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CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCINDA CRENSHAW (aka my wife of thirty years). On March 4th, Lucinda was selected as the USD 497 (Lawrence Kansas) secondary educator of the year. Due to her ceaseless dedication to teaching, Lucinda really lives at West Middle School, so we haven't actually seen her since late 2003 when Alex (bottom left) was born. It was nice to reconnect! But seriously, we are proud of her and glad her colleagues recognize her as the excellent teacher we know her to be.
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CONSENT-BASED SEX EDUCATION: Teaching kids about sex has always been controversial. There are a lot of ways to go about it: the chaste filmstrips of yore, abstinence advocacy or scientific specifics. On this edition of Up to Date, Dr. Wes discusses the debate over sex-ed curriculum and his idea for a consent-based approach that begins at home. We also talk with David and Nicole, two high school student filmmakers about the approach they're taking with their own short film on sex education featured in Dr. Wes and Katie's Kickstarter campaign.
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CONSENT-BASED DATING: FOUR SQUARES AND A CHOCOLATE BRAIN: Dr. Wes Crenshaw has a very different take on the best kind of Valentine candy to give that special someone looking to fall in love. He joins the Fox4 Morning crew to help parents teach simple but important lessons to their teens about dating…and to teach parents how they can make his favorite chocolate treat.
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FIFTY SHADES AND TEENAGERS: Dr. Wes joins the Fox 4 Morning show to discuss how parents can use the Fifty Shades of Grey premier to have a serious talk with kids about sex. Because if parents don't, guess who will? Movie makers (if you're lucky) and explicit online content (if you're not).
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The plethora of news stories on campus sexual assaults should tell us something is missing from the sex education process. Dr. Wes says it's time to focus on consent-based sex education. He's bringing out a new book on the topic, and the challenges for both teens and parents in the age of the Internet.
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THE SEX TALK IS SO 1985: Dr. Wes joins Great Day St. Louis on KMOV Channel 4 to talk about how parents can better handle discussions of sexuality. This segment is from August 2012 shortly after pictures of Prince Harry showed up on line (naked).
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LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX (On the radio): Over the years we've had some important discussions about teen sexuality on Kansas City Public Radio, much of it formative to our new book Consent-Based Sex Education. See what teens, young adults, and listeners had to say in remarkable moments of candor as they weighed in with top Kansas City host, Steve Kraske.
SEX TALK 2014. It's not a one time thing; it’s an ongoing conversation that has to include topics ranging from casual hooking up to sexual and gender identity to the value of monogamy. Dr. Wes, Kendra Schwartz and her mother Stacey, join Steve to explain why a lot of what we’ve tried over the years in teaching our kids about sex, just plain doesn't work—and offer some suggestions on what does. He calls it a “Consent-based” approach to sex education..
GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDERED TEENS. New research indicates that support for gay marriage is now at 81% among the 19 to 29 crowd. But that's not half the story. Teens are leading the way toward a culture that's changing so rapid that they have little in common with young adults just a few years older. Dr. Wes and Steve Kraske invite a panel of teens to share their own experiences in to days GBLTQ world.
HOW PORNOGRAPHY IMPACTS TEEN SEXUALITY. A vast array of explicit online content (EOC) is available right now for your teen to view. It’s three clicks away. And it’s free. For most teen boys and a fair number of girls, it’s a primary source of sexual information. Dr. Wes joins Steve Kraske to explain why that's a bad idea and what parents can do.
FINDING REAL TEEN LOVE IN A SEA OF RANDOM HOOK-UPS: Parents may be a little behind on how teens really couple or don't couple these days. I join Steve with a panel of real experts--high school seniors who know a lot about the rare art of teenage monogamy, and how your teen can find real romance instead of another disposable love.
DATE RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: Tammara Webber author of Easy joins Dr. Wes to discuss this important topic and take listener's calls about how teens and young adults can reduce the risk of sexual assault and how to cope when it happens.
TEEN DATING AND SEXUALTY: Dr. Wes and a Panel of Young Adults discuss what's happening today in teen sexuality.
Family Psychological Services is owned and operated by Wes Crenshaw, PhD. He and his three associates see a broad clientele from Lawrence and Douglas County. Dr. Wes also sees Kansas City Metro clients on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our office in Prairie Village. Kelsey Daugherty APRN will begin seeing clients on Fridays in Prairie Village in March.
This will be a big year for FPS, with state-of-the-art medication management services to clients seen here for psychotherapy services, emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration, ePrescribing, convenient client access, and empirically valid protocols.
Please hang in there. We know it's currently difficult to get an appointment, but Alisha and Kelsey are opening up hours and we're interviewing additional staff to meet the demand. We'll be teaching these talented new professionals what they need to know to offer the same top-quality service you've come to expect from Family Psychological Services. We'll also be announcing additional office space in the coming weeks.
We're building on Dr. Wes's 22 years of experience in business and mental health service delivery to enhance what you and your family get out of treatment, from the time you make your first call to our office, until the time we shake hands and say "good-bye."
Family Psychological Services offers a full range of services for families, children, teens, and college-aged adults and a limited scope of services for adults over age-25.
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Dr. Wes Crenshaw offers thirteen principles for successful living with ADD and ADHD drawn from twenty-two years of experience and 23,000 hours of clinical discussions with hundreds of interesting clients. Written in an entertaining, conversational style for readers aged 15 to 30, Dr. Wes pulls no punches in confronting the cognitive, social, emotional, and academic pitfalls people with ADD face every day. He also helps families, friends, and romantic partners understand a diagnosis of ADD not as something to fear or an excuse, but as a first step on the path to a better tomorrow.
Wes Crenshaw, PhD is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist who is Certified in Couples and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Wes has been a member of the Lawrence community for over 25 years, having received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1994. He trained with some of the masters in the field, and is skilled and experienced in working with adults, teens and couples.
Dr. Wes has served Lawrence, Douglas County and the greater Kansas City metro since 1999. He is coauthor of the Double Take column published weekly since 2004 in the Lawrence Journal World. He is a frequent guest in Kansas City area media and writes for Your Teen and ADDitude Magazines.
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"When people come to therapy they don't want to talk to a therapist. They want to talk to a person who knows how to do therapy. Regardless of how well you're trained or how much you know, if a therapist can't talk with kids and families like a regular person, he won't be able to communicate the important ideas of therapy. That's how I try to work with my clients -- like a real person who knows something useful that could bring about change."
--Wes Crenshaw, PhD ABPP
Kelsey Daugherty RN, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC can prescribe all psychopharmaceuticals including stimulants under protocol with Dr. Cris Davilla (see below). She is empaneled with BCBS of Kansas and awaiting other panels at this time.
Kelsey attended KU for two years before transferring to Avila University where she received her BSN. She began her career at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after spending a summer in Tanzania working at Bugando Medical Center. She completed practica at Awakenings KC, the KU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, Stormont-Vail West, and St. Luke's. Kelsey received her MSN from the University of Missouri at Kansas City where she will continue her graduate program to complete the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in 2017. She is an amazing addition to our team bringing fresh ideas and the lastest research in medication management to every case she sees. When you meet her, you won't have to ask why we jumped at the chance to bring her to Family Psychological Services.
"Good medication management begins with good communication between the client, the therapist, and the prescriber. Sometimes clients come in feeling they've been on a psychiatric conveyor belt. My goal is that everyone I work with leaves feeling they've been listened to and understood. "
--Kelsey Daughtery, APRN
Adrian Zelvy, LCPC completed an MA in Counseling Psychology-Counselor Education specializing in Couple and Family Therapy in 2007 from the University of Colorado-Denver. Prior to working as a therapist, Adrian worked with adults and children with disabilities to re-enter the competitive workforce and as a high school teacher.
Adrian has practiced in the Lawrence community since 2008. Prior to that he worked at the Wyandot Center in Kansas City Kansas as a part of Project Redirect – providing court ordered therapy services to juvenile offenders. Adrian began serving children, teens and families in Lawrence with the Bert Nash Center's Child and Family Services Team in 2008. He uses a collaborative approach that maximizes the strengths of those he works with and empowers change.
"I am not here to fix you, because I do not see you as broken. Instead, therapy is a process of identifying and initiating small shifts in our way of thinking, feeling and behaving that lead to healthier patterns of living with ourselves and others. Sometimes taking the first steps can seem difficult, but rest assured we'll take them together."
--Adrian Zelvy, LCPC
Alisha Saucedo LSCSW accepts BCBS of KS and BCBS of KC PPO. She has applied to other insurance carriers. She also sees KanCare clients. Call Carrie soon for an appointment as Alisha already has a long list lining up for the spring. She specializes in play therapy for younger children, but also has experience in acute psychiatric care, juvenile justice, and the foster care system. She cans wee adolescents, young adults, and families and is skilled in play therapy, behavior modification, solution focused therapy, and Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for adults and children with histories of trauma.
"My goal is to provide my clients with the opportunity for change. Whether that's exploring life through play, including the family or community system, or focusing on a solution, my job is to help you reach your full potential.
--Alisha Saucedo, LSCSW
Maria Cristina Davila, MD FAPA is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. She owns and operates Awakenings Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults and adolescents with mental health and substance abuse concerns at 83rd and Mission in Prairie Village. She serves as a consulting psychiatrist for Family Psychological Services and collaborating physician for Kelsey.
Intensive Outpatient Services provide a much needed resource for adults and adolescents who require more than weekly or twice monthly outpatient service, but are not in need of inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. You can reach Awakenings at 913-381-8555.
"I believe in real collaboration between patient, therapist, and prescriber. By working as a team we can enhance treatment outcomes.
--Maria Cristina Davila, MD FAPA
Grace, is a Certified Animal Therapist (CAT)*. She assists Dr. Wes by trying to type notes on his laptop during session and napping on the arm of his chair. Lately she's been learning to sit with clients (or on them), but she may ignore you unless you bring string. In fact, she wrote her masters thesis on string theory. Sometimes she plays rough, particularly with boys. Grace likes boys quite a bit. Grace does not like other cats, but she does like puppies as long as they are friendly and cute. She loves birds...which is why we don't usually invite them to session.
If you have allergies to Grace she won't be offended. She can retire to her office or visit with clients in the lobby during your session. Just let us know at the beginning of sessions. Some clients who like cats but are allergic enjoy having this limited exposure to Grace. Dr. Wes does have a HEPA air filter in his office to keep the air clean of allergens.
"Meow. Meow meow meow. Meow. Meow. Purr purr. Snore snore."
*This is a joke. Cats can't be certified as therapists.