Teen Dating Violence

During Child Abuse Prevention Month we would like to highlight a type of abuse that is not always recognized as a form of child abuse: teen dating violence. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 adolescents experience some type of abuse (whether it be physical, emotional, or sexual) at the hands of a romantic partner. So what is teen dating violence? The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence defines it as “the intentional use of destructive behaviors by one person to exert power and control over their dating partner.”

Fur, Four Legs, and Court

So, what is a dog in a courtroom all about? For some of the children who come to Small Talk for a forensic interview, court may become a part of their lives. Most children have never seen the inside of a courtroom, let alone testified in one. Testifying can be a stressful and scary experience, especially for a child. Having a dog, such as Preston, available to go through the court process with a child is an added layer of support.


Cognitive Distortions and The Power of Thought

A thought can be a powerful thing. When an individual is faced with a traumatic event, thoughts can get jumbled and confused. In therapy, we call this a cognitive distortion. We use these distortions as a protective factor. Maybe we do this to confirm our beliefs, good or bad. Maybe it saves us from perceived failure. Going through a traumatic experience can make us more susceptible to these mental traps. Let’s highlight a few of the common distortions and look at ways we can shift our thinking in a more positive direction.



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