CRASH COURSE: A Head of School, His Son's Addiction, And Lessons for Schools and Families

CRASH COURSE: A Head of School, His Son's Addiction, And Lessons for Schools and Families

by Michael D. Pratt, Ph.D.
     
 

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Michael Pratt is a distinguished educator who served for ten years as Head of the prestigious Brentwood School in Los Angeles. In his very first semester at the school he came face to face with one of the most pressing issues affecting education today – adolescent alcohol and drug use. Only in this case the student using and abusing drugs was Pratt’s son… See more details below

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Michael Pratt is a distinguished educator who served for ten years as Head of the prestigious Brentwood School in Los Angeles. In his very first semester at the school he came face to face with one of the most pressing issues affecting education today – adolescent alcohol and drug use. Only in this case the student using and abusing drugs was Pratt’s son, David. Until that moment he had no idea his son was an addict.

In CRASH COURSE Pratt describes David’s struggle with addiction, its impact on their family, and the numerous setbacks his son experienced on the road to recovery. It's a common enough story except this was a journey both personal and professional. In addition to the private crisis any parent goes through when finding out his or her child is experimenting with drugs and faces school disclipline, the situation represented an enormous professional challenge for Pratt. He was responsible for protecting the integrity of the school while simultaneously supporting his son.

The impossibility of separating the personal and professional aspects of the story proved to be a blessing in disguise. Drawing on his experiences both as the father of an adolescent addict and as a Head of school, Pratt developed a more humane and balanced approach for Brentwood to student alcohol and drug use that included a mix of new policies and a series of prevention programs. In sharing his and David's story he hopes to help other schools and parents mitigate adolescent alcohol and drug use and support those students who run off the rails.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148979074
Publisher:
m/Oppenheim Press
Publication date:
10/14/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
126
File size:
0 MB

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