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Ellen Braaten, Ph.D.

Dr. Ellen Braaten is associate director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds.

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December 15, 2014

Grade School

8 Young Adult Books That Will Change The Way You Think About Mental Health

The list below represents only a small sliver of the multitude of books that might help you and your teen talk about mental health issues—from the minor (anxiety about going off to college) to th

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December 2, 2014

Grade School

How To Talk With Your Kids About The Ferguson Events

On August 9th, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot to death by on-duty police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

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November 24, 2014

Families

What If My Family Doesn’t Celebrate The Holidays?

I can’t believe I’m going to begin (another) post by noting that the holidays are upon us.

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November 21, 2014

Parenting Concerns

Today’s “Brady Bunch”

If you’re old enough to have watched The Brady Bunch as a kid—or have seen re-runs more recently—you know that this was not a reality show about a blended family. Not only does Mrs.

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November 17, 2014

Families

The Round-Up: Hot Topics From Around The Web (Week 11/17/14-11/21/14)

This week’s edition of The Round-Up will center around one overarching topic: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

ADHD is once again in the news.

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December 2, 2014

Grade School

How To Talk With Your Kids About The Ferguson Events

On August 9th, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American man, was shot to death by on-duty police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

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November 24, 2014

Families

What If My Family Doesn’t Celebrate The Holidays?

I can’t believe I’m going to begin (another) post by noting that the holidays are upon us.

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November 17, 2014

Families

The Round-Up: Hot Topics From Around The Web (Week 11/17/14-11/21/14)

This week’s edition of The Round-Up will center around one overarching topic: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

ADHD is once again in the news.

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November 12, 2014

Grade School

Send Our Politicians To The Principal’s Office

“They’re rude.”

That’s what my daughter’s friend said to me last week as she glanced over my shoulder at the newspaper.

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November 5, 2014

Hot Topics

High School Junior Stresses

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

Sometimes things are so obvious that we fail to take notice.

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November 5, 2014

Podcasts

High School Junior Stresses

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

Sometimes things are so obvious that we fail to take notice.

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October 20, 2014

Podcasts

How Scary Is Too Scary?

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

Here is my most vivid memory of Halloween:

I’m 8 years old.

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September 5, 2014

Podcasts

The Role Of Temperament

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

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August 19, 2014

Podcasts

Coping With ADHD: How A Young Man And His Mom Are Managing The Path To Success

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

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