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Social Skills: Let’s Teach Them !


As this school year wraps up, most students and parents will eagerly, or  for some anxiously, wait for report cards. Progress in reading, math, writing, physical education and perhaps, depending on your district or structure of your school, aspects of learning such as ‘motivation’ or ‘character’ will be indicated somewhere on the document. However, do you know how your child is functioning regarding social skills? Does it really matter?

Research in education today signals a resounding yes. In generations past, children acquired these skills almost exclusively at home and within their families. With increasing negative societal influences and various sources of stress bombarding so many of us, it’s hard for parents to go it alone. Schools can often be an important partner with parents to provide positive social skills development. Yet, what can you do if your child doesn’t seem to be interacting socially in age appropriate ways?

More Wins 2015 NASW Media Award

2015 NASW Media AwardWhat do Lisa Ling, Rosie O’Donnel and I have in common? Not much. Except…we have all been awarded with a 2015 The National Association of Social Workers Media Award for using the media to help raise awareness of social work and social issues.  My website was voted “Best Blog.”

I love creating helpful and trusted content so it’s just icing on the cake to be recognized for my efforts. I am so grateful to be able to share my understanding of mental health, relationships, and strategies to build a private practice with my loyal readers. Thank you so much to all who voted!

Click here for the full list of winners.

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How to Deal with Critical People

We’ve all met those people that seem to offer up more criticism than healthy advice or positive reinforcement.  Learning how interact with those overly critical people without letting them bring you down can be a very difficult thing.  Sometimes we may be able to simply walk away from them, but other times we are forced to have those people around us.  If you ever struggle with this, here is an article with some of my thoughts and tips on how to more effectively respond to the critical people in your life.

Making the ‘Invisible’ Work of Caregiving Visible: An evening with Julie Hanks

Making the ‘Invisible’ Work of Caregiving Visible: An evening with Julie Hanks

Caring Economy Conversation final for reals

Join Julie Hanks for a Caring Economy Discussion

Date: Thursday, March 26
Time: 7:309:00 pm
Location: Wasatch Family Therapy
7084 South 2300 East Suite 215
Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
RSVP by 3.20.15 HERE

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  • How can we make the “invisible” work of caregiving more visible and valued?
  • It’s estimated that 75% of unpaid caregiving work is provided by women?
  • Did you  know that 1 in 3 women (and her children) live in poverty or are teetering on the brink?
  • Did you know that volunteer, household management, and caregiving comprises 30-60% of the GDP, but isn’t even included in our economic equation?
  • Join me for a discussion group about how we can create a more Caring Economy
  • Learn more about the Caring Economy Campaign here



@Julie_Hanks Named Top Mental Health Experts on Twitter

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Can 140 characters really make a difference? A recent article by a top medial software company Capterra listed their top 33 mental health experts to follow on Twitter…and I made the list.

Here’s an expert from the article.

Over 280 million people use Twitter regularly, and they each spend 170 minutes per month on the social sharing service.


That adds up to a lot of time and energy invested into 140 characters or less, but it also means there’s some great, unique and authoritative voices on Twitter sharing some really awesome things.


This is especially true in the mental and behavioral health space, where not only individuals, but organizations, institutes, and departments are busy tweeting the most interesting news and thoughts on treating and understanding mental illness. Read 33 Mental Health Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter

I’m honored to be listed among such a prestigious group!

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Healthy Personal Boundaries: Holly Willard Podcast

Healthy Personal Boundaries: Holly Willard Podcast

Enjoy Holly Willard, LCSW’s interview on Healthy Personal Boundaries on the Brain Injury Radio station with Host Kim Justus.  Hear what Holly has to say. Listen to the podcast below.

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Creating Reasonable Resolutions: Monette Cash on Fox 13 Salt Lake City

It’s that time again. The New Year is a time when so many of us resolve to create change. We want to change our love life, change our waistline, or change our career. But it can become frustrating when the changes we desire don’t always happen the way we envisioned.

LCSW Monette Cash sat down with Dave Nemeth on Fox 13 Salt Lake City to discuss ways to create reasonable resolutions. She suggests that instead of making lofty resolutions, we instead make mini habits to practice on a daily basis that will eventually lead us to our goals.


This Week at WFT 9/29/14



Wednesday, October 1st, 6 – 8 pm

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Monday, September 29th – Holly Willard, LCSW on KSL Fresh Living

Tune in today to hear what Holly Willard has to say on the topic “Why Kids Lie”.



Supporting a Friend Through Miscarriage: Julie Hanks interview with Woman’s Day


Chances are that you know a woman who has had a miscarriage.  It can be difficult to know how to respond when a friend experiences such a tragedy.

LCSW Julie Hanks recently offered her professional insight on the topic to a Woman’s Day article entitled “9 Things Never to Say to a Woman Who’s Had a Miscarriage.”  Here’s a quick review of what not to say in this situation:


Getting to Know Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, Clinical Director of Wasatch Family Therapy


PsychCentral recently interviewed our very own Clair Mellenthin, the Clinical Director here at Wasatch Family Therapy. Clair was asked about how she copes with stress, the best part of her job, and her overall experiences being a therapist. Here are a few of her answers: