How Nurturing Self-Care and Community Creates Better Parents

The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America.

This series has as its aim educating parents about the current mental disorder paradigm as it relates to children. It also offers many useful tips about how to raise more resilient children and how to become a more skillful parent. In this series of more than thirty interviews, we share information about the diverse resources available to parents, including alternative ones.

We hope that you’ll follow this important series. Mental health advocate Heather Juergensen hosts the interviews, each of which introduces you to an interesting guest speaking on a subject of importance to parents. We hope that you enjoy this series, benefit from it, and decide to alert other parents to its existence!

Today’s guest is Dr. Sharna Olfman. Dr. Olfman is a licensed psychologist with a private therapy practice in Pittsburgh PA. She practices insight therapy and approaches therapy from a holistic framework.  She has written and lectured internationally on the subjects of children’s mental health and parenting.

She is the editor/author of the Childhood in America book series from Praeger Publishers.  Her books include The Science and Pseudoscience of Children’s Mental Health, Bipolar Children, No Child Left Different, Child Honoring and All Work and No Play, among others.

Links of Interest:

Sharna Olfman’s website

Stephanie Seneff on Glyphosate

Moms Club Directory

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