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Writing promotes well-being and problem solving skills for teens

Rachel Kitson
Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist
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Raise happy, healthy teens by teaching confidence, hope and worth

Tom Krause
Author/Teacher/Coach/International Motivational Speaker
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Parents can lead teens to a connected life free from addiction

Terri Fedonczak
Martha Beck Life Coach, Parent/Child Counselor and Author
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How should parents talk with their teenagers about substance use?

Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director
Michael Dennis's picture

Support teens in making good choices regarding drugs and alcohol

Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D.
Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director
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How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?

Rebecca L. Babcock, M.A
Ph.D. Candidate in Child Clinical Psychology
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Raising Teens

The teenage years can be a very confusing time of change for both teens and their parents. While these years can be difficult and frustrating, there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture their teens and encourage responsible behaviors. The experts at ExpertBeacon can help parents understand the skills they need to help guide their teens and assist them in becoming caring and independent adults.

Sending your child off to college: Preparation for their first year

Sending your 18 year old off to college can be a daunting experience for both the parent and the child. All parents want to have that last pre-freshman year conversation full of encouragement and warnings. That conversation is important because it can assist in making the college experience productive, fun, and worthwhile. Here is some advice to help you send your child off to college.

Lisa C. SmithProfessor

Professor Lisa C. Smith is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Brooklyn Law School. At Brooklyn Law School, she is Director of Externship Programs and has taught the Prosecutors Clinic, the Family Law Violence Project and Innovations...

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Raise happy, healthy teens by teaching confidence, hope and worth

Tom Krause Author/Teacher/Coach/International Motivational Speaker YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

What messages are today’s teenagers hearing? Are they messages of support and encouragement from adults--or threats from society? Keep in mind that today’s world is much more complicated and stressful than it was 30 years ago. Teens are constantly judged or measured to a standard in school. Every ball game they play becomes a measurement of whether they will be successful in sports. They are told if they do not make perfect grades and get into a great college, they will not have a bright future. Teens are constantly being expected to do more and more--and it never seems to be enough.

Tom KrauseAuthor/Teacher/Coach/International Motivational Speaker

Since 2001, Tom Krause's reputation has continued to grow on the motivational speaking & training facilitator circuit. Tom currently presents for hundreds of clients nationwide and overseas. Standing ovations are the norm as audiences spontaneou...

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Parents can lead teens to a connected life free from addiction

Terri Fedonczak Martha Beck Life Coach, Parent/Child Counselor and Author Girl Power for Good

The media is full of celebrities going to rehab--or going back to rehab. It is obvious that drugs affect all socioeconomic levels, so how do we protect our kids? If you want to change a teen’s attraction to something, unearth the underlying belief about how the object of their attraction will help them. Will it make them more popular or edgy? Show them how to get a better result with a different choice by trying it first. Then leave the change up to them. If it is their idea, there is a far better chance that they will stick with that decision.

Terri FedonczakMartha Beck Life Coach, Parent/Child Counselor and Author

With 22 years of parenting experience and a certified life coach specializing in parent and teen coaching, Terri Fedonczak wants to live in a world where girls recognize their own power and choose to use it for good. On a trip to South Africa, ...

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How should parents talk with their teenagers about substance use?

More than 90 percent of all individuals who become addicted to drugs and alcohol start using under the age of 18, making adolescence the primary period of risk and onset. Those who start using under the age of 15 are much more likely than those who start over the age of 18 to become addicted to cigarettes (1.5 times), alcohol (2 times) and marijuana (6 times).

Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D.Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director

Dr. Michael Dennis is a Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director in Chestnut Health Systems Bloomington/Normal Office. He has led over a dozen randomized trials to evaluate the most effective and cost effective ways to...

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Parents must create an addiction prevention family plan for teens

Addiction and substance use/abuse is an extremely complex problem. While there are no specific rules on how to manage it within your home, developing an addiction prevention family plan for teenagers is critical.

Sandy EndersOnline Educator

Sandy Enders, MS, SYC, MA, teaches in the Social & Behavioral Sciences department at Central Texas College and Housatonic Community College. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and son, Adam, who the two adopted at birth from Guatem...

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How can you help your child sustain long-term addiction recovery?

Every parent knows that parenting is not easy. In fact, sometimes it is extremely difficult. Add drugs and alcohol into the mix--and the job is even harder. Most parents (or school/courts) will be able to convince their son or daughter to enter treatment and will breathe a sigh of relief.

Sarah Nerad, Kathy MeyersCo-Founder, Senior Scientist

Sarah Nerad is a young person in long-term recovery since 2007. She has made it her life purpose to create the same opportunities that she had to enter and sustain recovery for young people across the country. Sarah was one of the founding membe...

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Get a plan and the tools to communicate with your college freshman

Mariela Dabbah Founder and CEO, Latinos in College Latinos in College

College is an exciting time for your high school graduate. And of course, you are thrilled that your teenager is heading off to get a higher education. But if you are like most moms—even dads!—you feel some trepidation mixed with pride.

Your life, as well as your teen’s, is about to undergo a huge change. Going away to college means letting go of the sense of control you once had over your “baby’s” schedule. It also means no more meals together and no more church on Sundays.

Mariela DabbahFounder and CEO, Latinos in College

For the last twenty years Mariela has devoted her enormous energy to empowering Latino students, women and professionals to succeed in the United States. She has authored several award-winning, best-selling books: Find Your Inner Red Shoes:...

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Managing the difficult issue of drug and alcohol use in your teen

Parenting adolescents is a tricky business for anyone. Add substance abuse into the equation and the stakes get higher and terrain more difficult to navigate. Although there is no magic solution for parents who have kids abusing substances, there are some guidelines that have been proven to be more effective for dealing with this difficult issue. The following advice is adapted from the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), developed by Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.

Brian Serna, LPCC, LADACCoach, Counselor and Consultant

Mr. Serna is an international trainer and consultant in addictions and mental health issues. He has trained and consulted with counselors, social workers and doctors in the US, the UK and Australia. He has been working with the Community Reinfor...

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Teen sexting: What all parents need to know

Technology is ever-changing and has many beneficial components; however, with the changes in technology, we are seeing the rise of crimes that come along with it, such as sexting. Parents need to know what sexting is, and how to make sure their kids aren’t involved.

Katie L. GreerCEO

Former Director of Internet Safety for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and Intelligence Analyst for the Massachusetts State Police, Katie LeClerc Greer travels the country educating students, parents, administrators and law enforceme...

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Effectively communicate with your teenager about substance abuse

The availability of information through the internet and social media can be extremely useful. However, sometimes it can make problem situations even more challenging. When it comes to drugs, their use, availability and social acceptance, this information can be misused and create significant challenges for parents and their children.

Dr. Gerald GrossoClinical Director

FAMILY PSYCHOLOGIST (MFT 34495) Dr. Grosso is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience assisting individuals and families struggling with issues such as addiction, depression, trauma, and all levels of psychiatr...

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How do I relate to and communicate with my teenager?

Teenagers. We often think of them as foreign beings—similar to Martians—especially when we are trying to communicate with them. We ask them to clean their rooms, and we get an eye roll and a sigh. We tell them that we love them, and we get a shoulder shrug. We ask them about their day, and we get a response of "fine." We ask them to spend time with us, but they would rather hang out in their room with the door closed. Then one day, we inadvertently hit a raw nerve by asking whom they are hanging out with that particular evening.

Kendra Silver, LPC and Lily Maino, Registered PsychotherapistLicensed Professional Counselor

Kendra Silver: I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Sociology and my Master's of Science in Human Services specializing in Marital, Couple, Family Counseling/Therapy in 2010 from Capella University....

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Supporting your teenage daughter through the dating experience

Teenage dating can cause a great deal of stress for parents. When your daughter begins dating, there are many things to worry about. As a result, parents tend to overlook the numerous opportunities they have for helping their daughter through this exciting time, as well as encouraging her to build healthy relationships.

Mary Jo Rapini LPCLicensed Professional Counselor

Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...

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Teach your teenager how to avoid substance abuse

We are presently witnessing the highest number of adolescents in American history who are suffering from addiction. No parent wants their child to become an addict or alcoholic, and it is possible to prevent this. There are steps you can take to provide them with the best chance to avoid the trap that is substance use disorder.

Janina J. Kean, APRNPresident & CEO at High Watch Recovery Center

Janina Kean is an internationally recognized expert and spokesperson in the field of substance abuse. Since joining High Watch in 1998, Ms. Kean has elevated the status of the facility, renowned as the world’s first to use the 12 Step principles...

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Helping your teen navigate the college admissions process

While most parents want their children to attend college, many are unsure how to help their kids find and apply to schools. This article provides advice on how parents can offer their kids assistance and guidance with the complicated college search and admissions process.

Sara Zessar, M.Ed.Founder

Sara has helped hundreds of students with the college search and admissions process. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Missouri -- St. Louis. Before becoming an...

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Raising preteens and laying a positive foundation for the future

Does this scenario sound familiar? Early one morning, you and your preteen son are going through your morning routines, just like you have on hundreds of mornings before. You put down your newspaper and remind your son that you will be leaving in five minutes, when a very disrespectful response comes from his room. While the uncharacteristic nature of his response should have been alerting, you unfortunately react in a harsh, overly-authoritarian manner.

Craig A. Knippenberg, LCSW, M.Div.Child and Family Therapist

Craig A. Knippenberg has provided group and family therapy for over 30 years. In addition to his clinical experience, he is the founder of AdventureDad.org, a website and blog dedicated to helping Dad’s connect with their kids. He was also re...

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Help your teenager cope with their anger management problem

Mark Myers LCSW, CADC Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor Myers Counseling Group

Lets face it, having to deal with an angry child is not something most parents look forward to in their job description. There is certainly going to be challenges in addressing it. The important consideration to keep in mind when addressing teenage anger issues is how you, as a parent, approach it. In teenage years it is not unusual for a teenager to need master emotions, especially anger. Parent’s need to help their children master this emotion. If this behavior is allowed to continue, in most cases it will not go away.

Mark Myers LCSW, CADCLicensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Mark Myers received his Master of Social Work Degree from Loyola University. He has been practicing in the helping profession for over 20 years. He is an Illinois Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. ...

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Writing promotes well-being and problem solving skills for teens

During the teenage years, the brain is undergoing rapid and significant transformation. As the frontal lobe develops, it provides increasing capability to weigh consequences, plan, predict, control impulses and deal with nuanced group behavior.

Rachel KitsonPh.D. Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Rachel Kitson obtained her Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill and her B.A. from Brown University. Rachel provides therapy to teens, young adults, and adults who are struggling to manage stress and balance in their lives and relationships. She also w...

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Expert advice on communicating with your teenagers about drug abuse

Many parents avoid talking to their teenagers about drug use and abuse because they fear an awkward conversation or don’t know the best way to approach the subject. However, especially in today’s society, this conversation is more important than ever. The following tips can make this conversation easier to have.

Josephine Healy, MSWPrimary therapist

Josephine Healy is a primary therapist at the Lighthouse Recovery Institute (http://lighthouserecoveryinstitute.com/), a licensed drug, alcohol, trauma and eating disorder treatment center in Delray Beach, Fl., specializing in recovery for women...

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Help your teenagers leave home with resilience and perseverance

If you are the parent of a teenager—or have ever spent more than a few hours with a teenager—especially when they are around their friends or parents—you are unfortunately familiar with the disdainful eye-roll. It is often associated with a dramatic sigh or utterance of perturbation. Often, it comes after parental comments such as, “Don’t you think that skirt is too short?” or “Are your boxer shorts supposed to show above your pants?”

Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed.Neurologist

Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist in Santa Barbara, California, has combined her 15 years as a practicing adult and child neurologist with her subsequent teacher education training and experience. After ten years teaching elementary...

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Support teens in making good choices regarding drugs and alcohol

Normal adolescent development calls for teens to pull back from their family, spend more time with peers and seek independence. However, as they continue to age into their mid 20s, teens also pull back from their peers toward their family and find themselves and their own family somewhere in between.

Yet, at all times, the approval and care of parents or other primary caregivers is always one of the strongest single influences on their opinions. For this reason, it is essential for parents to support their teens in making good choices regarding drugs and alcohol.

Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D.Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director

Dr. Michael Dennis is a Senior Research Psychologist and GAIN Coordinating Center Director in Chestnut Health Systems Bloomington/Normal Office. He has led over a dozen randomized trials to evaluate the most effective and cost effective ways to...

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How should you talk to your teenage daughter about dating violence?

Rebecca L. Babcock, M.A Ph.D. Candidate in Child Clinical Psychology Department of Psychology, University of Denver

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of some form of dating abuse, whether physical, sexual, verbal or emotional. Although both boys and girls can be victims as well as abusers, teenage girls are still the majority of dating violence victims, with one quarter of high school girls having experienced physical or sexual abuse at the hands of a dating partner.

Rebecca L. Babcock, M.APh.D. Candidate in Child Clinical Psychology

Rebecca L. Babcock, M.A. is a Ph.D. Candidate in Child Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. She is a member of the Traumatic Stress Studies Group directed by Dr. Anne DePrince as well as the Developmen...

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Teach your teens to recognize the dangers of distracted driving

Would you agree to drive the length of a football field blindfolded at 50 mph, on a road with twists and turns, with other drivers suddenly changing lanes or slamming on their brakes, and pedestrians crossing the street unexpectedly? The obvious answer is no. But today’s drivers are texting, browsing the web, putting on makeup with one hand while holding a cup of coffee with the other, and engaging in many other forms of visual, manual or cognitive distractions.

Porya Mansorian, Esq.Attorney at Law

Mr. Porya Mansorian is an experienced trial lawyer, specializing in professional negligence and catastrophic injury cases. His background and training includes a number of years as a trial lawyer with a large national defense firm. As a defense...

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Parenting your rebellious teen and encouraging healthy independence

So you've watched your child transform from a fragile and adorable baby, into a mobile and inquisitive toddler, then into a verbal and playful child, and again into an increasingly independent and somewhat awkward tween. And I bet it all went way too fast! During every step you probably wished this whole growing up thing would just slow down.

Michelle Cleary, LCSW, MSWLicensed Psychotherapist

Michelle Cleary is a licensed clinical social worker who has garnered extensive experience in private and public settings for over 14 years. In addition to working closely with trauma victims and those struggling with eating disorders she works ...

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Help teens build resiliency, improve coping skills and ease stress

Pressure to be absolutely extraordinary--to excel academically, athletically, musically and socially--is rampant among today’s teenagers. Many parents think stress is simply the price of having well-educated kids who get into great colleges. But chronic stress changes teenagers’ brains, actually harming their learning and performance, along with their physical health and mental well-being. Stressed-out, sleep-deprived teens are less successful because they focus poorly, make more mistakes and often get sick.

Roni Cohen-Sandler, Ph.D.Clinical Psychologist

Roni Cohen-Sandler is a clinical psychologist specializing in parenting; the issues of women and teen girls, mother-daughter relationships; and neuropsychological assessments (e.g., for learning difficulties, attention disorders, etc.). In a...

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What's the best way for parents to discuss sexuality with boys?

Andrew Smiler, PhD Therapist. Evaluator. Author. Speaker. Evaluation and Education Services, LLC

Many parents find it difficult to talk to their sons about their sexual development and early experiences with dating and sexuality. This is not surprising. We learn about history, math and many other important topics by sitting in classrooms with knowledgeable professionals and lots of materials to read.

Andrew Smiler, PhDTherapist. Evaluator. Author. Speaker.

Andrew Smiler, PhD is a therapist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (USA) and the author of “Challenging Casanova: Beyond the stereotype of promiscuous young male sexuality” (http://challengingcasanova.com/). He is a past president of the Society...

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Are there any signs of abuse in your teenager's relationship?

A recent study among college students reports that more than one out of three teenagers was a victim of dating violence with more than one partner. This abuse included physical, sexual and psychological abuse. The ages of the abuse were typically 13 to 19 years of age. Overall, nearly two-thirds of both men and women reported some type of abuse during their teenage years.

Mary Jo Rapini LPCLicensed Professional Counselor

Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...

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Improve your teen parenting by understanding the teenage years

The teenage years are not only full of angst for teens themselves, but they can be challenging for parents, peers, teachers and society in general. These years also can be one of beauty, where you can watch a young man or woman transition from child to adult.

It is the task of all involved—particularly the teenager—to learn how to negotiate this journey and emerge into an individual who can accept responsibility and seek out support in a meaningful and calm manner throughout their lifespan.

Resa Fogel, PhDLicensed Psychologist

Resa Fogel, PhD,is a N.J. State licensed psychologist, with many years of experience and is currently in private practice with offices in Teaneck as well as Montclair, NJ. She sees children, adolescents and adults and provides psychotherapy, ass...

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Raise a respectful, polite teen by setting appropriate boundaries

Twelve-year old girls are the smartest people on earth. Just ask them. While they value what a 16 year old says, they tend to consider anyone over the age of 20 to be old and irrelevant. A 30 year old is a dinosaur, and if you are 40 or 50, forget it. Twelve year olds know how to dress, how to wear their makeup and how to style their hair. Due to their knowledge at this age, one would think raising them would be easy, but this is not the case.

Mary Jo Rapini LPCLicensed Professional Counselor

Mary Jo Rapini is a licensed certified intimacy/sex relationship psychotherapist in private practice. Mary Jo serves as an intimacy/sex therapist for hospitals and clinics and evaluates patients for bariatric surgery in the Houston area. She wa...

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Independent college consultants can help teens apply to college

More and more parents are turning to independent college consultants to help their children with the college search and application process. In fact, 26 percent of college applicants worked with an independent college consultant in 2013. This article not only explains the role of an independent college consultant, it also offers advice for working with a consultant and things to consider when hiring one.

Sara Zessar, M.Ed.Founder

Sara has helped hundreds of students with the college search and admissions process. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Missouri -- St. Louis. Before becoming an...

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Support your teen's academic success and healthy development

Most parents hope that their children, especially their teenagers, will be successful in school. But parents do not always know how to promote this academic achievement. Grades and homework can become a source of tension in families, putting children’s mental health at risk. This article offers guidance for parents in promoting school success, while also supporting positive development and strong family relationships.

Lisa R. Greenberg, Ph.D.Clinical psychologist

As a psychologist, I create a climate in which people feel comfortable addressing the obstacles that are keeping them from a full and satisfying life. I work with people of all ages, from young teenagers through old age, who are struggling with ...

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Viewing your teen as a developing adult can improve your relationship

Does every conversation with your teenager end in a screaming match? Does your teen consistently respond to you with silence or scorn? Are you at a complete loss on how to improve your relationship with this very important person in your life? This article will offer you some guidance on how to make life with your teenage child better for both of you.

Lisa R. Greenberg, Ph.D.Clinical psychologist

As a psychologist, I create a climate in which people feel comfortable addressing the obstacles that are keeping them from a full and satisfying life. I work with people of all ages, from young teenagers through old age, who are struggling with ...

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