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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)

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)

Anyone who works with youth with mental or behavioral health diagnoses feels frustration. Behavioral health treatment takes time and you may not see the immediate results. As the Clinical Supervisor, I see the “big picture” of the many, many youth we help each year. Having my office in one of our youth homes gives me…(Read More)

Butte Therapist, Elizabeth Hausman, goes above and beyond on a daily basis to provide treatment and support to children and families in our community services.  After we lost a therapist in Butte, Elizabeth took on a second caseload, holding 42 therapy clients.  Elizabeth continues to hold this caseload, without complaint, until we are able to…(Read More)

As Youth Dynamics expands across the state, we are truly fortunate to serve a growing number of Montana youth and their families and have a positive impact on their lives.  It is an honor to watch many of the children we serve graduate from our services and stay on a path of hard work to…(Read More)

From December 5-9, a group of six Youth Dynamics employees from across the state came to Billings to learn how to teach Common Sense Parenting. This expansion will allow us to provide the Common Sense Parenting program to our foster parents across the state on an ongoing basis. This year, Youth Dynamics trained all…(Read More)

The first purpose of the Angel Tree was to make sure that all of the kids in the Billings area group homes had a Christmas. “The kids are away from their families and being able to give them a little extra love in this time is important,” Shirley Bulluck, Intake Coordinator, explains. The tree has…(Read More)

At first, I mechanically wrote something that resembled other ‘asks’ from us and other nonprofits in the area when I wrote this blog post.  When I finished I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t like it, until I saw that it was simply too similar to other holiday donation appeals, and that I…(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)

In the last few months, if you were to look for Kay Brown, administrative support, or Diane Ude, accounting technician, after work or on the weekends you would most likely find them behind a sewing machine. They have been busily creating weighted blankets and animals for Youth Dynamics therapists and clinical staff to use with…(Read More)

The practice of animal assisted therapy has been growing in research and application. Research shows that the elderly, adults, adolescents, and children benefit from the presence of animals. Therapy animals are found in settings ranging from assisted living to hospitals to residential treatment centers. Here are five key benefits of dogs in a mental health…(Read More)