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About tanya.spencer

Dr. Spencer has worked with families, schools, and residential treatment settings using an evidence-based framework and cognitive-behavioural perspective. She specializes in learning problems, attachment, mood disorders, teen self-harm and the autism and fetal alcohol spectra.

Cyberbullying: Legal Means for Kids?

A Canadian teen recently pursued her cyberbullies in this case: http://www.lawnow.org/bench-press-children-and-cyber-bullying/?utm_source=LawNow+New+Issue+List&utm_campaign=29bb3ab1c2-LawNow_eNews8_16_2012&utm_medium=email

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Bullying and Cyberbullying: Are Depressed People Prejudiced Against Themselves?

People who are discriminated against often feel depressed.  But what if the oppressor and victim are the same person? New research comparing depression and prejudice might hold a key to reducing both! The human brain is wired to treat ‘our … Continue reading

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What does it mean to have ADHD or a learning disability?

Join me at LD Edmonton’s parent support night this September for an information session and Q-&-A about how ADHD / LD translate into real life and school. Wednesday, 12 September from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Fulton Place School – … Continue reading

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Money doesn’t buy happiness. . . and shopping doesn’t help either!

David Geffen, the famous billionaire who built the Virgin brand (phones, music, air travel), once said, “people who think money buys happiness have never had a lot of money.”  Indeed, people are happiest when they strive for meaningful goals, even if … Continue reading

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Coming to Terms with Chronic Illness: Diabetes & Beyond

ARCH is offering a 6-week series dedicated to life with diabetes.  More info: diabetes/archpsychological.com.  Anyone struggling to manage diabetes has likely heard plenty about what to eat, what to do, what not to do, and why aren’t you doing that?  … Continue reading

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ADHD in the News: BC study finds “December babies” (especially girls) more likely to be diagnosed & treated

As reported first in Monday’s national news, a newly released UBC study headed by Robert Morrow has uncovered some interesting observations about the diagnosis and treatment of childhood ADHD.  Nearly 940,000 children aged 6 to 12 were studied. A main conclusion is … Continue reading

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Bullying and Cyberbullying: Alberta Education hones its definitions

Alberta Education recently announced an updated Education Act (now in second reading).  Although critics claim that “not much has changed,” the ministry aims to target bullying and cyberbullying. The new Act names the 3rd week in November as Bullying Awareness … Continue reading

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Is it ADHD or LD? – Update

A recent national opinion poll shows that most Canadians are confident about psychologists’ abilities.  However, only 44% of Canadians are aware of psychology’s role in diagnosis, assessment, and management of learning disabilities. Of course, from my chair (as a psychologist), our role … Continue reading

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Teen Self-harm: Upcoming Community Presentations

We have received a wonderful response to our posting about teen self-harm.  It was our hope that sharing this information would be a help and a comfort to anyone wanting to learn more. I will be sharing similar information in … Continue reading

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Bullying & Cyberbullying: does it begin at home?

The news this morning shared yet another report discussing the pitfalls of corporal punishment: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20120206/physical-punishment-long-term-development-120206/ Already, by 8:30 a.m. on the radio, earnest discussions and protests arose.  “Kids need discipline.”  “Physical punishment is necessary – like when my daughter hit another … Continue reading

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