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Family, Children, and Teens

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Mental Health Association Pennsylvania Children’s News states that its goal is to provide information for families on children’s mental health issues, including advocacy efforts, events, and policy. They also have an electronic newsletter named Children’s News that is sent out monthly to provide useful information and help for the families of children living with mental illness. They also have a feature called Ask the Advocate that answers readers' questions about services, support, and policies related to children. I was not aware of this organization before doing this write-up. The website seems to offer a wide variety of features, including news on issues that may be pertinent. Browsing through the Ask the Advocate feature, it seems like the coordinator takes a wide variety of questions from consumers. I also liked that the organizations posed questions with a child welfare theme to the candidates for governor. The drawbacks seem to be that the events link is not kept up to date, and I was hoping the crisis intervention information would be more global in scope. +John+

Focus on the Family Christian organization was founded by Dr. James Dobson and has been around for many years helping families work through common difficulties that life often throws out at them. Focus on the Family also has a live broadcast show that airs on many Christian radio studios across the world. On their website are different resources available to help individuals or families facing for example marital conflicts or challenges that can come along with raising a child, etc. Even topics on abuse, addictions, and emotional health are brought up during discussions, and many books, seminars, and forums are listed for individuals to use as an extra source of support. There are licensed and trained counselors on hand that people can talk to who can also refer an individual to a local therapist or group in their area if needed. I love the fact that the main purpose of this organization is to work on equipping families with tools to help them in times of need. +Nerlange+

ATTACh is an international organization consisting of professionals and parents who are dedicated to helping people with attachment disorders. The organization works to educate the public on the critical role that attachment plays in human development. The site offers many resources for parents who have children with attachment disorders and for professionals working with clients with attachment disorders. ATTACh also provides newsletters to members and holds a yearly conference with the most up to date information regarding attachment disorders. The site also includes a white paper on ATTACh’s opposition to the use of coercive practices in therapy and parenting of children with attachment disorders. +Lori+

Teen Help is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1998. TeenHelp is an online community for young people to have a safe haven on the Internet. The mission of TeenHelp is to provide support, to encourage, to raise awareness of issues young people face, to promote tolerance and understanding among others, to foster confidence, and to instill the importance of reaching out. TeenHelp offers resources on categories such as sex and relationships, mind and body, and lifestyle, to name a few. There is also information for parents as well. All services are anonymous and free. I found the site to be helpful in that it provided support forums, chat rooms, social groups, blogs, picture albums, articles, videos, and live help for teens to explore and grow. +Kristina+

Gwen’s Girls was created for at-risk girls/women to provide a holistic approach that meets the gender-specific needs of adolescents. The program started as assistance for women and children who have direct contact with law enforcement but has grown over the years to assist teenage girls and their families in Allegheny County. There are various programs now that counsel adolescents (ages 8-18) and their families who are suffering from financial hardship, victims of sexual violence and abuse, adolescents in need of family placement, teenage pregnancies and parenting, career guidance, and personal wellness. The facility operates on research, best practices, and using gender-specific strategies and approaches. Each client is regularly assessed to ensure positive progress. Assessments are measured by achievement of goals discussed between client and counselor. {Melissa}

(Article) Children and Trauma: Tips for Mental Health Professionals—What every Mental Health Professional Should Know
This article provides a step-by-step guide on what they claim every professional should know about trauma and children. This article states that about half of all children experience some type of traumatic event such as abuse, violence, loss, and disaster. I found this article appealing because it very simply breaks down what should be done when interacting with a child who has be involved in something traumatic. As a young therapist I feel this may act as a starting point as I can imagine it will be overwhelming to grasp each situation counselors will face. This article also touches on how trauma not only affects the child but the parents and family as well. It is broken up into categories with very precise bullets; because of its style, this article maybe a good resource for parents and family members of a child who has been involved with a traumatic event. The article offers statistics and steps to ease some of the stress which families and young therapists may be facing. {Heather}

X Block offers young adults and children access to the risks of the Internet and helpful hints to protect themselves from cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is becoming more and more of an issue amongst youth. These days it seems that kids are getting more computer/Internet savvy the younger they are. That fact combined with time tested fact that “kids can be so cruel” makes for a very dangerous virtual world. That’s the motivation behind the website. What I especially like is that the site offers contests for the users to take a more interactive approach, and even provides a chat room to talk with like-minded youth. The page also serves as a collection of links to sites that can provide training to be a mentor in the area of cyberbullying. {Jared}

My Daughter's Keeper (MDK) is a non-profit organization established to help mothers and daughters in New Jersey and all over America build closer relationships. Mothers and daughters go through struggles everyday, and MDK is an organization that helps them with solving problems in order to strengthen their relationship. MDK has programs such as ReadWriters Club, New Lease on Life, Counseling, Mentoring, and Sister's Exchange set out to reach mothers/caregivers and preteen and teenage girls from all socioeconomic backgrounds throughout New Jersey. {Monique}

Dads and Daughters encourages fathers to transform the cultural messages that devalue girls and to "inspire, understand, and support" their daughters. They provide speakers and workshops around the country to help the relationships between dads and daughters. They support research in this area, and the site lists books on the topic. It is a nonprofit national advocacy for dads and daughters, very inspiring website. *Jessie*

Positive Discpline was developed by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D., a licensed family, marriage, and child counselor in Sacramento, Calif. She has authored eleven books, all concerning positive discipline. Positive discipline is a program that teaches parents how to discipline their children through teaching instead of punishing. It believes that respect is a two-way street. There needs to be respect between both the parent and the child or teenager. The site offers information for both parents and teachers. There are featured questions and articles for parents and teachers. The site offers previous articles as well. It offers links to other resources. It is a very in-depth website concerning positive discipline. It can be used for counseling in teaching parents how to parent their children or can help you as a parent.*Terry*

Parent to Parent of PA is a network created by families for families of children and adults with special needs. Special needs can include physical disabilities, behavioral health concerns, developmental disabilities, educational issues, foster care or adoption, and special health care needs. Parent to Parent connects families in similar situations with one another so they may offer support and/or information, and share experiences. The website offers information on statewide conferences for families, online discussion groups, local support groups, and information on how to start your own support group. Parent to Parent is also available in twenty-eight other states in the United States. It is an excellent reference for counselors working with families of special needs children and for the families themselves. *Alicia*

This site about Marriage and Family addresses the concerns and relationships between all members of a family. This is done in four categories: Marriage, Family, Personal Life, and Spiritual Life. You can find articles from assisting a parent to communicate with their child to how a couple’s intimate life is affected when a relationship breaks down. *Brandy*

This article is geared toward parents and contains lists and descriptions of mental health disorders that affect children. The following mental health disorders are included: depression, anxiety disorders, ADHD, eating disorders, manic depressive illness, autism, and other pervasive developmental disorders. The percentage of children and adolescents who suffer from each disorder are included as well as some common symptoms associated with each. I think this would be a good tool for parents to gain information regarding childhood mental health disorders, but not to attempt to diagnose these disorders within one’s children. *Megan*

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT) website provides a large volume of information about research, theory development, and education in the field of marriage and family therapy, as well as professional tools and resources to assist in the counseling process. This is a good reference site for therapists interested in exploring or in the field of marriage and family counseling. *Leana*

The Adoption Lifebooks site is useful in helping counselors and/or clients understand the importance that Lifebooks can play in the lives of adoptive and foster children who typically do not have a clear personal history. This site offers helpful tips for starting Lifebooks, articles, workshops, and Lifebooks resources. It is a good resource for counselors working with children who for whatever reason are not with their birth families. *Kristina*

This website does a great job explaining to families and practitioners the importance of a lifebook to an adopted child. For the adoptive parents, it answers questions about the lifebook, what should be in the lifebook, and why it is so important to the child. It alleviates the adoptive parents’ anxiety about having memories of the past as part of their relationship. For the adoption professional, it offers a variety of suggestions and ideas on how to make a lifebook. The
website also offers the ability to purchase generic lifebooks for use with the children. Also on the website is a schedule of workshops on how to make a lifebook for your child. (Melissa - 10)

The Children of Alcoholics Foundation’s comprehensive website underscores the struggle of Children of Alcoholics (COAs) and Children of Substance Abusers (COSAs) while emphasizing the uniqueness of the individual experience and resiliency. Whether you are a child or an adult coping with parental alcohol and/or substance abuse, a concerned kinship caregiver, or a professional, you can access information on the basic effects and responses that children experience, coping strategies, screening tests, and research findings. I found this site to be thorough, informative and strength-based. One section offers a space to share and read others’ personal coping stories, which are sure to evoke empathy for the real-life struggle. *Kristina*

The information found at this website is about ritual abuse. Ritual abuse is an extreme sadistic form of abuse of children and nonconsenting adults. This form of abuse is usually justified by a religious or political ideology. This website would be useful to anybody who is not familiar with this type of abuse. It is more common than we would like to think. It is just usually covered up very well. *Heather*

The ASCA (Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) is an individual and group support program for adult survivors of physical, sexual, and emotional child abuse and neglect. This website is a good source of information for counselors. A counselor could refer a patient to this support group if necessary. *Heather*

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) web provides information to assist families through the grief process after the death of a child, and provides information to help others be supportive. Informative brochures may be viewed online, and a national TCF chapter locator is available as well. Additional resources are listed for other grief resources similar to Compassionate Friends. TCF does not offer professional psychotherapy or counseling. This is a good site to refer a bereaved parent, grandparent, or sibling to who would benefit from the support of other bereaved families. *Leanna*

American Assoc. for Marriage and Family Therapy 

International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors 

The Bowen Center is an excellent website for professionals to utilize for the Bowen family systems theory. The sits is dedicated to assisting individuals, families, and organizations in solving major life problems through understanding and improving human relationships. There are many links for training opportunities, research, discussion of the Bowen theory, meetings, and clinical services. I found this site very informative and will definitely access this for information regarding this theory and how it is used in therapeutic situations. ~Diane~

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s website has lots of information pages for parents and families of children who are experiencing mental health problems, as well as research, training opportunities, and publications for practitioners. The main page had links to pages on how to talk to your children about snipers, terrorists, and other current issues. I liked the “Facts for Families” pages on Children and Psychiatric Medication, Questions to Ask about Psychiatric Medications for Children and Adolescents, Questions and Answers about Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and, most of all, Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation. These pages, especially the last, educate families about questions to ask and what to expect from a quality psychiatric evaluation. ~Michelle~

This website gets its name from the organization American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. It offers resources for parents of children with mental illness. These resources include recent psychiatric journals, clinical trials, literature on specific diagnoses, and support in finding appropriate help. The nonprofit organization is member driven and is composed of 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists. While the website offers important resources and links for parents, it seems to be more member driven in that it offers links for its psychiatrist members and information on upcoming seminars and training opportunities. (Ashley - 10)

The Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health at the University of South Florida’s website has pages on publications of USF faculty-directed research, publications, and “data trends.” Most of these pages reported on research projects in progress at the USF Mental Health Institute. While these were interesting, the page of most use was “Links of Interest,” which offered website addresses and descriptions of many government and university organizations involved in national mental health policy decision-making and research. For instance, there is a National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University that offers training and consultation on cultural competence issues. Visit this site for the links and for descriptions of recent and upcoming articles and research projects that will inform you about trends in children’s mental health policy making. ~Michelle~

Indiana University’s Center for Adolescent and Family Studies site is intended for parents, educators, researchers, health practitioners, and teens. It includes links to subjects like abuse, adolescent development, alcohol, conduct disorders, OCD, panic disorders, sexual abuse, resources, suicide, and support. ~Rad~

Zero to Three has many resources for the family/consumer or counselor. It has links to professional topics which include depression, aggression, attachment, brain development, cultural issues, development, early intervention, infant mental health, motor development, parenting, pregnancy, self control, social-emotional socialization, and trauma, just to name a few. ~Rad~

The Family Help Center site invites parents to find information on problems they may be having with their children. It has links to sites for books involving mild, moderate, and severe problems the family may be having. It also has a toll-free number to call if a parent needs support and help. There are also links for disorders, treatment programs, and parent interventions. ~Vincent~

Tools for Coping with Life’s Stressors is a wonderful and comprehensive website created by the founders of Eclectic Structural Brief Therapy and University of Tampa instructors James and Constance Messina! The site is a “toolbox” of helpful resources for how counselors can assist clients on MANY parenting and adult issues, including children’s school/study issues, anger management, loss, control issues, balanced living, relationship and communication problems, and personal growth. Each topic is thoroughly dissected and strategies are presented with the emphasis on using this information as tools to problem solving for oneself or others. This is an especially helpful site for students in counseling programs. Vast amount of information are laid out in a very systematic and useful way that creates a “way of thinking” or a way to look at problems. Specific information about Eclectic Structural Brief Therapy and its applications is presented. Several resources for students in the areas of critical thinking and improving one’s writing style and study skills are also included. The pages on this site are “deep” with links to other pages—Be prepared to spend much time perusing this site! ~Karen~ is set up where parents and educators alike can receive information about ADHD. This website serves not only as a direct contact with counselors through e-mail but one can also have access to a vast library, newsletter, a chat room, and links to other sites. They also offer a hotline for parents to contact twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This is a wonderful resource for families who suffer with children with ADHD. ~Jim~

Scarleteen is a website dedicated to the special needs of teenage girls, their health, and sexual education. It touches on such delicate matters as sexuality, sexual intercourse, the practice of safe sex, female and male anatomy, a young girl’s first period, the importance of abstinence, bisexuality, and what it means to be a lesbian in today’s society. This site also offers links to related sites and gives straightforward talk on issues that pertain to teenage girls today. ~Jim~

The Aspen Acheivement Academy program one really appealed to me, probably because it takes place outdoors. This counseling program is targeted for adolescents who are underachieving or are hard to reach. The focus is on hands-on learning through individual and group therapy. Clients move through four phases as progress is made. Individuals within each group may be at different phases in order to help in supporting one another. The clients remain at this residential site for a minimum of thirty-five days. While this therapeutic program is expensive, the experience has the ability to really impact clients because of its intensiveness. ~Michelle~

Counseling Children with Conduct Disorder by Laurie Hayes informs people of how to identify and treat children with Conduct Disorder. According to the author, changing the client’s belief system is the way to help children with this disorder. People who exhibit characteristics of Conduct Disorder need to believe that they can be loved. I found this site to be helpful to me with a current student. The information given matches this particular student almost exactly. The characteristics and treatment plan offered are right on target with what is happening in my classroom. ~ Michelle~ (Article may no longer be active on site.) 

The Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education is devoted to the strengthening of marriages and family through education. The site is great for both counselors and clients alike. It offers training information and research information for professionals while providing articles and resources that will be immensely beneficial to the clients. The site also offers links to other helpful sites as well as free membership and a free newsletter. ~Stephanie~

Parenting Adolescence is a resource for parents of teens and counselors who are interested in dealing with this population. It is basically devoted to answering questions with regards to the parenting of adolescents. The site offers great links and resources devoted to helping people get useful information on how to deal with parenting teens. The questions are answered by Jeam Walbridge MSW, who is a licensed social worker in Illinois and a clinical director for a nonprofit childcare agency. Although the answers come from one person, she has qualifications and the evidence-based research to back up her advice. The answers often provide resources of where to find more information on the questions asked. ~Skip~

ANSWER stands for Adolescents Never Suicide When Everyone Responds. It is the project of Heartland Mental Health of Kansas. It is simply and logically organized for use by teens thinking of suicide or who know someone who is thinking of suicide. The simplicity makes it easy for someone in distress to navigate the site and get the basic information that they need. It also has resources for adults. There are links to resources for both teens and adults. The resource page is very easy to navigate and lists many topics related to suicide or reasons one may think of suicide, such as chronic illness. Resources include organizations, books, and articles. Every page has the national suicide hotline number posted at the bottom. On the minus side, the orange background color can make it hard to read. ~Pat~

The Nemours Foundation, a part of the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital in Delaware, provides a website geared for teens covering many aspects of physical and mental health. There are scores of links which include topics such as puberty delay, volunteering and mentoring, and understanding ADHD. Other links address topics such as the dangers of piercing and tanning. Drug abuse, stress, and sexual issues are also presented. The language and presentation of the site would very much appeal to teenagers. The website incorporates some quick quizzes, pictures, and “fast facts” to attract the attention of teen browsers. ~ Debbie~

The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation website offers information for people with albinism and for those who have children, students, or patients with albinism. It offers explainations about the types of albinism and offers support. I was impressed at how much I learned about albinism while exploring this website. I also like to say that it clears up many of the myths about albinism. ~Kathleen~

Those persons seeking a spiritual basis for counseling can log onto A Relationship Place for Marriage and Family Counseling. The site provides basic information on dealing with problems in the areas of marriage, family, and personal and spiritual life. Each area is divided into a counseling section, a featured article section, a resource review, and related links. If the user chooses to click on counseling, for instance, he or she will discover that help will be given via telephone, e-mail, or personally. Counseling resources are available through courses, books or tapes, and conferences. Users may also read articles pertaining to their personal problems. Finally, the site provides quizzes associated with anger, anxiety, depression, spirituality, intimacy, and communication. After taking the quiz, users will receive feedback and suggestions on how to deal with presenting problems. <Quiana>

Youth Change provides solutions to stop youth violence, school failure, truancy, dropping out, family problems, poor motivation, apathy, bad behavior, ADHD, depression, etc. One can find solutions to problems by typing the problem area into the search engine. <Tracy>

The Family Violence website has resources that are available for individuals who suffer violence at the hands of loved ones. This site contains a touching collection of writings and poems by people who are affected by family violence. The website also provides hotlines and links to related sites. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also has a section on this site that shows the most recent updates of children who are missing. This site can be very useful for counselors who are referring their clients to area domestic violence shelters and safe houses. <Jill>

Teens with Problems offers solutions for parents dealing with difficult teens, including teens diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). The site offers drug abuse information, how to establish and maintain family rules, and provides a home rules contract for the family to sign. The site will also send free brochures and information for parents to help their teen. <Autumn>

The Child Trauma Academy website is designed for families, educators, and mental health professionals living and working with children who have been traumatized physically, emotionally, or sexually. Offerings include great articles about creative and practical approaches to aid in the long, difficult process of healing. Comprehensive information describing the psychological and physiological aspects of trauma is offered in the form of free online courses. Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., a leader in the field of trauma study, is author of many website articles and course information presented here. <Mary Ellen>

The site Angry Kids contains information from Pete McClintock, M.A., MFT, and Margaret A. Hicke, M.A., MFT. Both parties have combined experience of over twenty-five years working with children and adolescents. For the past ten years they have worked as therapists and they have conducted numerous workshops in Christian and public schools. They provide individual and group sessions in which they attempt to find positive, appropriate, and productive ways to help children express their anger. The groups combine educational and experiential approaches designed to empower and enhance emotional awareness and self-control. The questions that are addressed are: How do I know if my child needs help? What can I do to help my child with anger management? and Where can I find referrals to professionals in my area? This site can be helpful to consumers. <Nicole B.>

This website presents tools and supports for working mothers. At this site you can relax and flip through the Working Mother’s Diary where you can read and write journal entries. The section on Taking Care of You focuses on You and Your Man, Aromatherapy, and Weekend Getaways. If your feeling overworked and underpaid, you can take the Depression Quiz, Ask a Counselor questions, or get help coping with stress. This site also offers professional help on assertiveness strategies, tips for dressing for success, and getting the job of your dreams. <Nicole B.>

In this Marriage Builders site, you will be introduced to some of the best ways to overcome marital conflicts and some of the quickest ways to restore love. Presented and maintained by Dr. Willard F. Harley, Jr., this site also gives his professional experiences in working with saving marriages from pain and unresolved conflict and disaster. He displays his already successful approach to building marriages. Other interesting topics include infidelity, emotional needs, divorces, the first year of marriage, raising children, and blended families. This information can be helpful for consumers as well as professionals. <Nicole B.> is a general website for those individuals who “have some legal trouble in their lives,” so to speak. The main reason why I chose this site is because it has a marriage and family counseling site connected to it.’s marriage and family site shows how marriage and couples therapy should work. This site provides links to find a marriage counselor in one’s own state. On a more depressing note, the site has a database where a family lawyer can also be found in one’s own state. also has a resource list for those who are newly single or still working on their marriage. The resource list provides information on everything from storage services and mediation to finding a “high quality” dating service. I chose this as one of my sites because marriage and couple counseling is one of my interests. This site provides hope and realism wrapped in one . <Jill>

Child Development Institute provides information about child development, parenting, health, and more. Research on related topics can be accessed. There is a forum moderated by child psychologist Dr. Bob Myers where parents can discuss issues. The home page of this site always seems to address current, relevant events. <Sandy>

This is a site that can be located under the topic of premarital counseling. This is a two-page site that has four subheadings. The first topic discussed is what premarital counseling is. The second subject discusses what you can expect from a professional premarital counselor. The third topic list the fees and phone number. The fourth topic gives directions to his clinic. I found the design of the page to be a little boring. However, there is information relevant to the topic. This site would be good for a person that is living in the area and would like to have counseling for specific marital issues. This site gives a clear understanding of what premarital counseling is and what services are offered. <Demetria>

The ADHD Owners Manual — An Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder “owner’s manual” that has definitions, neurological information, intervention options, and a section on adult ADHD. <Carol>

The Support Group for Parents of Children with Attachment Disorder/Difficulties discusses common signs and causes of Attachment Disorder and definitions which are commonly used when discussing this disorder. It provides online support, names of children’s books related to the topic and where to purchase them, and a list of therapists with Attachment Disorder as their concentration. Links to Adoption, Foster Care, and Attachment Disorder are also provided as well as actual tools to help toddlers and infants. <Caroline G.>

F.A.C.T.—Fostered Abandoned Children Together is designed to be a support group for former fostered and abandoned children. It also provides all the information one would need to form their own F.A.C.T. meetings. F.A.C.T. is a nonprofit organization that believes that by “Gathering together we will end our isolation and give each other courage, strength, and hope in recovering.” F.A.C.T. is not a replacement for individual counseling and strongly encourages people to seek additional help if necessary. <Caroline G.>

Managing Children with Anger gives useful information to parents and teachers concerning the management of children’s anger. It also gives different links to books, audiotapes, counseling, chat rooms, etc. Included in the website are discussions of how to cope with an angry child, the reasons why children may feel angry, and how to change a child’s negative behavior. This site is most useful for teachers and parents. It is informative, and I recommend it to those who may have children with anger management problems. [Yvonne]

Suicide Kills concerns teen suicide. This site has many links in order to help those thinking about committing suicide. It gives information regarding the causes of suicide, the symptoms, personal insights, help available, poetry, journals, and depression. I really enjoyed the website because it gives information to teens dealing with suicidal thoughts by using other teen’s journals, poetry, etc., who had similar experiences. These disclosures may in turn prevent a teen from committing suicide or guide the teen to different resources for counseling. [Yvonne] handles several areas dealing with divorce. This may be a starting point for someone looking for information about the divorce process. There is a special area of children. It provides practical applications to dealing with this difficult issue. [Rosalind] is primarily for kids. It defines shynes, both the inward and outward signs. The site also talks about building confidence and gives suggestions for talking to teachers and parents. Additionally, dialogue links are provided. The language used in this site is appropriate and informative for any literature. [Tim]

Kids Health is a very user-friendly site that has been set up by the Nemours Foundation to provide tons of information for parents, kids, and teens on all kinds of health-related matters. The site contains specific links for parents, children, and teens on issues such as quitting smoking, what to feed a child with diabetes, ADHD, and other child/adolescent mental/physical health concerns. This site has its own quick-search box where you can locate just about any information you need to find regarding kid’s health. [Lisa]

I found this website while looking for sites about single parenting. This site is for children. While it does have a section about divorce and living with a single parent, it offers tons of other resources for children. There is a section about how to deal with your feelings, a glossary so kids can look up what different people do, a section about growing up, and a kid’s talk section. This website looks like a good resource for children in general. They are able to look up topics that interest them and it is put into terms that they will understand. (Melissa - 10)

Child Custody — Divorce — Legal Separation: Information and Resources: Anyone going through a divorce and/or has custody/support issues should check this site out. It has ample links that provide legal and therapeutic information concerning the above-mentioned issues. This site can lead you to information on how to find legal help in your area, suggested therapeutic interventions to help both adults and children deal with divorce and custody, self-help articles, and offers free subscriptions to different magazines. Note: I had difficulty linking to a few sites from the homepage due to “under construction.” [Lisa]

The PA Approved Private Schools for Special Education site can be helpful to parents and professionals in need of information on Pennsylvania’s Approved Private Schools (APS). The site provides an easily readable chart setting forth a list of Pennsylvania APS as well as which special needs population each program serves. From this site, you are directly linked to individual school sites wherein you can find details of the programs as well as a list of contacts for the particular school. In addition, this site provides a direct link to the Directory of Approved Private Schools, which is an exclusive, thirty-five-page document containing ample information on APS. [Lisa]

Resources for Marriage and Family Therapy provides links to DSM IV Diagnostic Criteria, psychiatric medications, and suggestions for selected reading on your subject of choice. It also provides information of crisis situations as well as organization and support groups available to the public. I found this site interesting because it also provides links to the National Public Radio website where you can hear broadcasts that are relevant to marriage and family therapy. There is also licensing, exams, and certification available according to states. [Tracey]

Stepfamily Consultation and Counseling is designed to help stepparents as well as stepfamilies. The site gives meeting locations for support groups (there is one in Pittsburgh).There is information for presentations and classes that would be helpful to the stepfamily. Therapists involved with stepfamily counseling can receive their quarterly journal. One can find additional quotes of facts and statistics for stepfamilies and an interesting section on stepfamily myths. Coming from a stepfamily myself, I found the site most interesting. [John]

Family 2000 is for those who live at a fast pace and need knowledge concerning new informational books. Book reviews are listed for subjects such as parenting, grandparenting, and even stepparenting. They cover wide topics, from single parenting to gay and lesbian families. Dos and don’ts for marriages and second marriages are included. One can take a closer look at articles of the month, book reviews, and new videos. Links on this website include grandparenting, parent news, alternative parenting, father’s world, second wives club, relationships, single again, and other topics. I found a lot of information at one’s fingertips. [John]

About our is a must-see site for parents, educators, pediatricians, and other mental health professionals. This site is dedicated to helping parents in the most important job of their lives—raising their children. is a program of the NYU Child Study Center, a division of the NYU School of Medicine. This site had endless amount of information on every area of child development. It was user friendly and extremely informative. [Jan]

Teens 411 is a great resource for teens. There is information about teen pregnancy, drug abuse, depression, suicide, gun violence, and much more. Also available are toll-free drug abuse, AIDS, runaway, and youth crisis hotlines. A personal favorite of mine is the stop smoking program offered on this website. There is a teen advice archive, where teens can read questions others have written and then read responses from professional counselors. This website teaches problem solving and can help at-risk teens make better choices and remain safe. [Christina]

AAMFT’s website is the professional organization for marriage and family therapists. This organization helps promote public awareness and understanding of marriage and family therapy issues through education and research. Also, AAMFT sets the guidelines for MFT practitioners in the United States and Canada. Also, this organization publishes the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. Furthermore, this website gives more information about the objectives and mission of the AAMFT. [Michael]

This site (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) is a good place to find information and resources in regards to marriage and family counseling. The information is useful for the general public, practitioners, and students. The site provides a frequently asked questions section that describes what marriage and family counseling is, who it is best intended for, and what benefits it provides. This site is user friendly and easy to navigate for counselors and counselors-to-be in the marriage and family counseling field. ~Skip~

National Council on Family Relations is a nonpartisan, nondenominational organization for family researchers, educators, policy makers, and other professionals who serve families. This organization helps make the knowledge regarding families available to the general public. This site entails how NCFR is involved in family policy. NCFR also publishes the Journal of Marriage and the Family and Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies. [Michael]

American Family Association, AFA is a nonprofit, nondenominational, conservative Christian organization that, according to the website, promotes “traditional family values.” This organization mainly has taken on the media and entertainment industry for their productions containing sex, violence, etc., targeted at the general public. The AFA also speaks out on issues pertaining to abortion, gay and lesbian rights, nonmarital sex, pornography, etc. This organization refers to Biblical teachings to further their causes. This website also has up-to-date news stories and current issues content, with a Christian perspective added to it. [Michael]

NOTE: This website may be offensive to some viewers. The AFA opposes gay/lesbian rights, abortion, pornography, and other issues they may deem as liberal. Some viewers may strongly disagree with the content of this website and take issue with it.

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences — This is the AAFCS’s website. This organization, prior to 1994, was known as the American Home Economics Association. The viewer should know that many child and family studies/development programs today originated from home economics. This organization helps to promote individual and family life development through education, research, and public policy along with public awareness. This website gives more information on the objective and mission of the AAFCS. It also highlights public policy issues which are of interest to the organization as well as to others working in the field of child and family development. [Michael]

The Family Research Council is yet another nondenominational, conservative Christian organization, much like the American Family Association and Focus on the Family. The FRC believes in traditional family values, in accord with Biblical teachings. This organization also takes on issues such as homosexuality, abortion, pornography, etc. It also highlights public policy and other issues of interest in the organization. The FRC also helps to promote public awareness of today’s family issues, but from the Christian perspective. [Michael]

NOTE: Like the note above for the American Family Association, this website may be offensive to some viewers who might not espouse the beliefs of FRC, especially with regard to topics such as gay/lesbian rights, abortion, etc.

The Academy of Child Psychiatry website is intended to help parents and families understand developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents. It contains useful tools that can be utilized by parents if they are involved in an issue affecting their child or teen. The information is current and given in simple terms. To help parents understand and feel at ease, the step-by-step diagnosis process that a child psychiatrist uses is described in detail. A few tips are also given to find a good psychiatrist for your particular family. Another useful tool is a glossary of terms that parents may come across when working with psychiatrists and other professionals to understand what is being said pertaining to their child. Facts sheets on numerous child and adolescent issues are listed as a public service that can be duplicated and used as handouts by professionals. This website also offers a resource link to numerous related organization websites. [Stacie]

Anyone dealing with children with mental, emotional, or developmental issues might find this site helpful. One of the main issues is children and depression. Counselors are able to join this site to receive journals and other materials. It attempts to support families and make families aware of their importance in a child’s development. It stresses to parents that they will have the most impact on their children. [Rosalind]

Teen Sexuality in a Culture of Confusion addresses how popular culture affects and influences the self-esteem of teens. Commercials, magazines, and media all reinforce that desirability, beauty, and being thin are what validates a person. The website includes the profiles of eight teens and their personal experiences dealing with sex, being gay and bisexual, and living with AIDS. Also offered are many resources regarding AIDS, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and education organizations. The information is both interesting and powerful and also easy to read. This would make an excellent tool for an adolescent struggling with their own sexuality, dealing with self-esteem or identity issues, or contemplating becoming sexually active. [Christina] (Link may no longer be active)

Focus On The Family is nothing short of a smorgasbord for counselor and client alike. There are sites for children to go to which features a clubhouse atmosphere and activities. Teens can access thought-provoking topics like “Creation vs. Evolution,” a Creative Corner, and even e-mail a question or concern for advice to “Dear Susie.” There is a spot devoted primarily to encourage and inform today’s college student. Other links are specifically targeted for Husbands and Wives, Parents (including single parents), Midlife and Beyond, Women, Professionals, Media and Culture, and Public Policy. There is definitely a strong Christian influence at this website. I liked the fact that so many ages and/or groups were focused upon. This site is definitely user friendly and could provide a positive, faith-based experience to the youngest or oldest computer user. [Laura Lou]

Family And Psychology is an extremely spartan yet useful site due to it providing the following: twenty-four links to psychology and mental health/medicine sites; three links to sociology and social work sites; five links to psychodrama and expressive therapy sites; two links to mediation, divorce and child custody sites; six links to narrative therapy sites; one link to educational issues (the ADHD Resource Page); and two links for usenet groups. (John)

Familytime Counseling is run by Julie Ann Brusaw. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Humboldt State University in California. She states that she decided to start an online counseling website because she feels that it’s more convenient than having to go into an office, finding a babysitter, and missing work, and for its privacy. She counsels on the following topics: marriage counseling, blended families, divorce, family counseling, bereavement/loss, parenting, and personal growth. The site gives examples of specific issues that can be discussed about each area of need. I believe this site may be of interest to a patient who seeks a more modern and convenient method of receiving counseling from a therapist. (Nena)

Places for Struggling Teens has some good links to various types of counseling and therapeutic services, ranging from outdoor programs to residential and hospitals. There are some articles on the site that seem fairly good. There is also a section on visits to the various programs. It is geared toward parent and professional use. There are listings of jobs opportunities, though I didn’t find all that many listings. It was very easy to navigate. (Jeff)

Teen Advice Online is an excellent resource for teenagers. Teenagers may choose a topic that is of interest to them. Some of the topics include dating, family, etiquette, friendship, success, pets, abortion, and drugs. There are several stories about each topic. The stories are written by counselors and are used to teach. The stories are interesting to read and easy to understand. This site can be useful to counselors who are searching for stories to spark the interest of teens in group or individual counseling situations. (Michelle).

Emmaus Pastoral Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy has a simple layout, making it easy to understand what service is being offered. Clients can be referred to this site if their interest is in a specific type of counseling, particularly Christian or scripture-based. The site offers information about their agency that any client would want to know before committing to them for therapy. Also, it focuses on key issues found to be typical troublesome areas for partners and parents, as well as indicating that health, happiness, and wellness can be achieved through therapy. (Jennifer)

Focus Adolescent Services (FAS) is an excellent resource for counselors and adolescent clients and families.

FAS For PA only: The general site includes multiple resources; schools, camps, and residential facilities that promote character development; seminar listings; book reviews; and information on speakers. In addition, this site offers general information about teenage development and various mental health issues teens and families often face. Examples of subcategories include: support groups and agencies for ADHD, information on Alanon and Alateen, Codependent Anonymous, Emotions Anonymous, Drug and Alcohol Help and Information, parent support groups, stepfamilies, survivors of suicide, bereavement and hospice support groups, and special ed, among others. If you type in the Pennsylvania-specific site, you will find endless listings of resources for clients on above and more issues. This site is invaluable for resource building and information about teen issues. The PA site has specific phone numbers, locations, and listings of local meetings, resources, and phone lines. I have bookmarked it for future use. (Diane) is a site containing information from both parents and professionals and contains a lot of fun and useful information. Though the information may lack the rigor and depth of more professional literature, one can easily see how families with children of all ages would find a lot here to interest them. Topics cover a wide range, including special needs, medications, parenting challenges, family news and activities, message boards, ideas and advice from parents, and schools. There are numerous links throughout the site, including myschoolonline, teachervision, and funbrain. There is also a considerable amount of software that can be downloaded without charge. (Mark)

Loving Your Children Across The Miles is an informative, sensitive, and easy to review site for persons who would benefit from the suggested positive methods of maintaining contact with children affected by separation and divorce. The site reinforces the value of adult/children relationships. (Sue)

Marriage and Family Processes is an overview of the American family as it relates to the individual person. It begins with several definitions of family; explores cultures, relationship preferences, parenting styles, extended family roles, marital disunions, and institutions affecting and affected by family systems; and concludes with references reminding us as to the value of remembering our roots through the exploration of genealogy. The links are numerous. I found this site to be very informative and spent hours reviewing the various links. (Sue)

The Natural Child Project website provides information, primarily in the form of articles, for parents. The articles cover a vast array of parenting topics, from discipline to how children learn to dealing with sleeping issues. The site also contains information about advocating for children. They offer a monthly newsletter, a parenting advice column, and a “Parenting Resource of the Month.” The site is a good resource for parents who need information and/or education on any number of challenges they face. As a side note, the site also has a “Global Children’s Art Gallery,” which features artwork by children around the world—it’s a neat extra feature of the site! (Linda)

The Family and Marriage Counseling Directory was started in 2003 and offers a list of therapists and other resources. The site also offers online counseling. It also links with eHarmony to offer marriage compatibility tests. The site also offers links to purchase top selling premarital videos. I was impressed with the variety of information offered. (Nicole)

Lifelines Family Resources offers a variety of information for parents from assessment to recommendations and information on different types of placement. Website advertises a 97 percent parent satisfaction rate. Also available is a checklist of behaviors for possible diagnosis. I wasn’t too sure about this website. The checklist of symptoms concerned me—it could lead parents to self-diagnose their children. (Nicole)

Child and Family Counseling Center of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has a counseling center that addresses problems of everyday life. “Children can have emotional experiences that prevent them from doing as well as they should at home and at school. Parents suffer when things are not going well for themselves or for their children. Yet when identified early, these types of concerns respond quickly to treatment, sometimes in just a few sessions.” This site is appropriate for those individuals that have had life changing experiences and are now trying to cope with those changes. (Jessica)

The Whole Family Center is a fantastic and creative site geared mainly towards public consumption. Easy to understand language that “revolves around vignettes depicting real life experience in which couples, parents, and kids act out family and personal conflicts.” There are six different “centers” that the reader can visit. The teen, parent, marriage, senior, whole family, and free stuff centers offer a plethora of supportive information. (Jenna)

Families with Teens offers several articles and educational tools related to teens and their parents. Information is provided on issues that teenagers face. There is also information for parents to learn effective ways of communication and how to handle the everyday struggles of raising teenagers. I believe this site is helpful for family, marriage, and individual counseling. (Angela) This website is a good resource for anyone involved in the adoption process. It provides a wealth of information for birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptees. The site discusses a variety of topics. There are sections on searching for your birth parents or adopted child as well as sections for the adoption professional. This website also highlights waiting children and waiting families. It also has adoption blogs and an adoption e-magazine with great articles. (Melissa - 10) This website is a wonderful site for any single parent. There is a lot of information available on a variety of topics—parenting your children as a single parent, legal discussions, and tips for maintaining your personal life while being a single parent. The site discusses the value of keeping a journal. If you do not know what to journal, it has suggestions for you. The site offers a newsletter for single parents as well as encouragement. There were also discussions about support groups for the single parents and an article about what to look for in a support group. (Melissa - 10) This iis an interactive website that is designed specifically for children. It is a great website and is a wonderful resource for children who have been adopted. It is designed for children between the ages of eight and thirteen. There are a variety of topics that the children can choose from. There is a list of famous people that were adopted. It helps explain the many different types of adoption in terms that can be understood by a child—from kinship to international adoption. There is also a section where children who have been adopted can send in articles that they wrote on adoption. There are some really good articles on the site written by children who have been adopted. This could be a great resource for a child living outside of their home. It allows the child to process his/her feelings and shows them that they are not alone. (Melissa - 10)

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