Category: <span>Children Therapy</span>

Introducing Marti Welborn

On February 1st, Marti Welborn moved to Powell, Wyoming and started working with Positive Progressions. She enjoys helping people through marriage and family therapy, with a special focus on reuniting parents with their children.  She is also certified in addiction counseling and has recently received her Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling. Previously, she received her Associate’s Degree in Psychology from Northwest College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychiatric Rehabilitation from Montana State University Billings. She completed her internship at WellSpring Counseling in Thermopolis, Wyoming. While attending college she worked at Rimrock Foundation, the Gateway Foundation for domestic violence, family services, and has worked with parents trying to reunite with their children at the Mental Health Clinic in Miles City, Montana. She then moved back to Cody, Wyoming and worked to facilitate inpatient recovery at the Yellowstone Recovery Center for two years. Marti founded the equine therapy program while working with clients at the center.

Marti was raised on a farm in Montana, has 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. During her free time she enjoys the outdoors including gardening, home projects, horses, camping, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

10 Powerful Ways to Teach your Child the Skills to Prevent Sexual Abuse

 

By: Natasha Daniels, www.heysigmund.com

We teach our young children all sorts of ways to keep themselves safe. We teach them to watch the hot stove, we teach them to look both ways before they cross the street, but more often than not – body safety is not taught until much older – until sometimes…it is too late.

Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18. You want to hear something even scarier? According to the US Department of Justice only 10% of perpetrators were strangers to the child and 23% of the perpetrators were children themselves!

These statistics do not surprise me. In my practice I meet children on a weekly basis who have been victims of sexual abuse. Many of them are under five years old. Almost all of them knew their perpetrator and more often than not – it is another kid! Yes – another kid.

Parents will frequently tell me that they didn’t think this could happen to them. That they never leave their children with strangers. That they always keep their children within their eyesight.

Does your child go on playdates? Do they go to daycare or pre-school? Do you have friends or family over to your house? Do they play at the neighbor’s house? The fact is – you cannot fully prevent the risk of your child being sexually abused. I know that is hard to stomach – but unfortunately it is reality.

I have worked with really great families – who thought they had really great friends, neighbors, playmates, teachers, coaches, teammates, cousins, babysitters, siblings, uncles, boyfriends, and classmates. Perpetrators look just like you and me. They look just like your child – I think that is the scariest fact. Read more