Tuesday, November 30, 2021


Minority-owned Southern businesses get back on their feet post-pandemic with a fund's help; President Biden says don't panic over the new COVID variant; and eye doctors gauge the risk of dying from COVID.


U.S. Senate is back in session with a long holiday to-do list that includes avoiding a government shutdown; negotiations to revive the Iran Nuclear Deal resume; and Jack Dorsey resigns as CEO of Twitter.


South Dakota foster kids find homes with Native families; a conservative group wants oil and gas reform; rural Pennsylvania residents object to planes flying above tree tops; and poetry debuts to celebrate the land.

Telehealth Used to Treat Rural ND Child-Abuse Victims


Friday, July 19, 2019   

BISMARK, N.D. – Rural North Dakota is getting a digital solution to the lack of mental-health resources for children who've been victims of abuse.

Children's Advocacy Centers of North Dakota launched telehealth therapy services this week for kids handling trauma. Interim director of the centers, Paula Condol, says the method is based on University of South Carolina research on cognitive behavioral therapy, which she calls the "gold standard" for treating traumatized kids.

The research has found virtual care is just as effective as in-person therapy, and so Condol jumped on the opportunity.

"And I thought, that's what we need to have in North Dakota," says Condol, “something that creates that equal access, so kids who are in Dunn County or in Williston can have the same exact services as if you were right here in Bismarck, North Dakota, or in Fargo, North Dakota.”

She says the organization is the first in the nation to use telehealth for this kind of therapy, which is sorely needed in the state. Condol says 90% of North Dakotans live in areas that have few, if any, mental-health counselors.

Twelve therapists in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks are on deck to help kids remotely, which also eliminates weekly, hours-long drives for families.

Condol says deep breathing is the cornerstone of treatment. She explains to kids how proper breathing affects the body, clears out the thinking process and can be used as a coping mechanism.

"When we're teaching deep breathing we talk about, 'So when you think about that bad situation that happened, or you wake up in the middle of the night from a nightmare, this is a skill that you can use to calm your body down,’" says Condol. “Because, again, if your heart is beating at 100 beats per minute and you're trying to sleep at night, that's not going to work."

She says a parent or caregiver has to be nearby during therapy sessions. And at the end of a session, kids teach them about what they've learned, so that everyone in the household can practice these skills.

The centers can provide the tools to families to connect with doctors, such as an iPad, and will bill insurance but never bill the families directly.

Condol adds that most of the kids they've treated have been victims of sexual abuse.

get more stories like this via email

The proposed Western Riverside County Wildlife Refuge is key habitat to the federally endangered Quino checkerspot butterfly. (Eric Porter/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)


HEMET, Calif. -- Public-lands groups are asking Congress to support the proposed Western Riverside County Wildlife Refuge, a 500,000-acre swath …

Social Issues

PRINCETON, Minn. -- President Joe Biden is expected to visit Minnesota today to tout passage of the new federal infrastructure bill. Those working …

Health and Wellness

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Advocates for access to mental-health services are holding a Behavioral Health Summit today at the Augusta Civic Center. They are …

Conservationists say the Recovering America's Wildlife Act could support improvements to water quality in the Ozarks, including the Buffalo National River. (Adobe Stock)


ST. JOE, Ark. -- More than a decade of restoration efforts in a section of Northern Arkansas' Ozark National Forest have led to 40 new species of …

Social Issues

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Legislature will consider three possible redistricting maps for the House and Senate when it meets for a special …

Traveling nurses found improved quarters in Houston thanks to a pandemic-loan program designed to help small minority-owned businesses rebuild. (voltamax/Pixabay)

Social Issues

HOUSTON, Texas -- Minority-owned businesses across the South are benefitting from a program designed to help them get back on their feet post-…

Social Issues

SALT LAKE CITY - Backers of Utah's Independent Redistricting Commission are crying foul over the Republican-controlled Legislature's approval of what …

Social Issues

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The push to offer paid leave nationwide is in high gear. A plan already passed the U.S. House as part of the Build Back Better …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021