WE SHALL OVERCOME

WE SHALL OVERCOME

Injured, But Not Defeated   There, in an ancient text lies a statement of profound truth, with far-reaching implications. It reads, “*But the more they were oppressed, the more they increased…* (Exodus 1:12).” More than 4000 years later this hope finds a renewed...
REFOCUS ON FAMILY STABILITY

REFOCUS ON FAMILY STABILITY

Home is the foundation of a healthy life, including mental health… …and no other instrumentality (therapy or social services) can take its place nor fulfill its essential functions. Many professionals in the mental health field provide services for youth...
CHANGE CHALLENGES US

CHANGE CHALLENGES US

AND CHALLENGES CHANGE US   It is true we grow from meeting the challenge and many live for the adventure that accompanies change, but there are those who are quickly overwhelmed when their expectations are met with surprise. Even those who like to be astonished...
THE SALUTOGENIC ASSET-BASED APPROACH

THE SALUTOGENIC ASSET-BASED APPROACH

A New Approach to Helping Others   In the early 1970s, cognitive psychologist George Kelly developed the idea of expectancy, which posits that WE TEND TO GET MORE OF WHAT WE FOCUS ON. This theory has important implications for those of us in the helping...
TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALER

TRANSFORMATION OF THE HEALER

From Adversity to Asset-Based Thinking   THE FIELD OF COUNSELING IS SHIFTING. For too long, the focus has been on what is wrong with the client. This deficit-based thinking has served to pathologize clients and label them as damaged goods. However, a new movement...
Are You Resilient?

Are You Resilient?

  How do you become more resilient? Resilience is often thought of as a personality trait.  You either have it or you don’t. But according to the research, that’s not the case. Resilience is a skill that can be learned. And it’s a skill that can...
Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrate Juneteenth by becoming more informed about bias and historical trauma. Juneteenth is observed on June 19, every year, and is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in America. It commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union soldiers arrived in...
Why are so many people unmotivated?

Why are so many people unmotivated?

Or is that our bias? We are all motivated by different things.  For some of us, motivating factors might include wanting to feel happy, wanting to help others, or wanting to achieve a goal. Often people with complex or chronic trauma histories are frequently motivated...