Mindful breathing can calm a stressed body and focus distracted or anxious thoughts. Breathing is an anchor that can center us in the midst of overwhelming emotions or circumstances. This brief breathing practice can help you build on your ability to access your breathing for mindful practice.
Going fishing with your son or daughter is a family experience you’ll never forget. After all, it provides such a sensory experience — you’re putting your fingertips on the water, skipping rocks, and watching the birds and wildlife all around you. Still, fishing with kids for the first time requires some planning
You can find part I of my interview with Dr. Blau by clicking here.
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Gary M. Blau, Ph.D., who is involved in wide variety of programs designed to improve the lives of children and families and has been working to raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health.
In my interview with Dr. Blau, I asked about the treatments that are available for children with mental health challenges.
There are numerous evidence based treatments, Dr. Blau said. There is hope and children do recover. With grant money through SAMSA and other programs and coordinated networks of care, such as the National Traumatic Stress Network, support services provide children with helpful and necessary services. Dr. Blau states that varying forms of specific kinds of treatments such as trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy, which is a short term treatment focused on becoming aware of thoughts and traumatic event might effect reactions and behavior are highly effective. Other promising treatments include SPARCS for teenagers and ARC. Dr. Blau emphasized the importance of becoming aware of a child’s mental health challenges, early intervention, addressing problems, finding and effective treatment approach.
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