1. How Adventures Help Your Mental Health

    Have you ever gone on an adventurous activity outdoors and felt mentally energized afterward? There’s a reason for this — doing fun things outdoors actually has a lot of physical and mental benefits. The satisfaction you feel isn’t just a feeling of “Hey, this is cool,” there are actual things happening in your brain and body that make you feel good. That’s why adventure activities and…Read More

  2. One Year Later: An Interview with a Kaizen Graduate

    In a program that literally has “continuous improvement” as its name, Kaizen is always striving to get better. One important measuring stick for us is whether we’re actually making a positive impact. Isn’t that what it all comes down to? Are we really making a difference?   Numbers can paint part of the picture. It’s important to conduct research throughout the treatment process, and be…Read More

  3. The Power & Purpose of Outdoor Adventure

    The power and purpose of experiential and adventure-based interventions for teens in treatment is undeniable. While more research is needed to expand our understanding of the clinical impacts of adventure therapy, previous research indicates improvements in depression, self-esteem, anxiety, and other mental/emotional health issues after engaging in adventure therapy programs. At Kaizen Academy, yo…Read More

  4. Giving Back @ Kaizen

    How is it that spending time in a cold warehouse can be so warming to the heart? The answer lies in the purpose. Kaizen Academy specializes in helping young men overcome sexual behavior problems by – in part – getting outside themselves and recognizing the thoughts, feelings, and needs of those around them. These are significant pieces to the often-challenging puzzle of empathy – an importan…Read More

  5. Be a CHAMPION! Join the Cause to Promote Healthy Relationships & Sexual Safety

    WE HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM Harvey Weinstein. Bill Cosby. Kevin Spacey. Anthony Weiner. Roger Ailes. Bill O’Reilly. Mark Halperin. And the list goes on, and on, and on. The recent, disturbing flood of allegations of sexual misconduct has brought to light the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and abuse at nearly every level of our society. To the hundreds of brave women who have come forward with bol…Read More

  6. What Parents Need to Know About Kids & Sexting

    When I was a kid, we had, mounted on the wall near the dining table, a rotary-dial phone with a 30’ long cord that seemed to always be twisted into a ball of knotted-up, curly wire. To let my mom know where I was, I had to use my friend’s rotary phone with the twisted cord to call my house’s rotary phone with the twisted cord. But usually, I forgot. Or called late. I just didn’t think abou…Read More

  7. “Chewing the Fat” with David Altshuler

    OK, so "chewing the fat" may not be the right title. It implies a seemingly never-ending, pointless gab session, and my last visit with David was anything but pointless. In fact, it was rejuvenating. David Altshuler is an Educational Consultant based in Miami, FL. He has literally helped thousands of students and families in their academic and emotional-growth needs, and is highly-respected in our…Read More

  8. Practicing Gratitude

    Aren’t you glad you have a choice? I know there are times when we feel like we are drowning in negativity, financial woes, health challenges, etc. SO MANY things befall us that are beyond our control (although, some we bring upon ourselves), it sometimes doesn’t seem fair. But we ALWAYS have a choice in our approach to our circumstances. The ancient Greek philosopher, Epictetus, once said that…Read More

  9. Why Swim in Unsafe Waters?

    Not long ago, I took a photo of a shark warning on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier in Southern California. Initially, I focused only on the specifics of the moment - do you risk it, and paddle out anyway? Do you heed the warning and stay out of the water? I could imagine my younger self getting upset at the warning - I mean, it might have interfered with my fun! What?!?! It seems absur…Read More