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Small Steps to Change

From Chris Giles, M.S.:  So let me start with two background points: First, I despise running. I always have. I admire runners, but have never been able to make myself do it and enjoy it. Second, I am always on the lookout for analogies and word pictures. In almost any situation I will look for teaching moments and connections that I can use to explain something. I'm sure you know where this post is headed. (continue reading)




From Joe James, Psy.D.: Like suicide, cutting and other types of self-harm appear to be all too common among teenagers today. In the United States cutting and self-harm is typically defined as, "hurting one's self without the intent to die" (Hargus, Hawton, & Rodham, 2009). Although different from suicide most experts would agree that cutting and suicide appear to be closely related. Studies show that as many as 70% of teenagers who report an act of cutting or self-harm also reporting at least one suicide attempt... (continue reading)

Understanding the New Definition of Autism

From Eric Clements, M.S.About a year ago, the American Psychiatric Association published its latest diagnostic manual. Known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition (DSM-V), it has a number of changes from the previous edition, and not all of them are popular. One of those changes has to do with the Autism Spectrum Disorders. (continue reading)

My Teenager is Cutting Themselves- Now What? (Part2)


From Joe James, Psy.D.: As a parent, what should you do when you have discovered that your teenager has been intentionally cutting or hurting himself or herself? Teenage cutting appears to be more and more common these days and is something you should take very seriously. However dealing with this kind of problem can be very difficult for both you and your adolescent so it is imperative that you take the time to manage yourself, ask some really good questions, educate yourself, and take appropriate action. But first, let me give you some advice on what not to do. (continue reading)

Prepare banner Dr. Dale Doty will be hosting a Certification Training for the PREPARE/ENRICH tool on Friday October 3, 2014. This workshop is being offered specifically for pastors, pastoral or lay counselors, chaplains, marriage educators, and deacons or elders. Professional counselors & counselors-in-training are also welcome to attend. (continue reading)
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September means back-to-school for children and teens.  Check out our articles addressing children,teen, and education:

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Tim Doty, Psy.D. on behalf of
Christian Family Institute

Our Staff includes:
Dale R. Doty, Ph.D.
William B. Berman, Ph.D.
G. Bowden McElroy, M.Ed.
Eric L. Clements, M.S. 
Timothy D. Doty, Psy.D.
Krista Caveny, M.A.
Jennifer Giles, M.S.
Chris Giles, M.S.
Amanda Harrington, Ph.D.  
Joseph James, Psy.D.