October 6th, 2010

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Adolescent Residential Treatment Center

Time: Present day
Setting: United States, exactly where can be adjusted

Searches already made: I've looked through the psychology and psychiatry tag, done google searches for "residential treatment center," with and without "adolescent" attached. I've also looked through the NIMH website and Wikipedia.

My story takes place in a mental health residential treatment center for adolescents. An example of the kind of place I'm thinking about is Devereux Cleo Wallace in Colorado. I'm looking to write something that deals with what everyday daily life is like.

Unfortunately, while there seems to be a far amount of information out there about psychiatric wards in hospitals, I can't find much about residential treatment centers--the kind of place you might go after you leave the hospital and aren't in crisis anymore, but still aren't ready live at home. I'm able to get some information from the many sites for therapeutic boarding schools, but my center is one that deals with a broader range of mental health issues. The age range of my center's clients will be from 12-21, so there will be a school on site.

The residential treatment center I want to write about will be a good place, with caring staff. I'd like to give the clients a fair amount of freedom. What kind of restrictions might the most restrictive places have? How about least restrictive?

I'm looking for any firsthand or otherwise knowledgeable accounts of what daily life is in a place like that. What is the schedule like? What were you surprised by? Was there more or less freedom than you expected? HOw did you feel you were treated by the doctors/nurses/therapists?

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I'd really love to hear any stories or tidbits of information you have, especially anything you are/were surprised by. I've also looked through several mental health forums, but I'd love any recomendations for any that discuss residential treatment centers.

paramedic jargon: head injuries

Hello all,

I need a little bit of help with a section of dialogue between two paramedics and their patient. Said patient has slipped and fallen on a patch of ice. His head is bleeding, but he's conscious.

My question is: What would the paramedics' most likely course of action be with this guy, and what type of jargon would they use to communicate it to each other and to him?

Search terms: paramedic jargon, paramedic lingo, paramedic + head injury

Thanks for your help!

Legends or Myths about Outcasted or Fallen Women

I have discovered the beginning of a skeletal story I wrote a couple years ago in a notebook and I cannot for the life of me remember if I was inspired by a specific myth/story I heard, or if I came up with the mythology of this story on my own...doubtful. (I want to explore it more now because I'm in a fiction writing class)

Basically the story was about sisters who were "sent down" or outcasted from their previous world/existence to roam the earth. They have magic powers but I don't think I had a witch/witchcraft story in mind so to speak. I think I meant the women to have "fell" to earth (why they were sent I hadn't worked out). I know my subject line is a tad misleading...they are not figuratively fallen women as sinners like in Victorian times or anything. I wanted them to literally be sent out of their supernatural/spiritual world into the human world. Yes, I know the story of Adam and Eve is slightly echoed here but I wanted all female characters (plus I know that wasn't my inspiration). The story I have constructed is basically them dealing with what it's like living on earth vs. their home planet/star/realm where ever they came from.

Googled: fallen women (all I got where stories about prostitues and sex out of marriage), outcasted women (legends, myths, stories), Greek sister myths, sister myths (as in characters from a larger story) and every other combination

Searched through: the community tags and my class notes/syllabus from when I started the story (I took world religion, sociology, british poetry and women in lit that year so I had tons of info coming at me but nothing is sparking)

Does this ring a bell for anyone or can anyone point me to a story that has sisters who were thrown out of their 'other worldy' home and sent to earth? Or something similar? It can be from any point in time, any religion, any mythology, fairy tale, folklore, from anywhere in the world...

Much appreciation!