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Counseling Care | Children and Trauma During COVID-19

DATE: April 23, 2020
COVID-19 is redefining individuals’ realities daily. Classrooms once filled with the sights and sounds of children learning and playing are now silent. Afterschool venues stand empty. The family kitchen table now functions as both a remote classroom and a home office. To an adult who has learned coping skills, these sudden changes can feel emotionally […]
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Counseling Care | Helping Foster Families Find Balance During Stressful Times

DATE: March 19, 2020
As Illinois families enter their first week of self-isolation, the need for finding balance during periods of uncertainty is crucial for a family’s mental, physical, and emotional well-being. New information and the introduction of policies and procedures at the state and federal level leave individuals bombarded by information overload, but also anxious regarding the full […]

Suicide Prevention Starts With You

DATE: September 12, 2019
by Keia Shipp-Smith | Graphics by Stephanie Tesreau Suicide is a national epidemic that does not discriminate based on age, race, gender or socioeconomic status and can affect any person at any time. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time when mental health professionals, community advocates, survivors and allies work together to promote and […]

Living Your Best Life in a Hectic World

DATE: September 5, 2019
by Keia Shipp-Smith | Graphics by Karlee Brimberry September is National Self-Improvement Month, but what does self-improvement mean and look like when applied to everyday life? Often, self-improvement is defined as the betterment of one’s knowledge, status, or character by an individual’s own efforts. In an effort to go it alone to make changes in […]

Back to School: Part 4

DATE: August 28, 2019
By Karlee Brimberry Going back to school can be an overwhelming feeling at first. Whether a student is starting a new school, has a difficult time making friends, or doesn’t know their teacher, these can all be factors to take into consideration when a child is feeling anxious. Some children may also have social anxiety, […]

Human Trafficking Series, Part 2: Sex Trafficking

DATE: July 12, 2019
Along with labor trafficking, sex trafficking is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States and is on the rise. From 2007 to 2017 the National Human Trafficking Hotline received 34,700 reports of sex trafficking. According to the F.B.I., sex trafficking is the second fastest growing criminal industry, right behind drug trafficking. Donate […]

Three Ways Counseling Can Help Someone with PTSD

DATE: June 27, 2019
Like most mental health conditions, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is complex in nature and, therefore, does not have one specific cure. Despite the multitude of events, triggers, and symptoms associated with PTSD, there are some ways counseling can be an effective treatment method. Everyone processes trauma differently, but there are some common ways counseling can […]

Recognizing and Reducing Signs of Trauma in Foster Youth

DATE: June 24, 2019
Protecting children from harm is often a shared goal among schools, communities, and entire nations; however, this isn’t always possible. Traumatic events vary, yet they all have the potential to deeply affect kids who have directly experienced them, or even witnessed them happening to others. Regardless of the specific situation, trauma can have a profound […]

A Parent’s Guide for Talking to Teens About Drugs and Alcohol

DATE: May 2, 2019
Talking to teens about drugs can seem intimidating, but having these conversations can be greatly impactful. Now that they’re older and have a bit more freedom, they’ll likely encounter situations or environments where drug and alcohol use are prevalent. However, parents have more influence over their kids’ choices than they know. Here are a few […]

A Parent’s Guide for Talking to Kids, Aged 11 – 14, About Drugs

DATE: April 25, 2019
As children grow, so does their concern for the approval of their peers. Despite this, parents often have more influence over their children than they realize. A talk with kids about drugs is not necessarily an easy one, but it can be an invaluable conversation to have as they approach the age of curiosity about […]

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