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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SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention in Schools, A Workshop for School Professionals

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[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] SUICIDE: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention in Schools A workshop for school professionals* Friday, October 20th, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 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 10-24 year olds 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. Consistent with this ethical obligation, new Missouri statute requires schools…

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WCPA Newsletter, Fall 2017

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[vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] The iGeneration Written by 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…

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Co-Parenting During the Summer Break

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Jennifer Van Luven, MSW, LCSW, CDM Summer is one of the most dreaded times for divorced parents.  It is challenging to manage the child custody arrangements.  The school year equates to a set parenting schedule, with designated days, times and transitions.  But in the summer months, that set schedule is not as necessary and needing to be so defined.  Communication with your co-parent is important for both kids and parents to get the most out of their time.  Before school lets out for the summer, review the co-parenting plan with your co-parent.  Even the most detailed parenting plans will need…

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13 REASONS WHY IS ABOUT FAR MORE THAN JUST SUICIDE –

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  THE FORGOTTEN CONVERSATION THAT PARENTS REALLY NEED TO BE HAVING There can be no denying that this new series on Netflix has captivated the nation and quickly become one of the most controversial shows in recent history.  It's gotten everyone talking - schools, parents, the mental health community, and teens themselves.  The biggest issue that is understandably grabbing the headlines is the portrayal of suicide, which is the central theme of the show, and a critical topic for parents to be talking about with their teens. However, there is another strong theme in this series, and it is often overlooked. The show's…

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Responding to 13 Reasons Why

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Suggestions for Parents and Educators Our country is currently in the throes of a new phenomenon, and one that may bring extreme risk to some of our youth.  This new rage is the recently-released, wildly popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, a show that follows a high school girl, Hannah, who commits suicide but leaves behind 13 cassette tapes describing her reasons for killing herself and the people she blames for her choice. Many adults who have viewed the show, including many mental health professionals, have come away with significant concerns.  The content is very graphic, painful, and can be triggering for youth and…

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5 Way to Help the Scattered Student

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Angela Cook, MSW, LCSW Feeling overwhelmed from having too much work to do, being too tired, and having too many distractions creates real hindrances to completing assignments and chores in a timely, efficient, stress-free manner.  Fortunately, some teachers and parents are already aware of strategies to help students with ADHD stay on task, and have been educating the scattered student who doesn't meet the official diagnostic criteria.  Even so, kids don't always listen.  This information will provide a different angle on how to help students stay focused, while remaining calm under pressure and staying organized. 1) HELP RAISE AWARENESS Encourage…

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Love Versus Dependency in Significant Relationships

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Mary Fitzgibbons, Ph.D.   Who can forget the memorable lines from the movie Jerry Maguire? Jerry Maguire:  "I love you.  You... you complete me." Dorothy:  "You had me at 'hello.'" Or, Jerry Maguire:  "What do you want from me? My soul?" Dorothy:  "Why not? I deserve that much." This is the relatively modern day example of what we often perceive as love.  It sounds romantic.  It's the words that many of us would want from someone with whom we believe we are in love.  But is this love?  Often what we perceive as love is intensity, passion, extreme desire.  It…

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Understanding Legalities around Divorcing Parents in Schools

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Schools often have the difficult task of navigating the path of divorced parents while still nurturing the student.  Developing strong working relationships with children and their families is not always easy, especially if parents are divorced and have a less than cordial relationship.  Educators need to be aware of the legalities and the sensitive needs of their families and students.  It is the school's role to cultivate successful relationships and know good practice. Parenting Plan and Custody Orders:  Schools need to have a current copy of the parenting plan for the children on file.  The key piece of information in…

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