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Betsy Bowers
Introducing Resilience and Relationship: A New Social Skill Training and Stress Processing Group for Girls Ages 13-15
By; Betsy Bowers, MA MFTC, LAMFT

The intensity of being a teen is undeniable, even comical to some.  However, with the rise of childhood and adolescent depression, it is clear that more discussions need to be sparked around coping skills and social development. As addressed by Roni Cohen-Sandler in her text Stressed Out Girls (2005), we live in a world full of pressures that girls begin to feel at an earlier and earlier age.    From technology to media, academics and activities, the girls that you have raised are encountering a barrage of messages designed to make them question themselves.  It is natural for many teens to be self-conscious and uncertain, but there are increasing demands for girls to handle these emotions in dramatically destructive ways.  According to Micheal J. Bradley in Yes, Your Teen is Crazy (2003), over 20% of college aged girls internalize the stress and body ideals early in development that manifest in eating disorders in their twenties. Marilee Strong speaks to the prevalence and complexity of self-injury as described through 50 interviews with teens and adults in her sobering compilation entitled A Bright Red Scream (1999).  Focusing on the experience of discrete individuals, the depth of pain and confusion in this particular developmental stage can easily be misunderstood or dismissed.   

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Jordan R. Yates, MA MFT, LAPC
Penalty Flags: Choose Delay of Game over False Starts

Jordan R. Yates, MAMFT, LAPC

We live in a world today where the dangerous mixture of a ‘microwave’ society – “get it done, get it over with” – and a man’s tendency to just want to fix everything can create quite the impetus in marriages.

This approach has also found its way into athletics, particularly football, with a handful of teams evolving to the spread offense - an offense that’s main objective is to move as quickly and as precariously as possible to put up as many points in the shortest amount of time.

Unfortunately, the verdict of these expeditious approaches in both scenarios – at least till this date – still has much to be desired.

A husband’s impulse to quickly attempt to fix his wife’s grievances with limited data is tantamount to running a play in football without understanding what the defense is running.  On the other hand, the best quarterbacks in the game not only put the time and work in prior to kickoff, but they will also use as much as the play clock as possible during the game to make sure the conditions are conducive to an effective play call.

Similarly, the best husbands should also take the time to discover and understand the ins and outs of their wives throughout the week as well as during any emotional, in-the-moment disclosure before even thinking about seeking a solution. 

The best wives do appreciate their husbands’ insight and desire to want to fix problems, but it’s more effective and so much more valuable when that is delayed for the purpose of those wives to feel fully understood first.

As a therapist, one of the first lessons I learned is that clients don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care.  It doesn’t matter how many golden nuggets of knowledge a therapist has, they will fall flat in the ears of a client first yearning for understanding.  That lesson stands for husbands as well.

Jennifer Stuckert

Marriage Is Not A Competition

By Jennifer Stuckert, MA MFT, LPC & Jonathan Stuckert MA, M Phil (candidate)

There are many places in life where competition is welcome, celebrated, encouraged and even helpful.  But, marriage is not one of them.  When competition becomes one of your key outlooks on marriage you will unknowingly trade it for safety and security.  This may not seem like a big deal at first.  But, an enduring Godly marriage requires these qualities.  Across time a healthy couple bestows these things to one another but, that is not possible if there is a spirit of competition. 

When one partner sets themselves against the other, even in jest, the end result is typically scrutiny, uncertainty, and criticism.  These are not very positive words.  Sometimes this starts from a good place when a couple wants to be playful and tease one another.  Then by all means be playful, but encourage one another’s strengths.  However, be careful not to one up the other person. 

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