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Episode 20: Full Length Podcast - Sara Dungan Talks Family, Divorce & Anger.

By Vanessa Lech

Podcast Title: Sara Dungan Talks Family, Divorce & Anger.Ms. Dungan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an Associate Licensed Counselor in Birmingham, AL. She has over 25 years of experience working with children and families. She began her professional life with a five-year tenure as a teacher at Pinson Valley High School. After several years of focused investment in her own children, she began working with the children and families at her local church as a Children’s Coordinator. In 2015, she received her Master’s in Counseling in marriage and family therapy and opened her private practice called Sparrow Counseling. Ms. Dungan is particularly interested and experienced in guiding families through the pain and disappointment of divorce. Ms. Dungan is a Parenting Coordinator, Divorce Mediator, Reunification Therapist and Co-Parenting Counselor. She has a passion for supporting families in their difficult seasons of loss and helping them find reason to hope and love again.Sara was previously featured on the “Brighter Vision” Podcast when Sara first started out in private practice. The link to this podcast is: discussed the level of commitment and skills required to begin and run a successful behavioral health care organization and how she began her work in her own private practice.Sara discussed at length her experience with court and legal issues pertaining to her current work with families and in family court. Sara shared her screening process for prospective clients to ensure that she can successfully work with those that are seeking her services. Sara explained that “a court order” changes her screening process to some extent as she absolutely does reviews the court order. Sara shared her experience working with lawyers in family court and her experience with judges. Sara explained her approach to working with angry parents. Sara also shared her successes in her work with co-parents and as well as the challenges inherent in the work that she currently does with co-parents.Discussion surrounding accepting versus not accepting insurances occurred.Sara explained her work with the legal community in Birmingham, Alabama. Sara has presented to lawyers about her work with families experiencing divorce and custody issues. Sara explained her current court policy. Sara explained that she is NOT a child custody evaluator. The behavioral healthcare industry, self disclosure issues, higher education, student loans, overall cost of professional requirements, professional credentialing requirements and toxic work environments were discussed at length.Sara shared research regarding mediation versus litigation and the long term impact upon families. Ms. Sara Dungan’s web links: individuals that were mentioned: Dr. Kristen Wynns Stolar-Peterson, LCSW, BCD Resources:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255 Association of Poison Control Centers1-800-222-1222 The views and opinions expressed by guest speakers do not necessarily reflect nor represent the views, positions or policies of the host Vanessa Lech, the podcast “Unraveled - Addiction and Anger Management” or “Carolina Addiction and Anger Management PLLC”.The information included in the podcast, “Unraveled - Addiction and Anger Management” and the “Unraveled - Addiction and Anger Management” podcast description is for informational and educational purposes only. This does NOT establish a clinical relationship with anyone. Please consult with a licensed behavioral health clinician in your area for personalized assistance with your unique situation. Thank you.

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