Thursday, June 28, 2012

How to End a Panic Attack While it is Happening



Prevention is the most important part to avoiding panic attacks but sometimes prevention isn’t enough.  Please note that panic attacks are surprisingly common. In my practice approximately 50% or more of my clients come in initially with panic attacks.  The following method has been shown to be very effective in managing and stopping panic attacks in the moment.

When you are having a panic attack you can follow these steps recommended by Pati McDermott, CHT (http://www.nlppati.com):
The Four Steps:
It takes three minutes for your adrenal glands to fill your body with the adrenaline response. It also only takes three minutes for your body to stop the adrenaline reaction. If you stop a panic attack as soon as it starts, the reaction only has to last for three minutes.
1.     Relax.
2.     Stop Negative Thinking.
3.     Use Coping Statements.
4.     Accept Your Feelings.
Here's How:
Step 1. Relax.
Relax by taking slow, deep, complete breaths. Calm yourself by remembering that you are only having a panic attack and that nothing more serious is happening to you. Continue to take slow, deep, complete breaths. Slow, deep, complete breaths will relax your body, which is the first step to reversing the release of adrenaline.
Step 2. Stop Negative Thinking.
Stop negative thinking by shouting the word "STOP!!!" really loud inside your head. By shouting the word "STOP" you are interrupting the emergency message that your brain is sending to your adrenal glands. Often people having a panic attack get into an endless loop repeating the same catastrophic thoughts over and over in their head. Interrupting this endless loop gives you the opportunity to replace the scary message with a calming one.
Step 3. Use Coping Statements.
A coping statement is a positive statement that is at least as strong as the catastrophic statement that you have been scaring yourself with. Replace the negative thought with a positive one. Choose a statement that addresses the negative thought.
For example, if you think that you are having a heart attack (a common fear during a panic attack) then you might be saying something in your head like, "Oh my God, I'm having a heart attack" or, "I'm gonna die, oh my God, I'm gonna die!" After you shout the word "STOP!" immediately replace the fear thought with a positive statement that helps you to cope with the situation, such as "I'm only having a panic attack and it will be over in three minutes if I relax" or, "My fear is making my heart pound harder, my heart is fine."
If you feel afraid hearing footsteps behind you on the street you might say, "I've walked down this street hundreds of times" or, "I walk alone on the street every night when I come home from work; what I hear behind me is someone else who is walking home from work."
Other coping statements might be, "I've gotten through this situation many times before and I can get through it again" or, "I am fine, everything is fine."
Brainstorm the kinds of fearful thoughts that bring on panic for you and then make a long list of coping statements that you can look at when you need to rather than trying to think of coping statements in the middle of a panic attack.
Note: If your fear is in response to a real danger I suggest that you consider making new choices that address those fears. If you are concerned about your health consult with your doctor.
Step 4. Accept Your Feelings.
Accepting your feelings is very important. Minimizing this experience usually serves to perpetuate it.
Start by identifying what emotion you are feeling. Most panic attacks are caused by the emotion of fear or some variation of fear. Identify the emotion you are feeling and find the reason that you feel it.
Validate that feeling and the reason for it. If you are having a panic attack before giving a speech, you are afraid because it's scary. Stage fright is a common cause of fear and panic. If you're afraid that you're having a heart attack, it's certainly valid to be afraid of that. If you are afraid of footsteps behind you on the street it's reasonable to be afraid that something bad might happen to you.
In all of these cases take the appropriate precautions. Have a regular check up so that you know that your heart is healthy. Walk in a well-lit area and be aware of your surroundings on the street. Walk like a warrior and not like a victim. These are all important precautions to ensure your safety. Then, when you use a coping statement that reminds you that you had a check up recently and that your heart is fine, you can reassure yourself that it's okay to be afraid, knowing that you are safe.
Fear is a positive emotion that reminds you to take care of yourself. Listen to your feelings, take good care of yourself, and keep your emotions in proportion to the situation by keeping an appropriate perspective.
Many people have stopped having panic attacks after learning these steps. However, there is a deeper solution to permanently resolving panic and anxiety responses, fully giving you emotional freedom and happiness. Your mind has the power to significantly influence your negative responses in all situations.
You can become the person that you choose to be.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

What Moms Can Do if Their Child Doesn't Have a Dad



We all know the research says kids are better off if they have a dad in their life but what happens if that is not an option for you!? Well good news, there are things moms can do to help bridge the gap.
  • Most of all- children need to know they are loved.
    • Protecting your child from feeling rejected by their father or you is important. If the rejection is too obvious to hide, making sure they know your love for them is unconditional is vital. The feeling of rejection leading to a negative self view of being unlovable or unworthy of love is worse than an absent father.  Also make sure they know they are not to blame for the absence.
  • Allow your child to talk about their emotions
    • Do not make your child feel like they cannot love or miss their father. It is important that you respect their emotions and that they have someone safe to talk to about them.  Provide opportunities like making a puzzle together, going for a walk or drive to help them open up.
  • Being a single parent is part of the reason no dad is a problem.
    • It isn’t hard just because dad is gone; it is also hard because now mom has to do it on her own. This often causes economic and emotional problems for mom. Moms make sure you take care of yourself as best as you can. Seek resources, get connected in a community and try and get as stable as you can. Being a single parent isn’t easy but there is help out there. If you are having a hard time finding resources talk to other single moms you know. Don’t be afraid to see a counselor to help deal with any anger, rejection, or stress you might be feeling yourself.
  • Try to parent like a guy and a girl.
    • Research shows men and woman tend to parent different. Women tend to be more nurturing and men tend to roughhouse more. Both are valuable to emotional and physical development.  Do your best to play catch, wrestle and kiss owies. If the kids have a healthy uncle or grandpa that can be a consistent part of their life, this can help as well. Bringing other unstable men in and out of their life can add more hurt and feelings of abandonment, so be careful not to expose them to new “friends” until you are sure it’s going to last. 
  • Divorce can leave different size scars depending on how you handle it.
    • Research considers divorce an emotional trauma for adults and children. The trauma can be huge or relatively small based on how the child perceives the situation. 
    • AHA Parenting says, "The real wounds come when a child feels rejected by one parent, forced to choose between parents, or when a stepparent introduces negativity toward the child. That's when the wound is serious, and the scar tissue extensive. Bottom line, if divorce is part of your life, you owe it to your child to do everything in your power to keep things amicable, which is a huge predictor for whether your ex will stay in your child's life in a positive way." 
     

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Five Ways to Deal with Stress



Stress has scary consequences if not dealt with.  Headaches, back ache, strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure and the list goes on.  Not to mention all of the emotional consequences of stress: anxiety, depression and anger. The key to avoiding these consequences is managing our stress. That is often easier said than done. For you today I have written 5 practical ways to reduce stress.

1.       Get difficult people out of your life.
a.       If you have unhealthy people causing you a lot of stress and heart ache, do not spend so much time with them. 

2.      Get healthy people in your life.
a.       Find healthy people at church, in an organization, or at your work that can encourage you and promote good health.  Who you spend time with will drastically effect how you experience life.

3.       Make physical activity part of your every day routine.
a.       Whether you go to the gym, run on the streets or trails, or you dance with your kids in the kitchen the more movement you do the better. Exercise and movement is proven to reduce stress and improve health.

4.       Spend time journaling, meditating or praying.
a.       Reflecting and processing your life significantly reduces the negative effects stressors can have on you. If you process it can more easily be released from you, protecting you from its damaging effects.

5.       Be intentional about having fun.
a.       Make fun a priority. Have exciting things to look forward to.  Having fun can release stress and help you to relax.

Learning to relax and let go of stress can be very difficult. If you are having trouble doing this, seek help. That is what counselors are for. The freedom that comes from being able to relax and cope with life is worth the work!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Results of Having No Dad



“Happy” father’s day to some, but to all too many it is a depressing day thinking of what they do not have. Fathers have a powerful impact on their child’s life good or bad.  Unfortunately we all pay the price when the impact is bad. According to U.S. Census Bureau 1 out of 3 children live in a home without a dad present.

The Fatherhood.org reports the following as a result of absent fathers:

  • Children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor. 
  • A child with a nonresident father is 54 percent more likely to be poorer than his or her father.  
  • Infant mortality rates are 1.8 times higher for infants of unmarried mothers than for married mothers.  
  • A study of 3,400 middle schoolers indicated that not living with both biological parents quadruples the risk of having an mood disorder. 
  • Children who live apart from their fathers are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma and experience an asthma-related emergency even after taking into account demographic and socioeconomic conditions. 
  • Even after controlling for income, youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration than those in mother-father families. Youths who never had a father in the household experienced the highest odds.  
  • A 2002 Department of Justice survey of 7,000 inmates revealed that 39% of jail inmates lived in mother-only households. Approximately forty-six percent of jail inmates in 2002 had a previously incarcerated family member. One-fifth experienced a father in prison or jail.  
  • Even after controlling for community context, there is significantly more drug use among children who do not live with their mother and father.  
  • Being raised by a single mother raises the risk of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree, and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree. 
  • Separation or frequent changes increase a woman’s risk of early menarche, sexual activity and pregnancy.  
  • Teens without fathers were twice as likely to be involved in early sexual activity and seven times more likely to get pregnant as an adolescent.  
  • The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth found that obese children are more likely to live in father-absent homes than are non-obese children.  
  • Fatherless children are twice as likely to drop out of school.  
  • Father involvement in schools is associated with the higher likelihood of a student getting mostly A's. This was true for fathers in biological parent families, for stepfathers, and for fathers heading single-parent families. 
  • Students living in father-absent homes are twice as likely to repeat a grade in school; 10 percent of children living with both parents have ever repeated a grade, compared to 20 percent of children in stepfather families and 18 percent in mother-only families.  
  • Half of all children with highly involved fathers in two-parent families reported getting mostly A's through 12th grade, compared to 35.2% of children of nonresident father families.


We all know dad’s are important but many of us do not realize just how important they are. So if you are an involved dad reading this, thank you for your involvement. If you are not please consider getting more involved. Our society needs you. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Handling Insecurity By Jake Lawson





Insecurity is defined as:

* Feeling of not being "good enough" to meet the challenge of a situation you

face in life
.* Sense of helplessness in the face of problems, conflict or concerns.
* Belief that one is inadequate or incompetent to handle life's challenges.
* Fear of being discovered as inadequate, ill-fitted or unsuited to meet 
responsibilities at home, school or on the job.
* Sense of not fitting in, being "out of sync" with those in your peer group.
* Perception that life is unpredictable with most of the expectations you have 
to meet not clearly understood.

* Sense of always climbing up a mountain, never being able to reach the top.

* Sense of lacking support or reinforcement where you live, work or play.

* Results from a sense of being unaccepted, disapproved or rejected.
* Inner turmoil coming from a lack of direction or bewilderment as to where 
you are going, what your goals are and what responses are appropriate for 
events in life. 

Insecure people may have:

* Been raised in a chaotic, unpredictable or volatile environment in which they 

were kept off balance, on guard or on edge.* Experienced a major tragedy or loss in their lives and are having a difficult 
time in accepting this loss and adjusting to the change.

* Experienced a major catastrophe in life (e.g., divorce, losing a job, 
bankruptcy, failure in school, losing a friend, lack of acceptance into social or 
civic groups, etc.) that led them to question their personal competency.

* A poorly developed self-concept with low self-esteem, lacking belief in their 
personal goodness, skills or abilities.

* Never felt accepted by the others' in their life, so much so that they became 
chronically shy, retiring and withdrawn in their interactions.

* Had an unrealistic list of rules and expectations prescribed by significant 
others in their life, rules they are striving to meet even in their current life.

* A poor body image, making them believe that others see them in a negative 
light. This makes them self-conscious, tense and anxious in dealing with 
others.

* Never received enough positive reinforcement or feedback from others about 
their talents and abilities, leaving them unclear as to their skills.
* Been given very little direction, guidance or discipline in their earlier lives 
leaving them unable to cope with the current pressures of life.

* Always felt overshadowed or overlooked due to the people in their lives who 
seemed to be more successful, smarter, prettier, more handsome, more 
athletic or higher achievers, getting much attention. 
This can foster doubt in an insecure person's ability to gain recognition for 

their successes, and can make them doubt their ability to achieve success. 



What do chronically insecure people believe?


* I can never accomplish the task facing me.

* Everybody is looking at me, just waiting for me to make a fool of myself.

* I am a failure.

* I am ugly and awful to look at.

* I can never win. I am a loser.

* What is the sense of trying, I'll never get it right.

* No matter how hard I work to achieve, I never get any recognition.

* I am incompetent in everything.

* How could anybody ever say anything good about me?

* I failed them in the past; therefore, I am a failure today.

* Once a failure, always a failure.

* There is only one direction for me to go in this organization and that is 
down and out.

* No one could ever like, respect or accept me.

* I don't deserve to be treated nicely.
* I don't fit in here or anywhere else for that matter.


* Everyone else looks so good, so together; I feel so out of it compared to 
them.

* I am an incomplete person and will always be that way.

* I am so afraid that no one will like me.

* Why would anyone care to hear what I say, how I feel or what I think?

* People are just nice to you in order to use you and get something they want 
from you.

What are some negative effects of insecurity?

People who are insecure can:
* Have difficulties in establishing healthy, long-lasting relationships.

* Be perceived incorrectly by others as being snobbish or uppity.

* Become victims of fears that impair their freedom of action or choice.

* Be candidates for paranoia feeling others are out to get them.

* Scare others away from them by their defensive attitude.

* Be over-controlled emotionally, having problems letting others in on their 
emotions. This can lead others to guess what is going on until the passivity of 
the insecure person leads to an over-reaction by the others, resulting in 
conflict or rejection.

* Have problems on the job or in school when they have the knowledge, skills 
and abilities to do a task efficiently but are told to do it in a different, less 
effective manner. They get so uptight about the job and are fearful of 
standing up for what they believe that they get angry, hostile and resentful 
until they either quit or succeed in submerging their emotions.

* Get passed over for promotions, advances or honors because they are so 
quiet about what it is they do. This leads the insecure persons to feel more 
unaccepted, unappreciated and under-valued.

* Have problems meeting people and often can become debilitated socially by 
chronic shyness. 

* Become so inward that they seek to escape into their fantasy life rather 
than deal with the reality of their lives. 

In order to overcome insecurity, people need to:

* Be willing to be put in vulnerable positions in life where they might get hurt.

* Take risks to change their current behavior.

* Trust others enough to expose themselves to them, risking vulnerability and 
the possibility of being hurt.

* Have a healthy and humorous belief in themselves in order to overlook their 
exaggerated need for acceptance and approval.

* Take a rational approach to each problem they face so that they are no 
longer inhibited by debilitating fears or beliefs.

* Practice assertive behavior in their lives, earning respect and the 
acknowledgment of their rights.

* Arouse the courage to take small steps in learning to experience success 
and overcoming their lack of belief in self. Once the success is experienced, 
they can build on it to gain the courage to act out of a strong conviction in 
their self-goodness and worth.

* Break the barrier or outer shell of the self-doubt they have hidden behind 
and reach out to others. Breaking out of their "shells" requires letting go of 
past hurts (real or imagined) and moving on with life.

* Open themselves to the possibility of success and accomplishment. 
Visualize or make a prophecy of winning at life so their energies are focused 
in a growth direction.

* Reward themselves for who they are and capitalize on their strengths, 
attributes, skills and competencies. 

What steps can people take to handle insecurity?

Step 1: Answer the following questions in your journal:
a. What behavior traits signal my insecurity?

b. What happened in my past to make me insecure?

c. What are some of my beliefs that account for my insecurity?

d. What are some negative consequences I've experienced due to my 
insecurity?

e. What behavior traits do I need to develop in order to overcome my 
insecurity?

Step 2: After identifying your insecurity, how can you handle it? Answer the 

following questions in your journal:
a. What substitute behavior traits could I develop that would indicate security 

in myself?

b. What are some positive consequences of exhibiting such secure behavior 
traits in my life?

c. What are some rational beliefs I must develop in order to exhibit secure 
behavior in my life?

d. How will my life change if I exhibit secure behavior?

e. What is my action plan to develop security in my life?

f. What obstacles stand in the way of my executing this action plan?

g. How can I overcome the obstacles to my development of self-confidence 
and security?

Step 3: Implement the plan of action in Step 2. Keep a log in your journal as 

you go through each stage of handling your insecurity.

Step 4: The following project is designed to help you develop secure behavior 

by learning about yourself through the eyes of the other people in your life.
"Overcoming Insecurity" Collage
Ask at least 6 close friends and/or relatives to assist you in making a collage. 

Tell them you have been assigned to make a collage about yourself for school, 
work or a club project. All collages must be 2 by 3 feet. The collage must be 
completed within 2 weeks of the time you ask your friends and/or relatives to 
help you. Ask them to send you magazine pictures, sayings, articles, photos, 
prizes, trinkets, cards, drawings, objects, ribbons, etc., indicative of the 
various strengths, attributes, talents, skills, knowledge, virtues, competencies 
or abilities you possess. Ask them to send a short explanation with each item 
they send you. Ask each person to send at least ten items.
Once you gather the items, paste them on poster board in collage fashion. On 

the back of the collage paste the explanations for the items.
Share your collage with your friends, family and helpers. Explain each item on 

the collage, and explain that they have helped you overcome some of your 
personal insecurity by giving accurate and honest feedback on reasons why 
you should feel secure and good about yourself.

Step 5: If you are still feeling insecure after completing Steps 1 through 4, 

review the material, return to Step 1 and begin again.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/14655-handling-insecurity/#ixzz1xp88dqD9

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Top 5 Reasons for Panic Attacks



  1. §  Emotional Stress. This is a common cause of anxiety attacks. Troubled relationships can often trigger emotional stress and lead to anxiety attacks if not managed.
  2. §  Stress at the work. Work can often put a lot of demands on your life. There can be high expectations, deadlines and difficult projects. Sometimes there are difficult people you work with. This can all cause stress leading to anxiety attacks.
  3. §  Fear of future events. Worrying about what will happen in the future is a big cause of anxiety attacks, maybe even the biggest. Sometimes it is general fears of the future and other times it is about a specific event. Some people spend hours obsessing about these topics and worry themselves into panic attacks.
  4. §  Previous life experiences. A traumatic past experience can cause a panic attack because a current life event can trigger feelings from the past.
  5. §  Hormonal imbalances can be a cause of anxiety attacks but can be easily cured by consulting a doctor.


What to do about Panic Attacks:

Below is a list of things you can to do to help with anxiety and panic attacks.
Medication 
Spiritual Belief System
Regular exercise
Therapy
Journaling 
Family and Friends
Expressing Yourself Creatively
Down Time/relaxation

Panic attacks are serious and can be very scary while you are having them.  Do not be afraid to seek help in managing your anxiety. You don’t have to live with panic attacks forever. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How to Tell Children About Divorce



Telling your children about divorce can be very difficult and intimidating for parents. There are several important points you must make very clear to help avoid unnecessary trauma for your children.  

1. It is not their fault.
Children very commonly feel it is their fault when a parent or loved one divorces. No matter how naughty a child is, it is never their fault. Child can add stress but they can never cause a divorce.

2. Both parents still love them very much and that will never change.
A common fear that sets in for children is: “If mommy and daddy quit loving each other, then they can quit loving me”.  Face this head on. Make sure your children know there is nothing they can do to ever end your love for them!

3.  How you explain the reason for the divorce can be difficult but try very hard not to bad talk your spouse, even if they cheated on you or hurt you deeply. 
Here is excerpt from my book When Grandparents Divorce of the mom explaining to her children why Grandma and Grandpa are divorcing:
“Well, sometimes people try and try to get along and nothing works. No matter what they do, they can’t seem to solve their problems,” Mom answers.  “When this happens, some people choose to live in separate houses. This is called ‘divorce.’”

4. The children will need to know how the divorce affects them. So it is ideal if you know the plan before you talk to them. Letting them know they will be at mom’s one week and dad’s the next, or whatever their arrangement is going to be, will help them adjust. Anxiety can develop from waiting to find out.

5. Let your child know it is ok and normal to feel lots of emotions. Also let them know that it will not be so painful forever. With time it gets better and you will create a new normal.
Parents please note research considers divorce a trauma to children, and it takes time and support to heal from any trauma. Check in with your child to see how they are doing so they have the opportunity to talk about it.

6. Point out the positives like they will have two rooms, more toys and double the holidays to celebrate. If you know of friends of theirs whose parents are divorce also point that out to them, so they know they are not alone.

If you suspect your child is struggling with the divorce counseling can be very effective in helping them through the process. Divorce is the number one reason kids come to counseling in my private practice. Also please check out my recommended products for good children's books on divorce. Koko Bear It's Not Your Fault and Dinosaur Divorce are very good books to read with your children. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

What to Do If You Are Aware of Child Abuse



First lets define child abuse:

The child welfare information gateway defines it as such:
Physical abuse is nonaccidental physical injury (ranging from minor bruises to severe fractures or death) as a result of punching, beating, kicking, biting, shaking, throwing, stabbing, choking, hitting (with a hand, stick, strap, or other object), burning, or otherwise harming a child, that is inflicted by a parent, caregiver, or other person who has responsibility for the child.2 Such injury is considered abuse regardless of whether the caregiver intended to hurt the child. Physical discipline, such as spanking or paddling, is not considered abuse as long as it is reasonable and causes no bodily injury to the child. 
Neglect is the failure of a parent, guardian, or other caregiver to provide for a child's basic needs. Neglect may be:
  • Physical (e.g., failure to provide necessary food or shelter, or lack of appropriate supervision)
  • Medical (e.g., failure to provide necessary medical or mental health treatment)3
  • Educational (e.g., failure to educate a child or attend to special education needs)
  • Emotional (e.g., inattention to a child's emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care, or permitting the child to use alcohol or other drugs)
These situations do not always mean a child is neglected. Sometimes cultural values, the standards of care in the community, and poverty may be contributing factors, indicating the family is in need of information or assistance. When a family fails to use information and resources, and the child's health or safety is at risk, then child welfare intervention may be required. In addition, many States provide an exception to the definition of neglect for parents who choose not to seek medical care for their children due to religious beliefs that may prohibit medical intervention.4 
Sexual abuse includes activities by a parent or caregiver such as fondling a child's genitals, penetration, incest, rape, sodomy, indecent exposure, and exploitation through prostitution or the production of pornographic materials.Sexual abuse is defined by CAPTA as "the employment, use, persuasion, inducement, enticement, or coercion of any child to engage in, or assist any other person to engage in, any sexually explicit conduct or simulation of such conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct; or the rape, and in cases of caretaker or inter-familial relationships, statutory rape, molestation, prostitution, or other form of sexual exploitation of children, or incest with children." 
Emotional abuse (or psychological abuse) is a pattern of behavior that impairs a child's emotional development or sense of self-worth. This may include constant criticism, threats, or rejection, as well as withholding love, support, or guidance. Emotional abuse is often difficult to prove and, therefore, child protective services may not be able to intervene without evidence of harm or mental injury to the child. Emotional abuse is almost always present when other forms are identified. 
Abandonment is now defined in many States as a form of neglect. In general, a child is considered to be abandoned when the parent's identity or whereabouts are unknown, the child has been left alone in circumstances where the child suffers serious harm, or the parent has failed to maintain contact with the child or provide reasonable support for a specified period of time. 
Substance abuse is an element of the definition of child abuse or neglect in many States.5 Circumstances that are considered abuse or neglect in some States include:
  • Prenatal exposure of a child to harm due to the mother's use of an illegal drug or other substance
  • Manufacture of methamphetamine in the presence of a child
  • Selling, distributing, or giving illegal drugs or alcohol to a child
  • Use of a controlled substance by a caregiver that impairs the caregiver's ability to adequately care for the child
http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/whatiscan.cfm 

What to do if abuse is happening:

Now if this is happening to someone you know you must call child protective services. Each county has their own child protective services (this may vary in outside of the USA). Call the county that the child is being abused in. 

You will need to know:
  • The age of the child
  • The first and last name
  • The first and last name of the child’s abuser
  • The address of the child
  • What school the child goes to
  • Phone number of child’s parents
  • Date of abusive events


If you do not have all of this information, still call. Give them what you do know.  Also note that it is confidential when you report. No one will share who reported the abuse.

For my local readers, here is the contact info for child protective services in our local counties.

Outagamie County
Office Hours: 920-832-5161
After Hours: 920-832-4646

Calumet County
Office Hours: 920-849-1400
Office Hours Crisis: 920-849-9317
After Hours Crisis Lines: 920-849-9317 or 920-832-4646

Winnebago County
Neenah:
(920) 727-2882
Oshkosh:
(920) 729-2750

Waupaca County
Office Hours: 715-258-6300
After Hours: 715-258-4466

Shawano County
Office Hours: 715-526-4700
After Hours: 715-526-3111

To get more cps county info go to:

If you suspect child abuse please do not look the other way. Call child protective services. Many people do not know what to do so they do not call. Share this article so not knowing what to do is never an excuse to allow child abuse to continue!