“Everything I’ve learned (well, almost everything) about healthy relationships, I learned from my children, my wife, and parenting classes. Healthy relationships create healthy people.”
Lorn H. Adkins, M.Ed., LCPC, LMFT, has many years of experience in private practice, teaching, and counseling. Lorn has been a teacher in grades 7-12, a school counselor, and a counseling programs administrator. He is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Lorn has had the honor to be recognized as Idaho’s School Counselor of the Year. Lorn helped in the development of Boise’s Parent Education Center and has taught and developed parent education programs for many years. He has presented workshops locally, nationally, and at conferences throughout the state of Idaho.
Lorn is a family therapist with experience and a vision for children and families; specializing in parenting, family systems (including couple’s relationships), children, and children’s issues. Lorn works with children and adults with anxiety and panic disorders.
As your therapist, I extend to you:
- Unconditional positive regard
- Respect and dignity
- A professional approach
- Support; encouragement; confrontation
- Teaching skills
- To continue to learn
- To help build healthy families
- Consultation with other professionals
- To honor diversity
Sample Parenting Issues Covered in the Workshops:
- Communication as an alternative or as a part of logical consequences
- Timing for encouragement and consequences
- Developmental issues for children (even after 6 years old)
- Taking Time for Training (the 3 T’s)
- The value of the family meeting
Parenting the Challenging Child: What to Do When Nothing Seems to Work
Challenging children present a dilemma for parents and parent educators. Our goal as parents is to help our children become healthy, responsible adults. This workshop provides an enthusiastic blueprint of the techniques and strategies through which parents can encourage their children to develop perceptions, skills, and direction in achieving their greatest potential, even the most challenging children.
Principles of Parenting from A to Z: Communication to Consequence
This workshop covers parenting principles from A to Z in just one weekend! Our goal as parents is to help our children become healthy, responsible adults. This workshop provides an enthusiastic blueprint of the techniques and strategies through which parents can encourage their children to develop perceptions, skills, and direction in achieving their greatest potential.
A competent clinician will tell you several exceptions to confidentiality before they start the therapy session. It is crucial that you understand the exceptions before you start therapy so you can make informed decisions about what you do and do not reveal to your therapist. Keep in mind that these exceptions to confidentiality are designed to protect lives. These exceptions are:
- If you threaten to harm others, your therapist probably has a “duty to warn,” those others. This may involve your therapist calling the police to contact those people.
- If your therapist has a reasonable suspicion that a child (in some states an elderly person, also) has been abused or neglected the therapist has a responsibility to report this to the proper authorities. In some states, a report from a child of harm by an adult can trigger a report to the authorities.
- If you threaten to harm yourself, your therapist has a duty to protect you from yourself. This may include calling family or friends to help ensure your safety. It can even mean committing you involuntarily to a psychiatric facility for a period of time.
- Your records (and those of your children) can be subpoenaed at a later time. This is most likely the case with divorce and custody proceedings and can be particularly difficult in domestic abuse cases.
- And of course, any time you sign a valid release, your therapist can share or receive information with the party to whom the release is addressed. The release you sign instructs them to do so.
Licenses and Certifications
- Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
- Certificate Developing Capable People Training
- Certified Parent Education Trainer
- Certified Adlerian Therapist
- Idaho Counseling Association
- American Counseling Association
- Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- Idaho Association of Mental Health Counselors
- American Association of Mental Health Counselors
- CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder