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Mon, 10/08/2018 - 10:19

 

Happy fall! Lately, the weather has gotten colder, more rainy, and the tree leaves are beginning to change color. This is a beautiful time of year in Minnesota.

The shortening of days also heralds the beginning of the next cohort of Paragon’s Parent Educational Series. Parents of children in our program complete a six week educational curriculum together while their child is…

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 13:20

Welcome to Paragon! We are so happy that you’re here. We know that families are so important to kids’ wellness and recovery. In family therapy, you’ll be working with your family therapist to identify your family strengths, challenges, and work towards your new normal. This blog post is about what to expect in your first family therapy session.

You will schedule your first family…

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 14:36

Paragon is a residential program driven by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). There are a lot of good places to get information about DBT (Behavior Tech, is a big one) In this blog, we’ll be regularly giving general information about DBT.

The first word in the acronym DBT is “dialectical.” According to Merriam-Webster, a “dialectic” is a term from philosophy that is defined as a “…

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 14:22

You walk into a room and something is missing. You can’t quite put a finger on what. But you know, whatever it is, it’s gone.

Ambiguous loss is a little bit like that. You are living your ordinary life, and something silent and extraordinary happens that leads to loss. Sometimes it is something that happens quickly and suddenly like a runaway son. Sometimes it’s something that slips…

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:32

 

Your parents have told you that you’re going to treatment. Most of the time, kids have a lot of mixed feelings about this. A lot of the time, kids and teenagers feel angry, worried, or sad. Sometimes, they feel kind of hopeful. Most of the time when kids are coming to treatment, they have tried a lot of different things to help themselves feel better, and it has been really tough to…