First step is designed with teens in mind
And now for something completely different! First step is designed with teens in mind-- so-- that means-- a lot of experiential elements to the treatment program. That's our goal-- to keep kids engaged and to retain them in a program of recovery. The first groups begin the week of October 14th, and we are please to now be accepting referrals for the program. This program is intended for teens with a moderate level of substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues. Read more
Brief wilderness therapy at its best!
Monthly trips are planned to our tipi village at the North American Bushcraft School in Hedgesville, WV. It's 40 acres of beautiful wooded and hilly land in WV just south of Hagerstown, MD. NABS director Jason Drevenak just finished a Wilderness First Responder course for our staff and several students. On weekend overnights, kids will get to learn backcountry skills like bulding shelters, making arrowheads, carving spoons, bow-drilling and more. Brief wilderness therapy at its best! Read more
Katrina gets everything organized!
Katrina Drew, our new office manager has started to take over and get everything highly organized! Yea! Read more
Two very fired up and highly competent professionals!
Katrina is our new office manager-- with a BS in Physics! And Gabriel is our new therapist for the IOP! Two very fired up and highly competent professionals! Welcome to you both! Read more
Janette Patterson, LCMFT is our new family therapist!
Did we forget to mention? Janette Patterson, LCMFT is our new family therapist! She's been a family therapist in private practice for years, even while she was working at the Nora School at their director of admissions. She's also running the family programs for the Potomac Pathways First Step IOP. She's also-- the President of CHADD for Montgomery County (the organization for Children and Adults with ADD-- http://www.chadd.org). Read more
We do all the work for you!
Last year we became able to bill insurance for all of the elements of our intensive outpatient program. Since that time, all but a couple of or families' insurance policies have covered the entire cost of treatment with Potomac Pathways! We do all the work for you! Our awesome insurance billing company handles waits on hold on the phone for hours on end-- so you don't have to! Read more
Most outpatient programs have a boring social worker right out of grad school, passing out worksheets to teens sitting in plastic chairs under fluorescent lights. Potomac Pathways has a warm, inviting atmosphere-- and-- we have peer mentors. What's a peer mentor? A young person who has been living at home successfully, clean and sober, who is ultra-cool, and takes part in our groups and programs. The peer mentors model for the clients how to participate enthusiastically, how to address all of the issues related to getting clean and staying clean while still living at home, and how to move on to a productive and positive life! Meet one of our stellar peer mentors: Spencer Brothers! Read more
Potomac Pathways welcomes Gabriel Martinez, MA to the clinical team! Read more
The new Potomac Pathways First Step IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program) for teens begins accepting referrals for the program October 1st, and the first group will begin on October 15th. The program is intended for teens under 18 who may be struggling with a moderate level of substance abuse and co-occurring clinical issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, learning differences, family conflict. This is for kids who have already begun to experience negative consequences as a result of their behavior, and need treatment in order to prevent matters from getting worse. Read more