Preventing Suicide in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

His son had become increasingly despondent over the past few weeks. Any time the father tried to talk with him, his son would pull away. In the few times he got his son to talk, his son would make comments about how he was worthless and nothing really mattered anymore. The father knew his son was depressed but was not sure what to do. He…

Using Active Listening When Adolescents Speak

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

After getting home from work, a mother asks her teenage daughter how her day went. Her daughter mumbles about the day going fine. The mother follows-up with a couple of more questions about homework and gets some more vague answers. Since it has been a long day and communication with her daughter doesn’t seem to be happening, the mother goes on with the rest of…

Being There When Teens Need Help

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The father could see there was something on his son’s mind. The boy had has forehead furrowed and he was looking slightly agitated. “Is there something on your mind son?” the father asked. That simple question seemed to break the ice as a look of relief passed over his son’s face. “Actually Dad, there has been something that has been on my mind and I…

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