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When the “new normal” isn’t so normal

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By Jillian E. Gismondi MA LPC NCC “I’m not going back to school?” “What about my friends?” “What about my DC trip?” “What about my project?” “What about field day?” “Do I still have to do homework?” Thousands of parents throughout Metro Detroit have heard these words uttered by their children since Gov. Whitmer announced school…
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Creating Balance Within a Working Home

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By Tanya Petcoff, M.A. Creating Balance Within a Working Home Speaking as a working parent, sometimes the hardest thing is finding time for myself and now with the coronavirus pandemic this task might seem outright impossible. Aside from maintaining the daily demands of employer’s expectations, keeping up the household and parenting the children to name…
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Managing Uncertainty During An Unusal Time

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By Jamie Silverman, M.A. We are all facing how life can be uncertain and it’s okay to feel anxious and concerned about what is out of our control. These are very valid feelings that most are experiencing. It is natural to try and find control in a time many things are outside our control.  So…
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Coping during Covid 19: Gratitude Journaling

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By Rachel Chase, M.S. Limited Licensed Psychologist  Gratitude Journaling during COVID-19 Many families have recently experienced a myriad of new situations, stressors, and emotions as a result of COVID-19.  Most significantly, a disruption to everyone’s lives, grieving the loss of normalcy and predictability, compromised livelihood, and a lack of control weigh heavily on each person…
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Helping Families Cope with Covid: Ways to Create Predictability

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By Michelle Spikes, L.C.S.W. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Like many of you, my family is learning to adjust to the uncertainty that comes with our daily routines being disrupted during this time of social distancing. We’ve gone from predictable routines to what can feel like a free for all with little to no predictability or…
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Parenting on the Go: Keeping Our Kids Mentally Healthy

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West Bloomfield Youth Assistance and Civic Center TV present “Parenting on the Go”, a campaign designed for parents, grandparents, and guardians for quick and easy parenting tips and resources. On this episode of Parenting on the Go, host Brooke Allen, afternoon anchor on WWJ Newsradio 950, speaks with Tanya Petcoff of Child and Family Solutions…
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Parents don't want to instill fear in kids from mass shooting discussions

Dr. Klein talks to Fox News about how to help parents deal with mass shootings

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(FOX 2) – It’s a sensitive topic for many parents.

“I want them to know that it’s happening but also don’t want them to be traumatized by the images,” said Leah Abel.

So many parents are dealing with talking to their child or teen after two mass shootings – one in Texas, the other in Ohio that left innocent people dead and mom’s like Abel, of Bloomfield Hills, in tears.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019- Troy Youth Assistance

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Dr. Daniel Klein: Turn off Fortnite! Put Down Your Phone! Improving Family Connections and Communication  Location: Troy School District Service Center Board Room 4420 Livernois Road, Troy (Between Wattles and Long Lake Roads) Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm To Register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084bacae23aafb6-distractions
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Dilectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group FAQ

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What is DBT? DBT stands for Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Dialectical means two opposing ideas can both be true at the same time, and when considered together, can create a new truth and a new way of viewing the situation (DBT Skills Manual for Adolescents (2015), p. 77).  DBT group for adolescents allows them to…
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