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Welcome to the Mastering Midlife Podcast where we explore life at it’s most stressful and most productive.  We will be featuring conversations with experts in the field of Mental Health, Executive Leadership, Business, Health, Exercise, Nutrition, Sex, and Relationship.  Midlife is a powerful time, and together we will learn to “thrive when the world asks the most of us.”

Jul 22, 2020



Jamie Goodman is the founder of Pilcrow Advisors and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified School Counselor (Type 73), National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) and experienced Therapeutic & Educational Consultant.

Jamie travels regularly throughout the United States to evaluate schools and programs for both typically developing and special needs clients. She has visited hundreds of schools & programs to-date and works diligently to keep her knowledge base current.

Jamie partners with families to develop short and long-term goals, exploring possibilities both local and distant.  She has worked with clients and their families on school and program placement for over a decade and has placed hundreds of clients in appropriate schools & programs, including residential treatment center, therapeutic boarding schools, wilderness therapy programs and young adult transition programs.


A few episodes back I had a powerful and emotional interview Allison Garner about her challenge navigating resources and support for her children who deal with mental illness. From listener feedback, this is a subject all to many of us deal with. Allison was kind enough to introduce me to Jamie so we could explore further.


Please join Jamie and I as we walk through the emotional land minds, and the hope that is available through the myriad of resources available to parents for their kids. Everything we discuss will be included in the show notes so you can get the support you need.


“Parents come to me with a ton of shame and guilt… I see it as my job to provide some hope." - Jamie Goodman



Today on Mastering Midlife:


  • One in Four adolescents struggle with diagnosable mental health issues.
  • What are the first steps in your journey with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse
  • How Jamie’s career in education motivated her to hone her crisis management skills
  • The difference between insurance-based programs and more effective options
  • It’s no-ones “fault,” and family systems need to be addressed in order for things to change long-term.
  • Marijuana is no longer benign. It is not the same as 30 years ago.
  • There are options to help pay for non-insurance-based treatment.
  • Coping with allowing her daughter to get treated away from home.
  • How her daughter's mental wellbeing affected Allison's son.
  • Does Allison also blame herself for what happened to her children?



Resources Mentioned:


Find a Professional to Help with Educational & Therapeutic Placement:

Therapeutic Consulting Association (TCA) -

Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) -


Learn about treatment Options:

All Kinds of Therapy -

National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs (NATSAP) -


Connect with Other Parents:


Book Recommendations:


Parallel Process:

Not by Chance:

Journey of the Heroic Parent:


Connect with Jamie:


Jamie Goodman, M.Ed., LPC
Founder, Educational Consultant
Pilcrow Advisors
Direct: (847) 461-8950


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