Additional Resources for Parents

  • Divorce is tough for all members of the family. Dr. Robert Emery, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia, comments about how divorce may affect children, what evidence-based practices can help families through divorce, what is not recommended in divorce, things parents should be doing, and the professionals and resources that can help. Links to mentioned resources include http://www.afccnet.org/ and http://emeryondivorce.com/ Please click here to watch the video.
  • How does child abuse effect a family? How can someone get out of that dynamic? Dr. David Kolko, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, helps parents understand how child abuse is defined, the symptoms that both children and caregivers can show when they are suffering from child abuse, and a number of empirically supported interventions that help families recover from child abuse. Please click here to watch the video.
  • Worried that your teenager may be using drugs or alcohol? Dr. Ken Winters, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, helps parents understand the behaviors to look for in teenagers who are using substances, what programs have good scientific support for helping teens with substance use problems, and three key factors to look for when choosing a substance use program. In addition, this video describes the role a parent can have while their child is in treatment for substance use. Please click here to watch the video.
  • How do you identify and prevent risky behaviors such as substance use, sexual relations, and violence in relationships during adolescence? In this video, Dr. David Wolfe, a senior researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, describes some of the most common risky behaviors in children and teens, how to differentiate between normal risk and what crosses the line, what to do when you think your child needs more help than you can give, the types of programs that are best suited for helping children, and the role that parents play in a child’s treatment. It also explains how to help normalize your child back into the family and the community once they’ve gotten the help they need. Please click here to watch the video.
  • Approximately 20-25% of children experience some form of ticks during their lifetime. How do you know if your child has Tourette syndrome? Dr. Douglas Woods, Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, helps parents understand the basics of Tourette syndrome, where to seek advice, and what to expect as your child undergoes treatment. This is an extremely informative video that also details different forms of treatment therapy, what to look for in your treatment provider, and parents’ vital role in therapy. Please click here to watch the video.
  • Is your child having trouble taking their medications? It is important to help your children follow their medical treatments as described by their doctors. Dr. Michael Rapoff, Ralph L. Smith (Distinguished) Professor of Pediatrics, Vice-Chair for Research/Scholarship, and Director of the Faculty Mentoring Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center, discusses strategies that can help parents keep their children on their prescribed medication schedules. He also describes the consequences of non-adherence to medication schedules and the resources that are available to parents to support adherence planning. Please click here to watch the video.