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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

08

Vital Signs: Behavior: Videos of Self-Injury Find an Audience

Posted By: wbhazel1 on December 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

This very interesting and thought provoking article written by Roni Caryn Rabin for The New York Times Health Section refers to an extremely popular form of social media viewed by millions daily: Youtube.

Apparently there are numerous videos on Youtube which portray self mutilation like burning, cutting, disturbing wounds and embedding items under the skin. Many lack warnings and some appear to glamorize this parasuicidal behavior with theme music of sorts. This is important information for helping professionals to know because any of us who treat children and adolescents should know of the nearly cultlike following many have for Youtube videos. This article and the surrounding awareness of social media can help us to ask the questions many of us would never even consider. Please enjoy this article and let the dialogue begin:

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

Vital Signs: Behavior: Videos of Self-Injury Find an Audience

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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

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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Aug

28

What It Takes To Guarantee Your Kids’ Security Online

Posted By: Sebastian Pompadour Xavier on August 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

The internet has a lot to offer people of all ages, but it poses certain dangers to children. As valuable a resource as the computer is; it also has some very negative sides when it comes to villains who take advantage of the accessibility to kids, this is where you the parents come in. This affair is disturbing to many, but there are things that can be done to add protection when using the internet. Let’s go over some of the best ways to keep your children safe while they’re surfing the net.

Talk to your children about internet safety. When you are quizzing your kids about what they’ve been up to online, or when you’ve placed specific limits on them, let them know that you’re just doing it because you’re concerned and want to look after them. Even though your children won’t necessarily appreciate you doing this, if they come across a problem they might be more inclined to talk to you about it. Make sure you fully educate them regarding the potential dangers of the internet, as well as educating them about people not always being who they say they are. If you talk openly with your kids regarding any concerns you have, and if you listen to them when they may feel uncomfortable, they’ll be a lot safer.

Parents have always wanted to know who their children’s friends are, who they play with, spend time with after school and the like. Wanting to protect your children from bad things happening, is a good enough reason for this. Knowing what your children are doing online might be even more important for the parent to know. You need to be extra careful online, because the person you are communicating with, probably is not totally truthful. It is important for you and your children to have a record of their online friends, and tell them to never give away information that is too personal. They should never give out their address or home phone number or send pictures of themselves to strangers.

Predators who seek out children online may do so in many different environments, but the most likely place they’ll be lurking is chatrooms. You will almost certainly have a predator contact you, if you are a child going into a chatroom, as reported by the FBI. Unfortunately, this sad fact of modern life is true. Younger children do not belong in chatrooms, because they are not old enough to know who to trust, especially without supervision. The internet, especially chatrooms, is not a very trusting place, and children need to learn not to believe what anyone tells them, and watch what they reveal online. Another area to watch carefully is AOL Instant Messenger, because, next to chatrooms, this is where predators are looking for children.

If you want to protect your child better then make sure you are familiar with all their online activities. If your child tries to stop you from getting involved online with them, then you need to make it clear to them that you want to know what they are doing and who they are talking to when they are online. You do not need to live in fear about this but it is sensible for you to take basic precautions.

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Aug

24

The Best Ways To Start Enjoying Youngster Rearing If You Are Having A Hard Time Right Now

Posted By: Lebronski Kuwada Xavier on August 24, 2011 at 8:06 am

If you are a parent, no doubt it has run through your mind that the way that you do your parenting has a lot to do with how you were raised. How you parent is usually the sum total of the experiences that you received or experienced with your own parents. By making a point to learn productive child raising skills, you will spare your own children of any bad experiences that you might have experienced early in your life. Of course we believe that is a worthy endeavor and all prospective parents should do this. The best inheritance that you can ever give your children is to become a role model as a positive parent, something that they will share with their own children later in life.

Every person on this planet is unique, and your children are no different, therefore you need to be cognizant of their uniqueness and learn more about them everyday. Sometimes people make the mistake of actually believing that by watching their kids they are actually learning about them. The only way you can be helpful as a parent is to actually understand how your kids think and know more about their personalities inside. Important things to look for include areas of life where they are having challenges and difficulties. Then you will be in a much better position to provide support in all activities whether they are academic, sports related or anything else.

The personality of each of your children has a lot to do with the types of subjects that they will be more or less interested in. Your kids internal molecular structure plays a large role in whether or not they are academically oriented or choose a different direction. All kids are different; some will enjoy school very much and others will not handle school well at all. Once you understand a little bit more about your children and how their personalities are, you can be there to help them along the way. Obviously each child needs to at least understand the value of successfully completing high school. And if they are having problems, always let them know that they can get tutoring help along the way.

Most kids want to succeed in school, and when they start to have a hard time, it will show up in their emotional state. If your child is falling behind, you should be prepared for them to feel depressed, sad, and a range of other negative emotions. Or, if they are called upon during class and do not know the answers, and then perhaps other students laugh or taunt them. By being aware of what is going on, you can be a positive influence in their lives and a helping hand at the same time. One way you can do this is to sit down and have a talk with them about what is going on and how you can help. Your kids also need to know that they can express their feelings, and if they need help it will be available.

Strong parenting skills and strategies consist of as much awareness as possible about your children and the events in their lives which means usually at school. Solid, mutual and positive communications are essential so possible issues do not escalate.

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Aug

20

Tough Parenting Love – Teaching Your Kids

Posted By: Lebronski Kuwada Xavier on August 20, 2011 at 8:59 am

You will have to handle a lot of difficult challenges when your little one transforms into a teenager. This is a part of life that both of you will have to deal with. This is something that neither of you can run away from. But, we do not view this as all doom and gloom… not at all. Your teenager’s high school years should be a fun time for both of you. There will be both new things that will perplex you as well as those that bring about new opportunities. You have to figure out what is possible with your teen and provide them with more experiences that they can handle. But, all of these things are supposed to transform them into dutiful and able adults whenever they grow up and leave home.

None of us can forget about our senior year in high school because we could finally see a taste of what was going to happen. Then it seemed like our last year with our friends was gone before we knew it. So, you know exactly what they feel and what they face on an almost daily basis. This is when you should really offer your support, help them out and just be there for them. Encouragement will always be welcomed, no matter how many times you have to offer it. Just take a look at how well your child deals with leaving home. Then continue to draw upon those parenting skills that have managed to keep you afloat for this amount of time. We know that you will handle everything okay.

One of the most difficult times for a parent is when their teenage children think that they can tell them about the things that they are doing wrong. When this begins to happen the first few times, most parents would not be happy about 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. In addition, teens have to think that what they think and feel really matters, even if we disagree with them.

Children can be very reasonable, and if they feel they are helping you in some important way, then their love for you and natural empathy will compel them to understand. You might see the importance of this approach after thinking of all possible scenarios, which might allow you to see the value in this approach.

One of the most damaging feelings any child can experience, besides not feeling loved, is trying to feel they are accepted for who they are. Even as adults, we know what it is like to be accepted for who we really are. Plus, we all have had children and maybe there were a few things we had a hard time accepting about them. But, nothing changes because they will continue to be our children, no matter what. Hopefully, all parents will advise their children that they are loved unconditionally and will always be welcomed in their home. The outside world will deal with them differently, but home is different too. Assuming the parenting duties of introducing new thoughts and behaviors with your teen children may be rocky, at first. Parents and their kids are all different and will adapt to some behaviors and not others.

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