Posts Posts by: "Katie Gerten"
new resized - Many children rely on the emergency room for psychiatric care

Spectrum – October 26, 2016   On any given day, pediatrician Lindsay Irvin estimates a quarter of her patients need psychiatric help. She sees teens who say they are suicidal, and elementary school children who suffer chest pains stemming from bullying anxiety. Though she does her best, she says she doesn’t consider herself qualified to…(Read More)

bullying resized - What to tell your daughter when she faces a mean girl

Very Well Family – Sherri Gordon The teen years are filled with all types of mean girls. From frenemies and fake friends to toxic friendships and controlling girls, their mean girl behavior from often leaves other girls feeling hurt, puzzled and distraught. This is not normal girl behavior and your daughter will have no idea how…(Read More)

resized woman - The year my brain broke

The Sydney Morning Herald – Ariane Beeston I was a newly registered psychologist when my brain broke. On maternity leave from my job in child protection I had what my psychiatrist later explained as a “break from reality” – a psychotic depression. It was a softer way of saying: “I lost my f—cking mind”. While…(Read More)

boy upset resized - Back-Talk Boot Camp: Stop the Sass

Parents Magazine – Vicki Glembocki Listening to my three kids’ fresh talk was getting stale in a hurry. I was ready to try anything—and did. Find out which methods worked best. It started with a reasonable, motherly request: I asked my 7-year-old daughter, Drew, to put away the matching game she’d been…(Read More)

resized 3 - How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior

Kids who seem oppositional are often severely anxious Child Mind Institute- January 22, 2018 by Caroline Miller A 10-year-old boy named James has an outburst in school. Upset by something a classmate says to him, he pushes the other boy, and a shoving-match ensues. When the teacher steps in to break it…(Read More)

Angry Girl - Managing Problem Behavior at Home

A guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting Child Mind Institute – January 22, 2018 One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children. Whether they’re refusing to put on their shoes, or throwing full-blown tantrums, you can find yourself at a loss for…(Read More)

resized feet - Rescuing Julia Twice: Overcoming Reactive Attachment Disorder

Everyday Health – April 29, 2014 by Tina Traster Our pediatrician, Dr. T, couldn’t have been more pleased with Julia’s progress. At 18 months, my baby was in the 95th percentile for her weight. She was talking, walking, her muscle tone was excellent. All good signs for a child adopted just 14 months earlier…(Read More)

resized talk back - Stop Back Talking – 4 Techniques To End Rude Responses

Blessed Beyond a Doubt – January 16, 2018 It happens to just about every kid at some point – back talking. The sassy and negative replies can sneak up on a parent, but you can stop the back talking with these 4 techniques to end rude responses. Quickly defuse the situation and end the bad…(Read More)

angry toddler resized - When Your Toddler Starts Testing His Limits

Your child desperately wants to declare his independence. And you can let him — while staying in control. Parents Magazine – January 15, 2018 by Jennifer Benjamin As a baby your child was happy to follow your lead. But now that he’s a toddler he realizes that he doesn’t have to stay by your side…(Read More)

worried student - Understanding Teen Suicide: Tips for Prevention

A guide for parents to help prevent teen suicide. Psychology Today – June 13, 2013 by Dr. Earl Turner Suicide related behaviors (e.g., suicidal ideation, self-harm, suicide attempt) are becoming more frequent among adolescents and is a major public health issue. Many have recently heard about Paris Jackson allegedly being hospitalized for a suicide…(Read More)

resized 1 - Teen Depression and Anxiety: What Parents Can Do

Time – October 27, 2016 Are you worried about your teen and don’t know what to do next?  Below is some advice from Fadi Haddad, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the author of Helping Kids in Crisis. Talk about the real stuff Sometimes conversations between parents and teens can be all about achievements…(Read More)

resized for facebook - Early Puberty in Girls May Take Mental Health Toll

WebMD – December 26, 2017 by By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 (HealthDay News) — A girl who gets her first menstrual period early in life — possibly as young as 7 — has a greater risk for developing depression and antisocial behaviors that last at least into her 20s, a new study suggests.…(Read More)

resized - Is Your Child Acting Out—or Just Acting His Age?

If your child melts down, talks back, or ignores you, it could be because he’s still a little kid! Consider this a reality check. Parents Magazine – January 2, 2018 by Jennifer Benjamin As a work-at-home mom of 4-year-old twins, let me tell you: This past year was rough. Was it…(Read More)

Little kid resized - Exposure to Abuse May Lead to Poor Heart Health in Kids

More interventions needed to treat problem before adulthood. MedPage Today – December 18, 2017 by Molly Walker Children and adolescents who suffer adversity, including abuse, throughout childhood tend to have poorer cardiometabolic health, according to an American Heart Association committee report. All forms of abuse, including bullying, neglect, or witnessing violence, are linked to a…(Read More)

resized duck - 10 Strange Reasons Why Kids Hate Bath Time & How to Fix It.

Anxious Toddlers – May 29, 2015 by Natasha Daniels Bath time a struggle? Although bath time may be relaxing for some children – there are many kids who go running in the opposite direction when they hear the word “bath.” Kids fight bath time for many different reasons. If your little ones have to be chased down…(Read More)

and again - Common Time-Out Mistakes and How to Solve Them

Could this classic discipline technique actually make the situation worse? Learn what experts recommend, including a new and improved five-step technique for giving time-outs. December 17, 2017 – Parents Magazine By Alisa Bowman Time-out certainly sounds like a brilliant fix: A child spends a few minutes sitting alone, and emerges calm and cooperative…(Read More)

The Spruce – October 23, 2017 by Heather Corely What does a baby really need in the first weeks at home? The answer is – not much. This basic baby needs checklist will help you choose those baby essentials, often called the layette, that your little one needs to have in the first precious weeks…(Read More)

Ideas to Help Promote Bonding Through Activities The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft These activities are not for every foster or adoptive parent or every foster or adoptive child. Only do what is comfortable for you and your foster/adopted child. Keep in mind: Child’s Age – Chronological and Emotional Child’s History…(Read More)

Foster Children Endure Multiple Placements Due to Disruptions The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Carrie Craft It’s not something we like to think about as foster parents, but sometimes a placement just doesn’t work out. There are various reasons why foster care placements don’t work and disruption, or asking that a foster…(Read More)

picture 1200x800 - When Foster Families Meet Birth Families

The Spruce – April 4, 2017 by Michael Robison Your foster child has moved in, is settled into his room, and learning your home rules. Now comes the time that many foster parents worry the most about – meeting the child’s birth parents. For the sake of all concerned, it is very important for the foster…(Read More)

Bedroom 1200x800 - Setting up a Bedroom for Foster Care

No Bohns About It – February 4, 2016 When a person decides to become a foster parent, they often wonder the best way of setting up a bedroom for foster care. Waiting for the call is tough, and shopping and painting and all the decorating can be a fun way to pass the time. As tempting…(Read More)

resized giving - 10 Ways to Give Back as a Family This Holiday Season

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)

resized - Moving Out Of Poverty Linked To Kids’ Mental Health (STUDY)

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)

Child with Family in Field 1 - Establishing Yourself as a Parent

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)

teen - Go With The Flow: 10 Ways to Easily Engage Teenagers

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)

for word press - Mothers Come in Different Forms

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)

resized 1 1200x800 - Meeting Your New Foster Child

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)

career woman 1200x800 - Mental health workers struggle with stigma about their own issues

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)

sad teen man resized 1200x800 - Bullied teens twice as likely to bring weapons to school

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)

Mom and Teen Resized 1200x800 - 10 Ways To Create a Rock Solid Relationship With Your Teen

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)

resized 1200x800 - Preventing Teen Suicide: What the Evidence Shows

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)

teen therapy resized 1200x800 - Why Teens Hate Therapy- Mistakes Therapists Should Avoid

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)

teens 1200x800 - 5 Reasons Teenagers Act the Way They Do

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)

sad native boy 9 1200x800 - Understanding Grief and Loss in Foster Children

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)

bored child 1200x800 - Here’s how parents can help their kids who have ADHD

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)

double face 1200x800 - Challenging Mental Health Stigma

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)

stressed 1200x800 - 8 Tips for Avoiding Therapist Burn-Out

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)

teen therapy resized 1200x800 - Engaging Resistant Clients

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)

that boy 1200x800 - 3 Tips for Working with Resistant Teens

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)

Poor Attention Skills Increase Risk Of Teen Substance Abuse TeenDrug 676x400 - Ten tips for talking to your kids about substance use

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)

anger resized - Managing Aggressive Behaviors: Tips for Human Service Professionals

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)

SW - The Ten Essential Traits of Successful Social Workers

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)

play therapy 1200x800 - 3 Play Therapy Tips for Working with the Quiet Child

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)