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Parental Alienation: A Conversation

Fountain Hill Center therapists Randy Flood and Ben Burgess recently sat down with Grand Rapids-based family law attorneys Connie Thacker and Allison Sleight to discuss parental alienation. Parental alienation is a phenomenon that can develop in cases of high-conflict divorce where one parent, either consciously… continue reading Parental Alienation: A Conversation

Welcome, Helen Ceballo-Hernandez

(en español) The Fountain Hill Center is pleased to welcome new counselor Helen Ceballo-Hernandez as a member of our permanent staff! Helen will be seeing clients in our Grand Rapids office on Tuesdays, from 8 AM to 7 PM, and will gradually be making more… continue reading Welcome, Helen Ceballo-Hernandez

Bienvenido, Helen Ceballo-Hernandez

¡El Centro Fountain Hill se complace en dar la bienvenida a la nueva consejera Helen Ceballo-Hernandez! Helen estará viendo clientes en nuestra oficina de Grand Rapids los martes, de 8 am a 7 pm, y poco a poco estará haciendo más horas disponibles para los… continue reading Bienvenido, Helen Ceballo-Hernandez

Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

It’s back-to-school time, and if you’re a parent of a K-12 child, the paperwork and homework has begun! I had no idea how tedious paperwork could be until I had a school-aged child. And that’s saying a lot, since I’m in the mental health field,… continue reading Tips and Solutions for Homework Frustration (No Dog Required)

Developing Grit in Our Kids

By Tracy Thompson When I work with parents and children together, I typically start out by asking them to make a list of challenges. Generally speaking, parents start by talking about the lack of motivation in kids, the disrespect, and behaviors that drive them nuts.… continue reading Developing Grit in Our Kids

Fountain Hill Works to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month For the last 35 years, April has been a time for communities all across the country to work on increasing awareness of child abuse and neglect and to provide prevention resources and strategies. Over the last month, organizations… continue reading Fountain Hill Works to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

Outsourcing Emotional Labor

No, outsourcing emotional labor is not some geo-political strategy by corporations to improve profits. This is a reality that women have been aware of for a long time. Simply put, outsourcing emotional labor is a description of how men often leave the emotional work in… continue reading Outsourcing Emotional Labor

Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be especially difficult for folks who are grieving or who have experienced trauma. Gail Johnson has some tips for how to regain a sense of calm and perspective when a situation this holiday season confounds and overwhelms you.   First, pause…… continue reading Tips for Dealing with Trauma During the Holiday Season

Pull-Ups Are Safe; Underwear Is Scary

I was recently in the think tank at my house. Some people in my family call this the shower, but I prefer “think tank,” because it is the only place in my house between my two-year-old’s toddler superhero orchestras, my four-year-old’s Michael Jackson impersonations, and… continue reading Pull-Ups Are Safe; Underwear Is Scary

In Silence, In Horror: Unhealthy Approaches to Children’s Trauma

I was 15, walking through my high school halls, when my friend Jennifer ran up to me and said, “There was a school shooting in Colorado today!” Like every one of my peers that day, I was struck with the awful realization that bad things… continue reading In Silence, In Horror: Unhealthy Approaches to Children’s Trauma