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May 26, 2016

Families

Parents’ Untreated Mental Illnesses Affect Their Children

We wrote earlier this month about the growing acceptance of psychiatric illness among the general population.

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May 19, 2016

Families

The Implications Of Poverty On Children’s Mental Health

In March, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement in which it encouraged all of its members to screen pediatric patients and their families for economic hardship.

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May 17, 2016

Families

Should We “Grade” Character?

“Mom and Dad, can you help me study for my empathy final?”

This isn’t a snippet of dialogue from a dystopian novel where humans are forced to raise android children; it’s something y

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May 5, 2016

Families

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Parent Resources

The internet provides a seemingly endless amount of information about almost any topic you could imagine.

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May 3, 2016

Families

Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground

We are approaching what I believe is the 16th annual “Screen-Free Week” in the United States and abroad.

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May 19, 2016

Hot Topics

The Implications Of Poverty On Children’s Mental Health

In March, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy statement in which it encouraged all of its members to screen pediatric patients and their families for economic hardship.

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May 5, 2016

Hot Topics

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: Parent Resources

The internet provides a seemingly endless amount of information about almost any topic you could imagine.

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May 3, 2016

Hot Topics

Could Screen-Free Week Backfire? Finding The Middle Ground

We are approaching what I believe is the 16th annual “Screen-Free Week” in the United States and abroad.

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April 28, 2016

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The Senior Prom: A Joyous Rite Of Passage Or Nightmare For Parents?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

It’s the weekend before your kid’s senior prom.

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April 12, 2016

Hot Topics

Muslim Children: Addressing Prejudice And Xenophobia

If you turn on the news these days, it’s a flood of Donald ‘Trumpisms’: Trump said this, Trump said that…

As an adult Muslim, I find it disconcerting, and at times, downright fri

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April 28, 2016

Podcasts

The Senior Prom: A Joyous Rite Of Passage Or Nightmare For Parents?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

It’s the weekend before your kid’s senior prom.

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April 21, 2016

Podcasts

Spring Suicide: An (Un)Likely Combination?

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

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March 31, 2016

Podcasts

Raising Moral Children: Parental Strategies That Last A Lifetime

Intro music written and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.
Outro music arranged and performed by Dr. Gene Beresin.

We want our kids to know right from wrong.

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February 25, 2016

Podcasts

Living With A Chronic Medical Illness

This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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January 21, 2016

Podcasts

When Kids Leave Home: Part 2

This is the second blog post in a two-part series on adolescents’ transition to the “real world.”

To view the first blog post, click here.

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December 15, 2015

Clay Center TV

The Lake Wales High School Keystone Project: A New Student-Faculty Design For A School Community

In the spring of 2013, I (Gene) had the good fortune of meeting Donna Dunson, principal at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Florida; two of her faculty members; and Serita Winthrop, an avid su

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