Air Date 05/16/2018

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When Netflix released their program 13 Reasons Why, it became a mega-hit with teens almost immediately. It was a frank, realistic portrayal of the dark and frightening issues our kids are dealing with. In this first episode of the A Parent’s Guide to 13 Reasons podcast series, three mental health professionals will provide and overview of the topics that are graphically depicted in the show. They’ll also address the positive and negative effects this series has had on our nation’s youth.

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    Bob Waliszewski

    13 Reasons Why may, unintentionally, romanticize suicide for some teens, even though that's not the show's intent. Watch Plugged In’s Bob Waliszewski review of the series.

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  • 13 Reasons Why Book Review

    Focus on the Family

    Before there was a Netflix series, there was the book. Read the Plugged In review of the teen novel that started it all.

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    How to Develop Media Intelligence in Your Home

    Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

    With another season of "13 Reasons Why" being released, parents may need to rethink how it may be affecting their children.

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  • Featured Article

    Put Down That Remote! Binge-Watching Can Be Bad For You

    Paul Asay

    13 Reasons Why, one of television's most controversial, and most binge-watched, shows, has returned to Netflix with Season 2. Some viewers will watch the second season in one sitting or binge the first season to catch up. But outside the show's difficult content, bingeing itself can be bad. We'll unpack why.

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Guest

Danny Huerta, MSW, LCSW, LSSW

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As vice president of the Parenting and Youth department Danny oversees Focus’ initiatives that equip parents to disciple and mentor the next generation, so that they can thrive in Christ. He is a bilingual, licensed clinical social worker. For many years, he has provided families with practical parenting advice. He specializes as a counselor and spokesperson in the treatment of ADHD, conflict resolution, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, trauma, communication, media discernment, the brain and healthy sexuality.

Guest

Glenn Lutjens

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Glenn is a licensed family therapist who’s been on the Focus counseling team for 23 years. Prior to joining Focus, he spent time in church counseling and pastoral ministry. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three young adult children. Glenn loves Jesus, has an affinity for lasagna and cheers for the Oakland Raiders.

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Christina Chismar, MSW, LCSW

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Christina is a fun-loving, creative counselor. As a trauma specialist, she works to help people of all ages feel safe helps them understand trauma’s affects the brain and body. Her approach integrates body, mind, and spirit to ultimately help people walk authentically. Outside the office, Christina enjoys quilting and dog training.