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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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When Kids Won’t Talk: Conversation Openers for Parents

Wish to get past the one-word answers and eye-rolls? We’ve got tips.

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February 27, 2017

Teenagers

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

As we recognize National Eating Disorder Awareness Week here at The Clay Center, we hope the information we share will be both informative and useful.

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February 20, 2017

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The College Mental Health Crisis: A Call for Cultural Change – Part 1

This is the first blog post in a two-part series on college mental health in the United States. The focus of this first post is college student suicide.

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February 17, 2017

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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February 14, 2017

Grade School

The Intense Power Of Love On Our Kids

There was this song that came out when I was 13 years old.  It was by Dan Folgelberg, and I played it over and over again on my Pioneer turntable.

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February 9, 2017

Families

Sibling Rivalry Vs. Sibling Bullying

Sibling rivalry is a topic that is as old as time itself, and it’s probably not an overstatement to say that if a family has more than one child, sibling rivalry has likely been an issue at one t

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February 6, 2017

Families

How To Talk To Kids About The Executive Order On Immigration

In child psychiatry, providing guidance on controversial issues is nothing new. There’s the routine stuff: screen time, and birth control, and curfews, and how much homework is maybe too much.

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February 6, 2017

Hot Topics

How To Talk To Kids About The Executive Order On Immigration

In child psychiatry, providing guidance on controversial issues is nothing new. There’s the routine stuff: screen time, and birth control, and curfews, and how much homework is maybe too much.

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January 19, 2017

Hot Topics

Bad Things Happen

Bad things happen, and that’s a fundamental fact of life on this planet.

It’s not like we didn’t know this.

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December 23, 2016

Hot Topics

Home For The Holidays: Facing Empty Chairs At The Table

Here we are as in olden days,
Happy golden days of yore.
Faithful friends who are dear to us,
Gather near to us once more.

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December 22, 2016

Hot Topics

Mending A House Divided: Bringing Peace And Good Will To The Holidays

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe the government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.

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December 20, 2016

Hot Topics

Coping With Holiday Stress

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

Let’s just paint a little picture.

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February 20, 2017

Podcasts

The College Mental Health Crisis: A Call for Cultural Change – Part 1

This is the first blog post in a two-part series on college mental health in the United States. The focus of this first post is college student suicide.

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February 2, 2017

Clay Center TV

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

Note from Gene – February 2017

I wrote this post over a year ago, reflecting on a powerful, ongoing relationship I’ve had with the community at Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Flor

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December 20, 2016

Podcasts

Coping With Holiday Stress

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

Let’s just paint a little picture.

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October 18, 2016

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 8, 2016

Podcasts

When Kids Leave Home: Part 1

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

To view the second blog post, click here.

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