Entries by Youth First

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Together We Can Make a Difference

By Holly Branam, LCSW – May 26, 2020 – We are living in a unique time in history. Schools have been closed, events are cancelled and businesses are just now beginning to reopen their doors. We have experienced the loss of so many familiar things. Routines have changed and aspects of our lives are delayed […]

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Wisdom Instead of Wine Jokes

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW, LCAC – May 19, 2020 – All of our lives have changed with the pandemic, guidelines for social distancing and stay-at-home orders. We have been challenged to find new routines and a new normal during these unprecedented times. While many of us have met the challenge with positive adjustments, some have […]

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If You See Something, Say Something

By Jordan Beach, LSW – May 12, 2020 – It’s not pleasant to think about, but unfortunately many children are abused or neglected every day, sometimes by their parents or guardians. In most states teachers are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect. In some states, including Indiana, every single person is considered a mandated […]

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Talk. They Hear You.

By Grace Wilson – May 12, 2020 – Have you talked with your kids about the dangers of underage drinking? It can certainly be a difficult topic to navigate. You may ask yourself all sorts of questions: When is the right time to have the conversation? How will it go? Will they think I’m accusing […]

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Keeping Kids Busy While Working from Home

By Jordan Beach, LSW – May 5, 2020 – As I am writing this I am following our state’s stay-at-home orders by practicing social distancing and working from home. For a lot of us this means working with children and spouses also in the home. It’s not necessarily the most ideal work environment, but we […]

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Managing Your Child’s Fears During the Pandemic

By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW – April 21, 2020 – COVID-19 has led us into uncharted territory. Never before have schools across the country closed because of a pandemic.  As adults we may be worried about the future. How long will schools and businesses remain closed? We may also be worried about how closures will affect […]

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Add Some Positivity to Your News Feed

By Jordan Beach, LSW – April 14, 2020 – With the current global health crisis, it seems like we are surrounded by doom-and-gloom information at all times. It’s easy to find negative news everywhere we look – on TV, on social media, and in written news. More than ever, it is very important for us […]

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Staying Calm in Uncertain Times

By Christine Weinzapfel-Hayden, LCSW – March 31, 2020 – America has found itself in a medical crisis that most people didn’t see coming. There have been a lot of sudden changes in our lives that we weren’t anticipating. One of the most significant changes is the sudden break from school. Some school corporations have announced they will not resume school this year.   […]