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Monthly Archives: February 2016

When we talk to parents about the work we do in group, and individually, they often ask us what we are doing specifically to help their child cope with the struggles they face everyday. This whiteboard picture is a perfect example of a powerful cognitive behavioral technique in action. It was the result of a storm Wednesday night that caused the lights to go out during our elementary age boys group. The leader of that group, Danielle Nicholson, LCSW decided to use the outage as a therapeutic window of opportunity to work on their feelings of fear and uncertainty. As she said, “I had to use what was in front of me-darkness.” Take a look at the incredible work being done with these kids. There is a way to reframe our fears and anxiety and make them manageable.

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Between kids being over-scheduled with structured activities and sports and those who stay inside on their social media all day, kids aren’t able to learn the valuable lessons that come automatically by exploring the world independently.

In this article, Michael Ungar discusses how despite the world being safer than ever, that parents insist on “bubble wrapping” their children. Ungar posits that it’s not enough to tell parents that over-protecting their child is unnecessary, but that parents have to realize that over-protection actually setting their child at a disadvantage.

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