WCPA Spring 2018 Newsletter

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[vc_row padding="0"][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] How Do People Change? Written by Mary Fitzgibbons, Ph.D. Why would anyone choose to spend the money and time in going to therapy? It can be costly if your insurance doesn’t apply and it can be emotionally painful. Generally, by the time clients make the effort to find someone who they hope that they can trust and who will help them in resolving the problem, they are experiencing a good amount of pain or inner turmoil. Most clients come into this setting with varying amounts of hope and confusion. Their medical doctor has prescribed different types of…

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Schools

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Training available for the staff of your school or district Suicide among adolescents and young adults continues to increase every year and is now the second leading cause of death in individuals of middle school, high school, and college age, exceeded only by accidents. Suicide is responsible for more deaths of adolescents each year than all natural causes combined. It is vital that all school personnel have up-to-date information regarding suicide warning signs and prevention strategies.   Click here for details on the training available Amy Maus, MSW, LCSW received her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University and…

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Attend Care Team 2.0

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Care Team 2.0 Revitalizing Your School's Response to Today's Generation of High-Risk Students   When Monday, June 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM CDT -to- Friday, June 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM CDT Add to Calendar Where West County Psychological Associates 12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr. Suite 110 Saint Louis, MO 63141 Driving Directions   30 Hours of Comprehensive Training:   Monday, June 4th ~ Friday, June 8th, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily   At times today, the world seems to be spinning out of control. Many of us find ourselves struggling to cope with feeling overwhelmed and worried by how…

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The iGeneration

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Tony Tramelli, MA, LPC Every generation of adults looks to the next generation with some sense of trepidation.  Beliefs and values within a society change over time.  Although it may seem that the world has always changed drastically from one generation to the next, in the past this has actually happened quite slowly.  There has always been a sense of continuity between generations.  We are usually informed and influenced by those that came before us. However, the generation that is coming of age today is experiencing something drastically different from any previous generation.  Today's youth are being shaped in large…

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Teen Strong Program

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We are all aware of the alarming increases in teen depression and anxiety, the opioid epidemic that is affecting so many families, and concerns about how technology is shaping our youth's brains and emotional capacities. At WCPA, we work with countless numbers of teens and have been striving to find ways to effectively communicate with teens about these very real concerns.  One thing we have learned is that standing up in front of a large group of teens and lecturing them does not work. They tend to tune out, which makes it difficult for them to internalize the message. Instead,…

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Stay Off the Grass: The Challenges of Parenting an Athlete

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Participation in sports is one of the healthiest, most beneficial activities our children can experience.  Through athletics, our children learn much needed social skills.  Athletes must employ strategies to manage anxiety, stress, injury and failure.  Children learn how practice and hard work lead directly to success.  Team sports foster the development of leadership, while teaching how to care for one's body.  Athletes learn they are not entitled to success and that the world doesn't revolve around them personally. As the years pass, the lessons learned and relationships built far outlast the polish on any trophy. However, over recent years, there…

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A Guide to Talking to Your Loved One with Dementia

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By Amy Neu, MSW, LCSW "I think he just wants to disagree with me, no matter the subject.  The only safe thing to talk about is the weather...but wait - he argues about that too!  We end up going at it, and then I feel guilty.  He's able to forget the argument, but I'm left stuck with it in my mind.  It's the same thing over and over.  I know he can't help it, but I am just getting so angry all the time." - Frustrated spousal caregiver I hear this issue from many family caregivers - spouses, adult children,…

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Protecting Your Children and Teens from Sexual Abuse

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Information for Parents in Light of Dr. Larry Nassar's Sexual Abuse Trial Written by Amy V. Maus, MSW, LCSW The nation has been horrified the last few months by the news concerning USA Gymnastics and Dr. Larry Nassar. Over decades, Dr. Nassar systematically sexually abused the young gymnasts brought to him for medical care. Hundreds of girls were sexually violated, bringing many caring adults to ask how such a nightmare, involving so many young people, could possibly have continued undiscovered for so long. The answers to that question are some of the most disturbing aspects of the case. We now know…

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Overwhelmed! Maintaining Balance and Connection in a Busy Family

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Written by Cari McKnight, MSW, LCSW It starts with the best of intentions. Your daughter expresses an interest in playing soccer, so you sign her up at 4 years old.  You want to make sure she starts early, so she doesn't get left behind. Pretty soon, you sign her up for Girl Scouts. It's a wholesome activity that builds character, right? Next, you enroll her in piano lessons - you think that you should expose her to an instrument as you want to make sure that she's well rounded. As time goes by and her friends start different activities, you…

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Making the Shift from Surviving to Living: Meeting More Than Just the Physical Needs of Our Elders

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Written By: Amy Neu, MSW, LCSW This article is one in a series of monthly articles from West County Psychological Associates for seniors, their family members and caregivers. If you would like more information about our services, feel free to contact our office at (314) 275-8599 "I don't know why my body keeps going. I was ready to die a long time ago." "It feels like my days are full of nothing more than finding things to do to pass the time." "This place is pretty, and I have what I need to survive, but I stopped living a long…

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