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AdobeStock 59351712 1 1500x1000 - Foster Kids Can Be Torn Between Worlds On Mother's Day

NPR – May 6, 2014   Children across the country will be rolling out the breakfast trays and handmade cards for Mother’s Day. But the holiday brings up mixed feelings for many foster mothers and their children. “It can be really confusing for a child when there’s Mother’s Day and the child is…(Read More)

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Youth Dynamics First Annual #YDoI Campaign would like to thank and recognize community members who have pledged their financial commitments as Youth Dynamics Friends. In our daily lives when faced with success, questions and issues our friends play an important part in overcoming and working through many situations — mental health and otherwise.  Friends support…(Read More)

resized cuts - The Cost of Budget Cuts Affecting Montana’s Most Vulnerable

It is easy to dismiss the budget cuts being considered by the Department of Public Health and Human Services as an easy way to save money.  However, the latest round of proposed cuts to home support services and therapeutic foster care create a potentially serious situation when coupled with the drastic rate reduction for case…(Read More)

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There are so many of us at Youth Dynamics that go above and beyond. We like to take the time to recognize some of the great work all of we do. Each day we touch hundreds of children’s lives. Sometimes it’s hard to see how much of a difference we make. Each one…(Read More)

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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)

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How to Self-Care


We all know about the benefits of self-care but where many people get stuck is in how to self-care, We try to answer all of these questions below…(Read More)

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The entire Youth Dynamics team met at the Chico Hot Springs on May 2-3 for our Annual All Staff Retreat. The theme of this year’s retreat was Dealing with Secondary Trauma – Self-Care. The two days was set up with stations for YDI staff to try new self care techniques. This week’s…(Read More)

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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)

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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)

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Law enforcement in the United States arrests 1.3 million youth and children every year. In Montana alone, over 4,000 youth were arrested in 2014. These high numbers make it crucial to learn how involvement with the justice system influences the development and health of these youth. In January, the Journal of the American…(Read More)

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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)

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Peggy Leinart-Murch is one of Youth Dynamics most devoted therapists. She became a Licensed Therapist this December after 17 years with our agency. Peggy travels to the rural areas of South Eastern Montana every week bringing mental health treatment to youth and families who otherwise don’t have access to services. She often drives…(Read More)

shutterstock 147693893 1200x800 - Angel Tree Brings the Holidays to Youth Dynamics

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

Story originally published by ABC Fox Montana Great Falls Great Falls – About 3,000 children and teens are entering the foster care system in Montana every year. The need for foster homes is a statewide issue, and that need is borderline desperate here in Cascade County. The non-profit Youth Dynamics says that during the…(Read More)

Written by Briana Wipf, originally published by Great Falls Tribune on November 26, 2014 In a small room on the fourth floor of Great Falls’ Columbus Center, seven children and youths and their families celebrated significant milestones Wednesday. The children, 8 to 16, were clients of Youth Dynamics Inc., a statewide nonprofit service company that…(Read More)

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Early intervention is important for youth that are experiencing substance abuse issues.  Substance abuse issues can put youth at risk for physical injury, aggression, criminal activity, sexual risk taking, being a victim of crime, suicide or self-injury, and addiction issues later in life. Parents, caregivers, and professionals who interact with teens may notice a…(Read More)

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When Joann Adney talks about her work her face lights up with passion. She is the newest therapist on our Livingston team.  Joann is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in play therapy. She describes her approaches a strengths based and at times out of the box. Joann has written therapeutic books with her…(Read More)

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Clinician, Beth Breen, discusses useful tips for helping children manage anxiety.    Tip 1. Routine and Structure Simply being an adult who responds to a child in a consistent and reliable manner who they see on a regular basis can help them to manage anxiety in their daily lives. Tip 2. Cookie Breathing Cookie breathing helps…(Read More)

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Faith lives at one of our group homes in Boulder. Faith wrote this wonderful poem about her mother and wanted us to share it. When I think about my childhood 1 thing sticks out the most…. My Mom She is always there Sometimes I thought it to be suffocating But these days I wish I…(Read More)

YMHFA - Youth Mental Health First Aid - Great Falls MT - August 13, 2016

Where: Salvation Army Center, 1000 17th Ave S, Great Falls, MT When: August 13, 2016 from 8:30-5:30 Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8 hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds understanding of the importance…(Read More)

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Youth Dynamics is working hard to integrate substance abuse services into our local offices so we are better able to “wrap around” youth and families in their recoveries. This is an issue that many families deal with every day. Our Licensed Addictions Counselors are working in communities across Montana to bring substance abuse services to…(Read More)