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How to Prepare Your Child (and Yourself) for College
8/15/2017
Parents carry boxes while moving their son into a college dormitory.
For parents of college freshmen, "back to school" means something entirely new this year – new schedules, new living arrangements, perhaps in a new city. This increased sense of freedom and responsibility can be exciting and overwhelming, and the student may have a difficult time making decisions. At the same...
'She’s Helped Me See I’m Stronger Than I Think': An In-Home Family Therapy Story
8/2/2017
Two young sons stand in front of their mother, who has her arm wrapped around them.
Eleven-year-old Colton stood next to his estranged father’s gravesite with his mom and younger brother, and read aloud the letter he’d written to him at counselor Maggie Bohannon ’s suggestion. Maggie, who works in The Village’s Minot office , provided in-home family therapy to Colton, his brother, Drake, and mom,...
How to Make Meetings Feel Less Like a Root Canal
7/26/2017
Man has his head down on the table during a business meeting.
By Robert Jones EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute You’re moving along, getting work done, feeling productive, and then you have to stop for a meeting. Normally this wouldn’t bother you, but you’re not sure why you were invited to this meeting, or even what the purpose of the meeting...
What is a Counseling Session Like? Therapist John Lyon Explains
7/26/2017
Therapist John Lyon is pictured with the Village logo
Sometimes people know they need help, but they're apprehensive. They don't know what a counseling session is like, and that unfamiliarity can be scary. Will I have to lie on a couch? (No.) Are you going to make me do something I don't want to? (No.) If I start counseling,...
The Most Valuable Pieces of Real Estate in the World
7/7/2017
Vehicle with Realtor logo parked outside a cemetery.
By John E. Trombley The Village Business Institute Recently someone posted a picture of a real estate agent’s vehicle parked at the entrance to a cemetery and asked what the Realtor was trying to sell there. While it seemed to me to be a poor attempt at humor on this...