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The Family Center: Resources for Families, Individuals and Professionals

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The Tragedy of Suicide

Ask the Experts by Megan Gunnell, LMSW, MT-BC - Psychotherapist

Yesterday a student at my son's high school went to school in the morning, sat through all his AM classes, left campus for lunch and committed suicide.  An absolutely unthinkable tragedy for his family and those who knew and loved him.

The principal shared the news with the student body sending shock waves from room to room. Kids were sobbing in the halls, hugging each other as they left school for the day in a shocked and saddened ...

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The Bridge Between Suicide and Life

The Family Center wishes to share a powerful message about suicide that is presented in this very special TED Talk. See the Video here >

From TED: "For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he’s spoken - and listened - to standing on the edge of life.

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Teens & Screens: Locked Into an Online World

Ask the Experts by Nicole Runyon

Q: I am witnessing my teenage son experience emotional problems and I think his screen is the culprit. I would like to remove the screen from his life in order for him to reset and get back to himself. However, I worry that he will be disconnected from his friends and risk feeling lonely and alienated. How do I help him find a balance?

A: This is a common issue among parents who are worried that screens are creating a situation for their children to be locked ...

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Raising Young Men and Women in a Culture of Sexual Assault

Ask the Experts by Peter Henry and Mary Petersen

Q: With so much sexual assault rampant these days, I worry about raising teenagers in our society. How can you help me?

A: Human beings have lived in a culture of sexual assault for centuries. What’s different today is that we talk about it more, and thus we have a better chance to help our children consciously break the cycle.

Young men and women are in a particularly vulnerable position. They’re learning about themselves and how ...

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Are You A Phubber?

Ask the Experts by Dr. Lori Warner

Q: My husband told me I'm "phubbing" him. What does he mean??

A: The term Phubber combines "phone" and "snubber". But are you a Phubber? Let's find out - here are a few of the indicators.

Do you:

  • Check your phone during meals with others?
  • Check your phone during a lull in the conversation?
  • Glance often at your phone while talking to someone?
  • Place your cell phone where you can see it when with others?

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Cooperative Parenting After Divorce

Ask the Experts by Sonya Thompson

Q: I feel like my ex-husband and I cannot get along. I am not sure how to put aside our differences - can you help?

A: Feeling hurt or angry is common. If you want to succeed as co-parents, the "co" has to mean cooperation.

Shifting roles from former spouse to co-parents can be challenging. Parents might find it difficult to manage anger or hurt without putting their children in the middle. Criticism of the other parent in the presence of the child can be ...

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Making Modern Divorced Families Work: During and After the Divorce

Ask the Experts by Sean Cleland

Q: My spouse and I are discussing divorce, but I am worried that it will get ugly and hurt our kids. What can I do to prevent this?

A: There are four basic elements to obtaining a healthier divorce:

  • Focus on your post-divorce life. Divorce is the end of a way of life for you and your family, but it is also the beginning of the rest of your life. Your divorce is the time to make the transition into that new life as smooth and well thought out as possible. ...

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Managing Health Care Costs in Retirement

Ask The Experts for The Family Center 

Q: As I get older, what considerations should I have regarding my health care associated costs during retirement? 

Here are 3 steps to take prior to retirement to help plan in managing your health care costs. 

  • Incorporate estimates of health care costs in your retirement financial planning. Recent projections for a 65 year old couple place total out of pocket health care costs for a 20 year retirement at $260,000. (Source: Feb.4, 2017 ...

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Lasting Recovery - it Takes a Family

Ask the Experts by Jeff and Debra Jay

Q: My 28-year-old brother went to treatment for his alcohol and cocaine problem last year. He never followed his recovery plan, and relapsed almost right away. He's getting really bad again, so we probably need to intervene, but isn't there something more a family can do? 

A: Yes, today there are many more things you can do. Addiction is a chronic illness, and family members can play a critical role during and after treatment. Studies have repeatedly ...

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Human Trafficking Exploits Children and Youth

Ask the Experts by Angela Aufdemberge

Q: I've been hearing the term human trafficking a lot lately. I don't really understand it and wonder what is has to do with the internet and children. What should we be looking for?

A: Many of us understand human trafficking as the illegal movement of individuals across borders or the exploitation of vulnerable women.

However, human trafficking is much more and more prevalent than you might think. Human trafficking involves forcing or coercing another ...

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Living a Healthier, Happier, More Empowered Life

Ask the Experts by Stephanie Popso

Q: At the beginning of the new year I find myself very excited to take on my resolutions and goals. As January passes, I allow myself a pass and go back to my comforts, feeling defeated. Any tips for lasting success and motivation?

A: You are not alone feeling this way. Many, if not all, of us have struggles with keeping up healthy habits & making the healthiest choices.

First look at your goals. Are they 3 month, 1 year, 5 year goals? Second, break each ...

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Professionals Connecting with Professionals

Ask the Experts by The Family Center

Q. I am a physician and recently relocated my practice to the east side. I often get requests from patients for various referrals, therapists, dentists, counselors, etc. Without enough time to do the research, but really wanting to help, and needing to be confident in whom I send them to, where can I turn?

A. Patients who trust their doctors often turn to them for advice on many aspects of their lives. And for the doctors, you want to feel comfortable with ...

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Necessary Conversations

Ask The Experts by Susan Fell and Lisa Khoury

Q: When should I start talking with my children about sexuality and how do I start this kind of sensitive conversation?

A: The "big talk" is a thing of the past. Experts today suggest that talking with your child about sexuality should be a life-long conversation.

Discussions should start from the moment children are born. Use the correct names for body parts with toddlers. Help teens understand their changing body, peer relationships, sexuality ...

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