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?
What 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 JulieHanks.com 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!
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.
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!
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.
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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”.
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:
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: