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blog_holder article .post_image, .blog_holder article .post_image img, .blog_holder article .post_image>a { width: 500px; } At North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, our staff includes some amazing social workers who give their all to help children and teens who are suffering from a host of mental health challenges. Their goal is to move them from hurting to healing. That mission is a heartfelt one for Elissa Smilowitz, a senior staff...

It’s not uncommon for people to flippantly make comments that they or someone they know has OCD, or obsessive compulsive disorder, simply because they like things to be very neat, or they are uncomfortable being around people who are sick. But there’s a real difference between having a mild tendency to have some recurring thoughts to being truly obsessive about it. “It is common for everyone to have intrusive thoughts...

It’s been just a few weeks since models hit the runway for New York Fashion Week. And while most of us cannot begin to afford any of the haute couture styles that designers try to convince us will somehow make our lives better, one thing is clear: Super-thin is still in. And the obsession with being skinny starts early. One study showed that by age 6, girls begin to express concerns...

When Dan Donnelly was asked by North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center to be the honoree at our Jonathan Krevat Memorial Golf & Tennis Classic in 2017, he took on the challenge with gusto. As with everything that he commits to in his life, Donnelly got involved in a big way!  With a spirit of generosity, creativity and fun, Donnelly gave his all to planning the day, coming up with...

Do you think childhood trauma is a relatively rare occurrence? Here are just a few statistics to change that perception: More than a quarter (26%) of children in the United States will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four. 60% of adults report experiencing abuse or other difficult family circumstances during childhood. In one year, 39% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 reported witnessing violence;...

Most parents have experienced a day here or there where their child or teen says they’re not going to go to school. They might complain of not feeling well or express anxiety over a test or be upset at a fight they had with a friend. When those types of events are relatively rare, they are nothing for a parent to worry about. But when refusing to go to school becomes...

With all the bad news and divisiveness permeating our culture today, it can be a struggle to see the good in the world. The good news: We can teach our kids—and even ourselves—ways that they can contribute to making the planet a better place. There are many opportunities to lend a hand by volunteering. Helping others isn’t a purely selfless act—though it does certainly make a big difference in the lives of...

In today’s environment, when divisions of all sorts seem to be increasing in our culture, it’s more important than ever to be conscious of raising children who learn about racism and who are committed to equality for all. “We need to encourage discussions about race and racism not as taboo, but as a normal part of growing up,” says Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director at North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center....

Anxiety is a normal part of life, for both kids and adults. It would be difficult to find a child who, at some point, didn’t worry about monsters in the closet, or feel apprehensive on the first day of school. In most cases, these fears are eased with reassurance, love and comfort from an adult in their lives. But for some children and teens, anxiety is a constant companion. It is...

Note: This week’s blog is an excerpt of a letter sent by North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center Executive Director Andrew Malekoff to our board, supporters and staff. Just two weeks ago, a single parent walked in our Roslyn Heights office seeking mental health care for her child who was experiencing distress that included mood swings and severe behavioral problems. As our intake staff member gathered information from the parent,...