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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 … Read more

Dan O’Neil, MA, LLP, Presents Inservice Seminar on Ethics

Dan described ‘Ethics’ as “what should be done;” what is right and what makes the best common sense. He divided ‘Ethics’ into four important categories: 1. Clinical, 2. Risk Management, 3. Legal, and 4. Ethical: professional and personal. Dan described the importance of understanding, respecting and maintaining professional boundaries in the therapeutic relationship with clients. … Read more

Life with Sensory Processing Disorder – BMC patient on Medium.com

Jenna Grace, a BMC patient, lives with sensory processing disorder (SPD), and recently wrote an article for Medium.com describing her day-to-day experience with SPD.  SPD is a condition that makes people hyper-sensitive to sensory stimuli, such as touch, sharp sounds, or even pungent smells, and often cause a primative “fight, flee, or freeze” response.  It … Read more

Keep your child learning during summer – BMC on 2wired2tired

Carrie Krawiec, licensed LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently tapped by blog 2wired2tired for advice on how to keep children stimulated and learning in the summer.  Read the article she wrote below! While the absence of chaotic mornings and hectic school schedules can be a relief for both parents and kids, research shows … Read more

Substance Use Disorders and ADHD – BMC at the ACONP

Birmingham Maple Clinic child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Brooke Weingarden, DO, MPH, will be speaking at Crystal Mountain at the ACONP (American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrist) conference this weekend. She will be speaking about ADHD, new updates in treatment as well as misuse of stimulants and the relationship between substance use disorders and … Read more

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 … Read more

Summer Chores & Self Esteem: BMC on WXYZ

Carrie Krawiec, licensed LMFT at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, was recently interviewed on WXYZ to share knowledge about how you can use chores during your children’s summer vacation to develop self esteem, responsibility, and overall executive functioning. Click here to listen to a recording!

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 … Read more

Chores – Are they a key to a child’s self-esteem?

In a word, ”YES,” but let’s look at the issue more carefully… 1. What are the actual benefits of Chores? Research shows that children who have chores experience higher self-esteem, are better able to deal with frustration and delayed gratification, are more responsible and usually perform better in school.  Some say that young adults’ success … Read more

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. … Read more

Signs of Smiling Depression – BMC on Medical Daily

Licensed marriage and family therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic, Carrier Krawiec, recently gave some insight into the hidden form of depression known as “Smiling Depression”. Here is the article’s explanation of Smiling Depression: Smiling depression is characterized by appearing happy on the outside, and keeping the pain on the inside. There is a stark contrast … Read more

Facts about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of winter depression that affects millions every year between September and April, andparticularly during December, January and February. While many admit to feeling “more and more tired” and have an aversion togo out during the winter months, people who suffer from SAD are typically debilitated by the condition and find … Read more

Parents are as Responsible as their Violent Children

With the recently publicized report of Adam Lanza’s mental state since early childhood, there is yet more reason to recognize that while there are several key factors that intersect to create the “perfect storm,”  what underlies these violent rampages across the U.S. and across the globe, involves much more than access to weapons of destruction … Read more

We Start At Home

Everyone is searching for answers as we watch our world and our country terrorized and traumatized in one city after another. Debates over gun control, over health care, over the availability (or lack thereof) of mental health care, the dissolution of the family, the isolated individuals we are raising who are more hooked in to … Read more

Love is a Verb

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”-Leo Buscaglia A beautiful quote that could be modified to say, “…all of which have the potential to turn … Read more

Dr. Brooke Weingarden Lectures at the Macomb County Psychological Association Conference

Dr. Brooke Weingarden gave a 2 hour lecture at the Macomb County Psychological Association conference. The lecture was geared toward school psychologists in Macomb County. Dr. Weingarden provided a brief overview of psychiatric diagnoses and followed with a focus on psychopharmacology and medications used for each diagnosis and some clinical tidbits about each family of … Read more

Tidy Homes and Stress: Carrie Krawiec on Fox 2

That mess-free standard is hard to achieve when work and life obligations takeover leaving toys scattered all over the house, dishes in the sink piling up, kids’ homework scattered about, etc.  Recent studies show that cluttered, hyper-abundant homes make women more stressed, decreasing self-esteem and increasing the risk for depression. The findings even identified higher values … Read more


Big expectations lead to big disappointments. In this case, everyone seems uptight, worried, dreading the worst.  Everyone seems to have either given up or they have an overwhelming passionate investment in winning. The level of anger and vitriol generated by this election has become our preoccupation. All of this could easily lead to “post-election let-down” … Read more

Mental Health First Aid Act (HR 1877) Passes the US House

From Laura W. Groshong, LICSW, Director, Policy and Practice, Clinical Social Work Association:  Mental Health First Aid Act (H.R. 1877) passed the House yesterday by voice vote. This Act will be extended through 2021 through block grants to train first responders, law enforcement and teachers to assist anyone in a mental health crisis, and reduce … Read more

Top Tips For College Students To Stay Safe On Campus

Use (or install) locks on your doors, windows, file cabinets, storage for valuables. Never walk alone at night; especially “under the influence.” Never be left alone at a party without your friends. Stay aware of your surroundings; do not let personal technology distract you. Keep emergency contacts in your phone. Keep some cash and identification … Read more

How to Talk Politics With Those You Love – Without Tearing Your Hair or Their Eyes Out

From Lois M. Collins of DesertNews.com: Nine out of 10 Americans believe the 2016 presidential election is the most “polarizing” and “volatile” ever, according to research that says you’re not imagining it if you think you’re seeing fewer campaign signs, bumper stickers and people willing to ‘fess up about where they’ve thrown their support. “We’ve … Read more

Anxiety Group for Middle-School Aged Females at Birmingham Maple Clinic

Led by: Ronnie Hormel, MA, LLPC, NCC and Jessica Garrett, PhD, LLP, NCSP Dates: Saturday, September 17 and Saturday, October 15 from 11 am – 1 pm Target audience: Middle-school aged females (11-14 y/o) struggling with anxiety and social skills Rationale: Anxiety occurs in both genders, but by the teenage years, girls are much more at … Read more