Jim Catlin


Jim Catlin is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from UW-Stout. He invites readers to submit questions and offer ideas about what they would like to see in this column.

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Tue. Mar. 10th, 2020

The Ins and Outs of Child Protective Services

Jim Catlin

Voluminous research data has shown that removing a child from his or her home traumatizes the child, even when the home is dysfunctional and violent and the removal separates them from the bad things that may already be taking place.

Fri. Sep. 27th, 2019

How to Avoid Extreme Parenting Styles

Jim Catlin

Parents have good intentions. But at least 75% of the time that parents bring their kids to me for therapy, I also end up working with the parents ...

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

Divorce and Kids: Navigating Difficult Waters

Jim Catlin

Divorcing parents sometimes lose sight of their kids’ needs because they get completely overwhelmed with their own emotional turmoil, their disagreements and war with each other, and their concerns about the future. Parents don’t intentionally ...

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

A Weighty Decision

Jim Catlin

Imagine yourself in the following situation: You see something disturbing but you don’t want to get someone’s child taken away.

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

House Rules: How to create them and how they help

Jim Catlin

Separately ask each of your kids to write down what they believe the rules are and what happens when they’re followed or not followed. Then compare those with what you desire – it will be immediately obvious.

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

What you should know about psychotropic medication

Jim Catlin

In my previous column, I promised to provide a handout that I developed in 2013 regarding psychotropic medication and children. But another tool I neglected to mention regarding optimizing school performance is a neuropsychological evaluation.

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Medication and Your Child

Jim Catlin

Question: My child’s school is recommending psychiatric medication. Should I?

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Reporting is Key to Stopping Bullying

Jim Catlin

After every shooting we debate lofty, complicated, and costly strategies such as school bullying programs, early intervention, new gun control laws, early identification of disturbed kids, and on and on. I believe the simplest solution has been right under our noses ...

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Being the Best Advocate for Your Special Needs Child

Jim Catlin

A recent newspaper article discussed a school superintendent’s termination for “lack of compliance” with special education requirements. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident ...

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

Do’s and Don’ts for Divorced Parents

Jim Catlin

After 25 years as a child and family psychotherapist, I’ve dealt with numerous real-life clients who have experienced problems related to family breakups. Here are some ground rules for how parents who are divorcing ...