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Some Things I have Learned from "Kids These Days"

by Jay Lambert, MPA MSW LCSW

I recently went with my wife to her 10 year high school reunion. As with most social gatherings of this sort, it was not something I had been eagerly anticipating. It’s not that I have a problem with social settings per se, it’s just that when I am asked what I do for a living and I tell people I’m a counselor, then I often find myself “on the clock.”

The Magnificent, Messy Human Brain

Part Two: Working with Your Brain
by Jay Lambert, MSW, LCSW, NHAC

Last month I wrote about the overall structure of the human brain, and explained in very basic detail the three layers that make up our brain - namely the reptilian, mammalian, and primate layers. Each of these layers has different strengths and weaknesses, and each is designed to fulfill a specific purpose. Knowing how these different parts fit together - and how that doesn’t always work out so well - is key to understanding so much of our own behavior.

Unlocking Your Child’s “Full” Potential...The Right Way

by Jay Lambert, MSW, LCSW, NHAC

Growing up, I always did well in school. My report cards and test scores were clear evidence of my capacity for academic success. I did so well that I was labelled a “gifted” child and placed in special classes that were supposed to help me reach my “full potential.” And that’s exactly what they got - just not in the way they expected.

Compliance vs. Obedience: A Subtle but Important Distinction for Effective Parenting

by Jay Lambert, MSW, LCSW, NHAC

As I have worked with parents over the years, one of the lessons that I have tried to share with my clients is the subtle but important distinction between compliance and obedience. On the surface it may sound like it is only a semantic difference, but I assure you the difference is very deep and profound. Because it is not an obvious distinction, I have found that it is one of those areas where many parents struggle and thus serves as a valuable insight to share with parents.

Parenting the Behaviorally Negative and Emotionally Intense Child

by Jay Lambert, MSW, LCSW, NHAC

I have been counseling individuals, couples, and families for many years. Whenever I meet a new client, I begin by taking a history to get a sense of who they are and where they’re coming from. When I do this, I find things that are both unique and things that are universal. One of those universal things I always find is that there is some level of emotional intensity that is at the core of the issue that brought them to my office.