UPDATED: 4:25p With Arrest Report.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Karen Corcoran Walsh, a high-profile Boca Raton resident who runs “Inspirations for Youth and Families,” was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail overnight on a charge of child abuse.
She was released just after five this morning.
BocaNewsNow.com has obtained the affidavit of probable cause filed as part of her arrest.
Walsh, according to the affidavit, was in an altercation with her husband, Chris Walsh, and admitted to breaking his cell phone as part of the argument. She ordered Chris Walsh to leave the house which he ultimately did.
Karen Walsh then stormed off — leaving her step daughter home alone.
From the arrest report:
“(the girl) was scared, when she walked out of the bedroom to find herself home alone. She had no cell phone, no house phone, no house key or no note left saying where her mother had left to. (The girl) explained she left the home unlocked and proceeded to walk down the road to the guard gate barefoot. The road was very dark and unsafe for a child to walk at night alone.”
The guard in the Royal Palm community telephoned Karen who allegedly stated she did not have “parental rights.”
The guard called Boca Raton Police who ultimately located Karen Walsh and placed her under arrest — charging her with “Neglect of a Child.”
Walsh, who lives on Royal Palm Way, posted $3,000 bond.
Walsh and her husband and co-founder Chris Walsh, have three children. They have appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show.
This is Karen Walsh's biography from the “Inspirations for Youth and Families” website.
Karen Corcoran-Walsh is an owner of Inspirations for Youth and Families, LLC aka Inspirations Teen Rehab. Karen holds a Master of Science degree from the School of Marriage and Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Karen has worked with children for eighteen years.
Her experience with children includes early childhood education and work with small children in the pre-school setting, employment as the primary educator and elementary teacher for elementary school aged children, junior high school teacher, computer education teacher, high school GED educator, a marriage and family therapist in a private practice setting and the primary therapist for adults of all ages for addiction treatment centers for several years. Karen opened her own addiction treatment center for young adults in 2002, achieving notable success in the field of mental health, addiction treatment, and court ordered treatment including a DUI program. The Cove Center for Recovery is the adult addiction treatment center, which mirrors the vision and philosophy of Inspirations.
Karen recognized the need for an adolescent treatment program, as she received numerous calls in her adult treatment center, from devastated and heart-broken parents of teenaged children. With very few adolescent treatment centers to refer parents to, Karen took it upon herself to respond to the needs of her community by opening Inspirations for Youth and Families, LLC in 2008. Karen chose the name “Inspirations” to represent her vision for parents and teens who were struggling with the chaos of teen behaviors and substance use.
Karen designed a program for teens that reflected the needs of parents and teens, a program unsurpassed by other adolescent treatment programs and unlike any other treatment center in the United States. Inspirations was designed and developed to integrate behavior treatment, substance use and abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and family therapy as the cornerstone of teen treatment, with the typical daily activities most teenagers find in their own environment and hometowns, and an added perk of an “on-site” junior high and high school academy. Karen’s vision of a premier adolescent program is evident with her approach: As teens progress through their treatment program, family therapy is an ongoing approach to resolving conflicts and finding solutions to the systemic structure of a teen and parent’s life. Daily recreational activities are used as a therapeutic tool, providing opportunity for teens to apply the coping skills and decision making skills they acquire in their individual and group therapy. Life skills including meal planning, cooking, cleaning, and laundry foster improved self-esteem and personal accountability for each teen’s living environment.
Karen is married to Christopher Walsh, who is her partner in Inspirations for Youth and Families (Inspirations Teen Rehab) and The Cove Center for Recovery. They are parents as well as substance abuse treatment professionals. Karen is a mother of three children ages 21-8 years old. Karen is currently working on several television projects focusing on teen behaviors and teen substance abuse. Her most recent show will be aired on Teen Talk of Becon Television. Karen recently appeared on the Dr. Phil Show speaking as an expert on the subject of adolescent substance abuse and addiction. She appeared with her husband Christopher Walsh and the chief executive officer of Inspirations Dr. James Hughes. Karen is currently working on the development of a television show focusing on teen behaviors and teen drug rehab.
Karen is a member in good standing with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the American Psychotherapy Association (APA). She is an active member in local Chambers of Commerce.
BocaNewsNow.com is the leading site for news and information based in Boca Raton, Florida. We have surpassed 1.3-million page views.
We remind readers that an arrest is an accusation. Guilt or innocence is determined in a court of law.
Posting comments? Note that ip addresses are logged and may, at the discretion of the publisher, be shared with law enforcement in unique situations.
For advertising information or to submit news tips, please email news(at)BocaNewsNow.com.
BocaNewsNow(TM) is a Trademark of MetroDesk Media, LLC. The name may not be used without express written permission.