Navigation Links
Bad Children Can Happen to Good Parents: A Survival Manual for Parents of Difficult Children by Norman E. Hoffman, Ph.D.

Renowned Therapist Challenges Modern Psychology and Explodes Myths of 'Why

Bad Kids Happen'

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Some children have a genetic predisposition to bad behavior and are more difficult to raise than others. The notion of 'there are no bad children, only bad parents' has been the cross parents have had to bear for decades, placing guilt for difficult children squarely on them. For years, classical and modern psychology suggested that when a child demonstrates unhealthy behavior, the root of the problem is due to actions of the parents. Even parents who believe they have done everything possible are either labeled by others -- or themselves -- as failures as parents.

However, Norman E. Hoffman, Ph.D. firmly disagrees and makes a strong case for why bad children often happen despite the best efforts of parents. His new book, Bad Children Can Happen to Good Parents: A Survival Manual for Parents of Difficult Children, makes the case that sometimes, despite good parenting, a child may go astray. Hoffman introduces readers to a concept some parents and mental health professionals may find surprising: "Uncaring Child Syndrome." Children who suffer from this syndrome lack a sense of guilt and remorse and often blame others for their problems and behavior.

Hoffman delves into not only how to identify this problem, but also the best course of action once a child is diagnosed with "Uncaring Child Syndrome." He wrote the book to aid both parents and professionals.

"I wanted to help parents recognize the early warning signs of uncaring antisocial behavior and eliminate the paralyzing parental 'guilt' and to also help therapists identify, screen and diagnose, and develop appropriate treatment plan for the child with uncaring antisocial behavior," says Hoffman.

The book has been favorably reviewed on by Thomas H. Harrell, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Florida Institute of Technology, and Dr. Phil Sinaikin, psychiatrist and member of The American Board of Psychology and Neurology.

Hoffman said his pro bono service, like his book, is intended to help get families back on track.

Hoffman, an expert court witness in forensic mental health evaluations, says recognition of the reality of why some children are 'bad' can lead to answers and effective treatment.

"Once parents understand and recognize the problem, the children themselves can also take steps to improving their situation," notes Hoffman. "I want to help children gain feelings of responsibility and accountability as a doorway to improved behavior."

Dr. Norman E. Hoffman, a licensed mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist, specialized in therapy for children at the world-renowned Devereux Foundation. He also completed a one-year clinical internship at the Menninger Memorial Hospital. He conducts workshops which enhance the skills of mental health professionals and is an expert court witness in forensic mental health evaluations.

He is also the founder of The Hoffman Institute (HI) in Daytona Beach. HI was developed to serve families by providing specialized assessments and treatment plans for parents of difficult children. His second book, Bad Children Can Happen to Good Parents, has already resulted in national media appearances including FOX News Live.

Hoffman also has recently established a new program -- the Pro Bono Forensic mental Health Evaluation Program. This is a free mental health evaluation program for parents of difficult children in low to moderate income families. The offer includes the assessment, a report and a treatment plan that might be sufficient to help solve some problems, since not all children need counseling or psychological help, Hoffman said.

An arm of the institute includes the National Board of Forensic Evaluators, an agency endorsed and recognized by the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselors Association for national certification of forensic mental health expert court evaluators.

Bad Children Can Happen to Good Parents is available at and national bookstores.

Contact: Norman E. Hoffman, Ph.D.


Available Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), click appropriate link. Norman Hoffman, Ph.D.

SOURCE The Hoffman Institute
Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Antibiotics Dangerous for Diarrhoea in Children Caused by E.Coli
2. Inhaled Steroids Safe & Effective for Children with Asthma
3. General Anesthesia Safe For Children On Ketogenic Diet Suffering From Epilepsy
4. Starvation in pregnant women can cause heart disease to their children
5. Fireworks can spell death for asthmatic children
6. Cut down TV and video games and you have less aggressive children.
7. Children suffer the most when parents divorce
8. Half of worlds children are passive smokers - damning disclosure from WHO
9. Antibiotic induces liver damage in children with E.COLI infections.
10. Analgesic abuse - cause for chronic headache in children
11. Cats to protect children from asthma
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... payment industry today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry ... The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... recently awarded their highest five-star rating to Best ... individuals in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be a ... and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of creating ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... On ... as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle ... honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health ... the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs ... Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... they have been diagnosed with endometriosis. These women need a treatment plan to ... a comprehensive approach that can help for preservation of fertility and ultimately achieving ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 26, 2016 ... value-based care operating models within the health care industry ... greater financial efficiency , Deloitte offers a suite ... key business issues impacting efficient cost optimization: labor resource ... , These services facilitate better outcomes and better economics ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Global Blood Therapeutics, Inc. (GBT) ... developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of grievous ... the closing of its previously announced underwritten public ... the public offering price of $18.75 per share. ... offered by GBT. GBT estimates net proceeds from ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... of the "Structural Electronics 2015-2025: Applications, Technologies, ... In-Mold Electronics, Smart Skin, ... Photovoltaics Structural electronics involves electronic ... load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: