How to Protect Kids: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Brienne Shaker, Family Advocate and Forensic Interviewer, Family & Children’s Center–Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center You have been hearing a lot about child abuse prevention lately and I bet you are asking yourself, what can I do to protect my kids? Well here is what you can do… get educated. You can educate your kids and […]

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Sleep and Mental Health

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Dating After Divorce

Dating isn’t the easiest thing to do no matter where you’re at in life, but it’s especially tricky after divorce. There are lots of loose ends, baggage, children might be involved or multiple other issues might be making it difficult to start dating again. But before you begin to date again, you should take some […]

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The “simplest difficulty” to make your relationships thrive

Mike Hodson, MS, LAMFT Think of a time when you interacted with a significant other who “just didn’t get it.” Throughout time you have developed an expectation for interacting with others, especially in relationships. You expect others to act in a certain way, but remain flexible for when you don’t act a certain way. When […]

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Depression or the Blues

This time of year, it’s not uncommon for people to feel sluggish, unmotivated and even feeling dissatisfied with life. Some may rightfully shrug it off as a case of winter blues, but for others, those feelings may indicate they are suffering from depression. Differentiating between the blues and depression can be tricky. While symptoms of […]

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Getting Change to Stick

Why is change hard? …because it is made out of metal! Did you roll your eyes? That’s okay. Now that we have the attention grabber out of the way, let’s talk about what this article is really about: the change process (taking steps to make a change). Take a moment to consider your personal history. Have […]

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Behavior Challenges during the Holidays

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC-IT, SAC-IT, Professional Counselor Do you notice changes in your children’s behavior around the holidays? Does there seem to be more whining? More demanding? More attitude? It can be disenchanting to try to get to everything on your to do list amidst the emotional roller-coaster ride on which our children seem […]

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Setting yourself up for a Healthy Holiday Season

Julie Fogel, Community Support Program Case Manager In some countries, the word “holiday” means the same as “vacation”.  That being said, most of us would find this difficult….perhaps even impossible to believe.  It’s no secret that holidays are often filled with “want to do” and “need to do” tasks” which result in our personal expectations […]

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The Benefits of Giving Thanks

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC-IT, SAC-IT, Professional Counselor Giving thanks; expressing gratitude; showing appreciation; counting your blessings; looking on the bright side of life…. There are many ways to phrase taking time to recognize the good things you’ve got going on. There is also scientific research that suggests the daily practice of gratitude exercises can […]

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YOLO. Be Drug Free. Red Ribbon Week 2016

Michael Forsythe, LADC October 23 – 30, 2016 is Red Ribbon Week. Sponsored by National Family Partnership, it is a week dedicated to education about and prevention of substance abuse by teens. Though the economic cost cannot be accurately measured, substance abuse by adolescents and young adults has a serious impact on individuals, families, communities […]

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