Podcast Episodes

August 18, 2021

Engaging Curiosity with Our Dysregulated Children

Have you ever thought of your parenting role including emotion detective? Dysregulation, better known as a meltdown, is going to happen. Meltdowns are fueled with emotion and are difficult for parents and children alike. Listen to this month's just released podcast episode to learn more about strengthening your curiosity and toolbox of other parenting skills. David Bergesen, MFT shares his wisdom and expertise as an adoptive grandparent and therapist who has worked with trauma exposed youth and their families for over 35 years as founder of COFY, Community Options for Family and Youth in Contra Costa County, serving kids in tbs, probation, and residential programs, many with IEPs and mental health needs.
July 21, 2021


How does a cluttered home relate to trauma? Or does it? Listen in to this month’s podcast on simplifying all facets of family life to address children’s trauma-related behavior challenges. Claudia Mercier, MA, shares insight from 25+ years of parenting, adopting and fostering.
June 16, 2021

Trauma Informed Practices and Resiliency Building for Children

Do you ever wonder why the love and nurture you provide doesn't resolve the negative behavior for children in your care? This is a marathon, not a sprint and takes such an extended period to rewire a child's brain and grow a human. Listen in to this month's podcast with Julie Kurtz, LMFT, to better parent your adopted, foster, or kinship placed child.
May 18, 2021

Whole Brain Parenting: The Magic Wand

Do you ever wish you could wave a magic wand and transform your family? Listen to this month's just released podcast on "Whole Brain Parenting: The Magic Wand" with Nick Lawrence, MA to get insights about how this approach helps us better understand our own brains to attune to our children. While not magic, it is the transformative work that brings healing and hope!
April 19, 2021

Effective Parenting Strategies for High-Stress Moments

So much stress has affected our families this past year with children form hard places with distance learning, virtual services, less respite and pandemic fear. Join Dr. Marlina Selva discussing "Effective Parenting Strategies for High-Stress Moments" in our newly released podcast for pointers!
March 17, 2021

Nurture Attachment to Help Adopted and Foster Teens and Young Adults Launch

The teen and early adult years have unique challenges. Join Wendy Witham, LMFT, as she discusses how healthy attachment prepares foster and adoptive teens and young adults to successfully launch. Witham is not only in private practice, but also serves on the HOC Education Committee often supporting fellow foster/adoptive parents as a blog contributor and parent trainer. Listen in to glean knowledge from her real-life experiences.
February 17, 2021

Better Communication with the Ones You Love

It’s the month of love! Is communication within your family rooted in and reflective of love? Tune in to our newly-released podcast on “Better Communication with […]
January 20, 2021

How to Help Your Child Develop Positive Habits to Increase Well-Being

Listen to this month’s new Help One Child Podcast Bite Size Encouragement as we start a new year focused on resolutions and positive habits for our […]