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Sharing Our Knowledge With You

As researchers, educators and therapists, we work with our clients and PARTNER TO SEE CHANGE. Browse our behavioral health resources for psychoeducational content grounded in the latest research and developed for you by our expert clinicians. Here, you will find our popular Tips of the Month and Clinical Science Insights publication series, you can hear podcasts and watch webinars on a variety of themes, read topical articles from our therapists and learn about our latest publications.

50 Realistic Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

Article

As a way to celebrate our 50th anniversary, therapists at The Family Institute have provided 50 actionable tips for taking care of your mental health. Some of the strategies include practicing mindfulness, overcoming perfectionism, nurturing your relationships and shifting your mindset.

The New Self-Esteem: Feeling Worthy from the Inside Out

Clinical Science Insight

In this engaging explanation of The New Self-Esteem, Aaron Cooper discusses the issues associated with today's abundance of parenting styles, and a potential solution for the anxieties of concerned parents and their affected children, alike.

The Art of Listening

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How might generous listening make space for courageous conversations? Watch Dr. Nancy Burgoyne and Dr. Jacob Goldsmith discuss “The Art of Listening.” Active listening with less judgment and more curiosity, humility and empathy is a skill that takes training & practice. Presented by Urban Consulate at Barrington’s White House.

How to Start Tough Conversations

Tip of the month - Couple

When you fly, do you pay close attention to the aircraft’s take-off? Maybe not. But don’t neglect your take-off when approaching your partner with a grievance or complaint. Marriage researcher John Gottman calls it your start-up.

Skillful Listening Tips for Parents

Tip of the month - Family

Many of us have it backwards. With our kids, we emphasize talking rather than listening. We believe that good parenting means explaining, reminding, correcting, admonishing, instructing — it’s no wonder a lot more words come out of our mouths than theirs. In time, all our gab tends to turn them off. By adolescence, many have tuned us out.

The Significance of the Sibling Relationship When Coming Out as Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual

Clinical Science Insight

Casey Gamboni, Ph.D., explores the importance of sibling and family relationships for the LGB population and shares his story of coming out to his brother. Though recent statistics indicate that 85-90% of the world population has a sibling, sibling relationships are the most neglected relationships in psychological research and practice.

Recognizing Anxiety in Men

Article

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health issues, estimated to affect close to 20% of Americans in a given year. But not everyone is affected equally — research consistently shows the number of women diagnosed with anxiety disorders is about double that of men.1,2 Researchers have yet to definitively determine the causes of this discrepancy, but anecdotal…

Teaching Kids to Repair

Tip of the month - Family

Few parents are emotionally honest with kids when they speak unkindly. “You’re such a miserable mother,” snaps a teenage daughter, and we sharply retort with “Don’t talk to me that way!” Or a pre-school age son shouts, “You’re stupid!” and we say, “What did I tell you about language like that?” The story we tell ourselves may be that our son is overtired from a very long day,…