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

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August 26, 2015

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Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

This past July, The Washington Post released the following headline: There have been 204 mass shootings — and 204 days — in 2015 so far.

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August 20, 2015

Families

Bad To The Bone: Seven Myths About Juveniles In Jail

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

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August 11, 2015

Families

The Impact Of Divorce: All Children Only Get One Childhood

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

Navigating divorce is an adult problem and responsibility.

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August 6, 2015

Families

More Kids Are Receiving Mental Health Care, But…

At The Clay Center, we find ourselves writing often about how seeking psychiatric treatment is stigmatized in the United States.

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August 4, 2015

Families

DMDD Versus Bipolar Disorder

We’ve written about bipolar disorder before.

We’ve also written about the controversy surrounding the diagnosis.

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July 28, 2015

Families

Learning Over The Summer

When parents of school-aged kids think about summer vacations, what would you expect their favorite part to be?  Taking the kids to the beach?  Sleeping in late?  Foregoing the school year’s r

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August 26, 2015

Hot Topics

Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

This past July, The Washington Post released the following headline: There have been 204 mass shootings — and 204 days — in 2015 so far.

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August 20, 2015

Hot Topics

Bad To The Bone: Seven Myths About Juveniles In Jail

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

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August 6, 2015

Hot Topics

More Kids Are Receiving Mental Health Care, But…

At The Clay Center, we find ourselves writing often about how seeking psychiatric treatment is stigmatized in the United States.

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July 28, 2015

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The Crisis In Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Rooms

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

How busy are psychiatric emergency rooms?

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July 26, 2015

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We Succeed Through Our Failures: A Tribute For National Parents’ Day

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think back on an incident you had with your parents when you were growing up?

We asked a number of young adults this very question.

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July 23, 2015

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Hitting Reset On The Portland Diner Debate

When the story came out about a family’s dining experience at Marcy’s Diner, I didn’t think much about it:

Portland diner owner under fire for yelling at toddler, Facebook posts

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August 20, 2015

Podcasts

Bad To The Bone: Seven Myths About Juveniles In Jail

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

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August 11, 2015

Podcasts

The Impact Of Divorce: All Children Only Get One Childhood

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

Navigating divorce is an adult problem and responsibility.

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July 28, 2015

Podcasts

The Crisis In Pediatric Psychiatric Emergency Rooms

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

How busy are psychiatric emergency rooms?

Listen to the podcast above.

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July 15, 2015

Podcasts

Adolescent Substance Use: How The Addiction Free Futures Project Plans To Make A Difference

This is the first blog post in a series as part of The Clay Center’s involvement in the Addiction Free Futures Project from the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, the aim of which is

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June 18, 2015

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Jade’s Journey From Homeless Child To Lesley University Student: A Story Of Resilience

This is the second blog post of a series in collaboration with the Lesley University Child Homelessness Initiative (CHI).

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June 4, 2015

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Military Sexual Trauma: Challenges To Our Female Soldiers And Veterans

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

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