You Don't Have to Donate Your Life to Someone Else...Not Even Someone You Love!

Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW

Marney received her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University in 1997 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.

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.


Professional Collaborations/Mission

Kim and Marney formed a business partnership, The Abraham & Studaker Association for Parenting, in 1998 and together have created programs with the mission and intention of empowering parents, children, individuals and families who may be struggling with a variety of issues including:

  • Parents of Children with  Behavior Problems: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adult Children Dependent on Parents
  • When You Hate Your Child’s Other Parent
  • Blended Families
  • When You Love Someone Who Is Struggling With An Addiction
  • Helping Children Cope with Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Adolescents Using Alcohol or Drugs

 

Because you don't have to donate your life to someone else...not even someone you love!

Kimberly Abraham, LMSW

Kim began her career as an Early Childhood educator, working with children and families in the Flint-area schools. She went on to receive her Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University, with a concentration in Family, Youth & Children. She has been certified as an Infant Mental Health Specialist and provided social work services to children in Flint-area schools.

Kim has spent years providing services to youth in the city of Flint, Michigan, working closely with systems such as REACH, Flint Schools and the Genesee Circuit Family Court. She specializes in treating children & adolescents diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder and Substance Abuse.

In 2003, Kim co-authored The Whipped Parent: Hope for Parents Raising an Out-of-Control Teen (Rainbow Books, Inc) with her colleague and business partner, Marney Studaker-Cordner, LMSW. The book is based on Kim's personal experience raising an ODD son, as well as professional knowledge and techniques field-tested with parents individually and in group settings.

In 2011, Kim and Marney went on to create Life Over The Influence (Legacy Publishing Company), a CD self-help program for when you love someone who has an addiction or abuses substances. The Oppositional Defiant Disorder Lifeline (Legacy Publishing Company) was released in January 2012 and is a self-help program for parents of behavior-disordered children based on Kim's unique, specialized parenting approach for that population.

Kim is a national speaker on the topics of Childhood Behavior Disorders and is frequently a media consultant on topics including Bullying, Divorce Issues, Adolescent Substance Abuse, Trauma, Surviving a Loved One's Addiction, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and the increasing epidemic of Adult Children Living at Home (Failure to Launch). She holds certifications in Child Trauma, Trauma Debriefing, Grief and Loss and is an on-call volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Kim is currently in private practice at Elizabeth Rose Psychological Services at 12765 S. Saginaw Street, Suite 301 in Grand Blanc, Michigan.