ADHD: Dr. Wisely’s 3-Part Series, Fall 2017

Dale Wisely, Ph.D. is offering his 3-part series on ADHD on Wednesday mornings, October 4, 11, and 18 at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM at the Charles Mason Board of Education Building, 32 Vine Street, Mountain Brook 35223.

This program is co-sponsored by ALL IN MOUNTAIN BROOK and the school system’s Department of Student Services.

“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 other 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.

  • October  4, 9:00-10:00AM: Understanding the Disorders
  • October 11, 9:00-10:00AM: Treatments and Interventions
  • October 18, 9:00-10:00AM: Managing ADHD at Home

This program is intended for parents who want a deeper understanding of the disorder. However, the series has been attended by educators, pediatricians, nurses, and social workers. All are welcome. The program is free–but please register below!

To register, please click here.

Dale Wisely Ph.D. is Director of Student Services and Community Education at Mountain Brook Schools and has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 35 years.  At the school system, he directs counseling and guidance, nursing and student health, at-risk programs and parent and community education, among other duties. Dr. Wisely earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis. He served his clinical internship in psychology at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Medicine in Charleston, West Virginia. He also holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Spring Hill College. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama and, for 14 years, the senior psychologist at Children’s Hospital’s Vaughan Clinic. He participated in the training of many child psychologists in 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.


Dr. Dale Wisely will offer his “Parenting the Teenager Driver” talk twice on Thursday, September 14. The morning session will be 9:00-10:30 a.m. and the evening session 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Mountain Brook Board of Education, 32 Vine Street.
All are invited, including your teenagers!
“Parenting the Teenage Driver” is brought to you by Mountain Brook Schools and All In Mountain Brook.
Call 877-8349 with questions.

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

Taste of Mountain Brook: September 2017!


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Taste of Mountain Brook
Sunday, September 17
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Tickets $15
101 Hoyt Lane
Mountain Brook, AL, 35213

*Rain Date
Sunday, September 24
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

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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.

Exit Strategies: An online talk by Dr. Dale Wisely

Here is a 30-minute video presentation by Dr. Dale Wisely.

Tragically, the overwhelming majority of deaths of teenagers occur as a result of high-risk behavior. But the consequences of risky behavior can also lead to disability, unnecessary suffering, legal problems, and other serious troubles.

In this presentation, Dr. Wisely presents ways for parents to better understand why teenagers get involved in high-risk behavior. Dr. Wisely then outlines a parenting approach that may better prepare teenagers for avoiding and extricating themselves from dangerous situations.

Dale Wisely, Ph.D. is Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools. He is a founding board member of All In Mountain Brook. Dr. Wisely is a clinical child & adolescent psychologist.