Sunday, March 9, 2014

Helping children with anxiety using cognitive behavior therapy

An evidence-based approach to helping children with anxiety is CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). Here is a video that outlines how it works.
CBT for child anxiety video

Friday, August 10, 2012

Counseling demonstration video 1

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Being both evidence-based and culturally responsive.

This video presents multicultural concepts and information relevant to people in the helping professions.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

NIMH · National Survey Dispels Notion that Social Phobia is the Same as Shyness

NIMH · National Survey Dispels Notion that Social Phobia is the Same as Shyness

In this important study, the distinction was found between shyness and a diagnosable disorder. Children suffering from social anxiety benefit from proper diagnosis and treatment.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TED-ED: A resource for teachers and life-long learners both.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Munchhausen by Proxy Video

This video presents disturbing depictions of this disorder. In this disorder, parents may induce suffering on children in order to obtain attention.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Helping parents of LBGTQ youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning children.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

68 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom

Friday, February 25, 2011

Pot smoking and later development of psychosis

In a large meta-analysis, the connection between pot smoking and later development of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, was explored. The finding of an association does not mean that pot-smoking has a causative effect, since a correlational finding does not prove causation. For further details about the finding, see the article by Nestor Lopez-Duran (2011) at the Child Psychology Research Blog at the following website.

Lopez-Duran, N. (2011) Pot use and early psychosis: Does smoking marijuana increase the risk for schizophrenia? Child Psychology Research Blog.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How can cognitive behavior therapy help people with anxiety?

Part of "The Answered Patient" video series on Youtube

Friday, December 10, 2010

ADHD video

Spare the Rod: Spoil the Myth about Punishment's Effects

Many people still believe that tough discipline or punishments are the most effective measure to change a child's behavior. However, the research does not support this contention.

According to many studies, there is very little reason to believe that punishments are the best way to improve behavior in children. There are other means of improving behavior and teaching values that are more effective and have less harmful consequences. That is the short answer, when you ask many psychologists this question.

In an article on the topic entitled "Spanking Leads To Child Aggression And Anxiety, Regardless Of Cultural Norm" in ScienceDaily, there is a summary of the research about the effects of spanking on childhood aggression (ScienceDaily, 2005).

According to this article, regardless of the cultural norms, when children are physically disciplined they are more likely to be anxious and aggressive than children who received other forms of discipline. The article cited this finding from the Journal of Child Development.

The article can be found at the following web address:

Study results on spanking and IQ are reviewed at the following website, as well.,8599,1926222,00.html?xid=rss-health

In the article, Cloud (2009) reviews findings and writes, "Straus, who is 83 and has been studying corporal punishment since 1969, found that kids who were physically punished had up to a five-point lower IQ score than kids who weren't — the more children were spanked, the lower their IQs — and that the effect could be seen not only in individual children but across entire nations as well" (Cloud, 2009, paragraph 2). This article can be found at the above website of Time online.

I came across an interesting article by Eliza Ferree (2009) at the website, entitled Does Spanking Cause Lower IQs? In this article, the author discusses a study showing an association between spanking and IQ were explored. According to a study involving hundreds of US children, spanking was associated with lower IQ. The more children were spanked, the lower was their IQ. Of course, a correlation of two variables does not mean that one variable caused the other. It is possible that both variables are caused by a third one. The comments thread is interesting to read as many readers cite the experience of having been spanked and being OK as if it were evidence that over-turns the evidence of actual research on hundreds of children with controls. The view that anecdotes are stronger evidence than well controlled studies is remarkable.

This article can be found at the following website.