15 Posts by: "Venée M. Hummel, Lcsw"



Social Isolation in Children at Home or at School: What You Can Do to Help

Social Isolation in Children at Home or at School: What You Can Do to Help

Intense emotions lead to an urge to protect oneself and pull away. When a child is in “protection mode,” it becomes more difficult to be in “connection mode” and continue engaging with other people.
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Quick Reference Guide: Military Health Insurance for Children’s Mental Health

Quick Reference Guide: Military Health Insurance for Children’s Mental Health

Understanding health insurance benefits and processes is an important part of coordinating proper care. For military-connected children with TRICARE health insurance, broad coverage is provided for mental health services.
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Finding Treatment for the New Kid on Base

Finding Treatment for the New Kid on Base

As a military professional, you’re used to moving, but relocating with a special needs child can be a complex process. Here are some tips and advice to help you find the help you need more quickly.
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Inpatient Mental Health Care for Your Child: What You Need to Know

Inpatient Mental Health Care for Your Child: What You Need to Know

If your child’s doctor or therapist has recommended inpatient mental health treatment for your child, you likely have a lot of questions that need answering. Here are the 5 W’s of inpatient hospitalization.
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The Wounded Warrior Parents’ Guide: How to Talk With Your Child About Physical and Invisible Injuries

The Wounded Warrior Parents’ Guide: How to Talk With Your Child About Physical and Invisible Injuries

Both visible and invisible wounds result in questions, emotional reactions, and changes to routines and dynamics — and navigating those as a parent can be difficult.
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How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

When teens feel forced into going to therapy, their motivation to change is low, so engaging with your teenager before the appointment and involving them in the process is highly recommended.
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What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

What Does A Mental Health Diagnosis Mean For You And Your Child? This 4-Step Process Can Help You Adjust

As you digest what your child’s mental health professional has recently shared with you, consider your own needs in the areas of education, support, and engagement. Here are four steps that can help you adjust.
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Settling in After a Move? Some Quick Resources and Suggestions to Support your Military-Connected Child

As we settle into fall, the big military moving season is behind us. And if you experienced a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) over the summer, your family is likely…
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Championing Your Military Child: How to Advocate for their Success and Mental Health

The role of an advocate is to support, speak on behalf of, promote, protect, and champion. Children, even if they are nearing legal age, require a champion in their corner…
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The Month of the Military Child: Strength, Resilience, and Challenges for the Youth of Our Service Members

“We are the children of warriors. And although it was initially a role not of our choosing, it is a role perpetuated by many of us with pride … It is an attitude, a way…
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Mental Health Support for Your Child at School – Who’s On the Team?

When children are struggling with mental health issues, their performance at school is often one of the first indicators. Your child’s teachers are in the unique position…
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Promoting Military Family Resilience Through Self-Care

Resilience is a word that military families hear often, so often that it may just sound like a modern buzzword tossed out at briefings and townhall meetings. While the…
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Supporting Your Service Member Spouse Through Re-Deployment

The time leading up to your spouse returning from deployment is often a frenzy of varied emotions, tasks in preparation, and expectations for the time together to come.…
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preparing a child for a parent’s deployment

There are some common ideas that parents have around deployments and their children. Some believe that the little ones won’t even realize that Mom/Dad left; or since they…
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reconnecting with your child after deployment

Jason was sitting on the white bus waiting to be taken to the parade field for the big homecoming formation and ceremony. This was his third time coming home, but last…
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