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Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

Marney Studaker-Cordner, with Kim Abraham, LMSW, is the creator of

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Marney and Kim are also the authors of the following books, available on Amazon:


Marney specializes in the treatment of children with emotional and behavioral issues and adults experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues.

Marney is the parent of a biological daughter and has both professional and personal experience in blended families, having raised three step-children through adolescence and into adulthood.

You can learn more about Marney’s life experience in:

Parenting ODD Kids: Advice from Two Moms Who’ve Been There


Marney received her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University with a specialty in Children and Families. She has spent most of her career serving children and families in the Child Welfare and Community Mental Health systems. She is trained in the evidence-based practice of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) and has supervisory experience in the CMH system.

A Word from Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

“I always remind parents that you can’t control someone else’s behavior—not really. People are judging you on your child’s personality—something that you’ve got absolutely no control over. When you feel ashamed of something that you’ve done, you can change that. You can apologize, make amends or try to rectify the situation as best you can. But if it’s something your child has done, understand that it’s not your fault or responsibility, even though others may see it that way.”

Media Mentions

Marney and Kim were featured on the The Texas Conflict Coach radio program in a discussion on “Managing Conflict in Your Blended Family”.

Marney and Kim were quoted on ParentCircle.com in “How to Deal With an Argumentative Child” by Arun Sharma.

Marney and Kim were quoted on Ocala.com in “What to do with youth in summer?” by Marian Rizzo.

Articles by Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

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Understanding Oppositional Defiant Disorder

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Parents are often left wondering if their child’s argumentative, limit-testing, back-talking, rule-breaking behavior is “typical” teen or pre-teen defiance—or if it’s something else. What is Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)? Clinically speaking, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is “a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior or vindictiveness lasting at least six months.” But what does that mean, exactly? Limit-testing behavior crosses... Read more »

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Anger, Rage and Explosive Outbursts: How to Respond to Your Child or Teen’s Anger

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Everyone gets angry at times—children and adults alike. Anger is an emotion that can range from slightly irritated, to moderately angry, to full-blown rage. And it can happen quickly. A child's anger naturally makes us feel uncomfortable. As a result, we may try to appease our children, give in to their demands, or avoid certain situations... Read more »

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