Role of dads continues to evolve

By: Evamarie Socha, The Daily Item

SUNBURY– Happy Father’s Day, dad. Chances are good that these days, you and your wife work, you do more around the house, you try hard to spend time with your children but it’s a challenge with your job, and you might be in the growing minority of fathers who stay at home with the kids.

Those are five facts about today’s American father, according to a study the Pew Research Center released in time for Father’s Day.

For sure, today’s dads are much different their dads. Read the full article.

Source: The Daily Item, Saturday, June 20, 2015

Mediation eliminates stress

By: Bevin Milavsky, The Daily Item

Children are most often afraid to report sexual assaults, mostly because the abuser brainwashes, trick, manipulates, and grooms his victims to believe that no one will believe them if they tell, a Valley counselor said last week, when the child sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky got under way.

Sandusky, 68, a former Penn State assistant coach, is facing 52 charges of child sexual abuse. His trial, which resumes Monday, gives Valley child care experts the opportunity to educate parents about predators and to encourage children who might have been sexual victims to come forward. Read the full article.

Child sexual abuse: Frequency and nature, effects, and recovery.

Listen to the WKOK Roundtable with Dr. Tony Butto, Dr. Teresa Buzzini and Dr. Glenn Jacobson

This broadcast was awarded first place by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster Association, Public Affairs Programming. The program on child sexual assault first aired in late 2011 and has been rebroadcast several times. Featured on the program were staff members of the Courtyard Counseling Center in Selinsgrove: Dr. Tony Butto, Director of the Clinic, Dr. Glenn Jacobson, and Dr. Teresa Drost Buzzini. Our staff discussed the frequency and nature, effects, and the recovery process of child sexual abuse.

Also discussed on the program was the Penn State/Jerry Sandusky case and lessons that should be garnered from such a public example of how child sexual abuse occurs and what people should do if they even suspect that a child is being abused. Emphasis was placed on all citizens, not just those who are mandated by law to report such incidents.

Child sexual assualt: Prevention, identifying and surviving.

Listen to the WKOK Roundtable with Dr. Tony Butto, Dr. Teresa Buzzini and Glenn Jacobson

  • 1070 WKOK
  • Original Air Date: Nov 20, 2011

PSU scandal III: Help for victims

SELINSGROVE – What happened at Penn State University with assistant coach Jerry Sandusky can be a learning experience for many. Tony Butto, psychotherapist and head of the Courtyard Counseling Center in Selinsgrove, says the publicity surrounding the case can have quite an impact in a number of areas. Butto says it’s opened up a lot of painful memories for people who are victims.

Butto says the publicity might encourage victims to come out of the shadows and begin to talk about their experiences. Also, for those who are still victims, Butto hopes it gives them confidence to speak out about those who have hurt them.

Butto says sexual abuse is very devastating on anyone. He says it can set into motion a lifetime of pain and doubt. Butto says it can create profound confusion about their personal security, especially in relationships. Abuse also can trigger depression and anxiety and destructive behavior. Often times, Butto says there is guilt involved in adults who were abused as children.

Read online at WKOK News

  • Ali Stevens
  • 1070 WKOK
  • November 11th, 2011

Psychotherapy is effective and here’s why

Psychotherapy works, and the science and research are there to back it up, said Bruce E. Wampold, PhD, at the APA 2011 Annual Convention symposium, “Psychotherapy Effectiveness: What Makes it Work?”

Answering just what makes it work is complex, said Wampold, a professor of counseling psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, but relationships and customized treatments play key roles.


  • A. Brownawell and K. Kelley
  • Monitor on Psychology
  • October 2011, Vol 42, No. 9
  • Print version: page 14

‘Take it one minute at a time’
Holiday most difficult in first year after death of loved one

By: Rick Dandes The Daily Item

December is a festive month, a universal time for the gathering of family and friends. But for some people grieving the recent death of a loved one, this Christmas may not be a happy one.

“That first Christmas without a loved one can be very, very tough,” said Anthony G. Butto, of Selinsgrove, a therapist who specializes in marital and family issues.

“Because of its religious and cultural importance, the emphasis we place on family, happiness and being together can make the holidays a desired and anticipated time, or one of dread,” said Mr. Butto, who holds a doctorate in social work. Read the full article.