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Salvador Minuchin on Helping Families Redefine Their Stories

Salvador Minuchin • 7/17/2017 • No Comments

By Salvador Minuchin - In most cases when a child carries a problem, the goal of family therapy focuses on transferring the ownership of the symptom from the intrapsychic machinery of the child to the interpersonal drama of parents and child affecting each other.

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Has Helicopter Parenting Gone Too Far?

The Truth About Risk and Responsibility

Michael Ungar • 4/13/2017 • No Comments

By Michael Ungar - What I'm finding through my clinical work and research is that families that bubble-wrap their children may prevent their healthy maturation. Helping parents look back and explore their own narratives challenges the need for excessive control of their child. The parent's role shifts from emphasizing protection to becoming a facilitator of experiences that build capacity, common sense, and positive relationships.

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Therapists Answer The Millennial Question

Are Today's Young Adults on the Brink of Crisis?

Chris Lyford • 3/17/2017 • 1 Comment

By Chris Lyford - A recent interview with leading TED speaker and business consultant Simon Sinek has gone viral, with more than 5.7 million views on YouTube. But is its core message—that Millennials are facing a mental health crisis of mammoth proportions—really true?

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Why It's So Hard for Young Adults to Leave Home

...And How to Convert the Nest into a Net

Brad Sachs • 2/3/2017 • 1 Comment

By Brad Sachs - The current generation of families is confronted with what appears to be a substantial upsurge in young adults who can't seem to make the transition from home-centered adolescent to independent adult. Here's why, and what we can do about it.

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Helping Children Master Anxiety with a Superhero's Gusto

An Exercise to Put Young Clients in the Therapeutic Driver's Seat

Lynn Lyons • 11/11/2016 • 2 Comments

By Lynn Lyons - Why are our children so anxious and getting more so? At first, the epidemic of childhood anxiety disorders seems puzzling. After all, we live in the age of “helicopter parents” and ubiquitous child professionals. But too often in our anxiety to stop the anxiety, we surround the child with an anxiety-reinforcing system fixated on protecting the child from any twinge of the dreaded disease. Imposing this array of deeply caring adults not only rewards the anxiety, but encourages it to consume ever more of the child’s life.

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Here's Why Your Kids Won't Listen to You

The Old Rules of Family Togetherness No Longer Apply

Ron Taffel • 10/20/2016 • 1 Comment

By Ron Taffel - Like countless therapists, I've seen plenty of kids over the last couple of decades who appear to have been thoroughly hijacked by pop culture. How can we move beyond random success to identify some well-anchored and dependable clinical principles of working when old styles don't cut it with 21st-century families?

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The Risk-Taker’s Advantage

Are Today's Parents Too Overprotective?

Michael Ungar • 2/1/2016 • 1 Comment

There’s now consensus among social scientists that children in developed countries have never been safer. But the new normal is a growing pattern of overprotection that I’ve seen emerging as one of the thorniest clinical issues for therapists because it can look so reasonable. Rather than insisting that parents change their behavior and supervise their children less, I focus on how they can give their kids opportunities to experience the manageable amounts of risk and responsibility needed for success.

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