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11
May

Common Questions About Mediation Answered Here

1.      Check out the attached YouTube. It’s a brief video in which Dr. Swisher answers some common questions about mediation including questions about confidentiality, how long mediation takes, the role of legal […]

07
Mar

Integrating Family Law & Psychology

Courts across the State of Maryland are increasingly integrating Parenting Education Courses for adults litigating child custody issues. “Parenting education can provide parents with new, healthier perspectives” says Dr. Thomas Swisher. With […]

13
Jan

Boundaries

Boundaries are often unspoken rules defining who participates in the family, how and when. We all need boundaries to protect and take care of ourselves. Some folks have very rigid boundaries and […]

23
Dec

The Identified Patient

In working with families, I am often contacted to counsel a child who is “acting out”. This child often gets labeled as the “Identified Patient.” This is a psychology term describing an […]

16
Dec

Family Myths

Family myths operate very much like secrets, only in counter-functioning ways. Myths are the things we do talk about in our family, but aren’t really there. Like secrets, all families have their […]

09
Dec

Common Roles that Children Play in Families

Here are some common roles that children play in families: The Scapegoat Often the first-born child. All of the energy within the family is focused on this child and their “problem.” Often […]

02
Dec

More on the “Family Life Cycle”

A “Family Lifecycle” is a series of stages families go through as the structure of the family changes. Here are the stages of the Family Life Cycle: 7 Stages of the Family […]

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