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Helping children, adolescents and families succeed since 1970, we offer many counseling programs and invite you to peruse them below.

The Biblical approach for healing grief due to the loss of a loved one. "...weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning." Psalms 30:5b 

Have you recently lost someone you loved very much, perhaps a husband, a wife, a child; perhaps your mother, father, brother, or sister; maybe a special relative or very close friend.  Do you possibly feel that you cannot bear the hurt any longer.  You wonder if you'll ever see the beauty of the springtime dawn or be able to even laugh again.  Deep down inside you wonder whether you'll be able to pick up the pieces and go on with life. It is true that you and everything around you will change.  You will remember and grieve a little all the rest of your natural life.  but as the Scripture promises, JOY does come in the morning.  You can and will make it through the valley to the beautiful mountain top on the other side. The ending of a loving relationship happens perhaps, only once or twice in a lifetime.

Each person's grief is unique; however, there are some common elements of bereavement that are more or less universal to all who pass through it, irrespective of the cause.  Understanding these common elements can be of great help on the road to recovery.  Please take a few minutes to record your answers  provided on the Grief Management checklist below.

Please answer the following questions as you are NOW:YesNo
1Have I ACCEPTED the grief?
2Am I willing to TALK about the loss?
3Do I actively keep BUSY with an outside activity?
4Do I take care of MYSELF with an outside activity?
5Have my EATING habits changed?
6Do I EXERCISE regularly?
7Am I troubled by GUILT, real or imagined?
8Have I accepted the UNDERSTANDING of the death or divorce? 
9Do I have a SUPPORT group and use it?
10Do I maintain old Friendships?
11Am I thinking through and seeking Godly counsel before making MAJOR decisions?
12Am I willing to help someone else with a loss issue?
13Has this event drawn me CLOSER to God and to my church?
14Has this event pushed me AWAY from God and my church?
15In MY opinion, do I need professional HELP in coping with this situation?

'Turning Students Around' is a psychoeducation-motivation program, developed as a positive treatment approach aimed at improving attitude, building self-esteem and increasing motivation in academics and behavior.

Please take a few minutes to peruse and answer the questionaire below as it will serve as a guide in helping you decide if your child needs the services we offer.

1Scores average or better on intelligence and achievement tests. 
2Does not perform in school to the level of his or her ability.
3Needs supervision in completing assigned homework.
4He or she has difficulty meeting time deadlines.
5Makes excuses for failures that are clearly his or hers.
6Values school more for social reasons than academic ones.
7Often seems disorganized or unable to complete tasks.
8forgets to bring home his or her assigned homework.
9Sometimes fails to turn in complete homework.
10Is irresponsible regarding chores at home.
11Has trouble making and maintaining friendships.
12Lacks meaningful goals for his or her future.

The underachieving student does not lack ability, he or she lacks motivation.  These factors relate closely to attitude and personality traits.  Underachievement is a child's way of asking for help - turn them ON today! Positive changes can be made with lasting results. 

Children know and are able to feel sorrow.  who can say that they suffer less than adults?  Sometimes the hurt goes deeper; in any event, they too have needs that should not be overlooked. 

How do you explain to a child that someone he/she loves has died or isn't coming back?
How do you insure that the child doesn't feel the blame for the cause of death or divorce?
How do you allow the child to participate in the family sorrow?
How do you protect the child from becoming saddled with unnecessary burdens?
How do you encourage the child to express his/her true feelings?
How do you include your child(ren) in your progress of working through grief?

If you feel uneasy with answering these questions, you are not alone.  Others have been there and can help share your load.  We're here to help you experience the fullness and realization of Joy Comes in the Morning Program.

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