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Medicating Young Minds: How to Know if Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child

As the nation’s leading expert on psychiatric disorders in children and the leading researcher on the effects of psychiatric drugs on kids, Dr. Glen Elliott says that doctors and even teachers are too quick to recommend medicating young minds rather than taking the necessary steps to find out if drugs are even necessary. Dr. Elliott’s book, Medicating Young Minds, tells parents what to expect, the questions to ask, the treatment they deserve from a concerned doctor, and even what tests to demand to make sure that drugs are the best recourse. Read more »

How Parents Can Help Children Cope With Trauma [downloadable]

In the past year, there have also been numerous stressors, including the ongoing pandemic, balancing work and parenting demands, and managing other obligations at home and/or in our personal life. This combination of traumas and stressors may feel overwhelming right now.

This fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides guidance on what parents/caregivers can do to care for their children as they cope with collective traumas. Read more »

Considering Therapy for Your Child? How to Get Kids and Teens on Board

If your child or teen is struggling with communication, behavior or relationships, or no longer wants to participate in things that they used to enjoy, it may be time to seek help. How do you convince them that it’s time to take that step? And what can you expect when you get there?

In this Voices of Compassion podcast,  sat down with Dr. Vidya Krishnan, Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services at CHC to find out. Read more »

What Happens When California Students in Special Education Return to the Classroom?

For students with disabilities, the pandemic has been a landscape of extremes. Some have thrived with distance learning and want to continue in the fall, while many have languished without the in-person support of therapists and teachers and have lost ground academically, socially and emotionally. Read more »

Healing Together: CHC Virtual Breakfast [video]

We all have some degree of ‘re-entry anxiety’ — whether it’s going back to the workplace, sending our kids to school, or re-engaging with friends and family. The very thing we want the most — to re-enter the world — is causing unease and apprehension. This online gathering features an in-depth conversation with a blue ribbon panel of experts who will offer insights and important practical advice on re-engaging. Read more »

Ask an Expert: Parenting Fatigue [video]

You’re a parent living through a pandemic, social unrest, economic uncertainty, wildfires and more. Life is unsettling right now, to say the least. Do you feel drained, overwhelmed and absolutely tired right down to your core?  How can you keep your head above water?

In this Ask An Expert session, our experts, Kendra Fraka, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Anna Ros, PhD, Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow both from CHC will share their insights and expertise in a conversation followed by a Q&A session with the Zoom audience. Read more »

Here’s How California’s New Mask Guidelines Differ From the CDC’s

Let’s say you’re walking down a busy street, or hiking on a popular trail, and see people coming the other way. The path you’re sharing is narrow and you’ll have to pass less than six feet from the other group.

Do you need to put on a mask? According to the state of California, if you aren’t fully vaccinated, you do. Read more »

5 Tips to Prepare Your Child for a Psychology Consultation

Parents often ask how to prepare their child for their first visit to a psychologist. “Should I tell my child about the appointment? What should I say? What if my child doesn’t want to go?” Read more »

How to Get Your Child to Go to Therapy

You’ve done your research and found someone who you think would be a good fit for your child. But how do you tell them that they’re going to therapy? And how do you get a reluctant child to go? Read more »

My Teenager Doesn’t Want Help. What Should I Do?

It can be a tough thing to accept that your teenager is experiencing depression. But it can be even harder if you feel like they don’t want help.

Keeping the communication lines open is important – even if it feels like it’s just a one-way thing at the moment. The good news is, there are some simple things you can do at home to help improve your teen’s mood and well being. Read more »

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