NEW
ONLINE SERIES

NEW ONLINE SERIES

Equipping Parents Dealing with Anxiety and Depression in Their Home – Streaming Online at 8:00pm every Thursday in May

Now more than ever we need a place where we can discuss the issue of mental health in our kids. We have seen an even greater rise in anxiety and depression in teenagers just in the last couple of months due to the Covid-19 quarantine. That is why we decided to host a four week online series that will help parents build a foundation of positive mental health in their kids.

Each week we will talk to different experts who will give insight on topics like social media, healthy boundaries in the home, and how to spot signs of anxiety and depression. We encourage parents, grandparents, teachers, and youth workers to tune in each Thursday.

This will be a live stream series with staff online to take questions and pray over specific needs. Watch on Facebook Live,  www.gosblive.com, and YouTube.com/gostonebridge.

THURSDAY | MAY 28 | 8:00PM

Caeli Condit

Caeli Condit

Former Student at The Woodlands College Park High School

 

Growing up in and around The Woodlands, Texas, Caeli graduated from The Woodlands College Park High School in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University and is working on her Masters in Occupation Therapy.

Caeli authentically and passionately shares her struggles with OCD, anxiety and depression on social media.  She has a heart to be real about the struggles of her generation and how to help point people towards hope in Christ.

I used to be ashamed and scared of my mental health. But as I’ve grown older, though I still battle with it daily, I realized I can help others by raising awareness. My hope is that one day no one will be ashamed of their mental health and we can talk about it freely without fear of being viewed differently. It isn’t something to be ashamed of, it’s something you need to learn techniques to manage, not be scared to ask for help when you need it, and embrace it to use it to continue grow as a person. Teenagers in this day and age have it hard because not only are they battling with their inner selves, they now have this idea that they have to be perfect because of social media. My goal with my social media posts is to show people the other side of the camera. No one has a perfect life and this portrayal of it in social media is toxic to all people especially developing minds. I think adding realistic content to your social media is so important because it shows others that they are not alone in this.

Bill Jack Davis

Bill Jack Davis

Licensed Therapist

 

Bill Jack has been a Licensed Therapist in private practice for over 30 + years with The Bridge Counseling Center. He trained at Houston Child Guidance Center and has worked with adolescents and their families throughout his training and practice. He has been the director of a Baptist Children’s home, Emergency Shelters for Youth and Director of Adolescent Treatment programs.

He has taught Psychology, Human Services and Social Sciences at the College and University Level for 27 years, He has taught an array of courses including Developmental Psychology,  Adolescent Psychology,  Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Women and Theories of Personality. Bill Jack has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with doctoral work in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. This enduring interest in the needs and struggle of teens and families and their family systems makes him relevant to working with teens in the twenty first century.

Married  to Paula Davis, for over 3 decades, Bill Jack is a father of five adult children following the Lord and raising his (8 about to be 9) grandchildren.

Sherry Burkhard

Sherry Burkhard

Executive Director Mosaics of Mercy

 

Sherry and Chris have been married twenty-four years and are the proud parents of a 20-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter. Throughout their marriage, they have both been passionate about being authentic with others about their trials, communicating how God has used these moments to refine them, and sharing the blessings that poured forth by trusting His process. Their message embodies the expression “don’t quit before the miracle.” Sherry is a registered nurse and Executive Director of the non-profit Mosaics of Mercy. This ministry serves as a hub of hope, resources, and education for mental well-being. Chris works in financial services. He is valued in the workplace for inspiring those around him with his optimism, authenticity, and desire to help others grow.

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PODCASTS

HOPE PIECED TOGETHER

Chris and Sherry Burkhard invite you to listen to the Hope Pieced Together Podcasts. The podcast is a show that gets real about mental health struggles and how to overcome them. You will hear personal stories, practical tools, and professional insight for the journey toward mental well-being. Whether you listen for you, a loved one, or for how to help in your community, it will be evident that hope is definitely alive.

Click HERE to be redirected to the Podcast webpage.

Click HERE for a special podcast on Responses, Coping, and Parenting during COVID-19.

BOOKS

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

You would go to the ends of the earth for your child. So, if your teenager or young adult is in the midst of crisis due to self-injury, mental illness, depression, bullying, or destructive choices, you probably feel broken, powerless, and isolated.

Dena Yohe wants you to know you are not alone. You are not a bad parent. And you are going to be okay.

Dena has been where you are. In You Are Not Alone, she speaks from experience as she offers healthy ways to maintain your other relationships, suggestions for responding to friends who don’t understand, and ideas for keeping up your emotional and spiritual well-being when your world feels as if it’s crashing down.

It is possible to find purpose in your pain, joy beyond your fear, and hope for every tomorrow.

Includes prayers, exercises, websites, and other helpful resources.

Click HERE to purchase.

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THURSDAY | MAY 21 | 8:00PM

Eric Bocciardi

Eric Bocciardi

Former Student at The Woodlands Christian Academy

 

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Eric moved to Texas in junior high and graduated from The Woodlands Christian Academy in 2017. With aspirations to become a Licensed Counselor/Therapist and public speaker, Eric is currently a senior web developer at Fox Corporate Housing and a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. Eric is passionate about sharing his testimony about looking good on the outside but having strong suicidal thoughts and battling depression on the inside.

Adam Bertoch

Adam Bertoch

Chemical Dependency Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist

 

After obtaining an undergraduate education in psychology, and a masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Adam Bertoch qualified for dual licensure in the State of Texas as a Chemical Dependency Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist. He now sees those struggling with the effects of trauma, depression, anxiety, and addiction at his private practice in The Woodlands, Texas.

Kate Turner

Kate Turner

MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Kate Turner MA, LPC has been married to JT for 33 years – they have two adult children, Jessie married to Ben, and James Austin married to Maeson.  Kate taught high school, elementary school and was an elementary school counselor for 15 years.  She now owns a private counseling practice in Old Town Spring, and is honored to walk with God, alongside His people in their pain and into their healing –  getting to the heart of what matters.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  Psalm 147:3

RECOMMENDATIONS

BOOKS

I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT

A revolutionary and hopeful look at depression as a silent epidemic in men that manifests as workaholism, alcoholism, rage, difficulty with intimacy, and abusive behavior by the cofounder of Harvard’s Gender Research Project.

Twenty years of experience treating men and their families has convinced psychotherapist Terrence Real that depression is a silent epidemic in men—that men hide their condition from family, friends, and themselves to avoid the stigma of depression’s “un-manliness.” Problems that we think of as typically male—difficulty with intimacy, workaholism, alcoholism, abusive behavior, and rage—are really attempts to escape depression. And these escape attempts only hurt the people men love and pass their condition on to their children.

This groundbreaking book is the “pathway out of darkness” that these men and their families seek. Real reveals how men can unearth their pain, heal themselves, restore relationships, and break the legacy of abuse. He mixes penetrating analysis with compelling tales of his patients and even his own experiences with depression as the son of a violent, depressed father and the father of two young sons.

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SCREENS AND TEENS

If you feel like you’re losing your teen to technology, you’re not alone.

Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hardwiring the way they connect with their world. 

In Screens and Teens, Dr. Kathy helps you make sense of all this and empowers you to respond. She:

  • Exposes the lies that technology can teach your teen
  • Guides you in countering those lies with biblical truths and helpful practices
  • Shares success stories of families who have cut back on technology and prioritized each other

Kathy’s research, experience, and relatability all come together for an inspiring book, sure to help you be closer with your kids.

BONUS: Every book includes an access code to stream or download a powerful 9-session video series (valued at $20) for FREE! In these videos, Dr. Kathy presents eye-opening insights to help you connect with your teen in a whole new way. Designed to be watched prior to reading each chapter, they will help you to engage the book on a deeper level.

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THE TECH-WISE FAMILY

Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children. It’s about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology’s promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world’s knowledge at our fingertips. And it’s definitely not just about the kids.

Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology’s distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.

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PARENTING TEENS WITH LOVE AND LOGIC

Parents need help to teach their teens how to make decisions responsibly―and do so without going crazy or damaging the relationship.

Parenting Teens with Love and Logic, from the duo who wrote Parenting with Love and Logic, empowers parents with the skills necessary to set limits, teach important skills, and encourage decision-making in their teenagers.

Covering a wide range of real-life issues teens face―including divorce, ADD, addiction, and sex―this book gives you the tools to help your teens find their identity and grow in maturity. Indexed for easy reference.

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PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC

This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character.

Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles.

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FROM BAD GRADES TO A GREAT LIFE

Your underachiever can grow-up to have a great life How can I be so sure? Over the past three decades, thousands of parents and educators world-wide have discovered the power of Love and Logic. In this book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life, you’ll learn why character and personal responsibility form the foundation of lasting academic and occupational achievement. In the process you’ll also learn practical skills for: Avoiding un-winnable power-struggles over homework and grades. Helping children discover and capitalize upon their natural strengths. Teaching politeness, respect and personal responsibility. Showing children that the key to happiness involves determination and hard work rather than luck or handouts.

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THE GROWN-UPS GUIDE TO TEENAGE HUMANS

Nautilus Gold Award Winner: Parenting & Family

A practical guide to understanding teens from bestselling author and global youth advocate Josh Shipp.

In 2015, Harvard researchers found that every child who does well in the face of adversity has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult. But Josh Shipp didn’t need Harvard to know that. Once an at-risk foster kid, he was headed straight for trouble until he met the man who changed his life: Rodney, the foster parent who refused to quit on Shipp and got him to believe in himself.

Now, in The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, Shipp shows all of us how to be that caring adult in a teenager’s life. Stressing the need for compassion, trust, and encouragement, he breaks down the phases of a teenage human from sixth to twelfth grade, examining the changes, goals, and mentality of teenagers at each stage.

Shipp offers revelatory stories that take us inside the teen brain, and shares wisdom from top professionals and the most expert grown-ups. He also includes practice scripts that address tough issues, including:

  • FORGIVENESS: What do I do when a teen has been really hurt by someone and it’s not their fault?
  • COMMUNICATION: How do I get a teen to talk to me? They just grunt.
  • TRUST: My teen blew it. My trust is gone. Where do we go from here?
  • BULLYING: Help! A teen (or their friend) is being harassed.
  • DIFFICULT AND AWKWARD CONVERSATIONS: Drugs. Death. Sex. Oh my.

Written in Shipp’s playfully authoritative, no-nonsense voice, The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans tells his story and unpacks practical strategies that can make a difference. Ultimately, it’s not about shortcuts or magic words—as Shipp reminds us, it’s about investing in kids and giving them the love, time, and support they need to thrive.

And that means every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.

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THURSDAY | MAY 14 | 8:00PM

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl Butler

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC-S

 

Cheryl Butler is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), counselor supervisor (LPC-S), and certified “boy mom” of twin 9-year olds and a 5-year-old.  She has over 10 years of experience in the classroom as a general and special education educator.  After working within the schools as a teacher and school counselor, she began working in a private practice providing therapy for individuals and families in the local Houston area.  In 2015, she opened True North, a counseling and consulting practice in The Woodlands, Texas.  Her expertise includes working with families, children and adolescents, and couples.  Proud to have a strong team of Christian therapists around her, her hope is to provide direction to those struggling to find JOY in their life.

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VIDEO MESSAGE

BOOKS

 TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • How to create order

 

  • How to establish routines

 

  • How to get kids to do chores

 

  • How to have healthy conflict resolution

 

  • How to have a peaceful home environment where everyone can thrive

BOOKS

MOTHER & SON THE RESPECT EFFECT

From the New York Times best-selling author of Love & Respect comes the definitive book for mothers and sons.

Love is important but it is respect that is the key to your son’s heart.

As Emerson Eggerichs transformed millions of marital relationships with a biblical understanding of love and respect, he now turns these principles to one of the most important relationships of all, a mother and her son.

The idea of moms respecting their sons may sound alien to some, but it seems to ignite curiosity across the board. It is easy to relate to the need for all of us to feel a mother’s love, but is that the same thing as respect? Even for young boys, the effect of respect is nothing short of astounding when applied properly.

Moms yearn to learn anything that better helps them with their sons. After all, they love their boys, but many find them more difficult to parent than their girls, especially from age four and up.

What makes this all the more urgent is that moms are coaching fathers to love their daughters, but no one has said boo to moms on specific ways to show respect to their sons, at least not in a way that is applicable and fully explained. All realize that little girls need daddy’s love, but who is strongly promoting the truth that little boys (and big ones) need Mom’s respect? No wonder mothers feel left in the dark on this topic.

Mother & Son is also available in Spanish, Madre e hijo.

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RAISING GRATEFUL KIDS IN AN ENTITLED WORLD

“But everyone else has it.” “If you loved me, you’d get it for me!” When you hear these comments from your kids, it can be tough not to cave. You love your children―don’t you want them to be happy and to fit in?

Kristen Welch knows firsthand it’s not that easy. In fact, she’s found out that when you say yes too often, it’s not only hard on your peace of mind and your wallet―it actually puts your kids at long-term risk. In Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, Kristen shares the ups and downs in her own family’s journey of discovering why it’s healthiest not to give their kids everything. Teaching them the difference between “want” and “need” is the first step in the right direction. With many practical tips and anecdotes, she shares how to say the ultimate yes as a family by bringing up faith-filled kids who will love God, serve others, and grow into hardworking, fulfilled, and successful adults.

It’s never too late to raise grateful kids. Get ready to cultivate a spirit of genuine appreciation and create a Jesus-centered home in which your kids don’t just say―but mean!―“thank you” for everything they have.

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8 GREAT SMARTS

Your child is smart, but does he or she believe it?

“Smart” is a power word. Children who believe they’re smart excel more in school and approach life with greater confidence. But children who don’t can struggle to apply themselves. Do you wish your child could see how smart he or she is?

Find hope in 8 Great Smarts. You’ll be empowered and equipped with new language and creative ideas for how to:

  • Accept and affirm your child’s unique smarts
  • Motivate your child to learn and study with all 8 smarts
  • Reawaken any “paralyzed” smarts
  • Redirect misbehavior in new, constructive ways
  • Guide your child spiritually, relationally, and to a good career fit

Dr. Kathy Koch loves seeing children flourish and helping parents make it happen—and it’s never too late to start. Now is the time to help your child be all that God designed him or her to be.

BONUS: Every book includes a FREE access code for the official 8 Great Smarts Quiz located at: www.8greatsmarts.com.

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iGEN

As seen in Time, USA TODAYThe AtlanticThe Wall Street Journal, and on CBS This Morning, BBC, PBS, CNN, and NPR, iGen is crucial reading to understand how the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation.

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults.

Born in the mid-1990s up to the mid-2000s, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps contributing to their unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality.

With the first members of iGen just graduating from college, we all need to understand them: friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.

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GLOW KIDS

From addiction expert Dr. Nicholas Kardaras, a startling argument that technology has profoundly affected the brains of children―and not for the better.

We’ve all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends’ houses―and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces―the Glow Kids―are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids―a form of interactive educational tool.

Don’t believe it.

In Glow Kids, Dr. Nicholas Kardaras will examine how technology―more specifically, age-inappropriate screen tech, with all of its glowing ubiquity―has profoundly affected the brains of an entire generation. Brain imaging research is showing that stimulating glowing screens are as dopaminergic (dopamine activating) to the brain’s pleasure center as sex. And a growing mountain of clinical research correlates screen tech with disorders like ADHD, addiction, anxiety, depression, increased aggression, and even psychosis. Most shocking of all, recent brain imaging studies conclusively show that excessive screen exposure can neurologically damage a young person’s developing brain in the same way that cocaine addiction can.

Kardaras will dive into the sociological, psychological, cultural, and economic factors involved in the global tech epidemic with one major goal: to explore the effect all of our wonderful shiny new technology is having on kids. Glow Kids also includes an opt-out letter and a “quiz” for parents in the back of the book.

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THURSDAY | MAY 7 | 8:00PM

Tessa Stuckey

Tessa Stuckey

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Tessa Stuckey, a licensed professional counselor, and mother of four has spent years studying teenagers and the cultural effects that contribute to the rise in teen depression, anxiety, and suicidality. Tessa is passionate and motivated to help bring those risks down and help families protect their future. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

PHONE APPS

BARK

Bark monitors texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms for signs of issues like cyberbullying, sexual content, online predators, depression, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more.

You can get email and text alerts when Bark detects potential issues so you can talk to your child and make sure everything is OK.

Click HERE for more information or to start your free trial.

FAMILY TIME

Say hello to effortless digital parenting that is easy, fun and 100% effective with FamilyTime – the best parental control app! FamilyTime is your ultimate parenting aide that will keep you posted on your children’s whereabouts and let you manage screen time and block apps on their phones with just a tap. What’s more: your kids can reach out to you instantly if they ever get into trouble with instant panic alerts. The future of smart digital parenting is now!

Click HERE to for more information.

BOOKS

FOR THE SAKE OF OUR YOUTH

 

In For the Sake of Our Youth, licensed professional counselor, mother to four boys, and first-time author Tessa Stuckey shares what she has learned about today’s youth and the struggles they face in our current culture. Through her work, Tessa has become well versed on depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in young people, and she believes that suicidal ideation among children is on the rise. It has become a big cultural storm—a storm that we haven’t prepared for.

Tessa gives advice to parents on what to do in response to the dangers our children face in the current culture and shows them how to raise their children intentionally. Parents must make strong connections with their children and build resilience. Her goal is to save lives and raise awareness of this awful epidemic.

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THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES OF CHILDREN

More than 1 million sold!

You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it?

The #1 New York Times bestselling The 5 Love Languages® has helped millions of couples learn the secret to building a love that lasts. Now discover how to speak your child’s love language in a way that he or she understands. Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell help you:

  • Discover your child’s love language
  • Assist your child in successful learning
  • Use the love languages to correct and discipline more effectively
  • Build a foundation of unconditional love for your child

Plus: Find dozens of tips for practical ways to speak your child’s love language.

Discover your child’s primary language—then speak it—and you will be well on your way to a stronger relationship with your flourishing child.

For a free online study guide, visit www.5lovelanguages.com.

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THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES OF TEENAGERS

Over 600,000 copies sold! Socially, mentally, and spiritually, teenagers face a variety of pressures and stresses each day. Despite these pressures, it is still parents who can influence teens the most, and The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers equips parents to make the most of that opportunity.

In this adaptation of the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages (more than 10 million copies sold), Dr. Gary Chapman explores the world in which teenagers live, explains their developmental changes, and gives tools to help you identify and appropriately communicate in your teen’s love language.

Get practical tips for how to:

  • Express love to your teen effectively
  • Navigate the key issues in your teen’s life, including anger and independence
  • Set boundaries that are enforced with discipline and consequences
  • Support and love your teen when he or she fails

Get ready to discover how the principles of the five love languages can really work in the life of your teenage and family.

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THE PRICE OF PRIVILEGE

In this ground-breaking book on the children of affluence, a well-known clinical psychologist exposes the epidemic of emotional problems that are disabling America’s privileged youth, thanks, in large part, to normalized, intrusive parenting that stunts the crucial development of the self.

In recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders; rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents. Materialism, pressure to achieve, perfectionism, and disconnection are combining to create a perfect storm that is devastating children of privilege and their parents alike.

In this eye-opening, provocative, and essential book, clinical psychologist Madeline Levine explodes one child-rearing myth after another. With empathy and candor, she identifies toxic cultural influences and well-intentioned, but misguided, parenting practices that are detrimental to a child’s healthy self-development. Her thoughtful, practical advice provides solutions that will enable parents to help their emotionally troubled “star” child cultivate an authentic sense of self.

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL

“Madeline Levine masterfully empowers parents to nurture each child’s unique gifts and to look beyond a narrow, short-sighted definition of success and instead to keep our eyes on the real goal of parenting – building young people who will do well now and throughout adult life. For the sake of the adults of tomorrow, I hope that Teach Your Children Well becomes a must-read and must-discuss book for parents today.”  — Kenneth R. Ginsburg MD, MS Ed, author of Letting Go with Love and Confidence and Building Resilience in Children and Teens

Psychologist Madeline Levine brings together cutting-edge research and thirty years of clinical experience to explode once and for all the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame.

Parents, educators, and the media wring their hands about the escalating rates of emotional problems and lack of real engagement with learning found so frequently among America’s children and teens. Yet there are ways to reverse these disheartening trends. Until we are clearer about our core values and the parenting choices that are most likely to lead to authentic, and not superficial, success, we will continue to raise exhausted, externally driven, and emotionally impaired children who believe they are only as good as their last performance.

Confronting the real issues behind why we push some of our kids to the breaking point while dismissing the talents and interests of many others, Levine shows us how to shift our focus from the excesses of hyper parenting and the unhealthy reliance on our children for status and meaning to a parenting style that concentrates on both enabling academic success and developing a sense of purpose, well-being, and connection in our children’s lives.

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VIDEO MESSAGE

EQUIP SERIES VIDEOS

MAY 7 - TESSA STUCKEY, LPC

MAY 14 - CHERYL BUTLER, LPC

MAY 21 - PANEL DISCUSSION PT 1

MAY 21 - PANEL DISCUSSION PT 2

MAY 28 - PANEL DISCUSSION PT 1

MAY 28 - PANEL DISCUSSION PT 2

EQUIP CONFERENCE POSTPONED

Due to health concerns due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Equip Conference has been postponed. We know our children’s mental health is of utmost priority for parents and our team is committed to present this learning-focused conference later this year. Until then, please check out the resources below from our conference speakers on coping with anxiety and depression in the midst of these uncertain times.

All registrants have been issued a full electronic refund and will be notified when a new conference date has been determined.

 

  RESOURCES  

Dr. Karin Price

Dr. Karin Price

Child & Adolescent Psychologist, PhD

 

Dr. Price is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine.  Her passion is providing evidence-based treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and training the next generation of psychologists to do the same.  Dr. Price is also responsible for collaborative program development in her role as Associate Chief of the Psychology Service. This includes health-related assessment and psychotherapy intervention, specialty outpatient mental health care, integrated primary care, and development of innovative service-delivery models.  Dr. Price has a passion for increasing access to evidence-based mental healthcare for children and their families and using patient-centered outcome monitoring tools to improve the quality of care provided across delivery systems.

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DR. PRICE

BOOKS

FREEING YOUR CHILD FROM ANXIETY

Childhood should be a happy, carefree time.

Too many children are stressed-out and exhibiting symptoms of anxiety. In Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, childhood anxiety expert Dr. Tamar Chansky shares a proven approach for helping children build emotional resilience for a happier and healthier life.

Parents everywhere want to know: What is normal? How can you know when stress has crossed over into a full-blown anxiety disorder? How can you prevent anxiety from taking root? And how do you help your son or daughter break free from a pattern of fear and worry and lead a happy, productive life? Fortunately, anxiety is very treatable, and parents can do a lot to help get their children’s emotional well-being back on track.

Freeing Your Child from Anxiety contains easy, fun, and effective tools for teaching children to outsmart their worries and take charge of their fears. This revised and updated edition also teaches how to prepare children to withstand the pressure in our competitive test-driven culture. Learn the tips, techniques, and exercises kids need to implement the book’s advice right away, including “How to Talk to Your Child” sections and “Do It Today” activities at the end of each chapter.

These simple solutions can help parents prevent their children from needlessly suffering today—and ensure that their children have the tools they need for a good life tomorrow.

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FREEING YOUR CHILD FROM NEGATIVE THINKING

A leading clinical expert in the fields of child cognitive behavior therapy and anxiety disorders, Dr. Tamar Chansky frequently counsels children (and their parents) whose negative thinking creates chronic or occasional emotional hurdles and impedes optimism, flexibility, and happiness. Now, in the first book that specifically focuses on negative thinking in kids, Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking provides parents, caregivers, and clinicians the same clear, concise, and compassionate guidance that Dr. Chansky employed in her previous guides to relieving children from anxiety and obsessive compulsive symptoms. Here she thoroughly covers the underlying causes of children’s negative attitudes, as well as providing multiple strategies for managing negative thoughts, building optimism, and establishing emotional resilience.

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Dr. Shaun Lester

Dr. Shaun Lester

Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC-S

 

Dr. Lester has over 30 years of experience providing Christian counseling to families. He manages a private practice at Compasstree Counseling, founded Help4Helpers, a free support network for professionals in human services (educators, medical professions, mental health providers, ministry staff, etc.) and established Ranger Wilderness, a Christian therapeutic wilderness program for children and adolescents.

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BOOKS

HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN

The ultimate “parenting bible” (The Boston Globe) with a new foreword—and available as an ebook for the first time—a timeless, beloved book on how to effectively communicate with your child from the #1 New York Times bestselling authors.

Internationally acclaimed experts on communication between parents and children, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish “are doing for parenting today what Dr. Spock did for our generation” (Parent Magazine).  Now, this bestselling classic includes fresh insights and suggestions as well as the author’s time-tested methods to solve common problems and build foundations for lasting relationships, including innovative ways to:

  • Cope with your child’s negative feelings, such as frustration, anger, and disappointment
  • Express your strong feelings without being hurtful
  • Engage your child’s willing cooperation
  • Set firm limits and maintain goodwill
    Use alternatives to punishment that promote self-discipline
  • Understand the difference between helpful and unhelpful praise
  • Resolve family conflicts peacefully

Enthusiastically praised by parents and professionals around the world, the down-to-earth, respectful approach of Faber and Mazlish makes relationships with children of all ages less stressful and more rewarding. 

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FILIAL THERAPY

Since the first edition of this book was published in 1984, public and professional interest in Filial Therapy has grown substantially throughout the world. Research on the approach continues to grow. The third edition elaborates on the principles, values, and theories on which Filial Therapy is based and updates the research as well as the applications of the method to a wide range of presenting problems. References have been updated, derivative formats have been included, and the method’s multicultural value continues to be highlighted.

Filial Therapy has been shown through 50 years of research and clinical experience to be an effective intervention for children and families experiencing a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. This unique therapy involves parents as the primary change agents to resolve child-related problems, to encourage children’s healthy psychosocial development, and to strengthen entire families. Filial therapists train and supervise parents as the parents conduct child-centered play sessions with their children, an approach that not only helps eliminate presenting problems but also strengthens parent-child and family relationships. This guide covers the principles, theoretical foundations, research, concepts, and specific methods used in Filial Therapy. Common problems are discussed, and one family’s experience is followed throughout the course of therapy.

Includes:

  • Ways to integrate Filial Therapy with other theories (i.e., psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, interpersonal, cognitive, developmental/attachment, & family systems)
  • Basic skills and tools needed by therapists offering Filial Therapy, integrating parents into play sessions, selection of playroom toys, supervision of parents, and much much more.
  • Provides alternate formats for filial therapy (i.e., individual families, integration with other interventions, prevention programs, very brief formats, use with foster and adoptive families)
  • Applications to specialized populations of children (i.e., children of divorce, school problems, depressed, chronic illnesses, anxious & perfectionistic, elimination problems, addicted parents, attention deficit problems, abused/neglected, attachment disruptions & disorders, exposure to domestic violence, oppositional defiant disorders), military families, families with first responders, families experiencing traumatic events, multicultural applications, case studies, and much more.

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THE EXPLOSIVE CHILD

A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

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CONNECT WITH YOUR TEENAGER

This is a book for all parents. It serves as a complete guide for long-term positive parenting of teenagers or even younger children. It is written for parents as users in everyday situations from the perspective of their teenagers’ needs. In the book, you will find very practical parenting tips for when you don’t know how to deal with teenagers, how to make kids listen, how to motivate teens, how to renew broken bonds etc. You will learn about your part of responsibility in your relationship, and how to gain parental power. The second part guides you through typical everyday examples, and simple innovative parental tips on how to keep the connection with your teenager and create responses so that you can support the safe and healthy development of your child. It can serve as your personalized book with your own important notes. We wrote the book thinking about, and remembering, all the people we had met at our consultations, who had struggled with how to deal with problems with their teens. The book is for everyone who, at a certain point in their life, felt like: they aren’t equipped with appropriate experience; they grew up in different times or cultural situations and aren’t sure how to adjust (most of us did); they stopped participating actively and thoughtfully in parenting, because they were excluded from, or encountered, disagreements in their partnership; giving up because of feeling powerless; they have no support from their partner; they don’t know what to do, because they had already used up all their ideas. However, this book can also be useful for: single parents; teachers who haven’t necessarily had experience with their own teens; parents of younger children (who will soon enough become teens), helping prepare us in advance. This book will give you the willpower and a reason to begin tackling your “problems,” as well as the power to be patient. Our teens are always smart. Don’t forget that, in this period, they are the only smart beings in the house—at least that’s what they think. They have answers to everything, and lots of words, power and energy. Parents usually fall silent, powerless, because we struggle to find the right words in the heat of the moment. This book is a genuine warehouse of pacifying “ammunition” in the form of words and ways how to use these words in a non-conflictive, but assertive, manner. This book may be used in several ways. When writing, we were guided by the principle that parents should be able to use this book in practice. It provides you with two options of reading: 1. You can start at the beginning and follow the step-by-step path to self-growth. 2. The book is divided into sections, so you can easily find and resolve the problem at hand. Our focus in the book is on the awareness of your role as parents. When thinking about changes, they should be oriented towards the notion of how we could change ourselves as parents, not how we stay the same and force our children to change.

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VIRAL PARENTING

 

Mindy McKnight, YouTube’s favorite mom, shares the tools parents need to keep kids safe in their online lives–and shows how to create stronger family relationships as they do.

 A cross between Jen Hatmaker and Rosalind Wiseman, Viral Parenting is a guide to raising responsible, safe, and communicative kids in the digital world. Mindy shares practical tools for having honest conversations with kids of all ages about privacy, bullying, respectfulness, and family time, while emphasizing the importance of trust and open communication. These strategies are timeless–whether applied to texting, snapping, Facebooking, Hiking, or whatever social media platforms await us in the future, this book is ultimately about teaching children about personal responsibility and safety.

Mindy shares practical tools for creating family rules for kids of all ages about privacy, bullying, respectfulness, and family time, while emphasizing the importance of trust and open communication. Using family contracts, guided conversations, device checks, and respectful but firm oversight, the McKnights have raised a close-knit family and navigated the complexity of being world-wide internet celebrities with grace. McKnight will show any parent of any child or teen how that’s done–setting non-negotiable guidelines and offering a savvy perspective toward privacy that audience have been begging for.

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QUEEN BEES & WANNABES

“My daughter used to be so wonderful. Now I can barely stand her, and she won’t tell me anything. How can I find out what’s going on?”

“There’s a clique in my daughter’s grade that’s making her life miserable. She doesn’t want to go to school anymore. Her own supposed friends are turning on her, and she’s too afraid to do anything. What can I do?”

Welcome to the wonderful world of your daughter’s adolescence. A world in which she comes to school one day to find that her friends have suddenly decided that she no longer belongs. Or she’s teased mercilessly for wearing the wrong outfit or having the wrong friend. Or branded with a reputation she can’t shake. Or pressured into conforming so she won’t be kicked out of the group. For better or worse, your daughter’s friendships are the key to enduring adolescence—as well as the biggest threat to her well-being.

In her groundbreaking book, Queen Bees and Wannabes, Empower cofounder Rosalind Wiseman takes you inside the secret world of girls’ friendships. Wiseman has spent more than a decade listening to thousands of girls talk about the powerful role cliques play in shaping what they wear and say, how they respond to boys, and how they feel about themselves. In this candid, insightful book, she dissects each role in the clique: Queen Bees, Wannabes, Messengers, Bankers, Targets, Torn Bystanders, and more. She discusses girls’ power plays, from birthday invitations to cafeteria seating arrangements and illicit parties. She takes readers into “Girl World” to analyze teasing, gossip, and reputations; beauty and fashion; alcohol and drugs; boys and sex; and more, and how cliques play a role in every situation.

Each chapter includes “Check Your Baggage” sections to help you identify how your own background and biases affect how you see your daughter. “What You Can Do to Help” sections offer extensive sample scripts, bulleted lists, and other easy-to-use advice to get you inside your daughter’s world and help you
help her.

It’s not just about helping your daughter make it alive out of junior high. This book will help you understand how your daughter’s relationship with friends and cliques sets the stage for other intimate relationships as she grows and guides her when she has tougher choices to make about intimacy, drinking and drugs, and other hazards. With its revealing look into the secret world of teenage girls and cliques, enlivened with the voices of dozens of girls and a much-needed sense of humor, Queen Bees and Wannabes will equip you with all the tools you need to build the right foundation to help your daughter make smarter choices and empower her during this baffling, tumultuous time of life.

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THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD

New York Times Bestseller! The authors of No-Drama Discipline and The Yes Brain explain the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures in this pioneering, practical book.

“Simple, smart, and effective solutions to your child’s struggles.”—Harvey Karp, M.D.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

Complete with age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.

“[A] useful child-rearing resource for the entire family . . . The authors include a fair amount of brain science, but they present it for both adult and child audiences.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Strategies for getting a youngster to chill out [with] compassion.”—The Washington Post

“This erudite, tender, and funny book is filled with fresh ideas based on the latest neuroscience research. I urge all parents who want kind, happy, and emotionally healthy kids to read The Whole-Brain Child. This is my new baby gift.”—Mary Pipher, Ph.D., author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shelter of Each Other

“Gives parents and teachers ideas to get all parts of a healthy child’s brain working together.”—Parent to Parent

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BRAINSPOTTING

Brain-based therapy is the fastest-growing area in the field of psychological health because it has proven that it can immediately address issues that talk therapy can take years to heal. Now Dr. David Grand presents the next leap forward in psychological care―combining the strengths of brain-based and talk therapies into a powerful technique he calls Brainspotting. In Brainspotting, Dr. Grand reveals the key insight that allowed him to develop this revolutionary therapeutic tool: that where we look reveals critical information about what’s going on in our brain. Join him to learn about:
The history of Brainspotting―how it evolved from EMDR practice as a more versatile tool for brain-based therapy.

  • Brainspotting in action―case studies and evidence for the effectiveness of the technique
  • An overview of the different aspects of Brainspotting and how to use them
  • Between sessions―how clients can use Brainspotting on their own to reinforce and accelerate healing
  • Why working simultaneously with the right and left brain can lead to expanded creativity and athletic performance
  • How Brainspotting can be used to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction, physical pain, chronic illness, and much more

“Brainspotting lets the therapist and client participate together in the healing process,” explains Dr. Grand. “It allows us to harness the brain’s natural ability for self-scanning, so we can activate, locate, and process the sources of trauma and distress in the body.” With Brainspotting, this pioneering researcher introduces an invaluable tool that can support virtually any form of therapeutic practice―and greatly accelerate our ability to heal.

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THIS NAKED MIND

This Naked Mind has ignited a movement across the country, helping thousands of people forever change their relationship with alcohol.

Many people question whether drinking has become too big a part of their lives, and worry that it may even be affecting their health. But, they resist change because they fear losing the pleasure and stress-relief associated with alcohol, and assume giving it up will involve deprivation and misery.  

This Naked Mind offers a new, positive solution. Here, Annie Grace clearly presents the psychological and neurological components of alcohol use based on the latest science, and reveals the cultural, social, and industry factors that support alcohol dependence in all of us.  Packed with surprising insight into the reasons we drink, this book will open your eyes to the startling role of alcohol in our culture, and how the stigma of alcoholism and recovery keeps people from getting the help they need. With Annie’s own extraordinary and candid personal story at its heart, this book is a must-read for anyone who drinks.

This Naked Mind will give you freedom from alcohol. It removes the psychological dependence so that you will not crave alcohol, allowing you to easily drink less (or stop drinking). With clarity, humor, and a unique blend of science and storytelling, This Naked Mind will open the door to the life you have been waiting for.

“You have given me my live back.” —Katy F., Albuquerque, New Mexico

“This is an inspiring and groundbreaking must-read. I am forever inspired and changed.” —Kate S., Los Angeles, California

“The most selfless and amazing book that I have ever read.” —Bernie M., Dublin, Ireland

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