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'



Oct 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Hoffman Institute

    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 Amazon.com 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 www.amazon.com
 and national bookstores.
 
 

SOURCE The Hoffman Institute
    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 Amazon.com 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 www.amazon.com
 and national bookstores.
 
 SOURCE The Hoffman Institute