Dr. Wisely’s ADHD 101 Series (3 parts) begins January 24, 2019

Dr. Wisely will present his 3-part ADHD workshop for parents on Wednesdays, January 24, January 31, and February 7 at the Mountain Brook Board of Education building at 32 Vine Street.  The sessions will begin at 6:30 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM

This program is co-sponsored by ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK and Mountain Brook Schools.

“There is nothing more important to a child with ADHD than to have adults in their lives who understand the disorder,” says Dr. Wisely.  “It is as important as any form of treatment. When adults understand the disorder, the quality of the ADHD child’s life can improve dramatically. Helping us understanding this complex disorder is the goal of this series.

Here is the schedule.

  • Session I (Thursday, January 24: Understanding the Disorders
  • Session II (Thursday, January 31) : Treatments & Interventions
  • Session III (Thursday, February 1): Making Things Better at Home & School

This free program is intended for parents who want a deeper understanding of the disorder. But, the series has been attended by educators, pediatricians, nurses, and social workers.  All are welcome.

To register, visit click here.

For more information, contact grammerj@mtnbrook.k12.al.us

Dale Wisely Ph.D. is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School in Hoover, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services and Community Education at Mountain Brook Schools (Alabama) for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years.

Dr. Wisely’s M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology are from the University of Memphis. He served his clinical internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine in Charleston. He also earned a Master’s in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College, a Jesuit college in Mobile, Alabama. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama and, for 14 years, the senior psychologist at the Vaughan Clinic, now Children’s Behavioral Health at Children’s of Alabama. He practiced clinical psychology including assessment, psychotherapy, and pediatric psychology in Birmingham from 1983 to 2006 before joining Mountain Brook Schools. Dr. Wisely has taught and held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and Spring Hill College. He teaches in the area of the intersection of psychology and pastoral work for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Spring Hill College and, after 20 years on the teaching team for that program, is currently enrolled as a student, earning his certification in Spiritual Direction.

Dale Wisely is a past president of the Birmingham Regional Association of Licensed Psychologists. He is a past President of the Alabama Psychological Association, who’s Distinguished Service to Professional Psychology award he received twice. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Crisis Center, the Jefferson County Children’s Policy Cooperative, Alabama Children First, All In Mountain Brook, and the Alabama Child Death Review System. Dr. Wisely writes and operates a public service website, Parenting Teen Drivers, which includes a free parent-teen contract which has been in wide use nationally for more than 10 years. He is a popular adult educator and speaker on family matters, parenting, and provides workshops and other professional development to a range of professional and public audiences.

To register, visit click here.


Junior High/High School Edition


January 10, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Mountain Brook High School

For the last few years, ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK has offered parenting conferences, one geared toward parents of teenagers and another for elementary parents. Previously, these conferences have been organized around breakout sessions, which required parents to choose from a menu of topics. This year, we are offering a program for everyone in attendance, with a series of speakers and topics and no breakout sessions. All parents are welcome and we especially encourage parents of students grades 6-12 to attend!

Please Register!

>Just give us your name & email address here.<

Speakers and Topics

Never Stop Fighting for Your Family

Dr. Dicky Barlow, Superintendent, Mountain Brook Schools

Mental Health and Our Youth

Dale Wisely, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist

Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

Susan Walley, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, UAB

Update on Underage Drinking & Marijuana Use

Abbey McManus, Bradford Health Services

Raising Teenagers: Legal Complications

Panel: Judge K. C. Hairston, Attorney Greg Foster, School Resource Officer Richard Knecht, & Judge Turner D. Williams

Please Register!

>Just give us your name & email address here.<

Our Speakers

Dr. Richard “Dicky” Barlow

is superintendent of Mountain Brook Schools. Dr. Barlow received his B.S. and Certification in Science Education and Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision at Georgia State University. He earned his Ed.S. in Educational Administration at the University of Montevallo and his doctorate at Samford University. 


Susan Walley, M.D.

is a pediatrician and hospitalist at UAB Department of Pediatrics/Children’s Hospital. She has extensive experience in caring for patients with asthma and other pulmonary disorders. Dr. Walley is an enthusiastic educator regarding the use of e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and cigarette smoking and the health implications for children.




Dale Wisely, Ph.D.

is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Parish and School and is the former Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools. Dr. Wisely has been a child & adolescent psychologist for 36 years and is a founder of All In Mountain Brook.




Judge K.C. Hairston 

lives in Mountain Brook with his wife and four children.  He serves as a Municipal Judge for Birmingham and Mountain Brook. He has presented to both parents and students his popular All In Mountain Brook panel discussions on the legal aspects of teenage driving and substance use (DUI, designated drivers, Uber, traffic violations, house parties, texting while driving, etc.) 



Judge Turner D. Williams

received his J.D. at University of Alabama School of Law and practices law at Burr & Forman.  He serves as a Municipal Judge for the city of Mountain Brook.






Greg Foster

is a local attorney specializing in representing individuals and families that have experienced injury, death or property damage.  Greg and his wife have a daughter who attends Mountain Brook High School.






Officer Richard Knecht

is a School Resource Officer at Mountain Brook Schools, who has implemented a number of initiatives to build positive relationships within our schools–a key to maintaining safe schools. He began his career as a police officer in 2000 in the Bessemer and transferred to Mountain Brook in 2003. He graduated from UAB and has earned many teaching certifications through the department.  He is the father of five children.



Abbey McManus

serves as Community Representative for Bradford Health Services. She spearheads local outreach efforts in the Birmingham area including educating the community on substance-related issues and working with families that have loved ones struggling with addiction. She grew up in Birmingham and is an Auburn graduate. She lives in Homewood and is passionate about bettering the Birmingham community to be safer and healthier. 



Please Register!

>Just give us your name & email address here.<











2018-2019 Events!

Here’s our calendar of events for the academic year.  Check back for more!

The Last Year Home & The First Year Away: A Talk for Families with High School SeniorsSept 11, 20186:30 PMBoard of Education Building, CrestlineDr. Wisely brings us his popular annual talk.
Taste of Mountain BrookSunday, Sept 16, 201811:30-1:30 PMCrestline Village near City HallOur major fundraiser! Please support us. http://www.tasteofmountainbrook.com/
Parenting the Teenage DriverSept 20, 20189:00 AM-10:30 AMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Parenting the Teenage DriverSept 20, 20186:30 PM-8:00 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
ADHD 101 (3-Part Series)Oct 3, 20189:00 AM-10:30 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Oct 10, 20189:00 AM-10:30 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Oct 17, 20189:00 AM-10:30 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Mountain Brook High School's ALL IN ConferenceNov 6, 20188:00 AMMBHSStudents choose 3 talks about health, safety, and a range of topics
ALL IN PARENTING: Junior High/High School EditionNov 13, 20185:30 PMMBHS5th annual conference! Come hear great speakers.
ADHD 101 (3-part series)Jan 24, 20196:30-8:00 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Jan 31, 20196:30-8:00 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Feb 7, 20196:30-8:00 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
ALL IN PARENTING: Elementary EditionFeb 12, 20195:30Cherokee Bend Elementary3rd annual conference! Come hear great speakers.
Parenting the Teenage DriverFeb 21, 20199:00 AM-10:30 AMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Parenting the Teenage DriverFeb 21, 20196:30 PM-8:00 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline
Myths & Truths: A Guide to Your TeenagerMarch 19, 20196:30 PM-7:30 PMBoard of Education Building, Crestline

Dr. Wisely’s “The Last Year at Home and the First Year Away” Talk coming September 11!

Dr. Dale Wisely’s Talk: The Last Year at Home and the First Year Away: A Parent’s Guide to Parenting the High School Senior and the First Year College Student.

Dr. Wisely will be back with us on Tuesday, September 11,  at 6:30 pm to present his popular, annual talk for parents of high school seniors.  (All parents are welcome!)

In this talk, Dr. Wisely helps us recognize some of the common issues families go through during the senior year of high school, as seniors and their families make preparations for the college experience. In addition, he will share with us some of the normal—and not so normal—difficulties associated with the first year in college.

This talk, brought to you by All In Mountain Brook,  will be in the Black Box theatre. All are welcome!  Questions?: grammerj@mtnbrook.k12.al.us

Mental Health & Youth: Information

Teen Depression

See our Youth Suicide Prevention Resources here.

National Institutes of Mental Health: Teen Depression

More Than Sad: Teen Depression

“How to talk to your teen about depression, suicide.” Washington Post

Bipolar Disorder

National Institutes of Mental Health: Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Bipolar Disorder in Youth


AACAP: Your Adolescent – Anxiety and Avoidant Disorders

Substance Abuse

Eating Disorders

Parent Toolkit on Eating Disorders


New: Youth Suicide Prevention Resources

In partnership with Mountain Brook Schools, All In Mountain Brook offers this resource guide to the prevention of youth suicide. This site is intended as a starting point for those young people struggling with suicidal feelings, their families, and their friends.

Click here for the resource guide.

Youth Suicide Warning Signs and How to Respond
Video: Leap of Faith
Video: More Than Sad
     Crisis Center (Birmingham)
     National Suicide Prevention Hotline
     Mental Health Care
     Mountain Brook Schools Counselors and Other Resources

An update on the Alabama Graduated Drivers License law-Revised June 2017


Revised June 8, 2017

The Alabama Graduated Drivers License law was passed in its current form in 2010. HB29, a bill to strengthen the law, passed during the 2017 legislative session and was enacted into law by Governor Ivey on May 24, 2017.

So, the law has changed!

Let’s review the law and include the changes.


The Alabama Graduate Drivers License (GDL) law establishes three types of drivers licenses:

  • Stage I: Learner’s Permit (age 15)
  • Stage II: Restricted License (all age 16, as long as they are 16, AND 17-year olds licensed less than 6 months.)
  • Stage III: Full License (17-years-old AND Stage II held for at least six months)

Stage II places certain restrictions on young drivers.


The restrictions apply to all 16-year-old drivers as long as they are 16. Contrary to a common misunderstanding, the restrictions do not expire when a 16-year-old driver has had their license for 6 months. The restrictions expire when the 16-year-old driver has turned 17 AND (not or) has had his or her license for at least 6 months.
Continue reading An update on the Alabama Graduated Drivers License law-Revised June 2017

Blue Whale Challenge: What We Know (Very Little) and Don’t Know (a Lot).

Dr. Dale Wisely on the viral news stories regarding the “Blue Whale Challenge.”

Update: I just searched news sites, looking for evidence of escalation of this phenomenon. I’m not finding much.

There is a story in Russia about a young girl who threw herself into a river after playing the “game”–she was rescued. A man in England whose young son died by suicide told press his son had been playing the game.

A 12-year-old in Mississippi has told her family and authorities that she participated the game.

It’s best to be tentative about this but while there is still reason to be concerned, it does appear that news reports about the game a faster viral phenomenon than the game itself.