-risk neuroblastoma. She added, To better assess the use of proton therapy against high-risk neuroblastoma, well need to study larger numbers of patients and do long-term follow-up. However, this represents a great start.

Co-authors of this study were Robert Lustig, M.D., Zelig Tochner, M.D., and Stefan Both, Ph.D.; like Hill-Kayser, all are from the Department of Radiation Oncology of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Co-authors Anne Reilly, M.D., Naomi Balamuth, M.D., Richard Womer, M.D., John Maris, M.D., Stephan Grupp, M.D., Ph.D., and Rochelle Bagatell, M.D., are from the Cancer Center for Children at CHOP.


Hill-Kayser et al, Proton versus Photon Radiation Therapy for Patients with High-Risk Neuroblastoma: The Need for a Customized Approach, Pediatric Blood & Cancer, published online, June 4, 2013. doi:10.1022/pbc.24606

About The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia: The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nations first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Childrens Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health funding among all U.S. childrens hospitals. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 516-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.