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Voices In The Family

August 2010

Parenting: Its Joys and Blues

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Being a parent does not automatically lead to happiness – in fact, a lot of research suggests the opposite is true. Many parents find they are unprepared for the hard parts – temper tantrums, demands, expenses, and - sometimes - spousal conflicts. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss the effect children have on the life satisfaction of parents and how parents can work through difficulties. We’re joined by Jennifer Senior; she writes for New York Magazine and is the author of All Joy and No Fun: Why Parents Hate Parenting. Also joining us is Stephanie Coontz; she teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and is Director of Research and Public Education at the Council on Contemporary Families. Our third guest is Rita DeMaria, Ph.D., aka the Marriage Doctor. Dr. DeMaria is a senior staff member at Council for Relationships.

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Managing Stress from Outside Ourselves

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The BP Oil leak, the ongoing recession, a demanding boss, a parking ticket…we have little control over things that create stress in our lives.  They loom large in our minds and take a toll over our physical and mental well-being. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests will take a look at external stressors - what they are and how we can manage their effects on us. His guests are Dr. David Posen and Dr. Larry Palinkas.  Posen is a medical doctor and authority on stress management in Ontario, Canada.  He’s the author of The Little Book of Stress Relief. Palinkas is a professor of social work and anthropology at the University of Southern California. He was part of a team that studied the psychological effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

High Achievers: Pressure to Perform

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High achievers seem to have it all: strength, wealth, fame, a legacy. But many face pressure-cooker situations that can result in doubts and fears that affect their performance, publicly and privately - on the sports field or in the boardroom. On the next Voices in the Family, Dan Gottlieb and his guests will discuss the connection between staying on top of the game and social anxiety in highly competitive environments like sports and business. Dan will be joined by psychologists Joel Fish and Leslie Mayer. Dr. Fish is director for The Center for Sports Psychology in Philadelphia. He's the author of 101 Ways to be a Terrific Sports Parent and has worked extensively with athletes from youth sport through the Olympic and professional ranks. Dr. Mayer is president and CEO of Mayer Leadership Group. She works with Boards and Senior Executives in the areas of leadership succession, development, and impact.

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Residential Facilities

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The recent death of a young man living in a Pennsylvania residential facility for people with disabilities has resulted in criminal charges, an investigation, and a lot of media coverage. But what are the bigger issues this tragedy raises? What are the needs of people with intellectual disabilities, and how can they best be supported? Dan Gottlieb's guests are Susan Epstein and Joshua Kershenbaum. Epstein works in autism research, and her 20 year old daughter lives in a residential treatment facility. Kershenbaum is a lawyer specializing in special needs with Frankel & Kershenbaum. We will also hear from Dr. Andrew Levitas, a professor at who works with people with intellectual disabilities at the department of psychiatry of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Anna Hundley, past president of the national association of residential providers for adults with autism, will discuss the challenges providers face.