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Relationship Corner
with Tarra Bates-Duford, Ph.D., MFT

Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

Parenting children with an abused past

Children are placed in foster care as a result of abuse or neglect. Children are never removed from their home if there were not allegations (pending an investigation) and substantiated cases of abuse (the abuse or neglect has been confirmed. Children who have experienced maltreatment often have developed different ways of perceiving and reacting to the world around them. However, coping strategies utilized by children with a history of abuse and neglect often prove...


Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

Talking to Your Children About Divorce

Thousands of couples experience the stress of divorce each year. However, notably children can experience similar reactions to their parent’s divorce. Based upon the age of the child or children reactions can often be influence by personality, circumstances, familial environment prior to separation or divorce, perception or confusion about living environment should a divorce occur. Events like divorce not only affects the couple involved in the relationship but the children as well. Typically, the initial...


Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

Managing a Child’s Difficult Behaviors

Managing negative behaviors of children can be frustrating, tiresome, maddening, and even embarrassing for many parents. One of the biggest and most challenging roles a parent can face in their role as parent involves both managing and mediating a child’s defiant or otherwise inappropriate behaviors. When children engage in defiant behaviors by refusing to follow parent directives, throwing items, pushing/shoving, aggressive behavior, or throwing an all-out tantrum, parents are often at...


Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

Families & Vacations

Often throughout the year we are inundated with several different responsibilities, often simultaneously and even conflicting at times. Adults often endure the daily grind of having to work, provide for children, and manage household expenses and chores, medical emergencies, etc. Unfortunately, our small people...


Family, Mental Health, Relationships, Support. Treatment

Familial Support during a mental health crisis

Enduring the symptoms related to mental illness or experiencing a mental decompensation can be extremely terrifying and confusing. Fear and other negative feelings can be true for both those diagnosed as well as the family that loves them. Often when persons with a mental illness begin to experience early onset symptoms related to the disorder, fear, confusion, sadness, and anxiety serves as one of the many contributing factors for self-isolating,...