The Right Amount of Help For Our Young Adult Children?

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And what would that be?  By Elizabeth Geiling, MSED, LMHC . .   Changing ExpectationsEmerging Adulthood, defined as 18-25 years of age is a critical juncture in development that sets the stage for the transition into adulthood and independent living (Arnett, 2000). In the last several decades, the societal expectations for emerging adults has changed dramatically. Previously, these years included developmental milestones like leaving the parental home, acquiring a full time job, getting married, becoming a parent and assuming independent living.  Prolonged DependanceCurrently,...

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Mental Health and Spirituality: Affirming a Cultural Narrative

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By Aleisha GarvinNovember 17, 2019 Faith: the solid foundation According to a recent Gallup survey, African Americans are the most religious culture in the United States. Our faith and religious beliefs can be traced back to slavery as being the sure solid foundation that has sustained us through hard times and helped us to become a resilient people. Our ancestors no doubt experienced what we now know as Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD to name a few diagnoses that were unnamed in that era. We were taught to be strong, both mentally and physically. We were taught to overcome hardships....

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Protecting the Innocence of Children: Teaching Resiliency

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By Janet Siry, LCSWMarch 15, 2019 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.  Mark 10: 13-15 NIV Every Sunday, when I watch the children come forward for children’s sermon, I cannot help but smile. As I look at their faces, I see curiosity, innocence,...

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Tripping Over Treasures

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  By Danita WrightMay 16, 2018 Recently I sat in a church conference as our Bishop spoke about our youth, admonishing us not to “trip over our treasures.”  This statement resonated with me because I have always been drawn to and loved working with young people, who are truly ‘our treasures’.   When do we take the time to look into the eyes of and listen to the hearts of ‘our treasures’?  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am seeing more and more children with anxiety and depression, often because they are isolated and lack the ability to utilize critical social skills necessary to...

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Preventing Cyberbullying

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Internet Safety for Children By Mrs. Elizabeth Geiling, MSED, LMHCAugust 23, 2017 Being a Savvy ParentSeptember is National Suicide Prevention Month. Children’s and teen’s suicide statistics have almost doubled in the last decade. There are many reasons for this increase but one predominant theory is cyberbullying and other predatory internet actions, considered especially dangerous because of the potential for anonymity. Be a savvy parent by using these guidelines: If you are technologically limited, make an effort to learn and continue learning. Most communities offer adult education...

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Bullying by Proxy

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By Chris Abatelli, LMHC In my practice as a therapist and as a youth leader, I have many times seen youth being targeted and bullied by parents, teachers and others unknowingly.  Jamie (name changed), a 10-year-old girl, was known to have some issues in school, but was able to get along well with others in her class.  A mother of another child in the class became involved when her own child, the ‘real bully’, told her that Jamie was a “bad kid”.  Based on what her child told her, this mother started organizing friendships away from Jamie.  Therefore, Jamie was excluded from birthday parties,...

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