Reactions to Public Discussions about Sexual Abuse[Not just for Veterans]

In the last year, many women and men have spoken up publicly about being sexually assaulted or sexually harassed. From Hollywood to the White House and into your community, also very close to home, sexual abuse is a horrible trauma-inducing invasion of one’s personal space, sense of agency/control and will often erode trust. It is […]

Here’s What Parents Can Do, Right Now, to Support Their Child’s Emotional Health

What is emotional health? Emotional health is the ability to recognize and express both positive and negative emotions in ways that are appropriate and respectful to the situation. It is also empathy and the willingness to help and comfort others. This is often referred to as Emotional Intelligence or Emotional Literacy.  Children who are emotionally […]

How Substance Use Affects Child Welfare Systems

After more than a decade of sustained declines in the national foster care caseload, the number of children entering foster care began to rise in 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of children in foster care nationally rose by 10 percent, from 397,600 to 437,500. Although the experience of individual states varied, more than […]

What the Latest Scientific Research Says About How to Be a Better Parent

  There’s something about a parent’s disapproval that’s instinctively repellent. It may even be bad for your health. A growing body of scientific work suggests that criticism from our loved ones can bring latent mental illnesses to the surface and make it harder for people to recover from  depression, schizophrenia, and other crippling brain conditions. […]