Archives for November 2013

Washington Tornado Relief

600 meals were sent out into the community of Washington yesterday at lunchtime and 600 were served at the Crossroads United Methodist Chruch in Washington yesterday, where ABC Executive Director has been volunteering since Wednesday through the Red Cross. Our Director, Lynn Willard states that the “People there affected by the tornado are so resilient and caring of one another. It humbles me.” If you want to donate to the American Red Cross of the Heartland, visit http://www.redcross.org/, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter, and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

Children and Divorce

At ABC, we work with children who have experienced trauma and this includes children whose parents are going through a divorce or who have already divorced. Often times these children are suffering emotionally which can negatively affect school performance, self-esteem and overall mental health.  A divorce can be a traumatic experience for everyone in the family, including the parents, which may result in the child being lost in the shuffle. Often times the child may feel caught between the parents and not know how to continue relationships with one parent without feeling disloyal to the other. Through counseling children of divorce can learn positive coping skills, healthy emotional expression, and have a safe therapeutic environment in which they can share their thoughts and feelings regarding the divorce without any negative consequences. The link below offers helpful tips for parents about how to tell their children about the divorce and what parents can do to help their child through this difficult time.

http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Facts_for_Families_Pages/Children_and_Divorce_01.aspx

The Impact of Bullying

As therapists for children at ABC, our goal is to help children heal from trauma, and also cope with other significant difficulties in their lives. Bullying is a prevalent issue faced by many kids today. There have been many short term and long term consequences associated with being the victim of bullying. As therapists and parents of children, it is integral to be aware of the prevalence and impact of bullying. Furthermore, counseling can be a helpful resource for children that have difficulties as victims of bullying. For more information about bullying, see that link below.

 http://news.yahoo.com/lingering-devastating-impact-bullying-160700124.html

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