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September 1, 2005 Volume 1 Issue 12 ... "Negotiating Life"
Aoccdrnig to a rsceearh at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers are in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by ilstef, but reahtr the wrod as a wlohe ... more

August 17, 2005 Volume 1 Issue 11 ... "Do The Right Thing"
APS Healthcare was commissioned to do a gap analysis regarding mental health services for the state of Georgia.  Multiple issues emerged including limited staffing, funding issues, and limitations of services.  Despite these issues, APS states in their summary, "At the local level, there are a number of examples of innovative programming, collaboration across agencies and technologically advanced solutions that result in quality care and high consumer satisfaction.  In the midst of a national healthcare crisis, state budget reductions, and competition for local resources, the staff that formed the local mental health system in Georgia remained dedicated and steadfast in their mission to serve citizens within their community who are affected by mental illness.  ... Georgia's most valuable asset: its administrative and clerical work force" ... more

January 5, 2005 Volume 1 Issue 10 ... "Interpretation ... 4 yr Old Removed From Parents"
This child is 4 years old. S/he was removed from their parent because of drug use and abandonment issues. The child had a history of being shifted from person to person in the family without any significant stability. S/he was tested using the MPA-48 to determine the level of emotional and developmental heath ... more

May 7, 2004 Volume 1 Issue 9 ... "Moving Dynamic Interactions into Patterned Interactions to Relieve Stress"
In our last issue we talked about children's stress and their problem solving ability. Today's topic -- where does the stress come from? The simple answer is that it is a part of life. A slightly more complex answer is ... more

April 22, 2004 Volume 1 Issue 8 ... "In Reality a Thief is a Thief"
Anxiety or stress is uncomfortable. It can range from simple nervousness to panic and paralysis. When anyone is faced with continual stress, the person will look for a way to escape it ... more

March 12, 2004 Volume 1 Issue 7 ... "Stress Is A Part of Life"
Stress is an inevitable part of life. For children, stress occurs regularly. The entire world is new and unique. It cannot be learned without interaction and testing to find out how it works. This is true for both people and things. Since stress is inevitable, it can have productive or detrimental affects on how patterns are formed. It is the glue, the dynamic that causes patterns to form and to remain in an organized, structured form ... more

February 27, 2004 Volume 1 Issue 6 ... "What Happens When Stress Enters the Picture?"
A healthy interaction process between parent and child allows for a natural shift in control of the world and relationships between them. This shift allows the caregiver to offer support for the positive within the bounds of the behavior. From interaction with the caregiver the child is learning what is acceptable or unacceptable in their culture ... more

February 13, 2004 Volume 1 Issue 5 ... "The Problems That Children Need To Solve"
Beginning with the idea that children are “little problem solvers”, one might ask what the problems are that children need to solve? One is care. Not only care regarding physical needs, but also care for emotional needs. Food, shelter, and clothing cover the basics of physical care. Emotional care requires touching, holding, communicating, and playing. Three other basic childhood problems also exist ... more

January 30, 2004 Volume 1 Issue 4 ... "Little Problem Solvers"
Over the next few Child Matters issues, I will describe a positive and practical psychology - a simple, straightforward process used to determine the problem, how the problem affects the person, and what to do about it. Our goal -- to realize a new, efficient and effective system for mental health assessment, treatment and outcome measurement -- all combined into a practical psychology ... more

January 14, 2004 Volume 1 Issue 3 ... "Practical Psychology"
Imagine -- imagine that you could find a practical, useable psychology - one that gives you answers - that works in an intuitive way - and that makes normal sense to most people. A practical psychology is a simple, unique way of looking at a problem and determining what to do about it.  Sure, people would have to be pointed in this direction, but once they get the basics, a typical staff person could actually use it on their own ... more

December 19, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 2 ... "The Right Combination"
Children have little choice about the families they are born into. They have even less choice about the treatment they receive. They are small and helpless. They can notify us of their needs but they cannot necessarily fulfill them for themselves. In the beginning choice is limited and expands as they grow older ... more

December 3, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 1 ... "The Children Business"
Most, if not all, of the people who work with children are caring, compassionate people. Each worker brings special skills and value to the interaction that improves a child's life. In times of budget cuts and weird governmental mandates, dollars get tight and caring professionals get worried. They worry because they know that there are two sides to the children business ... more

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