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  • Theoretical Perspectives for Being Adept
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    Danielle E. Ramo, PHD Postdoctoral Scholar Department Of Psychiatry
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Featured Books

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Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

An eye-opening report from an award-winning author and former New York Times reporter reveals the link between teenage marijuana use and mental illness, and a hidden epidemic of violence caused by the drug—facts the media have ignored as the United States rushes to legalize cannabis.

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High: Everything You Want to Know About Drugs, Alcohol, and Addiction

Just Say Know! With drug education for children more important than ever, this nonfiction book draws on the experiences of the NY Times bestselling father/son team of David and Nic Sheff to provide all the information teens and tweens need to know about drugs, alcohol, and addiction.


Allow Your Children to Fail if you Want Them to Succeed
Beckford, Avril Dr.

This book does a beautiful job of reminding parents how to support their kids without overindulging them, especially helpful for the elementary and middle school years.

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Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana
Kevin A. Sabet

In this book, Kevin A. Sabet argues that the United States should not legalize pot with all of its attendant social costs, nor damage the future prospects of pot smokers by prosecuting and jailing them.


Understanding Marijuana
Earleywine, Mitchell

An overview of the history of marijuana. A good summary of the research that has been done on this most commonly used illicit drug.


The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have
Gauld, Laura and Malcolm 

“Truth Over Harmony” and “The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Make You Miserable.” Just two of the great truisms in this inspiring book.


Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
Inaba, Darryl

An Excellent guide to just about every drug on the market.


Finding the Heart of the Child: Essays on Children, Families and Schools
Hallowell, Edward & Thompson, Michael

Michael Thompson understands adolescence. In this book he talks about adolescents and schools with important messages for teachers and adults.


The Price of Privilege
Levine, Madeline

High school kids have told me this book captures how they feel living in affluent Marin County.


Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
Neufeld, Gordon & Gabor Mate M.D

An interesting book that focuses on the importance of creating the kind of connection with your child that can last through all stages of development.


Staying Connected To Your Teen
Rierra, Mike

Some really good tips for keeping the conversations going with your teen.


Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Sheff, Nic

An honest, raw and harrowing story of addiction. The companion book to Beautiful Boy by David Sheff, Nic’s father.


Odd Girl Out
Simmons, Rachael

A must read if you have a daughter, especially one who has been a victim of “relational aggression”, the term Simmons gives for the way females fight.


Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl To the Mall?
Wolf, Anthony E. PhD

Wolf has some good strategies to make the teen years a  more harmonious time for parents.  He also has a wonderful sense of humor.

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Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths and Realities of Alcoholism
Milam, James Robert, and Katherine Ketcham

Ten of millions Americans suffer from alcoholism, yet most people still wrongly believe that alcoholism is a psychological or moral problem, and that it can be cured by psychotherapy or sheer will power. Based on groundbreaking scientific research, Under The Influence examine the physical factors that set alcoholics and non-alcoholics apart, and suggests a bold, stigma-free way of understanding and treating the alcoholic.