DEVELOPMENT / BEHAVIOR, review

Emotions across the Life Span: Infancy

As much as I talk about how my client's 'feel'  studying for the Clinical Licensing exam has pushed me to reexamine emotions and how they develop within us.   As I begin to understand how emotions develop throughout the life cycle it’s important to keep the leading theories regarding emotions in mind. Theories of Emotion: … Continue reading Emotions across the Life Span: Infancy

CLINICAL INFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT / BEHAVIOR, review

Dynamics of Abuse

Understanding the dynamics of Abuse is essential to helping children and families.  It is important to remember that what seems like abuse isn't  always abuse.  There are physical and behavioral indicators of abuse/ maltreatment.  The 4 types of abuse and physical indicators are listed below.4 Types of Maltreatment1,  PhysicalBruising, (face, throat, upper arms, butt, thighs,… Continue reading Dynamics of Abuse

Abuse/Trauma, CLINICAL INFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT / BEHAVIOR, review

Dynamics of Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse is often very different from adult sexual abuse.  Child sexual abuse has the following characteristics: ●  The perpetrator is typically a known and trusted caregiver. ● Physical force/violence is rarely used ● Child sexual abuse often occurs over many weeks or even years. ●Occurs as repeated episodes that become more invasive with time.… Continue reading Dynamics of Sexual Abuse

CLINICAL INFORMATION, DEVELOPMENT / BEHAVIOR, review

Dysfunctional family roles

Members of families naturally take on different roles. In a healthy family, roles are flexible given the situation. In unhealthy family environments, roles become fixed or rigid.The dysfunctional family organizes itself around a problem. The problem shapes the family's interactions, while members deny the problem exists. The common goal of each role is to escape… Continue reading Dysfunctional family roles