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10 Things Caregivers Can Do to Minimize the Pandemic’s Mental Health Impact on Children

By: Nanette Kerwick, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC EAC Clinical Specialist – As mental health professionals, our experience in the past with traumatic events such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attack, and school shootings, has shown us that there is a long-lasting impact for a small group of children. Mental health problems affect one Read More

When Gambling Becomes a Problem

By: Steve Gainey, MA, LLP, ADS, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – If you live in Michigan and watch TV or listen to the radio, I’m sure you have noticed the increase in advertisements for online gambling. You may have even seen several advertisements in a row! If you haven’t heard by now, Michigan has changed Read More

Feeling Connected During Pandemic Isolation

By Cynthia May, MA, LLP, EAC Clinical Specialist – In our current environment, isolation is a real issue. The normal gatherings that singles or couples attended pre-pandemic like art fairs, movie theatres, restaurants, sporting events, concerts and even your local city events and dog shows are not being held. Watching television programs can get old and Read More

Showing Empathy: Seeing, Listening, Feeling

By: Steve Gainey, MA, LLP, ADS, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist –The Merriam-Webster definition of empathy is “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.” This can be something the person is experiencing now or in the past. This goes beyond cognitive thinking. Cognitive Read More

10 Communication Mistakes to Avoid in Relationships

By: Steve Gainey, MA, LLP, ADS, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – Effective communication is critical to healthy relationships. When there are communication issues and communication is lacking, conflict tends to occur. One of the main issues I have seen in my 30 plus years of working with couples is conflict communication. The conflict usually focuses Read More

Celebrating Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This is a guest post provided by EAC’s partner, Workplace Options.  Permission to re-post has been given. The holiday season typically involves travel, gatherings of family and friends, indoor religious services, and parties, all of which present new risks this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. How can you maintain the most important aspects of your Read More

7 Tips for Navigating the 2020 Election Season

By: Karen Thompson, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, SAP, EAC Clinical Specialist – Relentless TV ads, social media posts, and election yard signs popping up on neighbor’s lawns are all reminding us that it is election season. According to a survey by the American Psychological Association, 52% of adults identified the last presidential election in 2016 as Read More

Suicide is Preventable

By: Nanette Kerwick, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC EAC Clinical Specialist – September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month – an opportunity to raise awareness about suicide and highlight the resources available. Did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US (pre Covid-19)? For every successful suicide, 25 were attempted. It is Read More