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Dr. Wisely’s ADHD 101 Series Begins October 10: DATES CHANGED!

Dr. Wisely will present his 3-part ADHD workshop for parents on Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24 at the Mountain Brook Board of Education building at 32 Vine Street.  The sessions will begin at 9:00AM and conclude at 10:30 AM. NOTE THE DATE CHANGE.

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 (October 10, 9:00-10:30 AM): ADHD 101: Understanding the Disorders
  • Session II (October 17, 9:00-10:30 AM): ADHD: Treatments and Interventions
  • Session III (October 24, 9:00-10:30 AM)): ADHD: 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

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.

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.
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?:

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

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.