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Penn Foundation Hosts Autumn Hope-A-Thon To Celebrate 65th Anniversary

For the past 65 years, Penn Foundation has been dedicated to serving the community. From our humble beginnings in 1955, Penn Foundation […]

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September is Recovery Month

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental […]

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Strategies to Help Parents, Educators, and Children Cope with the Uncertainty of the New School Year

By Lauren Cogan, LCSW

As the new school year quickly approaches, and we begin to make preparations for what is to come, parents, educators, and children […]

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Managing Anxiety & Returning to Social Situations

As our levels of anxiety about being in public have increased, many of us have hesitated, even put off, seeking help or […]

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Returning to Work

As much of the world returns to work, it’s vital employers take precautions to facilitate a safe transition. Things that may have […]

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How To Cope With Social Distancing

Since 1949, the entire month of May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. It may be surprising to know that […]

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Coping With Grief During A Pandemic

Grief is a simple word used to sum up a not so simple experience. It is as unique as the individual experiencing […]

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Spring Cleaning for the Mind

By Lauren Cogan, LCSW

As the spring season approaches, many of us focus a lot of our physical energy on cleaning out our living spaces, our […]

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Loving Someone With Depression

According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 264 million individuals living with depression around the world. Because depression is common,  […]

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How to Set Better Goals

Many people start a new year with big resolutions – losing weight, learning a new language, eliminating stress, etc – but they […]

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Coping with Holiday Depression

Winter can be a difficult time of the year for people who struggle with seasonal affective disorder. Often called winter depression, seasonal […]

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5 Tips for Managing Stress this Holiday Season

The holidays are almost here, and while that can mean a time for fun and festivities, it can also be a source […]

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Understanding Alcohol Abuse

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration (SAMHSA), alcohol is the most commonly used and misused substance in the United […]

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Addiction is a Family Disease

The effects of addiction are rarely limited to the person with the addiction. Everyone around him or her is affected in some […]

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No One Is Immune From Addiction

Did you know that 19.7 million Americans aged 12 and older struggled with substance use in 2017, according to the National Survey […]

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Recovering From the Devastating Effects of the Opioid Crisis

September is National Recovery Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders as well as […]

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10 Tips for Stress Management

By James Mast, LPC

Stress is a catch-all term that is often used to describe worry, irritation, disgust, fatigue, sadness, and other uncomfortable feelings. A person’s […]

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5 Easy Wellness Practices to Improve Your Health

Life can get pretty hectic. Whether someone has a demanding job, they are caring for children, or they are just plain busy, […]

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The Impact of Social Media

By James Mast, LPC

We live in the age of mass-multimedia. Research on media use estimates that Americans spend between 10 and 12 hours a day […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Surviving Summer

During the school year, most families are immersed in routine and structure. Days are scheduled to the hilt with activities or sports […]

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Promoting Self-Esteem in Children and Adolescents

Self-esteem is defined as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities.” When it is examined further, self-esteem refers to how a person […]

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The Value of Peace of Mind When Parenting

By Gail Stasiw, Director of Early Intervention Services

It’s that time of year…summer vacations and day trips are over. School buses pass you on your way to work or when […]

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Depression: What is It and How Can I Manage It?

By Chris Antczak, LPC

Depression is a frequently used term which can be easily misunderstood. In the field of mental health, depression refers to a psychiatric […]

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Stress Busting Solutions for Parents: Strategies for a Successful Summer Break

By Dawn Grochowiak, LCSW, Psychotherapist

During the school year, most families are immersed in routine and structure.  Days are scheduled to the hilt with activities or sports […]

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Enjoying Travel In Spite of Challenging Behaviors: Tips to Minimize Stress and Maximize the Moment

As the weather begins to warm and busy schedules hint at long weekends and holidays, you may find yourself thinking about summer […]

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Staying Close to Our Daughters During the Teen Years

By Sally McGinty, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor

When our daughters are small, it often seems that they can never get enough of us: our presence, our attention, our affection. […]

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Sally McGinty

Developmental Phases of Anxiety for Families

Starting a family involves making decisions with long term consequences for the baby and parents.

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Helping Your Child Ease Back Into the School Swing

Easing your child back into the swing of their new school schedule can be a challenge for many parents, especially for parents with children with special needs.

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Navigating Grief During the Holidays

By Susan Ellis, DMin, Licensed Professional Counselor

So, here we are again, in the lovely season of autumn, when the air turns crisp and leaves get colorful once more.

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Susan Ellis, D.Min.

Here Come the Holidays!

By Jacinta Harman, MSW, LCSW, Director of Mental Health Outpatient Services

The Holidays – a phrase that can generate feelings of immense joy or extreme pressure.

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Jacinta Harman, MSW, LCSW

How Important Is Recess?

By Virginia Afman, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor of Outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Everyone benefits from a break.

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Virginia Afman

Preventing Substance Abuse in Bucks County

By Nina Drinna, MSN, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner

Would you be surprised to learn that there were 2,488 deaths from “drug poisoning” in Pennsylvania in 2014?

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Nina Drinnan, MSN

Self-Care for Parents

By Kelly McClennen, ASN, Nurse

Self-care for parents may sound like a contradiction in terms, and unfortunately, for many of us, it is.

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Kelly McClennen

The Stages of Marriage

By MaryLynne Black, PsyD, Clinical Supervisor of Faith-Based Counseling

Today’s marriages are under assault.

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MaryLynne Black

What Can We Do About Bullying?

By Virginia Afman, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor of Outpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Bullying is a complex issue and takes many forms.

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Virginia Afman

Wellness: What Is It Really and What Works?

By Yvonne Caputo, MS, MA, Employee Assistance Program Trainer

Dr. Donald Ardell’s book, High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs, and Disease, was one of the central texts for a […]

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Yvonne Caputo, MS, MA

What Parents Can Do to Improve Self-Esteem in Their Children

By Candis Ubiles, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Early in life, children and adolescents are faced with the primary task of developing a sense of hope, competency, and secure identity.

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Candis Dugan, LCSW