Chris Peckham joins Potomac Pathways clinical staff!

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Straight out of the hills of North Carolina-- Chris comes to Potomac Pathways from the Cherokee Hills Boys' School, a small therapeutic boarding school where he was a therapist. Before that he was a regional rep. for the Aspen Education Group and also a field instructor at Four Circles in the Asheville area. Chris' claim to fame: he has hiked the entire length of both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. That's awesome!


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First Step IOP now accepting new referrals!

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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.


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Our Tipi Village takes shape!

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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!


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Janette Patterson, LCMFT

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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).


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Most insurances accepted

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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!


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Peer mentors are our secret weapon!

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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!


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Intensive outpatient program (IOP) begins accepting referrals October 1st

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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.


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