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When Anxiety Continues After Baby is Home from the NICU

When Anxiety Continues After Baby is Home from the NICU

Experiencing the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Having a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be scary for many parents.  Seeing your child hooked up to monitors, IVs and leads, not knowing what is going to happen to your baby or how you can help,...

What Is Forward-Facing® Anyway?

What Is Forward-Facing® Anyway?

What comes up when you hear the term “Forward-Facing®”? A quick Google search shows us that the most common perception of “forward-facing” is an option for installing a car seat.  But Forward-Facing® is different; it is both a concept and a way of life that is...

DBT Skills for Trauma and Attachment Starved Clients

DBT Skills for Trauma and Attachment Starved Clients

Dejaye Botkin is joining our team at Arizona Trauma Institute and Trauma Institute International teaching a course called DBT Skills for Trauma and Attachment Starved Clients. Over the past 20 years working in the field of co-occurring disorders, Dejaye has recognized...

ATTACh calls for more access to therapy at 31st Annual Conference

ATTACh calls for more access to therapy at 31st Annual Conference Event Addresses Gap in Service for child trauma and attachment disorders The Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children (ATTACh) will host the 31st Annual ATTACh Conference on October...

Stop Leaning, Start Rowing

Stop Leaning, Start Rowing

Speaking the truth in love sometimes means saying nothing. In other words, let your actions do the talking, and learn to learn from those who acted before you. The experiences that come from making your own discovery go much further in remapping your brain and...

Pedestals and Bluffs, Unnecessary Parenting Risks

Pedestals and Bluffs, Unnecessary Parenting Risks Parenting in general is a practice of humility. The family benefits most when the parent or parents remember the message does not originate with them, but emanates from an elevated source. If parents believe it is up...

Resilience: Just what is needed?

Resilience: Just what is needed?

In this era of toxic stress, trauma, and over-worked threat response systems what do you imagine is most needed? Here’s my argument for resilience, and by this I don’t mean makeovers and body augmentations. No image managing here. So, what is resilience? Resilience is...

Change Isn’t Enough, I Must Mature

Change Isn’t Enough, I Must Mature

Don’t ask what you want from life. Ask what life wants from you (Viktor Frankl). There are several areas of life that one can grow and mature, but one that is often ignored is perceptual maturation. Long before I’m aware of others, I’m aware of me. How I perceive me...

Prostitution – Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause

Prostitution – Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause

Prostitution - Cultural Misconceptions and The Harm We Cause By: Dr. Stephanie Thurston-Simmons, LPC, LSOTP, CH I recently received a couple of emails from colleagues that bothered me down to my core. One was from a polygrapher who has polygraphed my sex offender...

A Letter to Dr. Gentry Part #2

A Letter to Dr. Gentry Part #2

A letter to Dr. Gentry from Rebecca Leimkuehler, Principal of Holiday Park School For me, this is what I know. Children deserve better. They need champions that will not rest until the types of beings we are raising becomes as, if not more, important as the academic...

A Letter to Dr. Gentry Part #1

A Letter to Dr. Gentry Part #1

A letter to Dr. Gentry from Rebecca Leimkuehler, Principal of Holiday Park School Over the last few months I have written dozens of emails to you, all stored in my drafts, concerning work. They were never sent as I am just not clear on the direction. At the end of the...

Terrorizing children to make their parents behave?

I am deeply concerned about America, the America I grew to maturity within has changed significantly.  As a people we have always been compassionate, did we make bad choices and let ego and hubris interrupt that compassion at times?  Yes, we have, and afterward, there...

Don’t Wait, Don’t Rush

Don’t Wait, Don’t Rush

Don't Wait, Don't Rush Trauma Informed Parenting Making Space to Heal There's the adopted child who comes to the parent and asks about his before life; the foster child who is anxious to talk about her feelings. Then, there are those who say nothing and ask nothing....

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