Understanding the Dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence and Coercive Control

Approximately 1 in 4 adult women and 1 in 7 adult men report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Digital Technology Parenting and Attachment

Now more than ever with kids being homeschooled, staying in place, and more disconnected from peers and outside activities, clinicians need to ask questions about excessive video gaming and the...

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Assessing for Family of Origin Dysfunction

In order to better understand clients’ destructive behaviors, distorted cognitions, or shame-based, negative affect, clinicians understand the importance of putting clients’ “symptoms” and struggles in a historical context. Learn three...

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The Impact of Internet Gaming Disorders: A Full Blown Addiction

I was recently listening to a call-in radio show where a parent lamented the fact that her son had turned down an engineering scholarship and deferred starting college so he...

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4 Ways to Define Early Child-Caretaker Attachment Styles

I just had the privilege of giving the keynote address, “Trauma and Attachment” to a large group of clinicians at a conference in Kentucky. Although these were seasoned and extremely...

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Why Does That Kid Keep Jumping Out of His Seat?

I recently had the privilege of providing a series of trainings to educators across Canada.  My focus was to help teachers, school counselors, and administrators understand the impact that dysfunctional family...

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Reaching Adolescence: How Much Guidance do Teens Really Need?

I think there is a common belief within our culture that as kids evolve into adolescence they need less and less guidance and supervision.  After all, their primary developmental milestone...

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The Rise of Teen Dating Violence and Ways You Can Intervene

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This issue is far more prevalent than people think. In the Unites States one in three teens will experience emotional, sexual, or physical...

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The Adolescent Brain and Substance Abuse

Two great quotes can be found in Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research Based Guide:  “The adolescent brain is often likened to a car with a fully functioning...

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Helping Kids Transition “Back to School”

Last week I was reminiscing with my three grown sons about how we used to do our annual back to school ritual of shopping for school supplies. I think it...

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