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When Teens Self-Harm: How to Effectively Involve Parents

Two Experts Weigh In

Victoria Kress, John Sommers-Flanagan

When working with a young client who's struggling with self-harm, how should clinicians navigate the practical, emotional, and ethical difficulties surrounding how to involve parents and caregivers?

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The Unlived Lives of Parents

A Mindful Exercise for Healing Old Wounds

Susan Pollak

Becoming a parent gives us a chance to grow by attending to old wounds, including many that we may have forgotten. The aim is not to deny our history, but to understand it and develop a new relationship with it, bringing self-compassion to ourselves in those moments when we lose it. Here's a seven-step process that can help.

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Strategies to Cope with Distance Learning

A Systems Approach for Parents and Children

Bahareh Sahebi and Mudita Rastogi

When kids are learning remotely, it can be tough on parents also working from home. Here's how a therapeutic approach that takes into account the larger systems and societal forces in a client’s life can help families get back on track.

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Helping Kids with School Refusal

A Polyvagal Approach

Mona Delahooke

What do you do when kids get anxious, afraid, or angry at the prospect of going to school? Pediatric psychologist Mona Delahooke explains how Polyvagal Theory can help us better understand why kids react this way, and come up with targeted interventions to address the root of the issue.

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Homeschooling and the ADHD Child

Six Therapy Strategies for Busy Parents

Dovid Becker

With summer camps cancelled and many schools indefinitely closed, a therapist shares six homeschooling strategies that have served him well in helping the parents and support networks of children with ADHD.

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Some Days Are Too Much

A Therapist Gets Real about Families Struggling to Cope in Quarantine

Dafna Lender

Some clients in quarantine with their families report a constant feeling of being out of control. That danger lurks around the corner of every family interaction, and it’s part of the picture most of us aren’t reading about.

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My Client Gets Distracted During Teletherapy, Part 2

Five More Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

As a single mother of two girls all quarantining in a small apartment, teletherapy sessions have been challenging for Marcia. She’s often distracted or pulled away by the girls. In a follow-up to this popular Quandary, five more therapists offer tips for keeping the work on track during these sessions.

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April Quandary: My Client Gets Distracted During Teletherapy

Five Clinicians Weigh In

Psychotherapy Networker

Marcia's therapist has switched to doing teletherapy. But as a single mother of two adolescent girls all quarantining in a small apartment, sessions have been especially challenging for Marcia. She’s often distracted or pulled away to tend to the girls. When she returns to the screen, she’s flustered and unfocused. Here, five therapists offer tips for keeping the work on track during these sessions.

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VIDEO: Helping Teen Clients Make Good Decisions

...And What to Do When They Talk About Risky Behavior

Britt Rathbone

Networker’s Lauren Dockett talks with teen therapist Britt Rathbone about navigating the tricky issues of confidentiality, risky behavior, and improving teen judgment and self-control.

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A New Year's Conundrum

A Stumped Therapist's Attempt to Help Two Parents Set Boundaries Has a Surprising Result

Ron Taffel

By Ron Taffel - At 15, Jenny regularly breaks her curfew, flirts with drugs, and is getting close to being suspended from her Manhattan public school. Today, she and her parents are in my office discussing the latest issue: New Year’s Eve is coming up, and Jenny and her posse have plans.

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