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Tuesday's Children offers mental health services to all 9/11 children and families and bridges mental health services and our wellness programs. Our services for children, adolescents and adults include: psychological assesment; individual, family and couples counseling; support groups; and referrals to community resources. Psychologists and therapists from various organizations consult with our program managers on mental health considerations in the development and delivery of programming; provide training to staff about the signs and symptoms of trauma and grief and appropriate response to them; participate in the delivery of wellness programs; and provide appropriate referral, counseling and follow-through.
Tuesday's Children believes that counseling is a partnership that respects your individuality, reaffirms your strengths and reconnects you with possibilities for the future.
Last month, Tuesday's Children helped spread awareness for National Children's Mental Health Awareness day, on May 9th by partnering with the Child Mind Institute's Speak Up for Kids event.
Watch noted child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Ravitz, MD, MS, speak about raising resilient children and current developments in resiliency research here
Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life. "Short conversations..." is a weekly online series connecting you to the ideas of the renowned Ackerman faculty as they talk about marriage, child rearing, aging, substance abuse, sexuality and other important family experiences. We hope you will listen to these "short conversations" as they provide practical information about issues that affect the quality of family life.
For more Short Conversations from The Ackerman Institute for the Family, visit their site at Ackerman.org.
By Gail Saltz, MD
Gail is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, columnist, best-selling author and TV commentator who specializes in mental health and relationship issues.
The American Psychological Association Help Center
The Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic articles give tips on how to cope with unwanted holiday stress.
Optimism is the belief that things will turn out well. It is the expectation that good things will come your way and that you have the ability to control the direction of your life.
It's important that you have the same expectations of your anxious child that you would of another child (to go to birthday parties, make decisions, talk to adults). However, understand that the pace will need to be slower and there is a process involved in meeting this end goal.
This article was developed by the NYU Child Study Center for parents of all children, regardless of the impact of 9/11 on their lives. It provides guidelines to parents and family members on how to talk to children and adolescents about the events of 9/11. It also provides tips on how to support children and help them cope with their feelings and thoughts related to the anniversary.
Flow is the mental state in which you are fully immersed in an activity. Your focus is laser-like. You feel lost in the activity — fully absorbed in what you are doing. Time stands still. You are "in the zone." When in flow, people describe deep concentration, a sense of being in control, and that the activity itself is intrinsically rewarding. Flow is deeply satisfying and brings a feeling of joy.
Fran Furman, LMSW is the Director of Counseling at Tuesday’s Children. In 2003, she assumed a position with St. Vincent's Trauma and Wellness Center (formerly known as World Trade Center Healing Services) and provided trauma counseling services to 9/11 uniformed and public safety workers and first responders and their families. She did outreach to 9/11 impacted populations and organizations such as the Port Authority, the FDNY, and EMS personnel. She also facilitated the bringing of holistic stress management services such as ear acupuncture, Reiki and massage therapy to 9/11 affected organizations and rescue and recovery workers on-site.
In 2005, as the Director of both the Employee Assistance Program and Programs for Veterans at St. Vincent's Hospital, she initiated a partnership between the Wounded Warrior Project and the Trauma & Wellness Center. Through this partnership clinical staff provided workshops on coping with combat stress for military service men and women who have been injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. In 2006, she traveled to the Wounded Warrior barracks at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, the first barracks in the United States specifically for the Iraqi war wounded, to provide combat stress seminars. She received a medal of excellence from Ret. Brigadier Major Lorre K. Sutton, former Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & TBI for her work with veterans.
Fran is the President of the New York City EAP Chapter, a member of the Occupational Clinical Psychology Group and the Mental Health Association Veterans Advisory Coalition of New York City and is certified in ear acupuncture.