Playing with Anxiety: Helping Young Children Face Scary Situations
How to use the therapeutic play zone to help young children face difficult situations.
Inhabiting the Moment with Traumatized Teens
With traumatized adolescent clients, it’s emotion that gradually changes emotion—not rational explanation or interpretation, not snazzy techniques or “fake it till you make it” exhortations.
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Expecting the Unexpected at PS 48
To work as a school social worker in the Bronx’s high-crime, low-income Hunt’s Point neighborhood is to become an expert at expecting the unexpected.
Understanding the Health Implications of Early Life Trauma
While it's common knowledge that childhood trauma can have far-reaching consequences for adult mental health, its impact on adult physical health is less obvious. Now a new study demonstrates an astonishing correlation between childhood maltreatment and a vast range of later-life illnesses.
A Teen's Peer Group Is a Rich Resource for Family Therapists
When family therapist Ron Taffel wrote this article in 1996, an explosive upsurge of youth pop culture called into question the very idea that parents must reestablish firm authority over teens. With the advent of smartphones and instant, constant access to peers, this cornerstone of family systems theory has crumbled even further. The central question Taffel asks is even more urgent now: if pop culture reigns, and teens are firmly embedded in a peer-driven “second family,” what role, if any, can parents play in providing guidance to troubled adolescents?
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