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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

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)

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

Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?

Since the term “parental alienation” appeared, countless articles have described the phenomenon of battered spouses losing custody of their children when their batterer defended with claims that the battered spouse tried to alienate them from their children. As a result, domestic violence advocates and some… continue reading Parental Alienation and Domestic Violence: What Gets Lost in the Fog?

5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Teenagers fall in love, and they make love. They smoke pot and cigarettes. They drink alcohol. And most of this is behind their parents backs because they’ve been warned, “You better never…” When parents communicate with threats, the message translates to, “You better never get caught…” Let’s… continue reading 5 Ways to Guide Teens through Risk Taking

Holiday Daze: Understanding the Stress of the Season

We all wish our winter holidays to be a time for celebrating, happiness, thankfulness, and togetherness. By October, we’ve started to form expectations – fantasies about gifts, family, and friends. But often those aren’t met. We’ll feel resentful, hurt, and disappointed. Here are a few… continue reading Holiday Daze: Understanding the Stress of the Season

Surviving the U.S. Immigration Process

President Obama’s recent support of a complete immigration overhaul and the continued debate within Congress has highlighted the lengthy, uncertain, and often confusing journey that many individuals and families undergo in hopes to gain permanent residency or U.S. citizenship. There are an estimated 11 million… continue reading Surviving the U.S. Immigration Process