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Vote Save America

So what is this, you ask? Vote Save America is a step-by-step guide to help make sure you, your friends, and your family have all the info they need to actually vote on November 6. Click here to read the full article and to register to vote.

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Birmingham Maple Clinic Summer Clinic

BIRMINGHAM MAPLE CLINIC Offers the opportunity for K- 6 students to MINIMIZE SUMMER BRAIN DRAIN. “Most students lose about 2 months of grade level equivalency in reading and math over the summer months…” -Gary Huggins, CEO National Summer Learning Association EACH SESSION WILL ADDRESS: School assigned work packets and reading Grade level math, reading, writing, and comprehension Organization […]

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Dr. Anthony Bass, Guest Lecturer at BMC

Today, Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Dr. Anthony Bass, Faculty Member and Supervisor at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Research and Training, to teach a course for the clinical staff, “The Dialogue of the Unconscious and the Therapeutic Relationship.”  Therapists learned that each of us interprets the patient and the therapeutic relationship with the patient […]

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A Clinical Inservice Seminar for BMC Therapists

“The Neurological Impact of Screen Exposure on Children and Adolescents,” Aimee F. Luat, MD., Pediatric Neurology, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Birmingham Maple Clinic Therapists attended a morning presentation to review the studies and findings identifying both positive and negative effects of digital screen exposure on children and teens. While there is some evidence that learning-based […]

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Tips to Maintain Intimacy in Marriage

1. Do things together (even if they aren’t your favorite things) Spending time together is what memories and sharing are made of. Just because you have different interests, you do not have to always separate to “do your own thing.” It is important to be sensitive to your partner’s interests and hobbies and to spend […]

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Parent Tips For Emotionally Preparing Your Child For Summer Camp

• EMPATHY – Must have secure attachments at home 1. Open, honest communication 2. Feels valued, trusted, respected 3. Parents genuinely recognize strengths and gently work on weaknesses – Importance of modeling sympathetic feelings and caring behaviors 1. Putting oneself in someone else’s shoes 2. Parents display respectful, empathic behavior toward others 3. Parents compliment […]

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Healthy Grieving

There are no “rules” for grieving; it is specific to the person in mourning and involves feelings, behaviors, activities and communication that allow the mourner to express their loss in a way that elicits support and understanding from others and/or from the immediate environment. This can be a single experience or a series of experiences […]

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How to prepare for a successful performance interview:

• Prepare, prepare, prepare! • Anticipate good and bad comments. Have non-defensive responses ready. • Exhibit passion for your job and let your employer know your willingness to expand your role. • Make creative suggestions for improvement before being told. • Review steps to implement your plan! • Practice your review with a trusted associate. […]

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Teen Depression Viral Video, National Depression Screening Day, and BMC’s Appearance on Fox 2 News

At a recent TEDxYouth event, 19-year-old Kevin Breel stood up in front of the audience and said “I suffer from depression.” In the 11 minute viral video, shown below, this emerging stand-up comedian explained what it felt like to grow up with a mental illness. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences […]

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Social Media Depression: Birmingham Maple Clinic’s Carrie Krawiec on the Dr. Nandi Show!

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Carrie Krawiec, LMFT, spoke on the “Ask Dr. Nandi” set on September 29, 2013. Dr. Nandi, a Detroit-area gastroenterologist, author, speaker, educator and patient advocate, hosts a daily T.V. show which emphasizes his values of empathy and treatment of the “whole patient” — mind and body. In line with Dr. Nandi’s […]

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CTFD: A Viral Condition That Parents Need to Catch

Is your child involved in the recommended 2-3 extra-curricular activities per week?  Are you keeping their diet gluten-free?  Are you a Tiger Mom?  Are you adopting a no-punishment parental strategy?  Is your child contributing to their personal growth on their free time? Don’t have the answers to these questions?  It’s okay.  If these prompts got […]

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July is Minority Mental Health Month

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. The US House of Representatives proclaimed July as this special month in 2008, aiming to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness. Organizations of all types and sizes are encouraged to use this wonderful opportunity to create mental […]

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Ethics Seminar at Birmingham Maple Clinic

Birmingham Maple Clinic hosts Professors from Wayne State University For 5-Hour Seminar on “Ethics; A Slippery Slope” On Friday, June 28, 2013, Professors Anwar Najor-Durack and Dennis Muzzi presented a workshop at Birmingham Maple Clinic for the clinical staff to discuss ethical issues in clinical mental health practice.  While it is required for Clinical Social […]

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Sibling Bullying

In a study reported by The Today Show on June 17, 2013, bullying and aggressive behavior by a sibling can be as damaging as bullying by a classmate, neighbor or other peers. The new study links sibling bullying increased depression, anxiety and anger among victimized kids and teens. Over the last few years peer bullying […]

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Paris Jackson Suicide Attempt

Last week, 15 year old teen, Paris Jackson attempted suicide. Paris remains under psychiatric evaluation after cutting her wrists with a kitchen knife and swallowing up to 20 ibuprofen pills at home in Calabasas, Calif. Despite her best efforts to lead a normal life, Jackson, who in 2009 lost her father, the legendary Michael Jackson, […]

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Angelina Jolie Mastectomy

On Tuesday May 14, 2013 starlet Angelina Jolie, known as much for her beauty as for her support of a number of international humanitarian causes, announced she received a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer. The actor has a defective gene, BRCA1, which doctors told her had increased her risk […]

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Mind Over Matter Run and National Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. To kick off this month devoted to reducing stigma for mental health treatment and raising awareness for suicide prevention Royal Oak hosted the 8th Annual Mind Over Matter (MOM) 5K race on May 4, 2013. Survivors, victims, advocates, friends, families, and fit-minded  people joined together to bring attention […]

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Gleaners Food Drive at BMC

From April 29, 2013 through May 6, 2013 Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists and staff have collected canned and non-perishable food items for local food pantry, Gleaners. Gleaners Community Food Bank supports soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Livingston Counties. To end hunger, Gleaners attempts to supply the equivalent of 100,000 meals […]

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Denim Day at Birmingham Maple Clinic

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson declared April 26, 2013 Denim Day in Oakland County, to raise awareness of victims of sexual violence and domestic assault. Denim Day is a symbolic gesture in response to a landmark case in an Italian court in which the judges over turned a rape conviction because they believed that ‘because […]

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The Roeper School Psychologist Breakfast

April 19, 2013, Therapists Carrie Krawiec, Monica Galinsky, Jennifer Hanawalt, and Kristen Beesley, represented Birmingham Maple Clinic at The Roeper School’s annual Psychologist Breakfast. The Psychologist Breakfast is an opportunity for staff from The Roeper School to educate clinicians from the community about the school’s philosophy as well as discuss topics related to the social-emotional […]

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School Counselor Visit

Birmingham Maple Clinic therapists Kristen Beesley, Jim Kors, and Carrie Krawiec, along with child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Jeffrey London presented to local public school counselors, social workers, and psychologists on the topic of differentiating between ADHD, Anxiety, and Depression. The counseling staffs from Birmingham, Clawson, and Royal Oak visited the clinic to learn about […]

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Need to Know: Trauma and PTSD

The word trauma is derived from the Greek word meaning “wound” or “damage”.  It generally refers to an injury to the body, an emotional or psychological injury or to an event that causes great distress. A person can be the direct/primary victim of a trauma (being assaulted, being in a disaster) or the indirect/secondary victim […]

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Murder-suicides in Metro Detroit

Three murder-suicides in the last few days around Metro- Detroit this week have shocked loved ones, neighbors, and co-workers close to those harmed as well as the general public.  Police and domestic violence experts are trying to put the pieces together to explain such shocking similar crimes in neighboring communities. Although the rates of domestic […]

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Dr. Lila Massoumi Visits BMC

On April 5, 2013 Dr. Lila Massoumi, MD, ABIHM, visited Birmingham Maple Clinic for an educational seminar on integrative medicine. Dr. Lila Massoumi, an integrative psychiatrist, combines “alternative” or “complementary” treatment modalities (e.g. nutritional supplements, herbals, treatments from the ancient healing systems of China or India) with conventional care. Dr. Massoumi explained treatment techniques utilized in her […]

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ADHD Article

A new report analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in just a decade the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has jumped by 53 percent, with nearly one in five high-school-aged boys being told they have the disorder.  The Today Show reported on April 2, 2013, that the alarmingly […]

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April Alcohol Awareness Month

The use of alcohol is extremely common and even encouraged in our society. This doesn’t make it right, it just makes it hard to recognize when the use of these chemicals has become a problem. To draw attention to this problem and to help people seek treatment April is recognized as Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol […]

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Self Care for Moms Article

March is Parenting Awareness Month. Although much of the focus of this month’s mission is devoted to educating parents on child safety issues it is also important to focus on keeping parents healthy and happy! Many moms struggle to keep it together. From shuttling the children from school to lessons, to figuring out the best […]

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Southgate Student Suicide

Thursday, March 21, 2013, students at a Southgate, MI middle school mourn the loss of a student who committed suicide by shooting himself in a school bathroom. The student, reported as somewhat popular, shot himself once with a .40-caliber handgun at Davidson Middle School around 8 a.m. The boy, whose name was not released by […]

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Sizzurp and OTC Cough Medicine Abuse

Over the weekend news outlets reported rapper Lil’ Wayne’s near death condition following several seizures.  It was reported that Wayne was in critical condition as a result of consuming “Sizzurp,” a term the rapper has made famous for codeine laced cough syrup. Although teens and those familiar with hip-hop music are familiar with the colloquial […]

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Sleep Certification Article

The need for sleep is often discounted as we find ourselves juggling with overwhelming demands. As a culture we minimize the importance of sleep, while at the same time, the mental and physical side effects of poor sleep are widely published. Poor sleep is a symptom of both depression and anxiety and at the same […]

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Carrie Krawiec speaks at 2012 Annual Conference

October 5, 2012, Birmingham Maple Clinic therapist, Carrie Krawiec was featured as a presenter at the 2012 Annual Conference for the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT). The theme for this year’s conference was “Working With and For Couples.” Along with speakers on topics affecting couples such as infidelity and sexual dysfunction, Carrie […]

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Out of Control Teen

Out of Control Teen? What you can do! By Carrie Krawiec Published July 1, 2011 at www.cosozo.com Parents often remark how quickly their children grow up. They think back to their once lovely, energetic, helpful little charge and remember with fondness all the reasons that they thought this special being was wonderful and tender. Parents […]

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Healing our Connective Tissue

Healing our “Connective Tissue” Yogi gurus have long known the healing power of turning into oneself and deeply stretching one’s muscles and ligaments while at the same time stretching one’s mental capacity for focus and tuning out the static and noise of the world outside. The practice, which is thousands of years old, has far […]

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Setting Limits Away From Home

As the Michigan weather warms families come out of their home cocoons and begin to enjoy activities outdoors. Whether it’s a vacation or a road trip Up North or a short day jot to a metropark or Detroit Zoo, parents are all too familiar with the dilemmas of addressing misbehavior in public. Interactions can be […]

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Birmingham Maple Clinic Welcomed Jerome Price

Birmingham Maple Clinic welcomed Jerome Price, LMSW, LMFT to the clinic for a two-part in-service training on brief strategic family therapy. Jerome is the founder and co-director of Michigan Family Institute, author and internationally known speaker. Jerome taught therapists from Birmingham Maple Clinic the theoretical tenants underlying the model of strategic family therapy as well […]

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National Sleep Day

The holidays, a time of family gathering and merriment, often also are a time of sleep deprivation. Why not start the New Year recognizing a little known holiday, National Sleep Day? Huffington Post reported January 3, 2013 is National Sleep Day. Along with this the online newspaper also collected a handful of findings about sleep […]

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Marriage Conflicts and Managing Finances

Research indicates that opposite attracts when it comes to spending styles. That is spendthrifts, those who report spending more money than they would like, tend to marry tightwads, those who spend less. This study, reported by The Family Institute at Northwestern University, illustrates that what may be appeal of opposites during the dating phase can […]

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Resources for Response to Connecticut School Shooting

The University Center for the Child and the Family (UCCF), IHA’s center for children, families, and couples offers help for individuals dealing with a traumatic event.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you think your child is experiencing trauma or if you notice any of the warning signs listed on our website. We will provide an assessment […]

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How To Talk With Kids About A School Shooting

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are […]

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