Family Therapy Methods and Effects on Children’s Mental Health

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Dr. Miriam Galindo
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Dr. Miriam Galindo completed her PsyD at the Trinity College of Graduate Studies in Anaheim, California. Upon licensure, she began her practice in psychiatric social work. Dr. Miriam Galindo conducts family therapy sessions for the welfare of children with psychological issues.

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, therapy sessions involving parents have a positive impact on children afflicted with certain psychological conditions, such as conduct disorders. This study refutes existing notions about family therapy, such as parent-blaming. According to study authors Guy Diamond, PhD, and Allan Josephson, MD, behavior family therapy (BFT) and parent management training (PMT) are effective treatments to promote positive behavior in children.

In another study by Jeffrey Wood, PhD, published in Psychiatric Times, children with anxiety disorders can benefit from family cognitive-behavioral therapy (FCBT). In addition to cognitive-behavioral techniques, FCBT also educates parents on family intervention strategies to help children regulate their anxiety.

Social, Cultural, and Economic Influences on Child Psychology

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Dr. Miriam Galindo
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Dr. Miriam Galindo serves as a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical psychologist. As a result, Dr. Miriam Galindo has experience with the discipline of child psychology.

A rich field of study, child psychology deals with growth and development. Its practitioners differ as to the importance of various factors in explaining a child’s personality. Although most people look to genetics and personality to account for children’s feelings and actions, several other domains also play a part.

In the social sphere, schools, peers, and families all play a role in a child’s development. Relationships play a role in molding how a child learns and thinks.

Culture is also important. Cultural identity is a factor in making assumptions about the world and sharing customs and values. It also influences children’s relationships with parents, levels of educational attainment, and standards of child care.

Additionally, socio-economic status (SES) has a strong influence on children. Its aspects include family income, level of schooling, types of jobs held, and the quality of the neighborhood. Children who are high SES typically have better access to healthcare and nutrition than children on the lower end of the economic ladder.

These three domains interact with one another. For instance, healthy relationships and a vibrant culture may compensate for a low-SES situation. Properly understood, these concepts can help child psychologists determine the best treatments for their young patients.

Inside Child Custody Evaluations

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From her private psychology practice in Irvine, California, Dr. Miriam Galindo works with families involved in high-conflict divorces. Dr. Miriam Galindo also serves as a child custody evaluator, having participated in some 300 court cases.

Custody evaluation is the process of determining the needs of children and how the parents can best help meet them. While it concentrates on the children’s situation, custody evaluation also attempts to consider the needs of the family as a whole. It is not intended to decide who is at fault or to choose sides.

The evaluation begins with interviews of both parents, separately and together. The individual interviews will help the evaluator look at each person’s concerns about the children and the other parent. The joint interviews allow the evaluator to see how the parents work together. A session with the entire family can yield more relevant information.

The evaluator may ask permission to access records from schools, doctors, social services, and law enforcement. These will provide an outside perspective of the family environment. As a means of obtaining more information, a judge may also require psychological tests of each parent. A psychologist will then interview both parents and may administer several tests.

Many parents wonder if the evaluator will ask the children who they would like to live with. Although counseling does involve questions about thoughts and feelings, evaluators do not ask children to make that choice.

After these steps have been taken, the custody evaluator will present his or her findings to the judge. In most areas, this information is confidential.

What is a 730 Custody Evaluation?

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Dr. Miriam Galindo
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Dr. Miriam Galindo is a licensed psychologist and social worker practicing at Galindo and Associates, Inc., in Irvine, California. In addition, Dr. Miriam Galindo is a member of an approved panel of experts for Orange County Superior Court. She completed a 730 Evaluation for the high-profile 2014 Tamra Barney custody case.

Essentially, a 730 Evaluation is a child custody evaluation that is used in divorce cases when the court needs an expert’s opinion on the mental health and the ability of one or both parent(s) to care for a child. These evaluations look specifically into the parenting practices and routines of one or more of the parents, and whether or not they are beneficial and healthy for the children.

However, 730 Evaluations are not routine for every divorce case. They are mandated only in cases in which a child’s safety, wellbeing, or best interest is in question. The evaluator is chosen by the judge, and to qualify, he or she must fulfill a set of requirements and certifications, such as training in child psychology, custody procedures, the parent-child relationship, and more.

Adopt An Animal – And Conserve Their Habitat

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Dr. Miriam Galindo is a licensed clinical psychologist and social worker based in Irvine, California, where she shares a private practice with her husband, Jorge Galindo, MFT. A specialist in providing counseling during high-conflict divorce cases, Dr. Miriam Galindo is a member of the National Wildlife Federation outside of her work.

The National Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit organization founded for the purpose of nature conservation, as well as educating and advocating their causes. The National Wildlife Federation is a long-established organization over 75 years old and stands today one of the most prolific conservationist groups in the United States.

As a national non-profit, the National Wildlife Federation has a lot of territory to cover, and many species to protect. One way in which the organization combats this issue is its Adoption Center. This program invites volunteers to symbolically adopt a particular species of animal about which they are passionate and give funds specifically for conservation efforts on behalf of that animal. As the donation is also accompanied by a stuffed animal of chosen species, the Adoption Center is popular with younger conservation enthusiasts and also serves as a way to get younger generations interested in the cause.

A Look at One of NWF’s Wild Places

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National Wildlife Federation
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Acting as a social worker for the last 20 years in the Southern California area, Miriam Galindo aids social services and the court system, serving on a panel of the Orange County Superior Court child custody evaluators. Aside from advocating for individualized education programs, Miriam Galindo supports the National Wildlife Federation.

As the United States’ largest comprehensive nonprofit organization focusing on conservation and advocacy, the National Wildlife Federation is comprised of over six million members and supporters. One of NWF’s initiatives is to protect America’s Wild Places, which NWF views as extraordinary places that are key to providing necessary ecosystems for wildlife to thrive.

An example of one of these places is the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. Comprised of over one million acres in Montana, this refuge includes river bottoms, forested coulees, prairies, and badlands. Although overexploitation and settlement has decimated much of the fauna and flora of the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountain elk that were reintroduced to the area in 1951 have been doing quite well. The NWF is also working to recover free-roaming bison into the region.

Reunification Therapy Seeks to Establish Parent-Child Relationship

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Irvine, California

 

For more than two decades, Dr. Miriam Galindo has worked with children and families. She shares a private practice in Irvine, California, with her husband. With her primary focus on counseling children and families involved in high-conflict divorce cases, Dr. Miriam Galindo also offers reunification therapy and co-parenting services.

Reunification therapy is becoming more common high-conflict divorce cases. This form of therapy becomes necessary when one parent does not see a child for a specific time. This process attempts to recognize a relationship between a child and a parent while identifying specific aspects that have impacted the parent-child relationship. The goal is to ascertain the specific factors that contribute to the estranged relationship so both parties can work on communication and trust.

The therapist typically begins reunification therapy sessions by meeting with each parent separately to go over court orders pertaining to custody and parenting. When a case involves conflict, the therapist must assess parents’ resistance on pertinent parenting issues.

Focusing on the process of divorce, the impact upon the child, and the long-term benefit of having a relationship with both parents, the therapist also interviews each child individually. From there, each child meets with the noncustodial parent. The goal is to develop a pathway that enables the noncustodial parent and child to spend time together outside of therapy and reestablish their relationship.