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Adolescent’s and New Year’s Resolutions

Adolescents make resolutions too. When is the last time you asked what they wish to do differently in the new year? Many of our clients wish to be more in control of their emotions, but have a fear of rejection, of not being good enough, of not doing it right, of losing control… In The Good Dinosaur, Arlo’s dad told …

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One of the Keys to Happiness is Thankfulness

  During the Thanksgiving it may be difficult to be happy or thankful when feeling the pain of lost.  I personally know the feeling of having two very important people gone; my sister passed three years ago (right after Christmas) and my mom two years ago (shortly before Thanksgiving). My mom frequently led the family prayer, so not having her …

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Try Validation For a Change

Even the best parents struggle with trying to figure out what to do when their children or adolescents have intense emotions and are out of control about something that seems small.  The one skill I teach and promote over and over to help is VALIDATION. Why? Because it is an agent of change. Frequently, the mention of validating evokes feelings …

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Thursday Evening Tryst

Hope and Fear walked to the Corner Bistro where they spent most Thursday evenings. They’d come sixteen minutes before closing time. Right on the dot. Hope would stroll through first, hands in its pockets, trying to be nonchalant, and Fear would always follow a calculated thirty three seconds later. Every night I bused tables and watched the two walk to …

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“Dear Dad”

“Dear Dad” A letter no parent ever wants to receive.   A sour feeling came over John’s stomach when he got the call. He wanted to put it off as illness. Bad Chinese take-out at lunch. Maybe someone at work had a bug. Something, anything but the truth. The conversation played through his head again and again, scratching and repeating. …

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Indifference: The Journey to Inspiration

Dialectical Behavior Therapy – States of Mind Am I really indifferent?  Or is it lack of energy?  Maybe it is lack of motivation?  I know I want better, but taking any steps seems so daunting.  Just thinking of taking steps quickly converts to thoughts of what difference does it make, I’m just going through the motions. My Reasonable Mind says, …

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2014 SWAGNEW Game Breakers Football Camp

Join us as Vincent Agnew hosts the 2nd Annual SWAGNEW Game Breakers Football Camp with Georgia Training Alliance (GTA), NFL players, CFL, Central Michigan University, and the Michigan Lupus Foundation Schedule of Events – Day 1 8:15am – Registration 9:00am – All Camper Meeting – Expectations and goal of camp 9:15am – Football Skills Training (GTA) 11:45am – What It …

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Cutting to Cope: Follow up Q & A

March is Self Injury Awareness Month Last November Fox 17 aired a segment on Self Injury.  I am following up on that interview by trying to increase awareness and education about self injury by answering some common questions.  Later this month I will share a more detailed interview with the young woman. Please be aware, some of the content of the …

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TACKLE LUPUS

Swagnew Game Breakers Football Camp to Benefit the Michigan Lupus Foundation NFL Players Football Camp in Grand Rapids July 13th – 14th St. Clair Shores, MI (PRWEB) June 27, 2013 The Michigan Lupus Foundation announced their proud affiliation today with Vincent “Vince Swagnew” Agnew of the Kansas City Chiefs. Vince is a member of the National Football League (NFL) and …

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Self Injury Awareness Day, March 1, 2013

She has everything going for her.  Why would she cut herself?  You are not alone is wondering why.  It is a question many parents and friends ask.  The answer is not as simple as some would assume.  It is not because she just wants attention, or she just wants to manipulate you.  The reasons someone self injures are more complicated that …

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