Adoption Issues From Birth

Hello Parents, I am forever impressed by the miracle of life and the way humans are hardwired for survival.  I heard the other day from a trauma expert, Janina Fisher, Ph.D., the notion that people who have PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) might rightfully be proud for it.  At that point my ears tuned in sharply.  She went on to say…

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20 Therapeutic Parenting Tips for Success: A Mini Primer for Foster and Adoptive Parents

Parents of attachment challenged, traumatized children often need a cheat sheet to help them remember the basics of therapeutic parenting when the chips are down and the stress is through the roof.  Never fear. Here are 20 Therapeutic Parenting Tips for Foster and Adoptive Parents.  That’s you, right? Here we go:   1. Always, always, always show soft eyes, sweet…

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The Dalai Lama and Me

Dear Parents, I have always been a proponent of parenting with empathy (over, say, sympathy or more traditional, utilitarian approaches), but I know empathy isn’t exactly what I have been practicing every day in my work and in my life with my children.  I hadn’t a better word for it, so I just went with empathy sprinkled generously with love.  Not bad choices…

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Therapeutic Parenting Hack #8 – Flipped Lids and Lost Marbles

Dear Parents, Upcoming Therapeutic Parent Training in Sacramento Reminder, Therapeutic Parent Training in my office is April 1st from 10am to 5pm.  Childcare is available.  Make sure you reserve your space on our website.  This course can be paid for by CALVCP if you are already approved. Therapeutic Parenting Hack #8 – Flipped Lids and Lost Marbles This Hack is especially for…

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Relevance

Dear Parents, I have been giving one to two all day trainings each month in Northern California since October, 2016.  Probably because I published a book.  Before the book, I trained therapists, social workers, and parents about four times a year outside my office and six times a year in my office. Trust-based Therapeutic Intervention Here is the shocking thing.  Every…

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