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Editor's e-Note
Motivating young people often is a major challenge, and when it comes to something they may already have a strong resistance toward—therapy—the task is formidable.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, the author, a youth counselor, offers some innovative ideas on engaging youths in therapy by tapping into their developmental gravitation toward risk-taking behaviors.

The adolescent phase is a time to push boundaries that can be challenging and disastrous, according to Daniel J Siegel, MD. Action sports therapy views those boundary-pushing behaviors as a challenging way to reach youths who would otherwise reject traditional therapy.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
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e-News Exclusive
Action Sports Reach Troubled, Resistant Youths
By Brandon Stogsdill, LMHC, CMHS, CDP

At first sight, Mikayla fits the profile of a quintessential teen. She’s got stylish clothes; short, dyed hair; and a shy smile. However, something atypical happened to her years earlier: Someone close to her committed suicide. As a result, she became depressed and counteracted her pain by cutting, abusing substances, and engaging in other destructive behaviors before coming to Sound Mental Health in Washington State.

Therapists are tasked with reaching youths such as Mikayla and helping them work through challenges. For some youths, however, traditional counseling models may be seen as authoritarian and rigid, making action sports a potentially successful alternative.

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Other News
Study Finds Almost Half of Homeless Men Have Previous Brain Injury
According to TIME, a study of homeless men found that 45% have a traumatic brain injury, which often causes cognitive and personality problems.

Science Yet to Prove Effectiveness of Brain Fitness Workouts
The New York Times reports there’s inadequate evidence that brain-training games improve cognitive performance.

In-Depth Analysis of Deficits in U.S. Mental Health Care
USA TODAY reports on the deinstitutionalization of people with mental health conditions, hospital bed shortages, and reinstitutionalization in jails and homeless shelters.

Health Care Providers Need Education
on Treating People With Disabilities

According to NPR, nearly 20% of Americans have physical and mental disabilities, but less than 20% of medical schools teach their students how to talk to people with disabilities about their needs.
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