Category - Family

Parent-Child Attachment

Attachment Types By: Alainna Hanson Based off presentation by: Chelsie Swenson, MS, LPCC Attachment is a type of bond that connects one person with another over time. Secure Attachment A secure attachment provides a good base for the child’s future accomplishments. Parents who do a good job at listening to their child, create more confident […]

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Co-Occuring Issues in Youth

Co-Occurring Issues in Youth By: Alainna Hanson Presentation Series by: Alicia Hengel, MA, LPCC, LPC What Are Co-Occurring Issues? Substance use and mental health conditions among youth are tightly connected. Mental health disorder- diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that interferes with how a child functions. Ex: depression, anxiety, ADHD, eating disorders Substance use disorder- recurring […]

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Parenting: When the Children are Caught in the Middle

Written by Alainna Hanson based on the presentation series of Mike Hodson, MS, LMFT A healthy family structure can be a challenging thing to maintain. Over the years, families are faced with new obstacles and can react in a multitude of ways.  Some reactions can impact the family negatively. It is important to understand that […]

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It’s called comfort food for a reason

If you’ve found a pan of brownies to be an ideal television-watching companion, potato chips to be a great way to unwind at the end of a tough day or macaroni and cheese to be the perfect cure for loneliness, you probably know the power of food in stifling emotions. Many people struggle with emotional […]

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Living with a depressed spouse

by Kip Zirkel, Ph.D., Family & Children’s Center Supervising Psychologist When you find a married person who is depressed, chances are pretty good you’ll also find an unhappy marriage. According to a study at the University of Colorado at Boulder, a spouse’s level of depression is a good indication of marital satisfaction, and the burden of […]

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Infographic shares hard facts about foster care

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Creative Ways to Sneak in Family Time

Alicia Skiles, MS, NCC, LPC, SAC-IT Let’s face it, families are busy. Between cleaning the house, rushing your kids places, checking your work emails or even responding to extended family and friends on Facebook, there seems little time to cram in that “quality family time” that blogs like this go on and on about. So how […]

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Internet Safety for Kids

With summer in high swing, it is inevitable that kids will be spending more, often unsupervised, time on the internet. As a modern parent, there is great responsibility to protect your children from online dangers. Let’s take a look at how you can monitor your child’s internet usage. Talk with your child. Children look to […]

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Benefits of play aren’t just for kids

Play is fun for everyone and is full of benefits for all participants… children AND parents! Play is the language of children and toys are their words. Watching a child play, especially imaginative play, gives lots of insight into the child’s take on the world. Is it friendly, scary, full of problems, or a hopeful, […]

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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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