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Dec

15

After Rough Beginning, a Great-Granddaughter, 3, Blossoms

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

This article was written by Jennifer Mascia of The New York Times and is a heartwarming story about a great grandmother who in her twilight years is raising a three year old.

The story encompasses something for helping professionals of every hue: Domestic violence, substance abuse, severe and chronic mental health issues thrown in with transcultural and generational issues.

Please enjoy this article.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

After Rough Beginning, a Great-Granddaughter, 3, Blossoms

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Dec

12

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 12, 2011 at 7:21 am

This article written by Jane Brody for The New York Times Personal Health Section was a delightful and informative read although the subject matter was disillusioning. The article provides what appears to be very comprehensive statistics on the number, percentages and frequencies of offenses perpetrated on women. The author speaks frankly about being a survivor of abusive behavior in situations inwhich the perpetrators clearly took advantage of power differential in their favor and caused understandable silense as well as self doubt.

This article also speaks to the areas of sexual harassment and related offenses, the serial nature of these offenders and how the women are further victimized in the media, legal venues and society at large. It is clear that despite the fact that we as a society may not WANT to read articles like this it is clear that they MUST be revealed to bring about change. Kudos to the author of this great article for helping to evoke dialogue!

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

The Twice-Victimized of Sexual Assault

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Dec

09

‘Henry’s Demons’ and ‘The Memory Palace’ – The Pain of Schizophrenia

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

This interesting Book Review was written by Dr. Abigail Zuger, MD and portrays a book which appears almost to be two in one. It reveals the memoirs from both a male and female author who describe life with a parent living with Schizophrenia. The experiences recounted serve to portray many very similar but also different life experiences. This book clearly adds to the body of knowlege critical in treating or working alongside people effected or affected by Schizophrenia. Please enjoy the book review. It is well written, comprehensive and sure to spark dialogue:

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

‘Henry’s Demons’ and ‘The Memory Palace’ – The Pain of Schizophrenia

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Nov

29

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 29, 2011 at 10:43 am

One of the things I truly love about my profession is there is always so much to learn about people and they very often are willing guides to the rich tapesty that is their lives. This article written by Roni Caryn Rabin for The New York Times was a delightful read as I learned something of which I was previously unaware. This article published in The Health Section reviews eating disorders within Orthodox Jewish Communities.

Please enjoy this delightful article that shares how their culture in some ways may encourage certain behaviors which can frequently mask these illnesses. Another huge point is the stigma of mental illness within this community can very often serve as a barrier to identication and care. Of course one would be negligent to fail to mention how community leaders can impact families coming forward to receive services. Finally where do these patients receive their care? All of these are very important assessment and treatment considerations in order to maximize optimal outcomes for all relevant shareholders.

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

In Orthodox Jewish Enclaves, an Alarm Sounds Over Eating Disorders

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Nov

27

Learning to Listen to Distressed Classmates

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 27, 2011 at 10:38 am

This is article written by Abigail Sullivan Moore for the New York Times is a welcome read as it provides us helping professionals with an ounce of prevention if you will. It discusses a student support center and additional resources for college students who may find that life’s challenges have become a bit unmanageable. There is no need to review recent campus tragedies to know that oft times young people today are under an immense amount of stress and pressure with multiple competing demands and all too often little external support. It is good to know that such resources exist and I’m glad many campuses fully recognize this need.

It is no secret that young people often go to their peers for advice, help or just to be a listening board of sorts. It is refreshing that these peers learn to recognize warning signs of despair AND know how to make it sound ok to seek help from a qualified professional. Please enjoy the article:

William B. Hazel, III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Learning to Listen to Distressed Classmates

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Nov

23

Treating the Traumas Inflicted on Children

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am

This Opinion piece was published in The New York Times and written by Bessel A. van der Kolk, a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, is the founder and medical director of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.

It raises interesting questions in the mind of this former child protective services professional and should stimulate dialogue from all helping professionals.

Dr. Van Der Kolk speaks of the development and increased understanding of the effects of trauma as experienced in combat but additionally that served through the experience of an invalidating and nonnurturing childhood.

It was distressing to read that President Obama is proposing a reduction by 70% of funding for The National Child Traumatic Stress Network which was created in 2001.

This network was patterned after The National Center for PTDS and serves to study, evaluate and develop treatment for traumatized children nationwide.

I see the policymakers have not yet learned how the least powerful among us are treated is the way we will get it much later.

Please enjoy the reading of this piece and lets get the word out.

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

Treating the Traumas Inflicted on Children

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Nov

21

When a Child’s Anxieties Need Sorting

Posted By: wbhazel1 on November 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

This article, written by Abby Ellin of The New York Times was a delight to read as it reflects on perhaps the helping professions most rarest of practitioners.

One would often have an easier time finding hen’s teeth than to secure the services of a competent Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

This article speaks of such a professional who has been of great service to many of the richest and most powerful individuals in the world: Dr. Howard Koplewicz.

Now having set the stage for a practioner who is personally held in high esteem by governors, a former first lady who also served as a senator and is the current secretary of state I’m sure many reading this introduction would say Who cares?

The rich and powerful have always had the serrvices ofthe best of the best professionals, right?

Well, what struck me about Dr. Koplowicz is he left a cushy position in academe to form The Child Mind Institute which has been operating for approximately a year AND he does pro bono for the traditionally underserved.

To me that makes Dr. Koplowicz worthy of special mention and this article well worthy of publicity.

Dr. Koplewicz’s who has a penchant for schmoozing (a great networker, and fundraiser) is trying to change how child and adolescent pschiatric illnesses are viewed by the public at large.

He seeks to remove the stigma attached and his contributions to the field most welcome.

Please enjoy this article:

William B. Hazel III,
ACSW, LCSW, LADC

When a Child’s Anxieties Need Sorting

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Sep

08

Supportive Parenting Perspectives – Sometimes That Is All Your Child Needs

Posted By: Carlos Montebello Xavier on September 8, 2011 at 8:21 am

High school teens could be considered the result of your parenting education, since that much time has been put into it. Yes, you are an experienced pro when your child reaches that age. You will learn that the years will just seem to fly because of all of the activities that are done during these four years. All parents must partake in essential decisions such as career selections and college choices for their children. Of course, it just depends on every person’s likes and family characteristics. But some teens have a very difficult time when it comes to coping with leaving home.

Children can be just like little weasels, at times, and lovable ones though. I’m making this comparison because once you’ve asked them or told them to do something, they will wiggle and struggle and basically do anything just to avoid doing what you want. But those are the precise times when you need to stand your ground, firmly. You’re the only one who understands why you want what you want, while your kid is only looking at the bit that will hurt him or her. All it takes is one moment of weakness and every decision you make in the future will be questioned. So you simply cannot afford to give in and reverse or modify your decision. But, we would also suggest you let your child know their repeated attempts will not be successful.

Depending on their situation, this can make things hard for some parents. We have our faults and shortcomings, yet we want the best for our kids. You don’t want the kids to take part or have certain behaviors you dislike, no matter what misgivings we have. You could let your children understand all this by talking to the them and explaining this, if you think it’s a good idea. Parenting is pressure enough, but also know that you are preparing your children for their future as adults. This starts with you. You have to start somewhere, so try giving your child simple instructions for things to do around the house. Along with showing them these new responsibilities, you also need to be clear about why you are asking them to do this. Feel free to mix things up and have your children rotate doing the chores. But this gets them in the habit of experiencing requests for help around the house. It’s always good to teach your children things that will help them learn many good habits for the future.

Learning some important lessons as well as gaining positive experience are just two of the reasons we feel it is important teenagers get a summer job, as has been mentioned in other articles. The lesson that needs emphasis here is the concept of money management and responsibility. Sit down with your teenager and explain everything to him or her in a positive way. You have to really listen to them and ask them how they feel about saving money. They will be able to learn a lot about money by having to deal with the consequences of their decisions when it comes to money. If they blow their paychecks, then do not give them any money so they will know the feeling and consequences of their decisions.

The whole parenting dynamic changes once children become teens. You can still have a lot of fun and enjoyable times as a family during this period even if there are challenges and obstacles you will have to face.

It is no hidden secret that pleased kids makes a pleased family. And one confirmed technique of keeping the children happy is to take plenty of photos of them and place them up throughout the house. This really is easier than you think if you possess the correct personal computer printer. If you don’t, don’t get worried, they are relatively inexpensively. Seek advice from your neighborhood personal computer store right now.

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Sep

05

How To Combat Stress During Pregnancy

Posted By: Sol Badura on September 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

A feeling of overwhelming tiredness is very common in pregnancy. Before you have even taken a pregnancy test, tiredness is a common symptom. If you are in your last trimester, this tiredness returns, usually as an indication that you will be giving birth before long.

Simple things like walking down the street may make you want you want to curl up and grab 40 winks. If you can, great, if you can’t there are a few tweaks you can make you ensure that you make it through the day without dropping off.

The first thing you should change is the size of your meals. Your growing baby squashes up your stomach, so you can’t eat as much as you could post pregnancy. Large meals make you tired anyway, so being pregnant exacerbates it further. Eat smaller portions but more often.

We’ve all heard it said many times, but one meal you should never miss is breakfast. Your body is empty after your sleep so refuel it quick. 
 


Another meal that should never be missed is your lunch. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will make it up with a larger dinner, this just make you feel bloated and give you indigestion.

As all your energy is being sapped by your growing child, you need to refuel your body more often, so a midday meal is essential. Include grains and protein in both this and your breakfast.

We need Iron for energy, and this is even more important during pregnancy. Red meat and Spinach are both good sources, but if your fatigue is extreme you may well have a deficiency. You may be advised by your doctor to take a supplement if this is the case.

You need a lot of rest as well as eating properly. Forget those late nights, early to bed is the new routine. Make the most of it; your rest will be spasmodic once your baby arrives.

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Sep

04

Supportive Parenting Viewpoints-Many Times This Is All Your Kid Needs

Posted By: Sebastian Pompadour Xavier on September 4, 2011 at 8:20 am

You probably have heard of the saying that “no good deed goes unpunished.” It’s easy to feel the target of that specific saying when you are a parent and are struggling to get your kids ready to face the challenges of the world. All parents are aware of the importance of educating their children in regards to various life skills they will require in the future. It is fascinating to see how long it takes adults to figure out the fact that their parents were teaching them valuable lessons. While they hated learning the lessons themselves, a little bit of maturity shows their appreciation for their lessons.

We all remember our senior year in high school because the light at the end of the tunnel was barely visible. Then in a flash, it seemed like our final year with all of our friends disappeared. So, you know what they are up against and what they are feeling. This is when you should really offer your support, help them out and just be there for them. Positive encouragement will always be accepted, no matter how many times you must give it to your child. Just continue to take notice of how well your child copes with high school ending and eventually having to leave the nest. Then continue to use the parent skills that have perfected to this point. We know that you will handle everything okay.

Depending on their situation, this can make things hard for some parents. We have our faults and shortcomings, yet we want the best for our kids. Even though we have our misgivings, that does not mean we want our children to have them or engage in them, whatever those behaviors happen to be. You may want to have a sit-down with your kids and just explain all of this to them if possible or practicable.

One of the hardest things occurs when teenagers feel like they can criticize their parents in their presence. When this happens the first time, it is very easy to see why a parent would not like it. Obviously, the topic and how it was presented might matter. However, realize that teens instinctively always try to break away from the family environment. Plus, teens need to feel that their opinions and feelings are important, even if we do not always appreciate hearing what they are.

You can impart a little more tough but important love to your children by assigning work for them to do around the home. Obviously, we are talking about both the tween and the teenage years. Chances are that both parents are working outside the home and single parents have to resort to this to get help around the house. But we recommended this because it will let them know that their help is needed at home. Yes, the home team could use a little help. You should tell them why this is done and what you expect them to learn from it. People are usually more responsive when they are told why they are doing something and it makes sense to them. Assuming the parenting duties of introducing new thoughts and behaviors with your teen children may be rocky, at first. All children are different and will learn behaviors in various ways.

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