Dr. Beth Grosshans - Educator, Therapist, and Author
Over the course of her career, licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Beth Grosshans has earned recognition as an expert in child development, psychotherapy, and mental health assessment. She has maintained a thriving private practice in New Jersey since 1994, during which time she has also earned the trust of the community as a consultant to area educators and school staff on a variety of issues related to children's mental and emotional well-being. A presenter and leader of seminars and training initiatives for teachers, Dr. Beth Grosshans served as an instructor in the Princeton Montessori School's teacher education program.
Dr. Beth Grosshans holds both a master of arts and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from The Ohio State University. The focus of both her masters thesis and doctoral dissertation was the psychiatric symptoms of children following the loss of a parent. She completed clinical practica at Harding Hospital, the Children's Hospital Pediatric Psychology Department, and the Ohio State University Child Guidance Center. Following her academic preparation at OSU, she was a predoctoral intern at Boston Children's Hospital and clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry. In addition to being an accomplished clinician and teacher, Dr. Grosshans now stands out as a published author of a parenting text titled Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm.
Signs of Anxiety in Children
Now retired from her private practice, Dr. Beth Grosshans is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of professional experience. Dr. Beth Grosshans focused her career on child psychology and in 2008 wrote the parenting book Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Calm, in which she stresses that problems such as childhood anxiety often stem from children having more power in the home than the parents.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. When children experience significant distress over certain situations, and it appears to occur more often and more intensely as compared to their peers, an anxiety disorder is a real possibility.
Common symptoms include excessive worrying over “what if” situations, worrying about things that will happen far in the future, and constantly asking for reassurance from parents. Some children cry or get angry when faced with a distressing situation, while others may experience physical problems such as headaches and stomachaches. Children with anxiety disorders may also display perfectionistic tendencies, becoming self-critical and taking on more responsibility than appropriate for their age. Avoidance is another red flag, and this can be seen in a refusal to do normal, everyday tasks such as eating meals or going to school.
Working with a qualified mental health professional and incorporating new parenting strategies can help reduce feelings of anxiety in children and restore more balance to the family home.
Metropolitan Opera Creates Unique Opportunities for Youth
Beth Grosshans is an author and retired clinical child psychologist. Additionally, Beth Grosshans serves as a member of the New York Metropolitan Opera Advisory Board.
The Metropolitan Opera hosts a variety of singers, composers, musicians, choreographers and dancers who travel from international locations to perform there. Its youth programs cater to helping young performers begin their careers. For example, the children’s chorus, open to children ages 7 to 10, allows participants to audition for a Met production and to be part of its Operatic Music Appreciation Program.
Children’s chorus classes take place twice each week, and participants are separated into three groupings: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Children who are selected to perform in a Met production are expected to commit to the full schedule of costume fittings, performances and rehearsals.
The Met also helps young artists through its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Participants are selected after an application process and are given a training position for a year. Singers are eligible for annual renewal for as many as three years, while pianists may renew for up to two years. Among the areas of specialized training are language, movement, music, and dramatic coaching.
Planned Parenthood's Commitment to Breast Health
Outside of her responsibilities as a parenting book author and speaker, retired clinical psychologist Beth Grosshans, PhD, provides support for Planned Parenthood. Thanks to supporters like Dr. Beth Grosshans, Planned Parenthood provides a variety of women’s health services, including breath exams.
Breast cancer affects more than 12 percent of all women at some point in their lives, and while risks go up as women get older, it can affect women of any age. To combat this common disease, Planned Parenthood performs hundreds of thousands of breast cancer screenings yearly and provides referrals to other facilities for mammograms.
Tailoring its services to those who rely on it most, Planned Parenthood offers several educational resources designed for young women, a group that makes up 94 percent of the patients it serves. In addition, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses use special training tools to develop a better understanding of breast cancer risk, including the unique risk-assessment needs of women under 40.
Timeouts Can Lead to Worse Behavior - Think Outside of Timeouts
Dr. Beth Grosshans received her PhD in clinical child psychology from The Ohio State University. A licensed clinical psychologist in her private practice, Dr. Beth Grosshans provides interventions and psychological assessments with children, adults, couples, and families. She believes in parent-child relationships, as well as thinking beyond timeouts.
Timeouts don’t usually improve behavior, according to several sources. In fact, Dr. Daniel Siegel says that timeouts can alter physical structures in a child’s brain. Timeouts have been around for years, and it may be hard to grasp the idea that they aren’t doing anyone any good; however, timeouts can actually worsen a child’s behavior for multiple reasons.
According to Otto Weininger, PhD, the author of Time-In Parenting, when you send children away to gain control of their anger, it gives them the opportunity to see themselves as bad people. This effect aside, timeouts don’t allow kids to learn emotional regulation. When you send your child off to his room, he may calm down eventually, but he is not any closer to learning how he should manage his emotions next time. Rather than sending your child to his room, sit down next to him and talk through his feelings; let him know he can have feelings, but teach him that they need to be regulated, as well as how to do so.
Beyond Time Out
Previously a clinical psychologist in private practice, Beth Grosshans now spends her time writing books on the subject of child development and discipline, as well as conducting conferences for educators and parents on how to create a positive development atmosphere for children. Beth Grosshans has authored a book, Beyond Time Out, addressing the issue of families who seem to be led by the children rather than the parents.
Beyond Time Out addresses the problem of children having too much control of the family environment, including meal time, homework, and bedtime issues. These children often make more than normal demands, and end up creating a battleground within the home. The book addresses how parents can take back their authority in the home and reduce behavioral issues with their children. The author describes this common issue that many families face as an Imbalance of Family Power (IFP) with parents allowing children an unhealthy amount of control over family issues and daily activities.
Judge Baker Children's Center - PCIT
Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist and going into private practice, Beth Grosshans attended Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied psychology at the Judge Baker Children’s Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Beth Grosshans also received a PhD in clinical child psychology from The Ohio State University as well as completing a number of training courses regarding Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy.
The Judge Baker Children’s Center offers child therapy programs including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Created to enhance parenting techniques, the PCIT program is designed for children ages 2 to 7 that are experiencing behavioral and emotional issues. Caregivers are taught techniques to manage specific behaviors with an emphasis on creating a positive relationship between child and caregiver.
PCIT also focuses on decreasing parental stress, along with developing self-confidence and self-esteem within a child and helping children learn how to manage anger and frustration. The PCIT program usually lasts 12 to 20 weeks.
Dr. Beth Grosshans - Teaching the Montessori Method at PCTE
Clinical psychologist Beth Grosshans, PhD, maintained a private practice in Flemington, New Jersey, for over 25 years. Relying on her background in child psychology as well as her considerable experience working with families, Dr. Beth Grosshans also wrote a parenting book, Beyond Time Out: From Chaos to Control, providing parents with the tools to better manage their children’s behavior. From 1995 to 2012, Dr. Grosshans also worked as an instructor at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education, where she taught a course entitled Child Development: Infant, Toddler, and through the Elementary Years.
Located in Princeton, New Jersey, and housed within the Princeton Montessori School, the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE) trains teachers in the Montessori way of teaching. Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori Method views the child as naturally inquisitive, eager, and able to assist in the learning process. The teacher, child, and environment all play a key role in this process. Montessori-trained teachers structure the learning environment to create a feeling of freedom for the child, within a confined and ordered space. The child is therefore positioned to use the environment to initiate his or her own education, interacting with the teacher as necessary.
PCTE offers four levels of teacher training programs: infants/toddlers, early childhood, Education I (6 to 9 years old), and Education II (9 to 12 years old). It also offers an administrator course to train heads of Montessori schools.
Imbalance of Family Power
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University who completed a clinical fellowship in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Beth Grosshans is currently retired from private practice. Over the course of her career, she established herself as an expert in child psychology and family dynamics. Beth Grosshans addressed the subject of the imbalance of family power (IFP) in her 2008 book, Beyond Time Out - From Chaos to Calm.
According to Dr. Grosshans, IFP takes root when children begin to assume more power than the parent. She identifies anxiety and opposition as the two “kingpins” of IFP.
When children protest their parent’s rules and guidance, they are typically motivated by some combination of anxiety and opposition. For example, when kids refuse to sleep in their own beds or use the potty chair, they might be afraid to do so or they might simply be willfully noncompliant.
When parents think that their children are terrified of something, these parents are generally motivated to make significant accommodations in order to alleviate that terror. Although parents are less likely to make accommodations for mere opposition, the uncertain tension between the forces of anxiety and opposition can create big problems. In order to avoid IFP, parents should strive to lovingly correct opposition while conscientiously containing anxiety.