Posts Posts by: "Katie Gerten"

Teach your kids the true meaning of compassion and selflessness. U.S. News – December 7, 2014 by Abby Hayes One way to help your kids learn that the holiday season is about giving – not just getting – is to engage them in service projects. Even toddlers can give back to others and their community with a…(Read More)

HuffPost – March 5, 2014 by Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Moving out of impoverished neighborhoods has different effects on the mental health of boys compared to girls, and those repercussions need to be better understood before tinkering with housing policy, according to a new study. Researchers found boys had higher rates of mental…(Read More)

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft Your Role as Mom or Dad So, you’ve gone from an empty house to a full one. Now what? When it comes to foster and or adopting a child, especially an older child – setting roles, rules, and boundaries can be tough. This is especially true…(Read More)

Understanding Teenagers – November 30, 2017 One of my axioms about working with teenagers is: “Adolescence is like gravity,  It is much easier to work with it than against it.” A lot of the talk about dealing with teenagers focuses on how to combat or overcome the forces of adolescence.  As adults it can be…(Read More)

Huffpost – May 7, 2017 by Mary Lee There are more than 400,000 foster children in state custody right now. Every year, more than 20,000 age out without being reunited with their biological family or finding a new one through adoption. Every day, another child is taken into foster care because of abuse or…(Read More)

The first day… The Spruce – October 31, 2017 by Carrie Craft When a foster child is first placed in your home a lot of fear and stress comes through the front door along with the child, for both of you. The child is fearing the absolute worst about you and his/her situation. Questions may…(Read More)

Cuts and stretched services are affecting the mental health of carers in the sector, with many too ashamed to seek help. The Guardian- March 22, 2017 by Emily Reynolds Understanding around mental health is improving: campaigns such as Time To Change have drawn public awareness to the issue and employers are realizing the affects of…(Read More)

Reuters – November 27, 2017 by Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – One in five teens are victims of bullying, and these adolescents are about twice as likely to bring guns and knives to school than peers who aren’t bullied, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined how high school students answered three survey questions: how often…(Read More)

Sunshine and Hurricanes – November 28th, 2017 by Michelle Meyers Parenting a teen (or tween) isn’t easy. We have certainly heard all the horror stories of defiance, disrespect and general disinterest. But, often such tales of teenage turbulence are wildly exaggerated.   Teens may have a reputation for unsettling their parents and wreaking havoc on family…(Read More)

The New York Times – August 17, 2017 by Aaron E. Carroll Rates of teen suicide continue to rise, federal health officials reported this month, with rates for girls higher than at any point in the last 40 years. A rational response would be to engage in evidence-based measures to try to reverse this course…(Read More)

Psychotherapy Networker – October 1, 2012 by Janet Sasson Edgette “How do I get her to talk about her feelings?” asks Jean, a counseling intern about to meet 13-year-old Hannah for an initial appointment. “I’m not sure what to say to her.” Hannah will be the first client Jean has seen without a…(Read More)

Mental Floss – February 2, 2012 by Kathy Benjamin For everyone who is or was a teen, here are some scientific explanations for why they behave that way. 1. Risk Taking All teenagers take stupid risks that they one day look back on and wonder what the heck they were thinking. But studies have found…(Read More)

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft When a child enters your home, whether through adoption or foster care, they come with a tremendous amount of grief and loss. Losses that include birth parents, extended family, home, pets, neighborhoods, schools, friends, treasured belongings, and in some cases culture. Don’t discount the loss of…(Read More)

WTOP – October 11, 2017 by Teta Alim WASHINGTON — October is ADHD Awareness Month, bringing attention to people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For parents with children who may have ADHD, it’s important to recognize symptoms and learn how they can better help. Former public school teacher Ann Dolin, with Educational Connections Inc. and…(Read More)

It is no secret that there is a lot of stigma that surrounds mental health.  It’s time to break that stigma and start talking about a condition that affects 1 in 5 Americans. So why don’t people want to talk about mental health?  Most people aren’t hesitant to talk about a physical…(Read More)

May 19, 2013- Marina Williams- http://marinawilliamslmhc.com/2013/05/19/8-tips-for-avoiding-therapist-burn-out/ Therapist burn-out is a major problem in our field.  As therapists, we give until it hurts.  And hurts it does.  There are studies revealing that therapists can even get secondary PTSD from the work we do…(Read More)

Positive People Solutions – July 13, 2017 When I started my career as a therapist in 1986, I actually believed all of my clients would want to work with me, would make the most of that time, and would be appreciative of my efforts. You can stop laughing now. I quickly was brought back to…(Read More)

Center for Adolescent Studies – 7/13/2017 Working with teens can be a very fulfilling and rewarding endeavor. It can also be very challenging. Teens can test boundaries and become resistant to counseling interventions, classroom curriculum, or even towards us as adults personally. Ultimately this has the potential to make our work lives more difficult…(Read More)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – 7/13/2017 Tip #1 Inform your teen you have something you’d like to discuss with them. Ask your teen where and when they would like to have this discussion. Tip #2 Approach the conversation with a sense of curiosity and interest, rather than accusation and fear. Remember…(Read More)

Martin Gardner – Case Management Basics – 7/13/2017 The human services field can present some serious challenges that can test your mental and emotional fortitude.  There are also times when you are challenged physically and have to respond accordingly to ensure the safety of all parties involved. As a human services professional, you will occasionally…(Read More)

Amanda Body – Social Work Degree.Net – 7/13/2017 Social workers help people in need. This can mean providing services directly to people facing a number of challenges, from abuse to health disorders, or it can mean working for change to improve social conditions. Social workers work in government agencies, private businesses, schools, police departments…(Read More)

PsychCentral – Heather Gilmore, MSW, LLMSW, BCBA – September 7, 2014 Play therapy is an approach to therapy that allows children to express themselves, heal from hurts, and experience personal growth through the medium of toys and activities rather than words as is done through traditional therapy and most adult therapies. Even though the process…(Read More)

Mental Health Counseling Options – Martin Gardner – 3/26/2017 Case managers are responsible for the coordination of services for those who receive mental health, developmental services and other health related services Case managers play an important role in ensuring that people receive the health services they need and that they are happy with those services…(Read More)

Huffington Post – Kenny Kline – 2/14/2017 Stress is taking a major toll on the American workforce. More than one-third of working Americans report chronic work-related stress; 79 percent report not getting enough sleep; and 69 percent admit to struggling with concentration as a result of stress and sleep deprivation. These issues aren…(Read More)

After years of hard work, Greater Gallatin Day Treatment Manager, Shawn Helvey, became licensed as a clinical professional counselor. Shawn received his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida.  Shawn joined the Greater Gallatin Day Treatment team in July of 2015 and brought with him eight years of experience…(Read More)

After years of hard work, Youth Dynamics Therapist, Elaine Noland-Sepko, has become a licensed clinical professional counselor. Elaine received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the New York Institute of Technology.   She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Marriage Couples and Family Counseling with an emphasis in crisis and trauma…(Read More)