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The Experts Weigh in on Essential Parenting Skills

  From Momoandme.com: Parenting skills are the corner stone of building a wonderful parent-child relationship. For parenting tips, being consistent, praising when necessary,and holding your kids accountable are great tips to have as a parent. The most important parenting skill I’ve found is to let them follow their passions, do it their way and fail […]

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The Importance of Daily “Me” Time

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist Kate Smith talks to Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ-AM News Radio 950 about the importance of taking time for yourself each day. Rather than being selfish, small daily rituals can help you feel more grounded and refreshed, enabling you to be available to others. Click here to hear the segment in its […]

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BMC Welcomes Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ 950 Radio

Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed local reporter Dr. Deanna Lites of WWJ 950 to the clinic this morning for a round of interviews with a variety of clinic staff on topics that affect children, adults, couples and families. Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists discussed infidelity, financial infidelity, boundaries, sexual addiction, reducing addictive online or computer behavior in kids, reducing the impact […]

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Dr. Andrea Celenza Lectures at Birmingham Maple Clinic

Andrea Celenza, PhD, author, training and supervising analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School visited Birmingham Maple Clinic on Friday March 18, 2016 to discuss Sexual Boundary Violations. Dr. Celenza met with clinic therapists to discuss the prevalence of sexual boundary violations by professionals; the typical […]

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How to Get Kids to Be More Mindful About Eating

From Metro Parent magazine: Stop the zombie eating! Here’s how a ‘mindful’ approach creates healthier habits in your children. Teen movies regularly feature the cliché dumpee drowning her sorrows in a gallon of ice cream. In reality, kids regularly make thoughtless food choices. This impulse begins with infancy, says Lori Edelson, therapist and CEO of Birmingham […]

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Let’s Change the Conversation Around Mental Health

From Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States and Huffington Post guest editor:  Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has been a passionate voice on so many important issues, and I’m grateful that she is using her day as Guest Editor to shine a bright light on mental health, particularly children’s mental health, […]

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BMC Therapist Carrie Krawiec Talks Dating on MyTV20

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist Carrie Krawiec appeared with Erin Nicole of WXYZ 7 Action News on MyTV20 this morning to discuss dating in the modern age. Carrie identified the following tactics when navigating dating in this tech-filled time: Create realistic expectations Know the difference between a value, a preference and reality. Practice active listening or […]

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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 21-27

This year, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is focusing on the importance of early intervention. We’re encouraging the public to take just 3 minutes to complete the confidential online eating disorders screening at screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/NEDA. Taking 3 minutes to complete the screening will help determine if it is time to seek professional help. In order […]

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Should All Babies Be Screened for Autism?

From Alice Park of Time.com:  After reviewing the existing studies on autism screening, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a group of experts tasked by the federal government to review medical studies and provide recommendations for the public, said Tuesday in a statement in JAMA that there is not enough evidence to recommend all […]

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How to Move Past Your Parents Mistakes and Stop Blaming Them for Everything

From EverydayPowerBlog.com: You have the power to learn and grow from your parent’s mistakes…if that’s what you want to call them… there is no perfect parent and lots of conflicting opinions about parenting… but nonetheless people  seem to  feel the best about their childhood when their parent’s choices, behavior, personality seemed to be a good […]

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How “Screen Time” Impacts Your Brain and Body As You Prepare for Sleep

BMC therapist Rita Mueller has this to say about the importance of preparing yourself for sleep: A very important condition to enter sleep is “Ease your mind first” and make sure your winding down period starts before bedtime. The final demand for entering sleep is to allow myself to withdraw from any thoughts about and interests into […]

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BMC Welcomes Jane White For a Presentation on Human Trafficking

Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Jane White, director and founder of Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force to the clinic for a seminar for therapists on February 12, 2016.  The Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force is a non-profit organization originally founded through the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. It is comprised of 90 Michigan […]

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Therapists Can Help with Dating

As Valentine’s Day approaches some people are giving thorough assessment to the quality of their relationships while others may be solemnly obsessing about the absence of a relationship and how to get into a new one.  Most have not considered, however, how therapy can help improve your dating life. So how may a therapist help […]

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Eliminate Past Resentment to Enjoy the Present

The following is excerpted from a presentation, “Eliminating Resentment… Solidifying Recovery,” given as part of The Meadows’ Michigan Lecture Series on November 10, 2010, by Dan O’Neil, MALLP.   RESENTMENT The word “resentment” has two parts: “re,” which means “again,” and “sentment,” which is “to feel.” So resentment is to feel again, or a feeling […]

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Keep the Peace with Your Sister in Law

From Kelly Bryant of pgeveryday.com: In a perfect world, you married into a family where everyone gets along blissfully and all parties have the happy feels all of the time. But since it’s not a perfect world, and no one gets along all of the time — not even your own clan — there are […]

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All About Positive Parenting

From Rebecca Desfosse at Care.com: It’s the ultimate parenting test: Your child throws a first-class meltdown in the middle of the supermarket. Do you threaten, coerce and dole out punishments? Or, do you respond with empathy, love and kindness? If you abide more by the latter, you just might be a positive parent. According to […]

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Autism in Love

On Monday January 11, 2016 PBS broadcast the documentary Autism in Love by Matt Fuller. The documentary means to shatter stereo-types of those diagnosed with Autism while they pursue and manage romantic relationships. An especially interesting topic since those with Autism Spectrum Disorder have particular deficits in communication and social interaction. Any relationship requires a […]

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Hillary Clinton’s Autism Policy Proposal Takes Birth-Through-Adulthood Approach

  From Christina Samuels at Education Week:  The first time autism spectrum disorder was raised in this political campaign, in one of the Republican debates, the conversation took a predictable path into a conversation about vaccines and their supposed connection to the neurological disability. And that’s the way conversations about autism generally go: there’s a lot […]

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Lead Concerns in Flint Lead to the Declaration of a State of Emergency

Flint, Michigan is getting worldwide attention for all of the wrong reasons. Renowned environmentalist Erin Brokovich had been raising social alarms in recent weeks and as of December 15, 2015 the mayor even declared a state of emergency due high levels of lead in children’s blood. Residents have complained of persistent problems with their water since the city switched the […]

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Gift Buying and the 5 Love Languages

With fewer than 10 days left until Christmas many people are feeling the stress of last minute gift getting. Perhaps the most stressful gifts to buy are the ones for those where we feel totally stumped as to what to get. We are likely to procrastinate buying for our hard-to-buy family and friends, hoping inspiration will strike. A […]

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Dr. Callan Lectures About the Effects of Cannabis Use in Adolescents

On Friday November 20, 2015 Dr. Doug Callan of Michigan School of Professional Psychology presented about the Neurobiological and Cognitive Effects of Cannabis Use in Adolescents. Dr. Callan reported about the history of attitudes toward marijuana, the impact on the adolescent brain, and recommendations for treatment. Dr. Callan reports that the earlier the use the […]

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November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. According to the Caregiver Action Network (caregiveraction.org) the theme for 2015 is “RESPITE: Care for Caregivers”. An estimated 44 million adults serve as caregivers in the United States. Caregiving is a stressful job that requires empathy, patience and reliability. Caregiving typically occurs within immediate families, without compensation and can […]

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Sesame Street Introduces Julia, the Show’s First Character with Autism

From Rose Minutaglio of People.com: Fuzzy favorites Grover, Abby and Elmo are joined by their newest muppet pal, Julia, a character with autism, in Sesame Street Workshop‘s new nationwide initiative. Launched Wednesday morning, Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children aims to reduce “the stigma of autism” with the introduction of the first […]

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