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Voices In The Family

June 2008

Children of Divorce

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A new study says that young adults who grew up in stable post-divorce families have similar chances of success in life as those from always-married families. But young adults who lived in unstable family situations after their parents divorced did worse on all measures. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss this new study, and talk about family relationships after divorce. How can families work together to cope with divorce, and create the best possible situation for their children? Our guests are: Dr. Constance Ahrons and Michelle Southworth. Ahrons is the author of The Good Divorce, We're Still Family, and co-author of Divorced Families. Southworth is a divorce mediator and family therapist affiliated with The Council For Relationships in Philadelphia and also in private practice.

A Conversation with Dr. Joan Borysenko

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We've all heard of "the mind-body connection". But what is it, how does it work, and how can we learn to experience its benefits? We'll speak with a pioneer in this field - Dr. Joan Borysenko. She is an author, speaker, and co-founder of the Mind/Body Clinic at Harvard Medical School. We'll hear about Joan's work, and explore the basics of mindfulness and mindful meditation. Visit Joan's website here.


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We spend at least a third of our time at work - so - are you happy with what you do? Does your job give you a sense of fulfillment - or is it boring or stressful? On the next Voices in the Family, Dan talks about careers - how to find what's right, when to make a change and how to make it happen, especially in a struggling economy. Our guests are Dr. David Blustein with the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and author of The Psychology of Working and Patricia Peterson, Director of Career Services at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Clutter and Hoarding

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Do you dream of organized closets, a pristine living room, filing drawers where bills, important documents, and warranties are sorted in alphabetical order? You are not alone. Organizing is big business in America, and hundreds of self-help books are dedicated to this topic. Why is it so hard to get and stay organized? Why does this topic create so much anxiety in people? During the first half of the show, we'll take a look at clutter and organization. Our guests are Rachael Teacher, and Martin Franklin. Teacher is an organizing expert in Philadelphia. Franklin is Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Later on, we'll examine hoarding, where people collect so many items that their houses become uninhabitable. Our guest is Dr. David Tolin, Co- author of Buried in Treasures: A Self-Help Guide for Compulsive Hoarding, Saving, and Collecting, and the founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at The Institute of Living in Connecticut.

Rachael Teacher helped the Voices team organize their work area - click here for before and after pictures:


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Incest is one of the most taboo subjects in our society, but it is not as uncommon as we'd like to think. The exact number of people affected by incest every year is not specific, but we know that the estimates for the number of girls sexually abused by family members range from 10% to 25% and most abuse takes place in the child's home by a parent who was also likely abused themselves. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss incest, how survivors cope with the trauma, if there is treatment for perpetrators, and what the legal situation is concerning incest.

Guests: Dr. Christine Courtois, a psychologist in independent practice, Co-founder and former clinical director of The Center (Post Traumatic Disorders Program) at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. She is also the author of Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy and Recollections of Sexual Abuse.

Danny Cevallos is a criminal and civil attorney with the law offices of Cevallos & Wong in Philadelphia

If you or someone you know is affected by incest and needs help, please visit one of the resources listed below: