by Jennifer Anne Brown, M.S.W. and Pam Provonsha Hopkins, M.S.W.
About Pam Provonsha Hopkins, M.S.W.
How would you like to start your career as the "Child Abuse Lady?"
That's what kids called Pam Provonsha Hopkins, author with Jennifer Anne Brown of What Angry Kids Need, in her first job as a child abuse prevention community educator for Walla Walla College.
"A dubious title," she remarks dryly about her stint doing programs for prekindergarten through high school students in Washington state's mostly rural southeast corner.
Her assignments with the college's Parent Education Resource Center led to other topics, including bonding and attachment therapy. Hopkins's workshops on attachment and her clinical experience on the topic continued through other positions, her master's degree in social work and to her current private practice as a mental health counselor. Today it also has resulted in a breakthrough book for parents on understanding and dealing with children's anger.
"Jennifer and I see lots of books that talk about the angry child's 'bad' behavior and how to change what the child is doing. We want parents to understand why kids act angry and all the situations and issues that may have to be addressed," she notes.
Besides explaining possible causes of angry behavior, What Angry Kids Need offers practical skills for teaching kids to handle anger in healthy ways, discusses why some children seem angrier than others, helps parents manage their own anger and recommends when and how parents should seek help outside the family.
Hopkins, who grew up in the Seattle area, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in social work at Walla Walla College. After starting her career with an outgrowth of the college's social work department, she worked in Yakima, Wash., with Catholic Family and Child Service. Now a resident of Snohomish, Wash., she practices in nearby Woodinville. She also has consulted with Yakima's Reil House Treatment Center and Everett's state-funded Early Childhood Education Assistance Program. She and her husband are the parents of two, now both young adults.
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