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December 12, 2016
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Childhood Revisited

December 12, 2016 02:23 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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What is the one activity of childhood that is, in all likelihood, universally accepted as an effective way to withdraw from the pandemonium of daily life? What will occupy the mind and restore serenity in less time than one can measure? What is the diversion that has been adopted by the world of adults and has sold over 12 million units of functional escape from reality as the numbers continue to grow? [More]

April 15, 2016
by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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Anger or Abuse - What's the Difference?

April 15, 2016 05:21 by Dr. Dawn Crosson,Psy.D

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There are many types of abuse and all are difficult to endure. Physical, sexual, emotional, financial and verbal cruelties are among the various forms of mistreatment that our society faces daily. Another type of brutality that is widespread and difficult to address is domestic abuse. Domestic violence has been a concern in our society for decades. [More]

January 31, 2016
by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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Discipline & Parental Abuse

January 31, 2016 01:49 by Henry M. Pittman, MA

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When human babies are born, they are totally helpless. The babies need the parent for total survival. As the child begins to develop into a toddler, preschooler, and an adolescent, the once helpless babies, are now taking on an identity of themselves. As parents teach their children the difference between right and wrong along with socially appropriate behavior, discipline is often used. [More]

August 10, 2015
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Camille Cosby: Co-Conspirator? Faithful Wife? Abuse Victim?

August 10, 2015 09:46 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Camille Cosby has declared that her husband, Bill, is a kind and good man She dismisses accusations that he is, in fact, a serial rapist. According to recent count, 47 women, dating all the way back to 1969, claim the comedian maneuvered them into situations that resulted in non-consensual sex. Mr. Cosby, himself, has admitted, in depositions that were opened by court order, that he has, without permission, used quaaludes, which are sedatives and hypnotics, to ensure the success of his seductions. [More]

May 23, 2015
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Summertime Safety: Beyond Bug spray, Bottled Water, and Backpacks

May 23, 2015 09:34 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Summertime is known to be a time of relaxation, fun, family time, and long and lazy days. It is also a time when children are a little more independent, as they are off with friends, away at camp, on vacations and field trips, and learning and trying new things. Generally speaking, parents are prepared to send children on their adventures. Their backpacks are armed with bug spray, bottled water, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and with extras of everything just in case. But what is often missed is the opportunity to arm them with safety from those who may try to harm them. [More]

April 1, 2015
by Candice Hopper-Owrey, Psy.D, LPC

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Childhood Denied: April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month

April 1, 2015 07:55 by Candice Hopper-Owrey, Psy.D, LPC

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Parents who neglect or abuse their children, negatively affect brain development of the child. . Children will continue to be haunted by their abuse into their adult years and will experience psychological problems. There are many ways to become involved with Child Abuse Prevention Month April is Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month. For the past 32 years, child abuse awareness activities have been planned for and participated in April. [More]

March 17, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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How You Coach Your Teenager Can Have Negative Effects

March 17, 2015 07:55 by Mary Horn, Psy.D.

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American youth are growing up in a society where competition and the pressure that comes with it, begin at the very beginning of their life experiences. It is not uncommon for parents to go to classes, read books, do research, and gather as much information as they can about parenting. Well-meaning parents want the best for their children. There are programs for babies to read, infants to swim, even sports that begin in toddlerhood. Often, parents will pick homes in good school districts so they can ensure a good education for their children. [More]

March 10, 2015
by Tracy Busse, MA, LPC

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Reclaiming Strength in the Wake of Trauma

March 10, 2015 07:55 by Tracy Busse, MA, LPC

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In the wake of trauma many people feel lost and alone. The person they were before the event occurred seems altered. Where they once felt strong and assured they now live in fear and uncertainty. While not every person will have this experience after going through a life-altering event many will. Trauma can alter how a person perceives the world but it does not change the core aspects of who you are as a person. [More]

February 26, 2015
by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Sex Trafficking: It Could Happen to You

February 26, 2015 07:55 by Raushannah Johnson-Verwayne,Psy.D.

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Sex trafficking is one of the most complex, under-investigated, and misunderstood issues today (Estes & Wiener, 2001). Not to be confused with willful prostitution, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act defines sex trafficking as "the recruitment, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act where such an act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age" (Kerry, 2013). [More]

February 23, 2015
by Charity Finch,MS, LPC Intern, CRC, BCN

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Neurofeedback as a Treatment for Alcohol and Substance Abuse

February 23, 2015 07:55 by Charity Finch,MS, LPC Intern, CRC, BCN

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Neurofeedback, or qEEG neurotherapy, records the individual’s unique brainwave patterns and utilizes auditory and visual feedback to train brainwaves to a normalized pattern (Quinn, Bodenheimer-Davis, & Koch, 2004). Alcoholics and illicit substance users show similar abnormal brainwave patterns outside the range of individuals without dependence upon alcohol or illicit substances. [More]