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2018 Fall Conference: Promoting Forgiveness

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Everett Worthington speak at a national conference. I was a very young therapist at the time and found myself often overwhelmed by the topic of forgiveness with clients. I had been to seminary and graduate school, so I knew all the right answers and knew what to say in sessions, but I was not always sure how to lovingly convey that message to hurting clients. I remember hearing stories of trauma, grief, and hurt and thinking to myself, “How in the world would I ever broach the subject of forgiveness with this person? That feels so cold!”more...

Launching Your Child Into Adulthood

How do we prepare our children to make the transition into adulthood?more...

Connecting with Kids During Summer

Well, parents—summer break is now upon us! For some, it is a welcomed relief from the rigorous activities that a busy school schedule creates; while for others, it can be the root of even more stress, as parents now have the task of figuring out how to keep their children entertained for two and a half months. In today’s age, many of us have grown dependent on the “built-in babysitter” that almost everyone has access to in their home: electronics! While electronics can serve a good purpose, as parents, many of us have come to rely too heavily on screen technologies when it comes to entertaining our children. If not monitored closely, this over-reliance can lead to addictive behaviors and can affect our children in a harmful manner.more...

Learning to Live Free in a Fear-Inducing World

As I sit down to write this article, the nation is still reeling from the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The very first news story I saw this morning was about a terrorist attack in a foreign country. The second story was an interview with a survivor of the Florida shooting. At this moment, two political pundits are debating some issue (does it really matter which one?) with all the requisite eye rolling, name-calling, the sky is falling, ratings producing hysteria they can muster. And I haven’t even finished my morning coffee.more...

Connecting: Mothers & Daughters-in-Law

Let’s be truthful. When someone says “mother-in-law,” it is often followed by an eye-roll or groan. I think of the controlling, busy body, meddling character, Marie, on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. She justifies her behavior with one of her favorite lines, “What I do comes from love.” more...

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