Kim has worked with children and families for more than 25 years. Kim is a member of multiple organizations including the Michigan Association of Children’s Alliances, Trauma Response Teams in Schools and a Volunteer Mental Health Trauma Specialist for the Red Cross.
Kim works closely with inner city schools, runaway shelters and court systems. She is a frequent expert speaker for radio and television on topics such as bullying, parenting and a variety of family mental health topics. Kim specializes in providing treatment to individuals dealing with a loved one’s addiction. She is currently in private practice in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Kim has experience parenting an oppositional defiant teen into adulthood and has lived with substance abuse throughout her family.
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Kim received her Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in Family, Youth & Children.
She is a Certified Trauma Consultant and certified in grief and loss therapy.
A Word from Kim Abraham, LMSW
“I think we have to go back to the basics. Other than providing food, shelter and clothing, your responsibility as a parent is to educate your children and provide consequences and discipline when it’s appropriate. You can teach them your values and morals and let them know what your hopes and dreams are for them. Give them an opportunity to meet those expectations and those hopes. And then model it—and live your life that way so your child sees how it can be done. But beyond that, there isn’t anything more you can do—not really.”
Kim was quoted on USNews.com in “10 Easy Frugal Lessons to Teach Your Kids” by Aaron Crowe. Read the article here.
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