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Jun
29
What Is Parent Coaching? FAQs Answered by a JCAC Counselor

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What are parent coaching sessions?


Parent coaching sessions are focused on learning better ways to help your child manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, but they also help parents better communicate with their child. Parent coaching sessions typically consist of 4 parts: 1) Considering and adjusting your current perspective, 2) Reconnecting with your child, 3) Learning new parenting strategies and techniques to try, and 4) Practicing and continuing those new strategies in daily life.



What are some things that I will learn in a parent coaching session?


During a parent coaching session, we go over: using proactive and preventative techniques; seeing what life is like through the eyes...

Jun
24
Understanding Your Child's Anxiety Part 4 | Behavior Changes & How To Calm Your Child's Anxiety






What are the behaviors children exhibit if they have Anxiety? In the 4th and final part of this series, Erica discusses the body symptoms your child may experience and how these body symptoms relate to anxiety when kids are triggered by an anxious situation. She shares tips for parents on how to talk about anxiety with their child, modeling behaviors, and the importance of staying calm.



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Jun
17
Understanding Your Child's Anxiety Symptoms, Part 3 | Increased Need For Control






What are the behaviors children exhibit if they have Anxiety? In Part 3 of this 4 part series, Erica discusses the behaviors associated with an "increased need for control" and how your child may experience this symptom of anxiety when they are triggered by an anxious situation. She shares tips for parents on how to talk about anxiety with their child, modeling behaviors, as well as explains the benefits of play therapy for your child. Next week, in Part 4, Erica will discuss the physical body symptoms your child may present when triggered by anxiety.



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Jun
15
What Is Play Therapy? JCAC Counselor Answers FAQs From Parents


Are you just playing with my child?


The act of playing is more than just having fun. The act of playing is a time for exploration, discovery, connection, and deep learning. Play is a neural exercise and paramount for supporting brain development. It is a crucial attachment need, where we experience a fun playful exchange in our relationships. Through play, we experience bursts of oxytocin (the love chemical), thus creating and supporting connections in relationships. Additionally, other mood enhancing chemicals like dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins are released during playful activity.


What does play encourage my child to do?


Play encourages self-exploration through acting out different role...


Jun
10
Understanding Your Child's Anxiety Symptoms, Part 2 | Avoidance & How To Support Your Child






What are the behaviors children exhibit if they have Anxiety? In Part 2 of this 4 part series, Erica discusses the behavior of “avoidance” and how your child may experience this symptom of anxiety when they are triggered by an anxious situation. She shares tips for parents on how to talk about anxiety with their child, modeling behaviors, as well as explains the benefits of play therapy for your child. Next week, in Part 3, Erica will discuss your child’s increased need for control when experiencing anxiety.




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Jun
03
4 Symptoms of Anxiety In Children Explained⎮Part 1: Behavior Changes






This video is a 5 part series about what anxiety looks like in children and what parents can do to support their child with Anxiety. In Part One of our series on What Anxiety Looks Like in Children, Erica discusses the Behavioral changes your child may experience when they are triggered by an anxious situation. Erica explains the differences in what anxiety looks like in children versus adults and how children communicate that they are feeling anxious. Check out Part 2 next week where Erica discusses avoidance and what it looks like in children with anxiety!



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Jan
19
THE SANDWICH GENERATION By: Caylin Broome, LCSW

It is widely known that the United States population over age 65 is increasing at a rapid rate. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 65-and-older population increased by approximately one-third between 2010 and 2020. This so-called “silver tsunami” has created a critical need for aging-related resources, services, and care to assist elders with their activities of daily living. So far, the growth in this sector of the population has outpaced what local, state, and federally funded aging service programs can accommodate, and many families in need encounter barriers in accessing these resources, including strict eligibility criteria, lengthy waitlists, and underallocation of se...


Nov
12
Tips To Help Your Child With FRIENDS: Improving Social Skills







Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, familHave you ever heard your child say things like, “I don’t know how to make friends” or “I’m too awkward for this”? These could be signs that their social skills may have been significantly impacted by the circumstances of the last 2 years. In this video, JCAC Counselors Erika LaCaruba and Lillie Bamberg, talk about why it has been so hard for your child to make friends, how to help your child further develop social skills, and when it may be time to see a professional.




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Oct
15
Play Therapy: Speaking Your Child's Language






In this video, Erica Gregory, Clinical Director of JCAC, talks about what play therapy is, how it works, and what to expect from a play therapist. Play therapy is a form of counseling for children. The counselor isn’t “just playing” with the child, rather than walking them through Therapeutic play. In this video, Erica explains why play therapists use play as a form of therapy, and the benefits for your child. What can you expect from a play therapist at JCAC? Erica explains what the first 4 play therapy sessions look like. She also walks you through confidentiality and play therapy between counselor to parent, as well as treatment plans, goals, and parent support at home....


Oct
13
Play Therapy Frequently Asked Questions by Leah Rydel, JCAC Counselor

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Have you considered Play Therapy for your child? Counselor, Leah Rydel answers FAQs parents have about starting Play Therapy.


Leah has a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is currently awaiting approval of her Associate Professional Counseling (APC) license in Georgia. Leah is also working towards her Registered Play Therapist (RPT) license which involves special supervision and extensive trainings in play therapy!



Q: What is Play Therapy and is it right for my child?


A: Play Therapy is a model of therapy centered on the idea that play is the language of children. In play therapy, your child will develop skills related to building self-esteem and positive self-reg...


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