How to Talk to Your Teen About Attending Therapy

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jan 15, 2020 10:26:50 AM

You have identified that your teen can benefit from professional mental healthcare, and you’ve already scheduled the first appointment with a mental health professional. These are important first steps to have behind you. And as you now await that initial appointment, if you have not already done so, talking with your teen about attending therapy is very important.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment

A Parent’s Guide to Early Intervention for Psychosis in Children

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Dec 19, 2019 3:29:44 PM

Has your child been acting differently lately? Did they used to be organized, outgoing, and actively involved in class and social activities but have recently become withdrawn and disorganized? Have they even started sharing strange thoughts and ideas?

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Is My Child Sick?, Getting Treatment, Drug use

Types of Therapy Available for Your Child

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Nov 25, 2019 12:33:31 PM

It’s a common misconception that psychotherapy is a one-size-fits-all type of treatment (i.e., everyone undergoes the same kind of therapy). But there are actually many different types of mental-health treatments available to your child, ranging from traditional “talk therapy” to play therapy to many specialized variations of treatment.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Getting Treatment

In Honor of Military and Veteran Families: Talking With Children About Military Service

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Nov 8, 2019 2:37:24 PM

Veterans Day is a time to step back and honor those who have served or are currently serving our country. It’s a day to reflect on how the service and sacrifice of others have paved the way for the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Military Families, Mental Health Wellness

Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jun 25, 2019 10:06:46 AM

When a child is injured or traumatized in some way, it’s not unusual for the parents to also experience some emotional impact from the trauma. This is called secondary traumatic stress, or STS, and it’s a form of persistent emotional distress that comes from dealing with your child’s trauma firsthand. STS is more than just feeling burnt out; its signs and symptoms are similar to posttraumatic stress. And parents with their own history of trauma can be especially vulnerable to STS.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Mental Health Conditions, Advocacy, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Mental Health Wellness, Self-Care, trauma

A Parent’s Guide to Battling Teen Suicide

Posted by Julia Marie Hogan on Apr 9, 2019 4:59:51 PM

A suicide epidemic currently exists among teens. In fact, you’ve probably heard many startling statistics, such as that suicide is the second-leading cause of death between ages 10 and 34, according to the National Institute for Mental Health. And maybe you’ve heard that 8.6% of high school students attempted suicide in the past 12 months, according to The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

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Topics: Children's Mental Health, Stigma, Mental Health Conditions, Getting Support, Parenting Kids With Mental Illness, Is My Child Sick?, Causes and Risks

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