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Celebrating the Neurodiversity of FASD

Celebrating the Neurodiversity of FASD

FASD is a very prevalent disability, yet there is little awareness and understanding of its impact on individuals. Review some thoughts on why this disability is often unrecognized, what caregivers needs to know, and how you can better help create awareness of FASD.

Renee M. Orr, LMSW
September 2022

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The Curative Art of Forgiveness

The Curative Art of Forgiveness

Conventional wisdom typically associates the value of forgiveness with relationship repair and opportunities for noble and healthy reconciliation and renewed promise. While this is true, new research illuminates the value of the forgiveness of other as it relates to the emotional and physical benefits of self.

Matthew M. Ready, LMSW, CAADC
August 2022

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Music As Self-Care: Finding Peace and Joy in the Noise

Music As Self-Care: Finding Peace and Joy in the Noise

The term "self-care" in the area of mental health can feel so broad and overwhelming. The typical mindset is that self-care needs to be a specific activity with a significant amount of time set aside for restoration. While those times away are good, there are other ways to bring peace to our lives on a daily basis through music. This blog will give a few tips on how to intentionally bring music into your life as a form of easy, accessible self-care.

Ashlynn Lister, LMSW
July 2022

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Connecting to Travel

Connecting to Travel

Most of us are aware of the importance of taking time off to rest and restore, but it can be difficult to adjust back to the daily routine afterwards. Keep reading to learn some strategies to help keep a thread of connection extending from vacation bliss into the weekly routine.

Amy L. Jarchow, PhD
May 2022

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Rediscovering Self, Joy, and Harmony Within the Family of Addiction

Rediscovering Self, Joy, and Harmony Within the Family of Addiction

The shattering impact of addiction within family units can be immeasurable. Engaging in family support group programs allow families to gather the wisdom, encouragement and energy to successfully navigate this treacherous territory called addiction.

Matthew M. Ready, LMSW, CAADC
October 2021

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Shame: A Fishing Story

Shame: A Fishing Story

Summer is wrapping up and here is a good fishing story. Worth the read.

Robert J. Baird, PhD
September 2021

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Benefits of Mindfullness

Benefits of Mindfullness

Mindfulness is a method of utilizing focus and attention on the present, (the here and now), in effort to reach greater acceptance and understanding of our experience.

Elise Moore, MA LLP CAADC
August 2021

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Breathe Deeply and Regularly for Relaxation

Breathe Deeply and Regularly for Relaxation

Basic breathing techniques are the foundation for all forms of systematic relaxation, yoga, meditation, and assorted other techniques for quieting the body. They are easy to do, can be done anywhere, and almost always will work. With practice, pairing this breathing technique with a phrase such as "just relax" will become the trigger to initiate relaxation. As long as you are breathing, do it in such a way that will promote general relaxation of the body and you will feel better, think better, and be a happier person!

Omar L. Mangrum, EdD
July 2021

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What Leaders Do

What Leaders Do

Considering the components of "Leadership" can be a guide for individuals, marriages, families, or organizations when facing either trauma, stress, change, or growth.

Thomas M. Spahn, EdD
June 2021

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Why don't I have more memories of my early childhood?

Why don't I have more memories of my early childhood?

Why can't we recall memories from early childhood?

Thomas C. Fuller, PhD
May 2021

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Cultivating Self Compassion

Cultivating Self Compassion

Self-compassion is an important tool in healthy coping. Learn more about working towards letting go of self-judgment and tuning in to your thoughts and experiences in a more compassionate manner.

Amy L. Jarchow, PhD
April 2021

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What Is Family: A Black History Reflection

What Is Family: A Black History Reflection

Every year since 1928 the month of February has been a time of remembrance, honor, and learning. This year let us honor Black History month in a special way as we look to this year's theme of, "Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity". It is a great task to undertake to examine each piece. Let us simply look at just one piece - Family. Who is our family? How do we continue to overcome racial oppression alongside people of color and honor those who gave their all?

Rebecca VandenHoek, LMSW
February 2021

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Coping with Separation and Divorce

Coping with Separation and Divorce

In the blog Coping with Separation and Divorce, Dr. Jeff Kieliszewski discusses the common emotional fallout and psychological challenges one may experience while going through a divorce as well as in post divorce adjustment. He also outlines how counseling can help with the often unanticipated changes and personal loss that frequently occur with divorce.

Jeffery T. Kieliszewski, PhD
January 2021

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Staying Connected Over the Holidays

Staying Connected Over the Holidays

In times of uncertainty and stress, staying connected to others can be an important part of self care. Learn a few tips and strategies to help with staying connected this holiday season.

Julia Cunningham, PsyD
December 2020

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Trauma - The Invisible Visitor

Trauma - The Invisible Visitor

Trauma and it's symptoms may be an unwelcome visitor in our lives, but there are ways to send it packing!

Merrill Graham, PhD, LMSW, RPT
November 2020

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Let's Talk About Emotions

Let's Talk About Emotions

Emotion regulation is a practice of learning how to manage your emotional experience. In order to learn how to better manage our emotions, it is important to be aware of what myths we believe about emotions. These myths can impact our ability to recognize, understand and express our emotions.

Jenny Schaafsma, PhD
October 2020

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Back to School with COVID-19

Back to School with COVID-19

Back to school can be a stressful endeavor this year. Here are some ideas and insights to help your family cope with the process.

Renee M. Orr, LMSW
September 2020

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